Max O. Cogburn, Jr.

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Max Cogburn
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
Assumed office
March 11, 2011
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Lacy Thornburg
United States Magistrate Judge of the Western District of North Carolina
In office
1995–2004
Personal details
Born April 1951 (age 71)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma mater University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Samford University

Max Oliver Cogburn, Jr. (born April 1951) is a District Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

Early life and education

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Cogburn earned a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina in 1973 and a law degree from the Samford University Cumberland School of Law in 1976.[1]

Professional career

From 1976 until 1980, Cogburn worked as an associate and then as a partner at an Asheville, North Carolina law firm. From 1980 until 1992, he worked in the United States Attorney's office in Asheville as an Assistant United States Attorney, including as Chief Assistant United States Attorney from 1986 until 1988.[2]

From 1992 until 1995, Cogburn was a partner in a law firm in Charlotte, North Carolina. From 1995 until 2004, he served as a federal magistrate judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. He returned to private practice in 2004, working in Asheville, North Carolina.[3]

Federal judicial service

On May 27, 2010, President Obama nominated Cogburn to a seat on the Western District of North Carolina. He was reported out of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary on December 8, 2010, but his nomination lapsed at the end of 2010 and the end of the 111th Congress.[4] Obama renominated Cogburn on January 5, 2011, and he was reported out of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary on February 3, 2011.[5] The Senate confirmed Cogburn in a 96-0 vote on March 10, 2011.[6] He received his commission on March 11, 2011.[7]

Notable rulings

On October 10, 2014, Cogburn struck down North Carolina's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional, opening the way for same-sex marriages in North Carolina to begin immediately. [8]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Lacy Thornburg
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
2011–present
Incumbent