The Honorable Tracie A. Todd received her primary and secondary education from Glen Iris Baptist School, W. J. Christian Middle School and Ramsay High School. She continued her post secondary education at Dillard University where she developed her International interests as a dual major in International Business and Japanese Studies. She garnered an impressive professional résumé early on by participating in competitive internship programs, Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. She also demonstrated her Japanese language abilities by placing in two Louisiana Statewide Japanese Language contests.
After completing her undergraduate studies, she served as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) with the Takahagi Education in Takahagi, Ibaraki, Japan. As an ALT, she was responsible for developing English language curricula providing instruction for area schools and community programs. Her self-motivation, focus and enthusiasm fostered wonderful working relationship with local teachers, students and the community.
Upon returning from Japan, Tracie joined the Topre America team, a start up Japanese company in Cullman, administrative assistant. She was later assigned to the Human Resources Department where she became every aspect of the company’s start-up, including working closely with the Cullman Economic Development Agency developing marketing strategies for expanding the Topre brand in the area, and providing Japanese language interpretation.
Tracie later enrolled at the University of Alabama School of Law. As a law student, she demonstrated her ability to quickly to changing situations, and handling pressure with ease. As a result, she was chosen to serve in various capacities including Law School Ambassador. She also served as a research assistant charged with the researching and preparing case summaries for publication in CLASS ACTIONS AND OTHER MULTI-PARTY CASES AND MATERIALS, Second Edition, West Group, (2006). Because of her academic success, strong and collaborative efforts, she was awarded several law school honors including induction in the Bench and Bar Society, Order of the Barristers, Jerome A. Hoffman Leadership Award, C. Dallas Sands Dean’s Service Award, Taylor and American Judicature Trial Advocacy Awards. She added to her legal education by studying abroad at the National University College of Law in Canberra, ACT, Australia.
Following law school, Tracie served the State of Alabama as a Deputy District Attorney for the Tenth Judicial Circuit Jefferson County, Birmingham Division with responsibility for felony and misdemeanor prosecution. During her reinforced her abilities to work independently and successfully in a high-performance team environment. She was as lead attorney for hundreds of cases from the issuance of a warrant to disposition at trial. She involving crimes such as capital murder, theft, rape, robbery, Medicaid fraud and juvenile matters. In performance, Tracie was awarded the David Barber Prosecutor’s Award.
In August of 2010, Tracie was bestowed the honor of being appointed by the Birmingham City Council as a Judge. Upon taking the bench, she worked tirelessly to develop programming that eases the city’s high Todd presides over cases involving violations of municipal ordinance and state misdemeanor law. In addition to during law school, she became dedicated to educating the public on matters of the law through a weekly commentary, A Benchside Chat with Judge Tracie. Most recently, Judge Todd was granted the opportunity to study judicial proceedings at the Pollsmoor and Drakenstein Prison Camps in Capetown, South Africa. In addition to She serves as a member of the National Executive Board for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, a public service 2009, she founded the Japanese Language House where she instructed local primary and secondary students in Japanese language and culture weekly at no cost. She is a member of the Birmingham Sister City Commission. In of her work, Judge Todd was named a NAACP Woman of Excellence, City of Birmingham Hidden Hero, and most 2012 United Negro College Fund Young Alumnus of the Year, representing member institution and her alma mater University. Judge Todd is anchored by her faith and family. She is the daughter of Pastor Morrell Todd and Kennedy. Tracie is a member of New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church. Judge Tracie A. Todd has a strong philosophy based on her practice of taking a holistic approach to public safety. This practice is grounded in that in the justice system it is “wrong to allow politics to deprive the community of justice, fail to repeat offenders and waste tax payer dollars.
- It’s Time for What’s Right.”
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