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Gray Borden ’01 Appointed U.S. Magistrate Judge

Gray M. Borden, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2001, will fill the U.S. magistrate judge’s vacancy created in the Middle District of Alabama after the retirement of the Hon. Charles S. Coody. He will serve an eight-year term and can be reappointed.

As reported by the AL.com website, a merit selection panel of attorneys and other community members reviewed applicants for the position and recommended Gray to the District Court.

Gray, a native of Montgomery, is an assistant U.S. attorney with the Middle District of Alabama. After law school, he clerked for U.S. District Judge William M. Acker Jr., and worked for several years with the Birmingham civil litigation firm of Lightfoot, Franklin and White.

In 2014, Gray received the Spartan Award, which recognizes prosecutors for their dedication and extraordinary effort to investigate and prosecute large-scale drug dealers and money launderers.

Keith Watkins, chief U.S. district judge for the Middle District of Alabama, said, “Gray Borden is exceptionally well qualified to serve as magistrate judge. He has a wide range of legal experience, an excellent temperament and a tremendous work ethic.”

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