Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Nominated to U.S. District Court
By Leah Nylen | May 27, 2010 7:17 pm

President Barack Obama nominated a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of North Carolina Thursday to be a federal judge.

Max O. Cogburn Jr., who served in the district from 1980 to 1992, was nominated to sit on the U.S. District Court based in Charlotte, N.C. While in the U.S. Attorney’s office, Cogburn served as Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney and on the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force. He also served as a U.S. magistrate judge from 1995 to 2004. Cogburn is currently a partner at the law firm of Cogburn & Brazil PA in Asheville, N.C.

Also on Thursday, Obama nominated James E. Shadid to the U.S. District Court in the Central District of Illinois. Shadid has been a state court judge in Illinois since 2001.


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