Six months ago, Judge Andrew Brasher was narrowly confirmed to be a U.S. District Court Judge. Now, the 38-year-old Brasher is ready to move on from the position to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.BackgroundAndrew Lynn Brasher was born in Milan, TN on May 20, 1981. Brasher moved to Alabama to attend Samford University, a private Christian University in Homewood, where he graduated summa cum laude in 2002. Brasher went on to Harvard Law School, graduating cum laude in 2006.Upon graduation, Brasher clerked for Judge William Pryor on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He then joined the Birmingham office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP as an Associate.In 2011, Brasher was appointed by Luther Strange, then the Attorney General of Alabama, to be Deputy Solicitor General. Brasher served in that capacity until 2014 when he was appointed Solicitor General of Alabama.In April 2018, Brasher was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, filling a longstanding vacancy opened by the resignation of Judge Mark Fuller. Brasher was confirmed by the Senate in a 52-47 vote on May 1, 2019, and has served on the Middle District since then.***Overall AssessmentDespite Brasher’s significant experience with litigation, his youth and strongly conservative writings and experience made him a controversial nominee at the district court level and caused his nomination to sit for over a year before confirmation by a narrow vote. Now, as an appellate nominee, Brasher may well have a faster confirmation, simply because Republicans tend to prioritize appellate nominees. Nonetheless, Brasher’s brief tenure as a district court judge, as well as his youth and conservative ideology, is likely to make him a controversial nominee.
Tuesday, December 03, 2019
Who is Andrew Brasher?
So who is Andrew Brasher, the new 11th Circuit nominee. The Vetting Room has the details here. Below is the introduction and conclusion, but there is quite a bit of interesting information in the entire post, which you should check out.