Lara McCauley Alvis is a Circuit Court Judge in Shelby County and a lifetime resident of Pelham, Alabama. Prior to taking the bench, she was an Assistant District Attorney in Shelby County for seven years and in private practice with her husband, W. Barry Alvis, for nine years. Judge Alvis serves on the Adjunct Faculty for the University of Alabama School of Law where she has coached their National Criminal Moot Court Team for over twelve years.
She graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology followed by obtaining her Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law. Judge Alvis is a graduate of Leadership Shelby County, the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum, a Blackburn Fellow and a two-time past President of the Shelby County Bar Association. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for My Sister’s Place, a transitional housing facility for women in Shelby County, Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Shelby County, Easter Seals, the Pelham YMCA, and is a Work-Study Mentor for the Jefferson County International Baccalaureate Program.
For the previous three years, she authored and presented Prom: Drunk, Drugged and Distracted Driving to all the high schools in Shelby County, the City of Pelham and the City of Alabaster as a member of the Shelby County Drug-Free Coalition Speakers’ Bureau. Judge Alvis is a member of Lakeview First United Methodist Church in Pelham where she also resides with her husband and two children who attend Pelham City Schools.