Montgomery, Ala. – Seven Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law alumni were voted into public office across the state of Alabama during the November 6 elections.
Justice Tommy Bryan, a Jones graduate of the class of 1983 was elected to serve another term on the Alabama Supreme Court. Raised on a family farm in Crenshaw County, Bryan is a graduate of Troy State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in education. After graduating from JSL, he served as a staff attorney for the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals and became an assistant attorney general for the State of Alabama in 1987. In 2004, he successfully campaigned for a seat on the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals and in 2012 he was elected to the Alabama Supreme Court.
Judge Christy Edwards, a 2008 graduate of JSL was elected to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals. Edwards served as a judge on the Alabama Tax Court and has served the state in various legal positions within the Alabama Revenue Department including Assistant Attorney General. She has also served as a staff attorney on the Court of Civil Appeals.
“If I had a chance to do over it over again, and I had my choice of any law school in the country, I would come right back to Faulkner,” Edwards said. “My time here equipped me, prepared me and gave me a heart for serving the people of this state.”
Senator Tom Whatley, a graduate from JSL in 1999, was re-elected for a third term as Alabama State Senator representing District 24. He was born and raised on a family dairy farm in Lee County, he enlisted in the Alabama Army National Guard and graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s degree in public administration. He received his juris doctorate from JSL and served as battalion commander of the 167th Special Troops Battalion.
Senator Will Barfoot, who graduated from JSL in 2000, was elected to serve as Alabama State Senator representing District 25. Barfoot was a partner with Barfoot & Schoettker, LLC, and is married to Kathy Barfoot and has five children. The Barfoot family is a member of Thorington Road Baptist Church.
Judge Isaac Whorton is a JSL graduate from the class of 2006 and is a 2002 graduate of Auburn University and was recently elected to the circuit judge seat in the 5th Judicial Circuit. He was previously elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2014 and is a private attorney. He is married to Macy Whorton and has three children.
Jim Zeigler was re-elected to a second term as State Auditor. Zeigler was born in Sylacauga, Alabama. He earned a degree in Public Administration from the University of Alabama and graduated from JSL in 1977. He has previously served on the Alabama Public Service Commission.
Senator Greg Albritton was re-elected for a second term as Alabama State Senator representing District 22. He was first elected to the Alabama Senate in the general elections held November 4, 2014 and the Alabama House of Representatives from 2002-2006. Senator Albritton is an attorney and graduated from JSL in 1995.
For 90 years JSL has graduated approximately 2,500 alumni who have and continue to be leaders in the Montgomery area with over 60 alumni presently serving as judges, district attorneys, business leaders and in many law firms and state agencies.
Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law produces practice ready attorneys who, in the spirit of Isaiah 1:17, yearn to serve their neighbor and seek justice for the most vulnerable among us. Faulkner Law boasts a nationally ranked advocacy program and hosts the annual Mockingbird Challenge a national invitational mock trial tournament. The school has three award-winning legal clinics that provide legal services at no cost to those in need in Montgomery and the River Region. Additionally, Faulkner law students serve the Montgomery community throughout the year providing thousands of hours of volunteer service hours.