Jefferson County District Court, Place 4, Duties

The duties: District Court handles all misdemeanors and traffic violations that have been investigated by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Alabama Department of Public Safety and other various state agencies. District Court also is the initial courtroom phase for all felony cases that have not been indicted by a grand jury.  

William A. “Tony” Bell Jr. (D)

Jefferson County District Court Place 4

William A. “Tony” Bell Jr.

Date of birth: March 2, 1976; age 40

Residence: Birmingham

Political experience: Municipal judge, city of Lipscomb 2011-2012; Municipal judge, city of Irondale, 2012-present. Professional experience: Private practice attorney focusing on criminal law, 2007-present; municipal judge, Irondale, 2012-present; municipal prosecutor, city of Lipscomb, 2012-present; municipal prosecutor, Brighton, 2012-present; municipal judge, Lipscomb, 2011-2012; public defender, city of Homewood, 2009-present; public defender, city of Fultondale, 2008-present; professor, Miles College School of Law, 2011; assistant district attorney, Milwaukee County Wisconsin Domestic Violence Unit, 2005-2007, Investment representative, SouthTrust Securities Inc., 1999-2001. Civic experience: Volunteer, Sickle Cell Foundation, 2005-present; executive committee member, Boy Scouts of America Greater Alabama Council, 2015-present; volunteer, Salvation Army, 2014; Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; board member, Birmingham History Center, 2011-present; volunteer, Junior Achievement of Greater Birmingham, 1999-2000. Education: University of Alabama School of Law, juris doctorate, 2004; University of Alabama, bachelor’s,1998; Ramsay High School Advanced Diploma, 1994. Top contributors: Law Offices of Terrence A. Bradley, $2,000; Michael Choy, $1,000; Robert W. Dozier, $1,000; Johnny Givens Jr., $1,000; United General Contractors Inc., $1,000.

Clotele Hardy “C.H.” Brantley (D)

Jefferson County District Court, Place 4

Clotele Hardy “C.H.” Brantley

Age: 56

Residence: Birmingham

Political experience: Appointed January 2007-present, senior trial referee, Jefferson County Family Court, Birmingham Division. Unsuccessful race for Jefferson County Family Court, Place 3, 2012

Professional experience: Senior trial referee, Jefferson County Family Court, 2007-present; project coordinator, UAB TASC Another Chance Program, coordinating re-entry services for women upon their release from prison, 2005-2007; general private practice, including appointment as assistant attorney general to prosecute child abuse and neglect cases on behalf of the state, 2002-2005; staff attorney, Legal Aid Society of Birmingham, 2001-2002; private law practice including criminal, family, bankruptcy and probate law, 1999-2001; UAB TASC Program, case manager, 1990-1992; 1994-1995. Civic experience: Recipient, NAACP’s Wonderful Outstanding Women Award, 2015; recipient, Birmingham Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta’s Women of Incredible Influence, 2015; recipient, Black Achievers Award, Attorney of the Year, presented by Oliver Robinson Foundation and Regions Financial Corp., 2014; member, NAACP; board member, Jimmie Hale Mission, 2004; board president, Impact Family Counseling; board member, Shepherd’s Fold Ministries, Alabama Prison Fellowship; member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Education: Miles Law School, juris doctorate, 1999; bachelor’s of science, UAB, 1987. Top contributors: The Hon. Darryl N. Bender, $2,000; Kinder Law Firm, $900; Hazzard Law Firm, $550; Hardy Enterprises, LLC, $500; The Earle Law Firm, $500. Qualifications: Brantley has been serving on the bench in Jefferson County Family Court as senior trial referee, where she hears and decides cases involving children and their families.