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Atlanta prosecutor nominated for federal judgeship based in Albany

Leslie Joyce Abrams would succeed Judge Louis Sands, who will take senior status April 12

ALBANY — An Atlanta prosecutor has been nominated to succeed U.S. District Court Judge Louis Sands, who is scheduled to take senior status on April 12.

On March 11, the Obama administration nominated Atlanta prosecutor Leslie Joyce Abrams to take Sands’ place as judge for the Albany-based seat for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, according to the U.S. Courts website for future judicial vacancies.

The nomination would have to be approved by the U.S. Senate before it goes into effect.

“Leslie Joyce Abrams has had a distinguished legal career and I am honored to ask her to continue her public service on the federal bench,” President Barack Obama said in making the nomination. “She will serve the American people with integrity and an unwavering commitment to justice.”

According to information from the White House website, Abrams has served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Georgia since 2010. Before that, she worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP from 2003-06 and again from 2007-10. In 2006-07, she worked at Kilpatrick Stockton LLP.

Abrams began her legal career serving as a law clerk for Judge Marvin J. Garbis of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. She received her J.D. in 2002 from Yale Law School and her B.A. in 1997 from Brown University.

A spokesperson for U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Moultrie, said Chambliss does not comment on judicial nominees.

Abrams is one of three pending nominees for 24 future federal court vacancies. Michael P. Boggs was nominated Jan. 6 to succeed Judge Julie E. Carnes in Georgia’s northern U.S. District Court district. No date for that has been set. The U.S. Courts’ site says Carnes being elevated in the federal court system is the reason for that pending vacancy.

Meanwhile, the federal site says there are 37 nominees pending for 67 U.S. District Court vacancies that have already occurred.