The duties: Circuit Court is the highest court in the county. The circuit courts are where jury trials take place. In most Alabama counties, the circuit courts hear both civil and criminal cases. In Jefferson County there is a civil division and a criminal division. This seat hears civil cases.
Professional Experience: Private practice, Bloomston & Basgier, 2004-present; attorney for the Police Benevolent Association; executive committee member, Birmingham Bar Association; president of the criminal justice section, Birmingham Bar; prosecutor, Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, 2004. Civic Experience: Board member for the YMCA; member of the Shades Valley Rotary Club; member of the NAACP; member of the Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church; former member Multiple Sclerosis Leadership Society. Education: University of Alabama Law School, juris doctorate, 2004; James Madison University, bachelor’s degree. Top Contributors: Gladys Campbell, $3,000; James F. Liddon, $2,500; Winston, Winston, Jenkins & Chastain, $2,500; Kenneth Hobbs, $750; Brannon Manor, $500. Qualifications: Basgier said his background in areas of law such as white collar crime, criminal defense and gaming law provide him extensive experience and allow him to have a fair and balanced approach to the bench.
Political experience: Ran for House District 58, 2006; Member, executive committee of the Democratic Party. Professional experience: Board member, Women Lawyers Section; Birmingham Municipal Court judge, 2008-present; special circuit Judge, 2004-2006; senior trial referee, 2003-2006. Civic experience: Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; Birmingham Park and Recreation Board; American Association of University Women; National Coalition of 100 Black Women; Black Women’s Roundtable; Vulcan Park and Museum Board; member of The Worship Center Christian Church. Education: Judicial College, 2013; Miles Law School, juris doctorate, 1998; University of Alabama, bachelor’s of science, 1981. Top Contributors: None reported.
Professional Experience: Private practice, 1998-present, legal counselor for Committee to Protect the Homes; volunteer, Birmingham Bar Association Civil and Domestic Relations. Civic Experience: Member, Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church; mentor clerestory, Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church; board member, Epilepsy Foundation; volunteer, Birmingham Museum of Art; former member Homewood Rotary Club and Vulcan Kiwanis. Education: Birmingham School of Law, juris doctorate, 1992; University of Alabama at Birmingham, bachelor’s of science, 1983. Top Contributors: Robert Edwards, $2,550; Henry Fisher Jr., $500; Albright Rainey, $300; Ralph Sanders, $400; Britney Fisher, $220; Ralph Sanders, $200. *This information has been corrected from the original version.