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HON. J. DONALD BANKS

Judge Banks

BORN:  Quitman, Mississippi, October 5, 1949.

EDUCATION:  Mobile County Public Elementary Schools; W. P. Davidson High School, Mobile, Alabama; University of Alabama, Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Management, 1971; University of Alabama School of Law, Juris Doctor Degree, 1977.

MILITARY:  Alabama Army National Guard, 1971-2001; Command Judge Advocate 1981-1997; Colonel (Ret), JAGC; United States Army - Active Duty, 1990-1991; Operation Desert Shield/Storm - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; awarded the Bronze Star Medal, 1991.

PRACTICE OF LAW:  Admitted to practice law before all trial and appellate courts of the State of Alabama; admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, the United States Court of Military Appeals, and the United States Army Court of Military Review.

In private practice of law in Mobile from 1977 until appointed Circuit Judge, 1998; Municipal Judge, City of Citronelle, 1980-1997; Municipal Judge, City of Bayou La Batre, 1989-1990; City Prosecutor, City of Bayou La Batre, 1983-1989; Adjunct Professor of Business Law, University of South Alabama, 1978-present.

CIVIC SERVICE:  Cottage Hill Little League - Board Member; Cottage Hill Baptist Church - Deacon/Trustee; Cottage Hill Christian Academy - Board Member; CYO - Basketball Coach.  Past President, West Mobile Kiwanis Club.

PRESENT MEMBER:  Mobile Bar Association, Alabama Bar Association, National Guard Association of the United States, National Guard Association of Alabama.  Alabama State Bar Committees: Task Force for Judicial Election, Selection and Retention, Military Affairs Committee, Committee on Legal Advertising and Solicitation.  Mobile Bar Association Committees: Fee Dispute Committee, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, District Court Committee.