ADAH Board of Trustees

District 3


Judge (Ret.) Delores R. Boyd


photo of ADAH Trustee Judge Delores R. Boyd


DELORES R. BOYD, a native of Ramer in Montgomery County, grew up in Montgomery
and was educated in its public schools. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Alabama in 1972, she earned her law degree from the University of Virginia and served as a law clerk to a federal appellate judge.

She practiced law in Montgomery for more than 25 years and was featured in a Time magazine
article, “Law: The New Women in Court - Five of the Best and Brightest in a Changing Profession” (May 30, 1983). She was Presiding Judge at the Montgomery Municipal Court before her merit-based appointment, in 2001, as a United States Magistrate Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. Since 2007 Judge Boyd has limited her professional practice to mediation and administrative adjudication.

A Class II member of Leadership Montgomery, Judge Boyd was a founding member of the
Board of Directors for both the Legal Services Corporation of Alabama and the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice. She served the Alabama Board of Bar Examiners as a Bar Examiner (1979-1982) and Chairperson (1995-1998). In support of the Family Sunshine Center’s mission against domestic violence, she served on its Board of Directors and is now a member of the Advisory Council. She is also a member of the Alabama Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution.

Judge Boyd co-authored Jim Crow and Me: Stories from My Life as a Civil Rights Lawyer, by
Solomon S. Seay, Jr. (New South Books, 2008). Her own experience with school desegregation at Montgomery’s Sidney Lanier High School is profiled in Freedom’s Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1992).

Inducted into her high school Hall of Fame, Judge Boyd has been honored by the University of
Alabama with the Outstanding Alumna Award in Communication Studies (2000) and the Outstanding Pioneer Award presented in 2003 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the University’s desegregation. Judge Boyd co-founded Roots & Wings, A Cultural Bookplace, an African-American specialty bookstore which operated in Montgomery from 1989 through 2001.



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