PRESENTATION OF CALLIE V. GRANADE, NOMINEE TO BE DISTRICT JUDGE

 FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA BY HON. JEFF SESSIONS, A

             U.S. SENATOR FROM THE STATE OF ALABAMA

 

    Senator Sessions. It is a particular privilege and pleasure

for me today to introduce to the Committee a nominee of the

highest order. Ginny Granade has the temperament, integrity,

and legal knowledge, as well as the experience, that will make

her an outstanding jurist on the Federal bench. I know this

from first-hand experience.

    Ginny served as an Assistant United States Attorney under

my tenure for 12 years, when I served as United States Attorney

in the Southern District of Alabama. She had been hired by the

previous United States Attorney. So we have worked together and

prosecuted cases together.

    From that experience, I learned that Ginny was level-

headed, fair-minded, trustworthy, and smart. Her current

position as Interim United States Attorney for the Southern

District of Alabama indicates that others think highly of her,

as well. She will serve her State and country exceedingly well.

    I am also pleased that her husband, Fred Granade, is here,

who is an outstanding attorney in his own right, and Rives,

Smith, and Joseph, their children, and my good friend and her

good friend, Donna Dobbins, who is also an Assistant United

States Attorney and just a wonderful person and prosecutor.

    Ginny is a graduate of the University of Texas School of

Law, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable John Goldbold

of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Being selected to clerk on the Circuit Court of Appeals is an

honor in itself. That court is now in the 11th Circuit. This is

the same circuit for which Ginny is nominated to serve as a

District Judge and it is the same circuit on which her

grandfather, Judge Rives, once served as a Circuit Judge.

    All this experience has no doubt aided her for her service

on the Federal bench. I believe that her more than 20 years of

experience in the United States Attorney’s office, practicing

in the very court she is now being nominated for, as well as

extensive appellate experience before the 11th Circuit Court of

Appeals, has given her the necessary exposure to understand how

a Federal District Court, and more importantly, how a Federal

District Judge, should conduct herself.

    She joined the United States Attorney’s office in 1977 as

the first female Assistant United States Attorney in that

district. She proved her merit as an outstanding prosecutor and

a leader. For over a decade, it was said she never lost a case,

and I think that was accurate. Actually, I am not sure she has

lost one yet.

    In 1990, because of her leadership qualities, she was

promoted to Chief of the Criminal Division in the office and

she also has served as a First Assistant United States

Attorney. She was selected as Senior Litigation Counsel before

that, which was quite an honor. Ginny was the first attorney in

the district to achieve that honor. Her abilities in the

courtroom have been demonstrated time and time again in her

prosecution of the most complex white collar, fraud, tax fraud,

and public corruption cases.

    One case stands out to me. In 1990, I witnessed her

prosecute a multi-defendant racketeering public corruption

case. It was a very intense criminal prosecution. In my 15

years in Federal Courts, I have never seen a better closing

argument. In the longest jury trial ever tried in the Southern

District of Alabama, she tried the case successfully with

dignity, integrity and professionalism.

    The American Bar Association has given Ginny its highest

grade of approval, unanimously rating her ``well qualified.’’ I

am very pleased to see that recognition. Individuals that have

worked with her and know her share in the ABA’s recommendation.

Former Senator Howell Heflin is a great fan of Ginny and has

stated he knows of no opposition to her appointment.

    Ginny’s litigation skill, as well as command of the most

complex issues, has won her respect and admiration from the

press, her peers, and my overwhelming support.

    Senator Leahy, I commend you for scheduling this hearing

and placing her on the agenda. This court that she will be a

member of is pretty much in a crisis. It is a three-judge court

with only one active judge. We have had two vacancies for some

time now and I believe it is considered to be the district in

America with the longest existing crisis-level need for a

nominee.

     Chairman Leahy. We may not be doing her a favor by sending

her down there.

    Senator Sessions. It is going to be a challenge. The cases

have backlogged, for sure.

    Ginny’s integrity, experience, and commitment to the rule

of law are outstanding. The thing I think is most valuable in a

judge is judgment, and when I had a tough question in the

office and I needed advice on what to do, I went to her office,

as did every other Assistant United States Attorney. There was

a stream of them in and out. I know Donna has done it many

times. What does Ginny think about this, on a big issue? So I

think that is a high compliment.

    She will be a great District Judge and I am proud that she

will be moving forward.

    Senator Durbin. Thank you, Senator Sessions.

    [The prepared statement of Senator Sessions follows:]

 

   Statement of Hon. Jeff Sessions, a U.S. Senator from the State of

                                Alabama

 

    Mr. Chairman, I am pleased to introduce to the Committee a judicial

nominee of the highest order. Ginny Granade has the temperament,

integrity and legal knowledge as well as experience that will make her

an outstanding jurist on the federal bench. I know this from first hand

experience.

    Ginny served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney under my direction in

the Southern District of Alabama, so we have worked together and

prosecuted cases together. From that experience, I learned that Ginny

was level-headed, fair minded, trustworthy and smart. Her current

position, as interim United States Attorney in the Southern District of

Alabama, indicates that others think highly of her as well. She will

serve her state and her country well.

    Ginny is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and

served as a law clerk to the Honorable John Godbold, of the U.S. Court

of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. That Court circuit for which

Ginny is nominated to serve as a district judge, and the same circuit

that her grandfather once served as a circuit judge.

    And although this experience has no doubt aided her for service on

the federal bench, I believe that her more than 20 years of experience

in the United States Attorney’s Office, practicing in the very court

that she has been nominated for, as well as extensive appellate

experience before the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals,

has given her the necessary exposure to understand how a federal

district court and more importantly how a federal district judge should

conduct herself.

    Since Ginny joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1977, as the first

female Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Alabama, she

has proven her merit as an outstanding prosecutor and leader. In 1990,

because of her leadership qualities, she was promoted to Chief of the

Criminal Division of that office, and she also served at First

Assistant United States Attorney. Her abilities in the courtroom have

been demonstrated time and time again in her prosecution of complex

white collar fraud, tax fraud and public corruption cases.

    One case to me stands out. In 1990, I witnessed her prosecute a

multi-defendant, racketeering, public corruption case. This was high

stakes criminal prosecution. In my 15 years of practice in the federal

courts, I have never seen a better closing argument. In the longest

jury trial ever in the Southern District of Alabama, Ginny got the job

done.

    The American Bar Association has given Ginny its highest grade of

approval, unanimously rating her as well qualified. Individuals that

have worked with and know Ginny also share the ABA’s recommendation.

Former Senator Howell Heflin commented that he knows of ``no opposition

to her appointment.’’

    Ginny’s litigations skills as well as command of the most complex

issues has won her the respect and admiration of her peers, and my

overwhelming support.

    I commend Chairman Leahy for scheduling this hearing and placing

Ginny on the agenda, so that we can address a judicial crisis in the

Southern District of Alabama. A letter I received from Chief District

Judge Charles Butler underscores the need to move on this nomination.

Judge Butler is the only active judge serving in the district, which is

authorized to have three judges with a fourth approved by the Judicial

Conference of the United States. One of these vacancies is the longest

district court emergency in the country, so I appreciate the Chairman’s

willingness to move on this nominee.

    Ginny Granade’s integrity, experience, and commitment to the rule

of law are outstanding. I recommend her as an outstanding individual,

professional, attorney, and friend. She will make a great federal

judge.