Published on February 19, 2020 by Sarah Cain  

The U.S. Senate has confirmed U.S. District Judge Andrew Brasher ’02 to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, which handles cases filed in Georgia, Florida and Alabama. He is a graduate of Howard College of Arts and Sciences and currently serves on Samford’s Board of Overseers.

Prior to the confirmation, he served as federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. In November, President Donald J. Trump nominated Brasher to sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals, and he was confirmed in a 52-43 vote in the Senate Feb. 11.

Before his appointment as Alabama's Solicitor General in 2014, Brasher served for several years as Deputy Solicitor General before serving at the district judge level, gaining experience arguing cases before the Alabama Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Early in his career, Brasher practiced in the litigation and criminal defense practice groups in the Birmingham office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. Brasher also served as a law clerk to Judge William H. Pryor, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit after earning his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.