2020 election

Terrika Shaw

District Court Judge, Jefferson County, Place 7

Terrika Shaw (Source: Candidate’s website)

Terrika Shaw

Party: Democrat

Age: 35

Residence: Birmingham

Political experience: None

Professional experience: Supervising attorney, Elder Law Clinic, University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, 2017-present; staff attorney, Legal Services of Alabama, 2014-2017; managing partner, Shaw at Law, 2012-2014.

Civic experience: Graduate, Emerge Alabama (trains Democratic women to run for office).

Education: Doctor of jurisprudence, Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2011; bachelor’s degree in English language and literature, University of Alabama, 2007.

Main issues: “I will treat everyone with respect and fairness regardless of their economic status or education,” she said on her campaign website. “When an individual leaves my courtroom, they will know that they have been heard and treated fairly. The people of Jefferson County deserve nothing less.”

Shaw was part of a team that represented Geneva Cooley, who was serving a life sentence without possibility of parole for a drug offense; Cooley was released last October after 17½ years at Tutwiler Prison.

Top contributors: Gregory Brumfield, McKinney, Texas, $1,455.90; Candidate, $665; Melanie Casselberry, Birmingham, $477.50; Valerie Shaw, Birmingham, $302.50.

Campaign: Terrika Shaw for Jefferson County District Court Judge