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We recommend to you as a candidate for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama Bob Vance, who has served with distinction as a Circuit Judge of Jefferson County in the civil division since 2002.  Bob Vance was born and reared in the Birmingham area, obtained his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1982 and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1985.  He clerked for Judge Tom Gee on the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and he practiced law for 16 years with the Birmingham firm of Johnston Barton Proctor & Powell, LLP.  Bob Vance is married to Joyce Vance and they have four children.

The Chief Justice presides over the Alabama Supreme Court.  He or she votes on every case and petition that is filed in that Court.  The Chief Justice, along with the Associate Justices, appoints a Clerk, Marshal, Reporter of Decisions, Librarian, the Chief Judge of  the Court of the Judiciary and a member of the Judicial Inquiry Commission.  Bob Vance has committed to working with the Associate Justices and Judges of the Court of Appeals in making these important appointments.

The Chief Justice alone appoints an Administrative Director of Courts and, with her or his concurrence, the various Directors and Administrators of the Administrative Office of Courts.  These have direct contact with most Circuit and District Court Judges and Clerks; and the officers of these associations and the Associate Justices and Judges of the Courts of Appeal should be consulted and listened to before appointments to these most important positions are made by the Chief Justice.  Bob Vance has committed to doing that.

Bob Vance’s Father, Robert S. Vance, was a most respected Federal Court Judge when he was murdered in 1989 by a mail bomb sent to him by a man who had a grudge against the Court.

Bob Vance is an intelligent, a hard working, Circuit Judge with great respect for the Citizens of Alabama, the Rule of Law, and the Judges and Justices who are elected or appointed to the Federal and State Courts.  Bob Vance will be a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of whom we can be proud.  Please vote for and support him.  Thank you.


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Former Associate Justice Sam A. Beatty

Former Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb

Former Associate Justice John England

Former Associate Justice J. Bernard Harwood

Former Associate Justice Kenneth Ingram

FormerAssociate Justice Douglas Inge Johnstone

Former Associate Justice Mark Kennedy

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Former Associate Justice Janie L. Shores

Retiring Associate Justice Thomas A. Woodall

Former Acting Chief Justice J. Gorman Houston

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