2016 Primary Election

Pamela Wilson Cousins (D)

Jefferson County District Court Place 5

Pamela Wilson Cousins photoPamela Wilson Cousins

Age: 56

Residence: Gardendale

Political experience: Ran for Circuit Court in Bessemer Cutoff, 2010.

Professional experience: Private practice, 1993-present; attorney, Reid & Thomas, Anniston, 1992-1993; previously paralegal for L. Dan Turberville  P.C., Maynard, Cooper, Frierson & Gale P.C., and Wiggins & Quinn/Gordon, Silberman, all of Birmingham.

Civic experience: Participated in voter registration drives and free legal clinics;  volunteer for Habitat for Humanity; former member Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; member, Living Stones Temple Church; volunteer in several Birmingham Bar Association programs, including volunteer lawyers program, mentoring and alternative dispute program for high school students.

Education: Birmingham School of Law, juris doctorate, 1990; Alabama A&M University, master’s in personnel administration, 1984; Tennessee State University, bachelor’s, 1981.

Top contributors: Self, loans, $2,410; Della Johnson, $1,576; John Jeffries, $1,500; Cluis Cox, $625; The Larkin Law Firm, $500.

Qualifications:  Cousins has 24 years of practicing law plus several years as a paralegal with a plaintiff’s firm and a defense firm, which she said equips her with the skills to research, interpret and apply the law to the case at hand. She said her training as a mediator adds to her ability to understand the importance of being neutral.

Campaign: www.cousinsforjudge.com