2016 Primary Election

Tamara Harris Johnson (D)

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Place 22

Johnson PhotoTamara Harris Johnson

Age: Not provided

Residence: Birmingham

Political experience: Ran for Jefferson County Circuit Civil Court, 2012; ran for U.S. Congress, 7th Congressional District, 2014.

Professional experience: Private practice, 2012-present; executive counsel, Fulton County (Georgia) District Attorney, 2011-2012; private practice, 2008 -2011; adjunct professor, Cumberland Law School, 2005-2008; national legal adviser, The Girl Friends Inc., 2005-2007; national legal adviser, Jack & Jill of America Inc., 2006 -2010; city attorney, Birmingham, 2000-2007; Alabama Bar examiner, 2000-2004; associate, Gorham & Waldrep, P.C., 1998-2000; general counsel and executive director of human resources, Birmingham City Schools, 1997-1998; deputy district attorney, Jefferson County, 1990-1997; trial attorney, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 1988-1990; deputy city attorney, Los Angeles, 1985-1988; partner, Johnson & Johnson Law Offices, Los Angeles, 1984-1985; law clerk, Department of Water & Power, Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, 1982-1984; associate, Patmon & Young, P.C., Detroit, 1981; associate general Counsel, NAGE/IBPO/AFGE, Washington, D.C., 1978-1979; law clerk, Associate Judge William S. Thompson, Superior Court, D.C., 1977-1978.

Civic experience: Member, Leadership Birmingham Members’ Council, 2010-2016; member and former officer, The Links, 1978-present; board member, Alabama School of Fine Arts Foundation, 2003-2012; master of the bench, Birmingham Inns of Court, 2001-2014; member, The Women’s Network, 2002-2008; board member, the Crisis Center, 1998-2001; graduate, Leadership Alabama, 2000; board member, Legal Services of Metro Birmingham, 1994-1997; volunteer, The Dannon Project, Pathways, YWCA and Literacy Council; member, Sixth Avenue Baptist Church.

Education: Howard University Law School, juris doctorate, 1977; Spelman College, bachelor’s, 1974.

Qualifications: Johnson has litigated more than 300 jury trials and hundreds of bench trials, criminal and civil, as a prosecutor, plaintiff’s attorney and defense counsel. She said she is running for a judgeship because everyone – irrespective of socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual identity or any other identifier – deserves and is entitled, under the law, to be treated fairly.