Judge Michael F. Bolin
Michael F. Bolin graduated from Shades Valley High School where he was a member of the National Honor Society, Samford University and the Cumberland School of law, Cum Laude, where he was Associate Editor of the Cumberland Law Review. He was inducted into Curia Honoris, Cumberland’s leadership and honor society.
Justice Bolin practiced law for 16 years in Birmingham prior to his election as Jefferson County Probate Judge, Place 2, in November, 1988. He was re-elected in 1994, and was elected as Probate Judge, Place 1 (Presiding Judge) in 2000. He served as the Chief Election Official for Jefferson County from 1992 through 2003. Justice Bolin served as Treasurer, Secretary and President of the Alabama Probate Judges Association (APJA), and is a former Chairperson of the APJA Continuing Education and Adoption Committees. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar Association and the Birmingham Bar Association, and served as President of the Jefferson County Young Lawyers section. In 2000, Justice Bolin received a National Award from the “Angels of Adoption” organization in Washington, D.C. for his work in adoptions.
While serving as a Jefferson County Probate Judge, Justice Bolin oversaw the renovation of the Probate offices at the Jefferson County Courthouse, and a state-of-the-art Land and Public Records system was acquired while he was the Presiding Judge.
Justice Bolin was elected to the Alabama Supreme Court in 2004, and was re-elected in 2010.