Jefferson County Circuit Court, Place 22, Duties

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.  The Place 22 seat handles civil cases.

Perryn Suzanne Carroll (D)

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Place 22

Perryn Carroll

Date of birth: June 24, 1965; age 50

Residence: Mountain Brook

Political experience: Ran for Jefferson County Circuit Court judge, 2014. Professional experience: Clerk, Supreme Court of Alabama, 1990-1991; private practice specializing in civil litigation, 1991-present. Civic experience: Board member and volunteer, Jimmie Hale Mission; board member, Aletheia House; board member, Joint Commission on Homelessness for Jefferson County; member, American Cancer Society Hope Gala Committee; volunteer, Dream Center; volunteer, Samaritan’s Place; volunteer, Central Park Recreation Center; volunteer, Meals on Wheels; teacher, fourth-grade girls’ Bible study at West End Academy; teacher, Neighborhood Academy at the Ensley Recreation Center; member, Faith + Action = Justice. Education: UAB, bachelor’s degree, 1987; Cumberland School of Law, juris doctorate, 1990. Top contributors: Self, loan, $4,381; David H. Marsh, $2,500; Andrew P. Campbell, $2,000; Thomas E. Badley, $2,000; Wiggins, Childs, Quinn & Pantazis, LLC, $2,000; Holt, Mussleman, Morgan & Alvis, Attorneys, $1,500; Shunnarah Injury Lawyers, $1,200.

Tamara Harris Johnson (D)

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Place 22

Tamara Harris Johnson

Date of birth: No age 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. Top contributors: Self, loan $8,319, Farris, Riley & Pitt, $500; Paul Gardner, $250; Dr. Ross Gardner, $250.

Russ Parker (D)

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, Place 22

Russ Parker

Date of birth: April 1980; age 35

Residence: Hoover

Political experience: Democratic candidate for state Senate, 2006. Professional experience: Private practice, focusing on employment discrimination; taught literature and composition at UAB; registered on the Alabama State Court Mediator Roster and the Alabama Arbitrator Roster; listed on the Panel of Neutrals for the Northern District of Alabama federal court; member, Birmingham Bar Association Bar Bulletin Committee. Civic experience: Volunteer mediator, Jefferson County Mediation Project. Education: Tulane University, master of laws in international and comparative law, 2009; University of Alabama, juris doctorate, 2006; UAB, master’s 2002; Grove City College, bachelor’s, 2001. Top contributors: Self, loans, $1,050; self, donations, $850; Hare Wynn Newell & Newton, $500; Susan Han, $200; Bert and Elizabeth Nettles, $100.