|Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama|
|Assumed office |
October 17, 2018
|Appointed by||Donald Trump|
|Preceded by||Charles Lynwood Smith Jr.|
|Judge of the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals|
February 2011 – October 17, 2018
|Appointed by||Robert J. Bentley|
|Preceded by||Alisa Kelli Wise|
|Succeeded by||Chris McCool|
|Judge of the Marshall County District Court|
|Appointed by||Bob Riley|
|Judge of the Arab Municipal Court|
|Born||June 11, 1969|
Cullman, Alabama, U.S.
|Education||University of Alabama (BA, JD)|
|Branch/service|| United States Army|
Alabama Army National Guard
|Years of service||2013–present|
Liles Clifton Burke (born June 11, 1969) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. He previously was an Associate Judge of the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.
Early life and education
Burke is a native of Arab, Alabama, and was educated in that city's public school system. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alabama and Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law.
Upon graduation from law school, he began practicing at the law firm of Burke & Beuoy, P.C., where he represented businesses and individuals in general practice, including domestic, criminal, civil litigation, juvenile, and probate matters.
He also served as a Municipal Prosecutor and Municipal Attorney for the City of Arab, and was named as the Municipal Judge for that City in 2001. He held that office until 2006 when he was appointed Marshall County District Judge by Governor of Alabama Bob Riley. In 2008, Burke was elected to a full term on the District Court without opposition. Burke began Marshall County's first family drug court, and along with District Judge Tim Riley, implemented one of Alabama's first domestic violence courts. Additionally, he served as an officer in both the Alabama District Judges Association and the Alabama Juvenile Judges Association.
In 2011, Governor of Alabama Robert J. Bentley appointed Burke to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, where he served until becoming a United States District Judge. He was elected to a six-year term in 2012 without opposition. While on the Court of Criminal Appeals, Burke also served as the President of the Alabama Appellate Judges Association.
Federal judicial service
On July 13, 2017, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Burke to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. On July 19, 2017, his nomination was officially transmitted. He was nominated to the seat vacated by Charles Lynwood Smith Jr., who took senior status on August 31, 2013. On October 4, 2017, a hearing on his nomination was held before the Senate Judiciary Committee. On October 26, 2017, his nomination was reported out of committee by an 11–9 roll call vote.
On January 3, 2018, his nomination was returned to the President under Rule XXXI, Paragraph 6 of the United States Senate. On January 5, 2018, President Donald Trump announced his intent to renominate Burke to a federal judgeship. On January 8, 2018, his renomination was sent to the Senate. On January 18, 2018, his nomination was reported out of committee by an 11–10 vote. On October 11, 2018, his nomination was confirmed by a 55–40 vote. He received his judicial commission on October 17, 2018.
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- "Eighteen Nominations and Two Withdrawals Sent to the Senate Today" White House, July 19, 2017
- United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Nominations for October 4, 2017
- Results of Executive Business Meeting – October 26, 2017, Senate Judiciary Committee
- "Congressional Record", United States Senate, January 3, 2018
- "President Donald J. Trump Announces Renomination of 21 Judicial Nominees", White House, January 5, 2018
- "Nominations Sent to the Senate Today", The White House, January 8, 2018
- Results of Executive Business Meeting – January 18, 2018, Senate Judiciary Committee
- "On the Nomination (Confirmation Liles Clifton Burke, of Alabama, to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama)". United States Senate. October 11, 2018. Retrieved October 11, 2018.