Circuit Court Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, Place No. 4
Name: J. Timothy “Tim” Smith
Date of birth: Nov. 20, 1955; age 60
Political experience: None
Professional experience: Private practice, more than 30 years; SafeHouse of Shelby County attorney, more than 25 years; member, Third Citizens’ Conference on the Alabama State Courts, 1995; member and group chair, Birmingham Bar’s Grievance Committee; former member and past president, Alabama State Bar Family Law Section; former member, executive committee of the Birmingham Bar’s Young Lawyer’s Section; former chairman, Solo/Small Section Firm of the Birmingham Bar, 2013; past chairman, Young Lawyers Speakers Bureau of the Birmingham Bar.
Civic experience: Member, Birmingham Bar’s Volunteer Lawyers Program; former member, Alabama Center for Law and Civic Education board of directors; former member, Covenant House board of directors; member, Hoover Chamber of Commerce; former member, Epilepsy Foundation board of directors; former member, Magic City Harvest board of directors; former member, Greater Birmingham March of Dimes board of directors; former member, Alabaster Industrial Development Board; past president, Alabaster Chamber of Commerce.
Education: Auburn University, bachelor’s 1974; Birmingham School of Law, juris doctorate,1974; graduate, National Institute of Trial Advocacy; graduate, Southern Trust School at Birmingham Southern College.
Top Contributors: Ferris, Riley and Pitt $500; Terri Francis, $500; Haynes and Haynes, $500; Lightfoot, Franklin and White $500; John Timmons, $500.
Qualifications: Smith believes his civic involvement has prepared him for the judiciary. He cited his work as founder and first chairman of the board of Safehouse, a shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children, and his pro bono work on behalf of the poor, which earned him recognition from the Alabama State Bar. Smith also believes his smaller campaign budget is a positive and said judges should not be able to buy their way into office.