Montgomery (WTVY)-- Justice Brad Mendheim isn’t comfortable being the center of attention but that didn’t stop several hundred friends and colleagues from attending his public swearing in to the Alabama Supreme Court Thursday. The courtroom in Montgomery was packed.
Alabama Supreme Court Justice Brad Mendheim puts on robe during investiture ceremony in Montgomery on March 29, 2018. (Photo from governor's office.)
“I never had any goal or ambition to serve (on the state Supreme Court), Mendheim said during an interview with WTVY. However, when Governor Kay Ivey offered the job he quickly accepted.
“This is an important form of service and I care about people and their issues and being a justice is a great opportunity to do that.”
Mendheim was born in Dothan and still lives there. Beginning as a private practice attorney he later became assistant prosecutor in the Houston County District Attorneys Office and then a judge---district and circuit---for 17 years.
A born-again Christian, he found it especially rewarding that his investiture occurred during Holy Week. “I remember well as a judge that Christ was crucified by an unjust judge after an unfair trail so it’s very relevant,” Mendheim said.
He gives credit to his father and wife for their guidance and thanks judges he’s served with for their help. Several of them attended the ceremony.
Mendheim, married to Michelle and father of three sons, was sworn in during a private ceremony January 22.