MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Andrew Brasher has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become the newest federal district court judge for the Middle District of Alabama.
Brasher, who currently serves as Solicitor General for the State of Alabama, was nominated for the judgeship by President Donald Trump in April 2018 before earning Senate approval a year later.
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall applauded the confirmation.
“It is hard to imagine anyone who is more qualified to take on the responsibility of a federal judgeship than Andrew Brasher,” Marshall said in a statement released Wednesday. “He brings to the federal bench impeccable professional credentials as Alabama’s Solicitor General and Deputy Solicitor General for the last seven years, during which time he successfully argued cases before Alabama Supreme Court judges and U.S. Supreme Court justices."
Brasher is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham as well as Harvard Law School where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review. He was also a former law clerk to U.S. Appeals Court Judge Bill Pryor, Jr.
With Brasher’s departure from the Alabama attorney general’s office, his role as solicitor general will be filled by the appointment of Dothan native Edmund LaCour, Jr., Marshall said.
“Mr. LaCour, a Wiregrass native, draws upon an impressive legal and academic background to lead my office’s legal team,” Marshall said. "He has served as Alabama’s Deputy Solicitor General since December 2018 and has already made his mark. In addition to arguing multiple appeals, he has drafted briefs in several important cases, including the State’s response to Mike Hubbard’s Alabama Supreme Court appeal. I look forward to his continued service on behalf of the State of Alabama here in the Attorney General’s Office.”
Before joining the Attorney General’s Office, LaCour was a partner in the D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he represented numerous clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as courts of appeals and trial courts. Before joining Kirkland, he practiced at Bancroft PLLC in Washington, D.C., and Baker Botts LLP in Houston, Texas.
LaCour is as graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, Trinity College Dublin, and Yale Law School.
Like Brasher, LCour is also a former law clerk of Judge Pryor.