Shelby County Circuit Judge, Place 2
Patrick E. Kennedy
Political experience: Ran for Shelby County Circuit judge, 2016; one of three finalists recommended by the Shelby County Judicial Commission for a judgeship, 2015.
Professional Experience: Private law practice, 2001-present, engaged in all aspects of the law, with emphasis on juvenile, criminal, civil and family law; served several Shelby County municipalities as a part-time prosecutor; president, Shelby County Bar Association, 2018; in the Army National Guard airborne infantry, Florida and Alabama, for eight years.
Civic Experience: Member, American Legion, Post 555; member, Perimeter Point Church; Boy Scouts of America den leader, committee member and scoutmaster; baseball coach, Kingwood Christian School, 2010-2011; state baseball commissioner for American Legion baseball; volunteer and speaker for school and community groups.
Education: Juris doctorate, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, 2000; master’s in public administration, Auburn University-Montgomery, 1997; bachelor’s, Troy State University, 1993.
Main issues: Kennedy believes his legal experience, combined with his academic background in public administration and his nearly 25 years as a Shelby County resident, make him the ideal candidate for the bench.
“I am invested in this community,” he said. “In 2001, I opened my general practice firm in this county. I have represented a variety of Shelby County residents from all ages and walks of life.”
He added, “I know and believe I am the best candidate for the position of circuit judge. I will bring my experience and knowledge of (the) military, governmental affairs, economic development, public administration and leadership to the bench.
“Most importantly,” he said, “I value relationships and people.”
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