The duties: The Supreme Court of Alabama is composed of a chief justice and eight associate justices. The primary responsibility of the justices is to review decisions made by other courts of the state. They also have jurisdiction over all appeals involving a controversy over more than $50,000 and appeals from the Alabama Public Service Commission.
Political experience: Ran for Shelby County Circuit Judge, 2004. Professional experience: Private practice, 1997-present; legal secretary, Jim Pino & Associates, 1989-1994. Civic experience: Member, BamaCarry, which bills itself as “Alabama’s only ‘No Compromise’ gun rights group.”; member, the National Rifle Association. Education: University of Alabama at Birmingham, bachelor’s, 1993; Cumberland School of Law, juris doctorate, 1997. Top contributors: Joannie Taylor, $1,000; Phillip Bahakel, $500.
Political experience: Associate justice, Alabama Supreme Court, 2004-present; founding executive director of the Alabama Family Alliance (now the Alabama Policy Institute); founding executive director of the Alabama Family Advocates, associated with Focus on the Family and Dr. James Dobson; lobbied for pro-family issues in the Alabama Legislature. Professional experience: Supreme Court justice, 2004-present; former deputy administrative director of courts, where he served as general counsel for the court system, advising trial court judges; former director of the Alabama Judicial College, which provides training for new judges and continuing legal education for existing judges; former legal adviser to then-Chief Justice Roy Moore; former Alabama assistant attorney general; previously in private practice. Civic experience: Member, Frazer United Methodist Church, Montgomery. Education: Vanderbilt University School of Law; Dartmouth College; won a Rotary International Fellowship for further study of law at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) School of Law.