Election Connection: Jim Hughey

Jim Hughey is a Democratic Party candidate for Circuit Court Judge, Place #9.

Here at Weld, we know that politicians have the right to free speech and we believe in their right to exercise it. In Election Connection, we offer local politicians the chance to explain to their constituents what makes them unique. The next submission is from Democrat judicial candidate Jim Hughey.

I’m running for office because I’m concerned about the future of Jefferson County and I’m convinced that, in order for our community to succeed, we all need to contribute when and where we can.

I see this civil litigation judgeship as a perfect place for me to serve because it is exclusively dedicated to the area of civil law to which I have devoted my 14 year legal career.  This is an open seat with no incumbent.  I decided to run after first consulting with my wife of 15 years, Lauren, who became my first and most important vote as we have three young children!  I am the third generation of my family to have been raised here in the county.  For college, I went to Vanderbilt University and for law school I came home to the University of Alabama School of Law.  While in law school, I served as Editor in Chief of the Alabama Law Review.  Upon graduation from law school, I was named a Hugo Black Scholar and received the Dean M. Leigh Harrison Award (which is given to the top 5% of the graduating class).

During my legal career I have been fortunate to be listed as among the Best Lawyers in America and as an Alabama Superlawyer, and also to have earned an AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating a lawyer can have for legal ability and professional ethics.  Outside my civil litigation practice, I have long participated in the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program, and have spent many hours working on diversity in the profession and mentoring law students.  I also serve on the boards of directors of the Downtown YMCA and the University of Alabama Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility.  Earlier this year, (2012) I received the University of Alabama Black Law Student Association’s Gail K. Johnson Achievement Award, which recognizes a practicing attorney who has made significant contributions to the community, especially students aspiring to become attorneys.  I was previously listed (when I was under 40) as one of the region’s “Top 40 Under 40” by the Birmingham Business Journal.

I am pleased that my campaign for this judgeship has received broad support from across Jefferson County and from all across the political spectrum.  Perhaps most importantly, I recently received more “highly qualified” votes than any other judicial candidate this year in the Birmingham Bar Association’s Judicial Candidate Qualifications Poll.  You can see the full results of the Poll at http://www.birminghambar.org/.  To find out more about me and/or my campaign, please go to http://www.jimhughey.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/jimhughey2012.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for caring about the upcoming election.  I’m asking for your vote, and those of your family and friends, on November 6!