2016 Primary Election

Russ Parker (D)

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Place 22

Parker PhotoRuss Parker

Date of birth: April 1980; age 35

Residence: Hoover

Political experience: Democratic candidate for state Senate, 2006.

Professional experience: Private practice, focusing on employment discrimination; taught literature and composition at UAB; registered on the Alabama State Court Mediator Roster and the Alabama Arbitrator Roster; listed on the Panel of Neutrals for the Northern District of Alabama federal court; member, Birmingham Bar Association Bar Bulletin Committee.

Civic experience: Volunteer mediator, Jefferson County Mediation Project.

Education: Tulane University, master of laws in international and comparative law, 2009; University of Alabama, juris doctorate, 2006; UAB, master’s 2002; Grove City College, bachelor’s, 2001.

Top contributors: Self, loans, $1,050; self, donations, $850; Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, $500; Susan Han, $200; Bert and Elizabeth Nettles, $100. *This information has been corrected from the original version.

Qualifications: Parker said Alabama voters have the opportunity to elect judges from a wide array of backgrounds. As an attorney who represents workers who have faced discrimination and harassment, he believes judicial candidates whose perspectives have been shaped by representing such individuals would bring a valuable element of professional diversity to the courts.

Campaign: http://russparker4judge.wix.com/2016