Circuit Court Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, Place No. 4
Name: Lara McCauley Alvis
Date of birth: Dec. 31, 1974; age 41
Political experience: None
Professional experience: Private practice, Alvis & Alvis, 2007-present; adjunct professor, University of Alabama School of Law, 2006-present; associate attorney, Allison, May, Alvis, Fuhrmeister and Kimbrough, 2006-2007; judicial law clerk, Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, 2000-2001; law clerk, Alabama Attorney General’s Office, 1998 and 2000; assistant district attorney, Shelby County, 1998-2000 and 2001-2006; law clerk, summer of 1998 and during the 1999-2000 school year.
Civic experience: Board of directors, Easter Seals, 2015-present; founder, Girl Scout Troop 983, 2014-present; advisory board member, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Shelby County, 2014-2016; Church Council member, Lakeview Pelham’s First United Methodist Church, 2013-present.
Education: University of Alabama School of Law, juris doctorate, 2000; University of Alabama, bachelor’s, graduated magna cum laude, 1997.
Top contributors: Jim Cunningham, $20,000; Barry Alvis, $3,000; Linda Fields, $2,350.
Qualifications: Alvis points to her experience as an assistant district attorney, as well as her years in private practice, which she said has given her the tools to view cases from all sides. As a conservative, Alvis said, she will not “legislate from the bench” but will rule exactly as the law reads. She also believes her experience will help her manage ever more crowded court dockets and a cash-strapped court system.