June 20, 2013
Tulane Law School graduate Madeline Hughes Haikala received high praise from U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on her nomination to a federal judgeship.
Sessions said President Barack Obama had made “by all accounts a very good choice” in nominating Haikala to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.
Haikala, who graduated magna cum laude from Tulane Law School in 1989, has been a federal magistrate judge since October. Obama nominated her for the district court in May. Before going on the bench, she worked 22 years at the Birmingham-based firm of Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC.
Sessions called Haikala “one of the premier attorneys in Alabama” and said she is noted for her appellate practice and dedication to pro bono work.
During questioning at the June 19 hearing, Haikala said it’s important for judges to be even-tempered and calm, listen to both sides and “also to have a sense of humor.”
Her nomination must be voted on by the Judiciary Committee and the full Senate.