Governor taps Pinkston for district judgePublished 10:02am Monday, September 2, 2013
Friday seemed to be a typical day in Patrick Pinkston’s law office.
He was in the middle of a mediation around 10:30 a.m. when he received a phone call from Gov. Robert Bentley’s office.
After excusing himself from the room, Pinkston took the call he had hoped to get.
The representative from Bentley’s office informed Pinston, 46, he had been appointed by the governor to fill the district judge vacancy left by retiring judge Maura Culberson effective Sept. 1.
“I didn’t really have much time to think about what was said to me because I was right in the middle of the mediation process and wanted to get back,” Pinkston said. “But I did manage to sneak a text into my wife (to share the news.”
Effective Sept. 3, Pinkston will take over as district court judge to serve the remainder of the term, which expires in 2014.
“People spent so much of their personal time to get involved in recommending me for the job…I’m a little overwhelmed thinking of this right now.”
Pinkston’s responsibilities as district court judge will include juvenile, dependency cases, petitions for protections from abuse, paternity actions and district civil and small claims.