Everything that Tim Riley does now as the District and
Juvenile Judge and Special Circuit Judge for Marshall
County all started while he was at Snead State
When he enrolled at Snead State,
he had just been released from Navy submarine duty to the Reserves. Although
the Associate’s degree was the first in a line of degrees for him, it was also
his first stepping stone to his legal career. At Snead, he learned to write
essays and term papers to prepare him to write legal briefs for the Alabama
Supreme Court or the Federal Appeals Court.
Judge Riley was very involved at Snead State.
He was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, a Veteran Group, and the English Honors
Society. He also enjoyed working out at the Snead gym after school and his
“Snead gave me the foundation for my future career. It was
the first foundation stone in a path to my legal career. The hard work and help
from the faculty really helped me learn how to think using critical skills regarding
facts and statements. The teachers at Snead always welcomed my constant questions
and challenges to the textbooks. They were always very kind in explaining
theory, and they tolerated my questions to theory whether I was right or wrong.
I was taught to expect and smile at challenges. The teachers taught in a
perfect Southern way to help me learn to challenge and disagree without being
Judge Riley graduated in 1978. As the current District and
Juvenile Judge and Special Circuit Judge for Marshall County,
his job duties include hearing cases involving criminal and civil jury trials.
He rules on issues of law, evidence, and procedure in these cases. He is there
to backup Circuit Court Judge Tim Jolley on jury dockets as well as drug court
when needed. He hears all traffic and misdemeanor criminal cases brought by a
State Trooper, State Park Ranger, State Marine Police, Conservation Officer, or
Sheriff. He works on a tremendous amount of legal paperwork dealing with these
matters. Until recently, he handled juvenile cases involving children in need
of supervision, delinquency, and legal drug abuse.
“Snead students who apply themselves have the best value for
the cost of college anywhere in Alabama
if not the entire South. You will not go wrong with a start at Snead State.”