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Pamela L. Casey

41st Judicial Circuit
220 2nd Avenue E., Ste. 210
Oneonta, AL 35121
(205)625-4171 / pcasey@blountcountyda.com

Pamela graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law in 2006 and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. In 2011, she was elected to a six-year term as a chief prosecutor of the 41st Judicial Circuit and is the youngest female in the history of the State Of Alabama to serve as District Attorney. Pamela is also admitted in Washington.

Pamela was a Dean’s Scholar from 2003-2006 at Seattle University and a member of the Varsity Track Team at Rhodes College as well as Phi Alpha Theta Society and Phi Sigma Alpha Honor Society. She was the recipient of the 2003-2004, 2005-2006 Seattle University Moot Court Board “Golden Gavel Award,” 2005 National Appellate Moot Court Competition, and the 2011 Rhodes College Young Alumna of the Year. She participated in the 2005 National Appellate Moot Court Competition and the 2006 National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition. Pamela authored Writing for the Bar Exam in 2007 and is currently a multidisciplinary team member for the Blount County Child Advocacy Center. She has been on the VOCAL State Board of Directors since 2010 and founded the VOCAL North Central Alabama chapter in 2011. She is also a provisional member of the Class of 2012 for the Junior League of Birmingham.  Pamela served as an Assistant Attorney General from 2007-2010 and a Deputy Attorney General for two months before being elected as District Attorney.

The attorney who recommended Pamela said, “I came to know Miss Casey as she began campaigning for Blount County District Attorney a couple of years ago. Immediately I knew she was a person of great ambition and drive, fueled by a deep sense of purpose of giving back to the community she grew up in. I campaigned with and for her. During that time, I grew to know what motivates Pamela: it is an abiding sense that she has been put here to improve life for the citizens of the State of Alabama. Although many people do not realize the incredible odds that she has overcome, I know that her early life influenced her greatly. When she graduated, she had the choice that many attorneys face: working for a private firm or pursuing a career in public service. Her sincere desire to accomplish justice for the people of Alabama led her to work in the Alabama Attorney General’s office as an assistant attorney general, specializing in violent crime. There, Pamela had a great opportunity to seek justice for the citizens of Alabama. In this role, Pamela prosecuted some of the state’s most violent offenders. The families of the victims have said countless times that her relentless pursuit of justice, her compassion for the victim and their families, and her willingness to expend every effort endeared her to them. Professionally, she had succeeded and was exactly where she wanted to be. However, Pamela still felt the need to do something special for the people of Blount County, so she returned home to run for District Attorney. Pamela has a seemingly endless work ethic and an enthusiasm for the pursuit of justice that sets her apart from most people. Her personal moral values and principles are apparent in all that she does. I have no doubt that she will do the right thing, even if it is unpopular or unappealing. This alone else her apart from many other people I know. She cares deeply about the people in our community. I see this in the way that she listens to what people are worried about, her support of charities and good causes in the community, as well as participating in events across Blount County. To see her visit with the elderly in a church or Senior Citizen Center is to know her true nature – kind, compassionate, and caring.”

In her own words, Pamela says, “One can never move forward by standing still. It is passion that moves one forward, and move me it did. The take was not easy. I had been ‘that girl’ in the race. All of the naysayers had a reason why I could not and would not be elected District Attorney. At first, I was unelectable in Blount County because I was a female. Next, I was unelectable in Blount County because I was young. And, finally, I was unelectable in Blount County because I was not married. But, what the naysayers could not see and did not understand was the passion that lives in my heart to not only serve and represent victims of crime but also serve and represent the people of Blount County – a passion that developed within me as a small child. I grew up in Snead, Alabama – a town that has a total area of 5.5 square miles and a population of 748. I was raised in a broken home, which was many times filled with turmoil, where neither parent graduated from high school, much less college or law school. One looking in from the outside might see being raised in such a rural setting or enduring a home life such as the one that I endured to be a disadvantage. We hear people say all the time, ‘Oh, that kid is just a product of their upbringing (environment).’ Many times that carries with it a negative connotation. I know I am a product of my upbringing. And, I am proud of the fact regardless of whether it was easy or not. I chose to attend college in another state. I chose to go to law school in the Great Northwest. But, I also chose to come back home to Alabama to practice law. And, I also chose to serve Blount County and the people who made me who I am today – a hard working, passionate, relentless, eager, and, at times, stubborn prosecutor. It was rural upbringing that taught me the value of hard work and serving others. It was a tumultuous upbringing that allows me to connect with victims. On the night of November 2, 2010, I left the Blount County Courthouse completely humbled by the fact that I had officially become the District Attorney-Elect of the Forty-First Circuit-Blount County. At the age of 29, I made history by becoming the youngest female elected to the office of District Attorney in the history of Alabama and the first female elected in Blount County in decades. I had challenged the incumbent, the former District Attorney who hailed from a prominent family in the county, and a third opponent. I had made myself vulnerable to public criticism of my life, my career, and my ideas for the future of Blount County. I had spent the prior 18 months of my life consumed with an election that I was not supposed to win. Attempting a task that seemed absolutely impossible when I first began. I had worked day after day, week after week, and months in end at every event that was possibly imaginable in the county and had gone door to door to get out my message. I made only one promise to myself during those 18 months: whether win or lose, I would give 110% of my time and my effort to the campaign. I would walk away knowing that I had laid it all on the line. It is this work ethic, this passion, and this vulnerability that makes me an asset to the legal profession and would make me an asset to Class 9 of the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum. The most important contribution to the legal profession that I have made to date is that I have come into the public office not beholden to anyone. I knew I was elected as a public servant on the basis of my own hard work and the faith that the people had placed in me. I hate the word politician, and I wish that politics had no roll in the selection of public servants. Instead, I wish that professionalism and ethics were the criteria used. A few days ago, a young man came into the District Attorney’s office requesting to speak to me. I was shocked to find a young man who had pleaded guilty some months prior to being a youthful offender sitting in the reception area. To be honest, I barely recognized him. When he was arrested, he was an addict and an alcoholic. And, those demons had led him to break into a local pharmacy to steal prescription drugs. I had opposed his release on bond even though his family was prominent business owners in the community. Instead, he went to rehab and returned to jail until the time of his plea. His total incarnation was close to a year. As I entered the reception area, he stood, reached out his hand, and said, ‘I just came by to tell you thank you for saving my life and for giving me a second chance.’ I know that the Leadership Forum would help me identify both strengths and weaknesses that I possess as a leader. I yearn to be challenged by and learn from other young professionals and the faculty of the Forum who have different prospectives, practice areas, political ideologies, and backgrounds. The Leadership Forum would also allow me to bring my experience to the table with other young lawyers from across the State of Alabama.