SECTION 1 - COLQUITT
Joseph A. Colquitt Beasley Professor of Law
Joe Colquitt is a graduate of the University of Alabama. He hold Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctor degrees from Alabama. Additionally, he received his Master of Judicial Studies degree from the University of Nevada-Reno. He is a graduate of the National Judicial College and served as a resource participant in the Criminal Sentencing Program at the Yale Law School.
In 1971, he was appointed Circuit Judge for the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Alabama. He served in that capacity for twenty years. During that period he was the Presiding [chief] Judge for four terms. Judge Colquitt has served by special appointments on both the Supreme Court of Alabama and the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. He now is a Retired Circuit Judge - Active Status. Periodically, as the need arises and his schedule permits, he returns to the courts to serve as a judge. Colquitt is a recipient of the American Judicature Society's Herbert Harley Award. In 1999, the Alabama Judicial System presented him with the first Howell T. Heflin Award for Judicial Excellence.
Judge Colquitt joined the faculty at the University of Alabama School of Law in an adjunct capacity in 1974. Prior to that he had worked briefly with the school as the director of the school's criminal defense program. He had to leave that program upon his appointment to the bench. He became a full-time faculty member upon his retirement from the court in September 1991. Subsequently, he was named the Beasley Professor of Law. Colquitt also serves as the director of the trial advocacy program at the law school.
In addition to his teaching duties at the law school, Colquitt serves on the faculties of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, and the Alabama Judicial College (periodic assignments). He also has served as a faculty member at programs presented by the Russian Legal Academy in Moscow, Russia, as well as a number of judicial conferences hosted by various state administrative office of courts or other judicial organizations. During the Summer, 1999, Judge Colquitt taught comparative criminal law and procedure in the joint Alabama-Swiss program at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and in the Summer, 2002, he taught a similar course in the joint Alabama-Australian program at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.
Judge Colquitt served as one of the four reporters for the drafting of Alabama's Criminal Code and chaired the task force that educated the Alabama bench and bar on the criminal code. He also serves on the committee that wrote and reviews the Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure. For years he has served as the editor of Alabama's pattern jury instructions for criminal trials. Additionally, he has authored books on Alabama evidence and criminal practice forms. Judge Colquitt is Chair of the Alabama Sentencing Commission.
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