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A Message From Marshell 

On November 6, 2018, the voters of Jefferson County elected me as Circuit Court Judge – Civil Division, Place 8.  I won by a vote of 56% over my opponent.  I believe that improving the quality of justice is critical to the community.  I have:

  • Experience of the law and courtroom procedures

  • The temperament to hear and consider the legal issues with neutrality and decisiveness

  • The courage to do what the law requires.

I have handled hundreds of cases in Jefferson County District and Circuit Courts, including serving as lead counsel on bench trials and jury trials.  The experience I have gained, the compassion I have for fairness and respect and my commitment to be of service to the community proved that I was the best candidate for this honorable position.

On November 6, 2018, a vote for Hatcher was a vote for Experience, Fairness and Respect.

Thank you to everyone for the support during the campaign. Thank you Jefferson County for giving me the opportunity to serve you as Circuit Court Judge.

In The News

Marshell Jackson Hatcher is in the news!  We are excited to announce that Marshell is part of the attention drawn to women who are seeking elected positions.  Read the following stories….

Birmingham Times, January 4-10, 2018


New York Magazine, January 22, 2018


GLAMOUR Magazine, MAY 24, 2018


CNN, JUNE 5, 2018


AJ+, AUGUST 31, 2018



Birmingham school of law 

Juris Doctor, May 1996

University of Alabama police academy 

Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certification, August 1990

Jacksonville State university 

Bachelor of Science, (Forensic Science), December 1988

Birmingham public schools

High School Diploma, May 1985


Miles Law School

Adjunct Professor, 2016- Present

Marshell Jackson Hatcher, Attorney at Law

Solo Practitioner, 2016 – Present

Alabama Law Institute

Legislative Analyst, 2017 Legislative Session

Housing Authority of the Birmingham District

Interim Executive Director, 2014

Associate Counsel, 2005-2016

Virginia College at Birmingham

Adjunct Professor, 2007-2012; 2014

Marshell R. Jackson, Attorney at Law

Solo Practitioner, 1997-2005

Jefferson County Sheriff Department

Deputy Sheriff, 1990-1996

Honors and awards

Wonderful Outstanding Women (WOW) Award

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 2017

Bridge the Gap Award

Miles Law School, 2017

Distinguished Professional Award

Peace Baptist District Association, 2016

Sunday School Servant’s Award

Peace Missionary Baptist Church, 2014

Community Worker of the Year Award of Merit

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 2013

Who’s Who in Black Alabama

Counselor at Law, 2013

Outstanding Service Award

United Fellowship Breakfast Forum, Inc., 2011


Lexington Park Residential Association, 2007

Previous: Board Member

Leadership Birmingham, 2008

Peace Missionary Baptist Church, Pratt City 

Previous: Sunday School Superintendent

Sunday School Teacher

Vacation Bible School Teacher

Committee Chairperson

Guest speaker for elementary school honor society induction, Tuggle Elementary School

Guest speaker for church and service organizations



  • Presenter, “Problems with Working (and Sometimes Winning) Students First Cases” Alabama Education Association Network Attorneys’ Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2017

  • Workshop Instructor, Public Housing Hearing Officer Training. Housing Authority of the Birmingham District, Birmingham, AL, 2012


Professional/Civic Affiliations

  • Alabama State Bar Association (licensed since 1997)

  • Birmingham Bar Association

  • Alabama Lawyers Association

  • American Bar Association

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Omicron Omega Chapter

  • The Links, Inc. – TriCounty (AL) Chapter

  • United Fellowship Breakfast Forum, Inc.

  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) – Metro Birmingham Branch

Glamour Magazine, June 2018

Glamour Magazine, June 2018