Attorney Lateefah Muhammad Announces Candidacy for District Court Judge

Attorney Lateefah Muhammad Announces Candidacy for District Court Judge

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Atty. Lateefah Muhammad

TUSKEGEE, Ala. – Attorney Lateefah Muhammad, a life-long resident of Macon County, Alabama, is a democratic candidate for District Court Judge.
On June 3, 2014, voters will elect a new District Court Judge for the first time in 37 years. “I thank retiring Judge Aubrey Ford, Jr. for his commitment and service to this County for so many years,” Muhammad states.
Named Geraldine Mabson at birth, Muhammad was raised on a farm in the Armstrong Community in south Macon County. Her parents are the Late Dea. Colonel Mabson Sr. and Lillie Harris Mabson. Her grandparents are the Late Rev. Ulysses Grant Mabson, Sr. and Lucindy Williams Mabson, and the Late Hudson Harris, Sr. and Mary Will Jones Harris.
Married to “7th Wonder” founder Marvin L. Patton (Jamal Muhammad) for 40 years, they have a son, Reginald (Kareem) Mabson, granddaughter, Jasmyn Brown, great-granddaughter, Zanyia, and spiritual daughter and son, Angel Renfroe and Russ Caldwell.
Muhammad says she will faithfully and fairly perform the duties of the office she seeks. She also says she will maintain the independence, impartiality and integrity of the judiciary of the State.
Graduate of Cotton Valley Elementary School and South Macon High School, a strong advocate for education, Muhammad was conferred a B.S. Degree in Marketing at Tuskegee University. She held the highest GPA in business courses among her peers at Tuskegee.
In 1991, Muhammad received her Juris Doctor Degree at Thurgood Marshall School of Law at TSU in Houston, Texas, and while there, was elected as Editor-In-Chief of the Thurgood Marshall Law Review.
With her leadership, the Law Review published four volumes in one year, a feat never before accomplished and not since. They garnered over $10,000 from Law Review subscribers that year.
Muhammad was also elected Governor of the American Bar Association/Law Student Division’s 13th Circuit. She was bestowed the AmJur Award in Federal Jurisdiction, and was voted Outstanding Woman of America.
Muhammad is a proud member of the Alabama State Bar and Macon County Bar for over 20 years, having served as the local Bar treasurer for at least three two-year terms.
She has served thousands of clients during her legal career, some of whom were represented pro bono because of her commitment to serving people, despite their means. She served as the first law clerk to the Hon. Vanzetta Penn McPherson, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama.
In 1996, Muhammad became the only attorney ever elected to the Tuskegee City Council and to serve on the City’s Utilities Board, and the only Muslim sworn into public office by the Late Muslim American leader, Imam W. Deen Mohammed.
In four years, her Council and Board produced over $8 million in grants for the Tuskegee Municipal Airport, built two new water towers, upgraded the electrical system, paved over 100 streets, hired a Chief of Police who shut down several “crack” houses, made neighborhoods safe, upgraded and provided traffic lights, repaired homes and negotiated to locate CVS in Tuskegee.
Muhammad is Tuskegee’s first certified municipal official and Alabama’s first Muslim woman elected to public office.
Featured in the 2011 inaugural issue of Who’s Who in Black Alabama, Muhammad has served as middle district representative of the Alabama Lawyers Association. She is a member of the Alabama New South Coalition and NAACP.
Dorothy Mabson Woody, long-time community advocate, is Muhammad’s campaign chairperson. Supporters can reach her at (334) 744-7054, Electdistjudge@aol.com. Voters can contact Muhammad at (334) 727-1997, lateefahmuhammad@aol.com.

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