Why I'm Running

DSCF6904.jpg

While I was still in law school, I served in the District Attorney’s office of Tuscaloosa as a 3rd year student practitioner.  Since then I have always maintained that service to others is my highest goal.  My proudest professional award was for outstanding service to the Volunteer Lawyers Program in 1997, bestowed by the Alabama State Bar for Pro Bono service. When I first sought to go to law school, the great former Chief Justice Howell Heflin wrote one of my recommendations, and I will seek to emulate his wisdom and even-handed administration of justice.

I decided to run for the Supreme Court mainly because it is an opportunity to have another voice of someone who has had a lot of practical experience. I think it is important for women to be active in government, but it is also important for me to bring the experience I’ve had over the nearly 40 years of law practice as just a general sole practitioner.

I want bring to the table a high standard of ethics back to our highest court. The people of Alabama are sick to death of the rampant corruption that seems to have over taken our state.  Everyone who comes to court deserves a fair and impartial judge to hear their case, and apply the law, without bias.  We need judges who will rule based on the Constitution of Alabama and the United States rather than on political ideology.  No one should be above the law and no amount of money should be able to buy judicial results.  Independence is critical on the bench, and no judge should be beholden to a special interest group. 

Each case will be examined on its own merits, and decided fairly, based on the law.   

Donna+Smalley+Card+Front+Proof.png