Battle appointed to Jefferson County Judicial Commission

26 lawyers have applied for open Jefferson County circuit judgeship

Kent Faulk | By Kent Faulk | The Birmingham News
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on February 12, 2015 at 4:18 PM

Twenty-six Birmingham-area lawyers have submitted their names for the nomination to fill the job opening left by the recent retirement of Jefferson County Circuit Judge Caryl Privett.

The Jefferson County Judicial Commission set a deadline of Wednesday for lawyers to submit their names to be considered for a nomination. The commission will receive public comments regarding the 26 applicants until 4 p.m. Feb. 25.

The commission currently made up of a judge, two attorneys, and a lay person, will meet with candidates before selecting three names to submit to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, who then has 90 days to choose one nominee to replace Privett.

Those who have applied are:

Gail L. Andrews; Harry J. Blalock; John L. Bodie; Lea R. Bone; Charles Boohaker; Thomas W. Bowron II; Michael Capleone; Perryn G. Carroll; Brian Cash; Lee Cleveland; Christy Glidewell; Vincent J. (VJ) Graffeo; Brian Kilgore; Benjamin T. Larkin; Jim McFerrin; Cynthianther “CL” May;  Carla Morton-Sample; Russ Parker; Bentley Patrick; Javon Patton; Brady F. Rigdon; Wayne Rogers. Joshua C. Snable; Ted Strong; Peyton Thetford; and Everett Wess.

To submit comments to the commission about the applicants email:

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Tommy Nail –

LaVeeda Battle –

Bruce F. Rogers

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Battle on Obama Transition Team

LaVeeda Morgan Battle and Alan W. Houseman.

Legal Aid Veterans to Advise Obama Team on LSC
LaVeeda Morgan Battle and Alan W. Houseman.

Former LSC board member LaVeeda Morgan Battle and national legal aid leader Alan W. Houseman have been selected to advise President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team on issues relating to the Legal Services Corporation.

Battle, who served on LSC’s board from 1995 to 2004, says she was approached months ago to provide information on LSC, according to a Nov. 12 article in Alabama’s Birmingham News. “I am certain that this, as well as all issues the administration is going to have to address, will be carefully considered,” said Battle, who is currently the principal attorney of the Battle Law Firm in Birmingham. She is a former administrative law judge for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a former chair of the American Bar Association’s Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice.

Houseman, who served as a senior member of LSC’s staff from 1976 to 1981, is the executive director of the Center for Law and Social Policy, an advocacy group whose mission includes securing equal justice for all. He has a long history of involvement in poverty law advocacy and the delivery of legal services to the poor. In 1968 he was a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow with Wayne County Neighborhood Legal Services in Michigan. In 1969 he founded the statewide Michigan Legal Services. Since then he has written extensively on legal aid and poverty law issues, and is considered a national expert on the subject.

– See more at:

LSC Newsletter – Obama Transition article 2008

Battle joins the Babcock Foundation Board of Directors.

LaVeeda Morgan Battle was selected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation.  The Babcock Foundation makes grants to local and regional organizations in the southeastern United States that work in areas that will help achieve the Babcock Foundation’s  mission.  The Foundation’s mission is to help move people and places out of poverty through greater social and economic justice.

Battle Appointed to Federal Judicial Selection Committee

Ms. Battle has been appointed by the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Alabama to serve on a Selection Committee for a new Magistrate Judge.   The Selection Committee will interview interested candidates and make recommendations to the District Court.  Ms. Battle has previously served on a Federal Magistrate Judge Selection Committee and facilitated the selection process for appointments by the Obama administration in Alabama .  Ms. Battle practices with the Battle Law Firm in Birmingham, Alabama.