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Mobile attorney Terry Moore running for civil appeals court

By Phillip Rawls
Associated Press

MONTGOMERY — Mobile attorney Terry A. Moore, who literally wrote the book on Alabama's worker compensation law, is running for the state Court of Civil Appeals, which handles many worker compensation suits.

Moore announced Thursday that he will run in the Republican primary June 6 for the seat now held by Republican Judge John Crawley, who is retiring.

Moore is the first candidate to officially kick off a campaign for Crawley's seat, but another Republican, former Montgomery County Circuit Judge Mark Anderson, said Thursday he's seriously considering it.

On the Democratic side, Birmingham attorney Jim McFerrin said he's preparing to run for the civil appeals court, but hasn't decided whether to seek Crawley's position or the seat being vacated by Republican Judge Glenn Murdock, who is running for the state Supreme Court.

State Democratic Party Chairman Joe Turnham said Thursday he expects another Democratic candidate to announce for Crawley's seat in a couple of weeks.

Moore, 40, has focused on Alabama's laws about on-the-job injuries since graduating from The University of Alabama law school in 1993.

In 1998, he published a two-volume text called "Alabama Workers' Compensation" that covers the law and many court decisions about it. Moore said his book has been cited in decisions released by the Court of Civil Appeals and the state Supreme Court.

Moore is making his first bid for public office, but he's no stranger to Montgomery political circles.

He serves as the attorney for the Alabama Retail Association's worker compensation fund and has been involved in discussions between business groups and plaintiff lawyers over Alabama's law.

Moore noted that since he began studying Alabama's worker compensation law, the Court of Civil Appeals has changed from all Democrats to all Republicans.

Moore's goal, he said, is to make sure "the conservative agenda continues and solidify Alabama as a good place for industries to locate."

Political party: Republican

Date of birth: Jan. 30, 1965 (40)

Hometown: Mobile

Education: Bachelor's degree in political science from the University of South Alabama in 1990, law degree from The University of Alabama in 1993.

Professional background: Operated private law practice since 1993.

Political background: Making first bid for public office.

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