Judge Gerald Tjoflat, the longest-serving federal appellate judge in U.S. history. (AJC file photo)
That was six years before the appeals court split into two separate circuits. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is now headquartered in Atlanta. The other appeals court is in New Orleans.
This will be Trump's fourth seat to fill on the 11th Circuit, which is allotted 12 judges and decides cases out of Georgia, Florida and Alabama.
Judge Britt Grant, when she served as a justice on the Georgia Supreme Court in 2017. (DAVID BARNES / DAVID.BARNES@AJC.COM)
So far, Trump has filled two Georgia seats with former Georgia Supreme Court Justice Britt Grant and former Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Elizabeth Branch. Trump filled an Alabama seat with former state Solicitor General Kevin Newsom.
Judge Elizabeth Branch, during her Senate confirmation hearing. (AJC file photo)
The 11th Circuit sets precedents in the tri-state circuit on some of the contentious issues of the day, such as abortion, immigration, the death penalty, gay rights and voting rights.
The court is considered one of the nation's most conservative when deciding cases on discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Its precedents have made it extremely difficult for plaintiffs to prevail in hostile work environment claims, so much so that most of the accusations get dismissed before they go to trial.