Trio vying for seat as district judge
by Daniel Gaddy
Nov 04, 2012 | 1752 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Three candidates are on the ballot in the race for Walker County’s District Judge Place No. 2: Republican Greg Williams, Democrat Albert Day Legg III and independent Herbie Brewer.

The seat is currently held by Judge Larry Lapkovitch, and the office handles most felony and misdemeanor cases in the county as well as small claims and much of the district’s civil cases.

Brewer, 56, served as a chief deputy prosecutor for the Walker County District Attorney’s Office from 1986 to 1989. Since 1993, he has had his own private law practice.

Before practicing law, Brewer spent six years serving as a narcotics and homicide detective in the Birmingham and Mountain Brook police departments. He was also assigned to a DEA task force in Birmingham.

Brewer said that a major asset he has as a candidate is the fact that he is running as an independent.

“The law is what protects us all, and I believe that, in a courthouse, we must all be equal, and how can we be equal when we owe an allegiance to a party," he said. "I will owe nothing to either political party, and I will owe everything to the people of Walker County."

Williams, 48, has been practicing law since 1999, and is a partner at the Stephens, Stephens and Williams law firm.

Williams said he has handled cases from small claims up to the federal court system.

He said he has been working since he was 15, paying his way through college and law school.

Williams’s campaign motto is “Character Counts,” and he said, “I truly live by that rule.”

Williams said he got into the race because he truly wants to help people in the community with their disputes.

“To me, as a lawyer there can be no higher calling than being a judge,” he said.

Day Legg has been practicing law since 1998, and said he is all too familiar with Walker County’s District court.

“Since 2002 I have been in District Court representing clients up to 10 times per week,” he said. “I have spent thousands of hours in District Court.”

Before becoming a lawyer, Legg was a Registered Nurse and worked at Bryce Hospital in Tuscaloosa and the behaviorial medicine unit at Walker Baptist Medical Center.

Legg, who grew up in Farmstead and graduated from Walker High School in 1983, said that his experience and knowledge of Walker County gives him a key advantage.

“If you are not familiar with Walker County then you can't identify with the areas that need help,” he said. “I know the areas of Walker County, I know the history of those areas, I know the problems there, how the problems arose and how they can be fixed.”