FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 16, 2013
POINT CLEAR—The board of directors for ProgressPAC, the political action committee of the Business Council of Alabama, has endorsed five statewide judicial candidates who are up for election in 2014. All five are current members on one of three appellate courts:
· Supreme Court Associate Justice Greg Shaw
· Court of Civil Appeals Presiding Judge William Thompson
· Court of Civil Appeals Judge Scott Donaldson
· Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Mary Windom
· Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Beth Kellum
“All of these judges have a proven track record of being fair and impartial while serving on their respective courts,” said ProgressPAC chairman Fred McCallum, president of AT&T Alabama. “Their commitment to the rule of law and conservative judicial philosophy made the decision to endorse early an easy one.”
Justice Shaw was elected to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals in 2000 and was reelected to that Court in 2006. On March 16, 2007, Justice Shaw was appointed Chief Judge of the Alabama Court of the Judiciary. Justice Shaw served on both the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals and the Alabama Court of the Judiciary until January 20, 2009, when, after being elected in 2008, he assumed the office of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama.
Judge Thompson, the longest serving appellate judge in the state, was elected to the Court of Civil Appeals from Homewood in 1996 and was re-elected to the court in 2002 and 2008. He became presiding judge of the court in 2007. He also served on the committee that rewrote Alabama’s juvenile code. Prior to serving as a judge, Judge Thompson practiced law in both Birmingham and Montgomery.
Judge Donaldson was appointed to the Court of Civil Appeals by Gov. Robert Bentley in January 2013. From 2003-2013, he was a circuit judge for the Sixth Judicial Circuit. He chaired or served on numerous judicial committees and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Circuit Judge’s Association.
Judge Windom was elected to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals in 2008, and became the Court’s Presiding Judge in 2012. She presently serves on the Alabama Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure. She has also served on the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism and the Judicial Study Commission Sub-Committee on Indigent Defense. Additionally, Judge Windom has served as a Special Justice for the Alabama Supreme Court.
Judge Kellum was elected to the Court of Criminal Appeals in 2008. She began her legal career in private practice and then served as an Assistant Attorney General for Attorney General Charles Graddick. She has also worked as a staff attorney for then-Criminal Appeals Court Judge Jean Brown followed by a period as a senior staff attorney for the Alabama Supreme Court from 1999 until 2001, before returning to the Court of Criminal Appeals as the senior staff attorney for then newly-elected Judge Kelli Wise.
The Business Council of Alabama is Alabama’s foremost voice for business. The BCA is a non-partisan statewide business association representing the interests and concerns of nearly one million working Alabamians through its member companies and its partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. BCA is Alabama’s exclusive affiliate to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.
Contact: Nathan Lindsay (334) 834-6000