New U.S. District Court Judge sworn in

Posted at 6:51 PM, Sep 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-18 21:38:33-04

A new U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Texas was sworn in Tuesday afternoon. 

Judge Alan Albright became emotional during the ceremony, which had standing room only. 

Albright who has lived in Austin since 1981 is replacing the vacant seat left by Judge Walter Smith. He retired two years ago. 

The 58-year-old said he is honored to have been confirmed for the position, which came after an extensive vetting process. 

"This is one of the greatest days of my life, I guess other than when my kids were born. This has been a lifelong dream to become a United States District Judge," Albright said. "I'm unbelievably lucky to be here in Waco and I can't wait to get started and serve the community." 

Albright who grew up in San Antonio earned his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked as a clerk for a federal judge early in his career before serving as a U.S. Magistrate from 1992 to 1999. 

Since then, Albright has done trial work during patent lawsuits.

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