Jackson County Circuit Judge John H. Graham has been elected a Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation. Graham was inducted on Jan. 25 during ceremonies in Montgomery.
The Alabama Law Foundation, established in 1987, is a charitable, tax-exempt organization that provides ways for attorneys to better their profession and their communities.
The foundation funds free legal aid to the poor in civil cases, awards law student scholarships and sponsors projects that improve the administration of justice. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants and scholarships.
“The honor was completely unexpected,” said Graham. “I am humbled to be included in such a group of distinguished lawyers and judges from all across the state. I am grateful to be nominated and selected.”
The Alabama Law Foundation’s Fellows program honors bar members who have made a significant contribution to their profession and their community. No more than 1% of Alabama lawyers may become Fellows, and those elected to membership represent an exceptional group of attorneys dedicated to improving their communities and state.
In addition to Graham, the foundation’s 2019 class of Fellows included distinguished attorneys from across Alabama, three justices on the Alabama Supreme Court, two federal judges and a United States Congressman.
Graham established and continues to run Jackson County Drug Court, which has received national recognition for its innovative programming.
“I am proud for my work to be recognized, especially our work in drug court, the place where I have learned that I can best serve the people of Jackson County, and help make real, positive change in the lives of the people I serve,” said Graham.
He is involved in numerous activities to improve the administration of justice locally and statewide, serves as vice president and president-elect of the Alabama Association of Drug Court Professionals, is a member of the Circuit Judges Association Education Committee, and was appointed by the Supreme Court of Alabama to the Pattern Criminal Jury Instruction Committee and the Alabama Chemical Testing Advisory Board.
Graham was first appointed circuit judge in 2006 by Gov. Bob Riley and has since been elected three times, all without opposition. He graduated Berea College in Kentucky and the University of Alabama School of Law.
He is married to Angela R. Graham, a clinical nurse educator with Encompass Home Health, Inc. They live in Stevenson.