Jefferson County District Court Place 9
Political experience: Appointed Birmingham Municipal Court judge, March 2017.
Professional Experience: Birmingham Municipal Court judge, 2017-present; staff defense attorney, Legal Aid Society of Birmingham, 2017-present; deputy district attorney/senior trial attorney, Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, 2004-2017; domestic violence attorney, Legal Services Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 2003-2004.
Civic Experience: Homeless Court participant; reads to students at local schools and churches through the Birmingham Reads Program; involved with Growing Kings; member, Living Stones Temple; chairperson of Domestic Violence Law Group for Legal Services Alabama; committee chair Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention; participant in Project Homeless Initiative; Salvation Army Angel Tree Volunteer.
Education: Juris doctorate, University of Alabama School of Law, 2003; bachelor’s in criminal justice, UA, 2000; graduate, Homewood High, 1996.
Main issues: “I would like to implement a Gun Court Program for gun offenses. The program would have similar characteristics as other specialty courts like Drug Court or Veteran’s Court. However, Gun Court would focus on educating individuals about gun safety in addition to (assessing) participants for other services. … These services would include education (GED), job readiness skills and placement, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and mental health treatments. I would also like to contract with the Project Renew Program to help individuals obtain a driver’s license. This program focuses on identifying and resolving cases that are hindering people from obtaining their driver’s license and it aids in driver’s license test preparation. I would also offer community service options as an alternative to some court costs and fees.”
Top Contributors: Loans to self, $14,703.50; Ironworkers Local, $1,000; Polson & Polson Attorneys, $1,500.