DONNA BEAULIEU FOR CIRCUIT JUDGE
Please vote May 24, 2022
Will defend our Constitution as it was written.
Donna will be a fair Judge and will follow the law. She is a strong believer in individual freedoms. She has litigated individual freedom cases - because it was the right thing to do. She will work hard for you to earn and keep your respect.
Donna is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English/History minor. She received various honors at U.A.B., including the Alumni Achievement Award, was an Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi inductee for the School of Arts and Humanities, and was recurrently on the President's List.
Donna graduated from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, with a Juris Doctor Degree in May of 1997. She was awarded the honor of Best Brief in the Legal Research & Writing Program and was on the Dean's List.
Throughout her education and civic career, Donna received other acknowledgments and awards: American Legion Award (for Distinguished Achievement - Courage, Honor, Leadership, Patriotism, Scholarship and Service); Presidential Academic Fitness Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement; Silver Knight Award (in Recognition of Leadership, Achievement, Character and Service to School and Community - Art); Certificate of Achievement - High School Honor Graduate; Spanish National Honor Society for non-native speakers; Florida's Pride Award for Excellence in Writing; National Beta Club Society Inductee; Modern Music Masters-choral.
Donna is admitted in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, and the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Donna is admitted to practice in all of Alabama’s county courts, as well as Alabama’s Courts of Appeal, including the Alabama Supreme Court. She is a member of the Alabama State Bar Association and the Shelby County Bar Association.
As a practicing attorney in Alabama’s state and federal courts for over 24 years, Donna has handled a wide variety of cases and legal issues, and she has handled jury and non-jury trials as well as complex state and federal litigation. Her many years as an Appellate attorney, which has included extensive brief writing and petitions for extraordinary writs, as well as oral argument, has allowed her to develop a keen sense of how to read and interpret the law to ascertain its plain meaning, discern legislative intent, and to allow her to craft arguments applying the law to the facts of the case, even for or against a law's constitutionality.
Donna has represented plaintiffs and defendants and has represented clients in civil and criminal cases. She has handled bench and jury trials and complex litigation. Her extensive experience includes, but is not limited to, domestic relations/divorce and family law cases, personal injury and property tort cases, estate, adoption, and other probate cases, employment law, consumer/commercial and contract law cases, administrative law cases (including disability and immigration issues and hearings); she has represented individuals and companies in bankruptcy cases and adversary proceeding litigation; asset purchase agreements, she has mediation experience and has dealt with arbitration issues; and she has litigated cases as a staunch defender of the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Alabama.
Donna has been married to her husband, Henri, who is a licensed homebuilder and licensed electrical contractor, for over thirty (30) years, and they have a grown son, Hal, who is a Nurse Anesthetist at Shelby Baptist Medical Center. Hal is married and he and his wife, Natalie, are brand new parents (Donna is a proud new Grandma). Donna and Henri miss their Uncle and Pastor, Sheril Hilyer, of Good News Church.
A statement from Donna Beaulieu, your candidate for Circuit Judge:
About me: I feel some of the legal issues I have fought for reflect on who I am as a person.
During my legal career, I have fought for freedoms and believe in a strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution and the Constitution of Alabama. I am a strong believer in individual liberties.
Many times, I have filed suit to stop what I saw to be encroachments upon rights and liberties protected by the Constitution:
1st Amendment: This includes fighting for - and winning- my own First Amendment/Free Speech case - this case went as far as the Supreme Court of the United States. This case involved a local Shelby County city telling me I could not place MY campaign sign on MY building. They said I could put up a “for rent” sign, but not a campaign sign. They were told they would be sued. They said “get in line”. I did. I won. The Federal Courts told the city they could not prohibit a sign based on the words on the sign and that political speech is one of the highest forms of protected free speech.
2nd Amendment: I believe in the Second Amendment. I sued on behalf of a client regarding an interpretation of Alabama’s gun laws by a local official which I felt was wrong. I disagreed with the judge’s opinion and I would have appealed the judge, but the Alabama legislature clarified the state law at around the same time to agree with my interpretation of the law.
5th and 14th Amendments: I sued an Alabama State Board over what I believed was a misinterpretation of a state law. The Board said the law did not allow a person to perform certain work on their own property unless they lived on it, and that a person could not help another person perform certain work on their property - including prohibiting a son from helping a father, or prohibiting a relative or friend from helping a disabled veteran. I felt this was a repugnant interpretation of the law, especially given other state boards allowing a person to work on property they own. The case began in federal court but was deferred to state court and, before I could proceed further in state court, a member of the Alabama Legislature, which was controlled by the Democrat party at the time, introduced a bill to change the law.
They changed the law to go with the Board’s interpretation that a person could not work on their own property unless it was where they lived (no rentals or offices, second homes, hunting cabins, etc.) and, even worse, the legislature made it where a person could not have anyone help them on their own property where they did live. As repugnant to liberty as this law currently is, I was unable to proceed as my client was understandably disgusted by the legislature and did not wish to pursue the case.
Additionally, I have represented and/or filed appeals for clients in numerous cases, including vehemently arguing custody, child support, and other domestic relations and family law issues. I was also successful in the defense of a multi-million dollar litigation case.
I have been married for over thirty years. I have a married, 27-year-old son who is a nurse anesthetist/frontline responder. His wife is from Ukraine. They are new parents.
My husband's family has been in Alabama for generations, with deep Alabama roots that go back to before Alabama was a state, with relatives having fought in the Revolutionary War, in World War II, and in Vietnam. Members of my family have served in the U.S. Army in WWII, and in the U.S. Navy, including during the Cold War and during Operation Desert Shield. I am proud to live in Alabama and of my family's strong American and Alabama heritage.
I would be honored to serve the people of Shelby County, Alabama, as a Circuit Court Judge.
Writing Experience: Appellate practice in 11th circuit Federal Appeals Court and US District Courts (published); State Supreme Court appeal (published), Sate Appellate Court (published); all levels litigation work including Motions for Summary Judgment, etc.
Litigation: Jury and non-jury; Federal and state courts; Federal Bankruptcy Court; Constitutional law; Complex litigation; Personal injury and property torts; Domestic relations; Medical discovery and examination; Employment law; Consumer and contract law; Subrogation Claims; Social Security disability.
Financial/Contracts: Attorney for borrower $18 million dollar loan; Individual consumer Chapter 7 and 13 Bankruptcies; Corporate Chapter 7's; Secured Transactions; Commercial law; Financial counseling; Adversary Proceedings; Creditor representation; Asset purchase agreements; Contract review and preparation.
Other responsibilities as Managing Attorney: - Managing attorneys, paralegals, law clerks and secretarial staff.
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