Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Place 8
Marshell Jackson Hatcher
Political experience: First run for public office.
Professional experience: Adjunct professor at Miles Law School; attorney at law; legislative analyst with Alabama Law Institute; associate counsel and interim executive director for the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District; adjunct professor at Virginia College. Member of the American Bar, Alabama State Bar, Birmingham Bar and Magic City Bar associations; Alabama Lawyers Association.
Civic experience: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Omicron Omega Chapter; The Links; TriCounty Chapter, United Fellowship Breakfast Forum; member, NAACP, Metro Birmingham Branch; former board member, Lexington Park Residential Association, 2007; graduate, Leadership Birmingham, 2008. Has been given multiple awards, including Wonderful Outstanding Women Award, NAACP, 2017; Bridge the Gap Award, Miles Law School, 2017; Distinguished Professional Award, Peace Baptist District Association, 2016; Community Worker of the Year Award of Merit, NAACP, 2013; Outstanding Service Award, United Fellowship Breakfast Forum, 2011
Education: Juris doctor, Birmingham School of Law, 1996; Peace Officer Standards and Training certification, University of Alabama; Tuscaloosa Police Academy, 1990; bachelor’s in criminal justice, Jacksonville State University, 1988; graduate P.D. Jackson-Olin High School, 1985.
Main issues: “If elected, I will work to ensure that the administration of justice is one that is accessible and fair to all,” Hatcher said. “This includes improving the judicial system by spending time in the community participating in community forums, speaking to groups, schools and other organizations, explaining the roles of the courts, judges and jurors in the judicial system. I want litigants to know that their cases will be heard in a timely fashion and in accordance with the law and justice. I will bring my knowledge and experience to this position so that I can run my courtroom efficiently and fairly. I will work to keep the caseload moving smoothly, with no unreasonable backlogs.”
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