BIRMINGHAM – U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town began work today in the Northern District of Alabama after taking his oath of office from Chief U.S. District Court Judge Karon O. Bowdre.
“I am incredibly proud to inherit an extraordinarily capable and competent office with such great potential,” Town said. “The Northern District already is endowed with a full spectrum of law-enforcement of sincere mettle and great devotion. We are all eager to undertake the worthy cause of the ambitious priorities of the Attorney General and this administration.”
Town is one of the first three U.S. Attorneys nominated by President Donald J. Trump to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
A former judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps, Town comes to the U.S. Attorney’s Office from a senior prosecutor’s role in the Madison County District Attorney’s Office in Huntsville, where he lives. Town worked as an assistant district attorney in the Madison County office from 2005 until the Senate confirmed his appointment as U.S. Attorney in July.
Before moving to Alabama, he was outside counsel at a large firm in New Jersey focused on commercial defense of major pharmaceutical, commercial and surety companies involved in litigation with federal agencies.
Town served in the Marine Corps for 12 years and was honorably discharged in 2008, attaining the rank of major. He has remained committed to veterans’ issues and was instrumental in forming the Madison County Veterans Court, one of the first such diversionary courts in Alabama dedicated to the physical and mental health needs of veterans in the criminal justice system.
He has served on several charitable boards, to include the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, a national organization promoting educational, patriotic and veterans’ initiatives directed by the living Medal of Honor recipients. He also serves as a director for America’s Warrior Partnership, which is a national organization that empowers communities to empower veterans through community integration. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution awarded Town the Medal of Honor for his many charitable activities.
Town has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama-Huntsville in the Department of Political Science with the curriculum focused on executive war powers and the Geneva Conventions.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Government & International Relations from the University of Notre Dame in 1995 and received his Juris Doctor from the Seton Hall University School of Law in 1998.
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