John England, III named newest magistrate judge

      John England, III,{}son of{}a former Alabama Supreme{}Court{}justice, has been named by the district judges of the Northern District of Alabama as the district's newest magistrate judge. England will replace Magistrate Judge Robert Armstrong who will retire in June.

      England has served as First Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama since 2010. He came to the Department of Justice in 1999, where he covered general crimes, narcotics and organized crime, white collar and cyber crime. Prior to his work with the U.S. Attorney's office he was an associate attorney in a Huntsville law firm that focused on personal injury litigation, class action and labor and employment cases. England served a clerkship{}to Associate Justice Terry Butts on the Supreme Court of Alabama.

      District Judge Sharon Blackburn, chief judge of the Northern District, said, "He has a broad range of legal experience that will result in his having an immediate and positive impact on the court's work. In addition to his stellar reputation as a lawyer, his outstanding reputation for integrity and hard work contributed to his being selected for this important position."

      England's father, Judge John Henry England, Jr.,{}was one of the first African-American graduates of the University of Alabama's Law School. He currently serves as a Tuscaloosa county circuit court judge. He also once was an Alabama Supreme Court Justice. England{}attributes his understanding of having a positive impact on{}his community and beyond from his father.{}

      John England, III will be the only African-American magistrate judge in the northern district. He must undergo a new FBI background check. England is expected to assume his new position within the next few months.

      England and his wife have a daughter and live in Birmingham.