Graham named Alabama Law Foundation Fellow

Jackson County Circuit Judge John H. Graham was recently elected a Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation, and inducted January 25, 2020, during ceremonies in Montgomery. The Alabama Law Foundation was established in 1987, and is a charitable, tax-exempt organization providing ways for lawyers 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 Alabama Law Foundation’s Fellows program honors bar members who have made a significant contribution to their profession and their community. No more than one percent 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 Judge Graham, the Foundation’s 2019 class of Fellows included distinguished lawyers from across Alabama, three justices on the Alabama Supreme Court, two federal judges and a United States Congressman. Judge Graham established and runs the Jackson County Drug Court, which has been recognized as the best such program in Alabama and has received national recognition for its innovative programming. 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 Governor 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.

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