Meet Herman Thomas
Proven Leadership In Delivering Results for Our Community And Putting The People First!
Herman Thomas, is a Mobile native who grew up in the Toulminville area, attending Mobile County Public School and Toulminvile High School. After high school Herman went on to attend Springhill College and The University of South Alabama where he received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Criminal Justice. Herman also served as 1st Lieutenant United States Army, Military Police Corp. in 1983. Shortly after, he received his Juris Doctor Degree in 1985 at the Florida State College of Law.
After graduating from law school, Thomas was admitted to practice law in 1986 before all trial and appellate courts of the State of Florida, then admitted to practice in 1987 before all trial and appellate courts of Alabama. During this time, he was also admitted before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Thomas served as Asst. State Attorney for the 1stJudicial Circuit of the State of Florida. He also served as Asst. District Attorney for the Alabama 13th Judicial Circuit in Mobile, Al, until he was appointed as a District Court Judge, in March of 1990 by Governor Guy Hunt. That same year he was elected as District Court Judge and re-elected in 1996. Thomas was appointed Circuit Court Judge by Governor Don Siegelman June 1999.
Herman Thomas also served as an Adjunct Professor in Business and Criminal Law at both Springhill College and The University of South Alabama. Herman Thomas’ former community involvement includes Mobile Sunrise Rotary Club, Board of Director of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, President of the Sickle Cell Disease Association, Penelope House, Catholic Service Center, Advisory Board Charter Hospital, President of Parents as First Teacher, Family Counseling Center, Family Exchange Center, Community Advisor Junior League of Mobile, Boy Scouts of America, Mobile, Alabama, Vernon Z. Crawford and National Bar Associations, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Golden Key Honor Society, Mobile Inn of Court, Committee Member Mobile Alabama Senior Bowl Foundation, Who’s Who in America 1985-1999, Polemarch Kappa Alpha Psi, St. James Major Catholic Church. Boards of Trustee: University of South Alabama, Spring Hill College, USS Alabama Battleship Commission, Past-Chairman, United Way of South Alabama, Leadership Alabama, Coalition Drug Free Mobile, Alabama-Mississippi All Star Classic Boys & Girls Club, Mobile Touchdown Club, America Junior Miss Pageant, Mobile Opera, Maritime Museum, Alabama Civil Justice, 100 Black Men Greater Mobile.
Thomas is currently the Charter Member/President of the Toulminville- Crichton Development Corporation. The Toulminville-Crichton CDC serves a community based 501c3 that is committed to improving the quality of life of the residents of the Toulminville and Crichton communities. The CDC has spearheaded and been a huge part of the following: Welcome Signs for the Toulminville and Crichton Community, Community Clean- Up in 2019 (Crichton), $15,000 grant to paint and rehabilitate homes in 2019, awarded a $15,000 grant to assist Holloway Elementary and B.T. Washington Middle School.
Thomas is also the Founder and President of the Friends of the Prichard Library, which a 501c3 that is devoted to assisting in expanding the mission and goals of the library. This organization typically sponsors the annual Friend of the Library Award Gala and they are responsible for the maintenance and beautification of the main Library. Thomas is both a charter member and the treasurer of the Little Rock AMZ/Ferndland Community Development Corporation. This organization is a 501c3 established to improve the quality of life of residence of the Ferndland Community and was recently awarded $15,000 in grant funding to assist with the virtual learning and establish a computer lab and Library in the community. In addition, Thomas serves as the charter member/vice president of the Black Alumni Society of The University of South Alabama, that assists the University, National alumni association, and office of Multi-cultural affairs in mentoring Black students in navigating the University and graduating. Thomas’ community involvement can be seen as a member of Saint James Major Catholic Church where he is the President of Parish Council, lecturer, past Sunday School Teacher, Past Chair Annual Fall Festival, Past Youth Club Advisor, Port City Chapter Blacks in Government (BIG), and Chair of the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast.