The guest speaker for the January 15, 2013 meeting of the Judge Brevard Hand-Judge Alex T. Howard Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies was Judge William H. Pryor, judge of the 11 U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Mobile native.
Judge Pryor was appointed to the 11th Circuit by President George W. Bush in recess appointment in 2004, going to work on February 20 of 2004. He was approved by the U.S. Senate in and was Invested on June 20 2005. Before joining the Bench, Judge Pryor served as the Attorney General of Alabama, an Assistant Attorney General of Alabama, and practiced law privately before that.
Among his many accomplishments, Judge Pryor served an Assistant Attorney General, after the election now Senator Jeff B. Sessions as Attorney General in 1994. During his first year in office as Assistant Attorney General, Judge Pryor represented the State in landmark case of Roe V. Larry Roe, Perry O. Hooper, Sr., James D. Martin, and Willie J. Williams, Individually and on Behalf of a Class of Persons, Plaintiffs v. Mobile County Appointing, Board, et.al., 904 F. Supp 1315 (S.D. Ala. 1995). This position stood in stark contrast to the position taken by Attorney General Evans, who agreed with the coalition of trial lawyer and others that any attempt to complete an absentee ballot by a voter rendered such ballot legal and thus countable under a new theory called amounted "substantial compliance". Attorney General Jimmy Evans term ended in January 1995, and Judge Prior was appointed to Assistant Attorney General then asserted the correct legal position of behalf of the State of Alabama: Only legal absentee ballots, which comply with the Code of Alanbama, should be counted.
As member of the Hooper/Martin legal team, current Alabama Circuit Judge Joseph S. Johnston stated: "It was gratifying that we now did not have to fight our own state government, which was asserted a unprecedented argument that absentee ballots which did not adhere to the requirements as set for in the Code of Alabama. After Judge Prior appeared for the State, the State, in effect, switched sides and took the same position as did Hooper and Martin, that only absentee ballots which were executed according to law should be counted."
meeting is Tuesday January 15 and will feature Mobile native William H. Pryor, Jr. Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
Judge Pryor’s topic for the January 15, 2013 meeting of the Judge Brevard Hand-Judge Alex T. Howard Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is: The Unbearable Rightness of Marbury v. Madison: Its Real Lessons and Irrepressible Myths.
After 200 years, legal scholars still debate the meaning and importance of Marbury v. Madison 1 5 U.S. (1 Cranch) 137 (1803). Traditionally, this case is taught as the case which established the power of the judicial branch of “Judicial Review”. Judge Pryor’s program will present a different take on the case as well as give some of the story of the interesting political maneuvering which took place surrounding the case.
Judge Pryor has given this presentation to a number of legal groups and is truly enlightening as well as an interesting look into our Nation’s history.