Davis Panel Recommends Attorneys for Clemon Seat

A committee formed by U.S. Rep. Artur Davis has recommended two black Birmingham lawyers for President Barack Obama to consider in his search to fill the seat of the first black federal judge in Alabama.

** FILE ** This Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008 file photo shows Rep. Artur Davis, D-Ala., at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A committee formed by U.S. Rep. Artur Davis has recommended two black Birmingham lawyers for President
Barack Obama to consider in his search to fill the seat of the first black federal judge in Alabama.

Davis' committee on Wednesday recommended attorneys Abdul Kallon
or Herman "Rusty" Johnson as replacements for U.S. District Judge U.W. Clemon, who is retiring. Kallon was the committee's first choice and Johnson the second choice.

Clemon became Alabama's first black federal judge in 1980 when appointed by President Carter.

Davis said Wednesday that Kallon and Johnson were chosen after an extensive process that included taking applications and interviewing candidates.

A separate committee formed by the Alabama Democratic Party recommended Madison County District Judge Lynn Sherrod for the north Alabama judgeship. She also is black.

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