Judge Polly R. Blalock grew up in Fairfax County, Virginia. She has been a resident of Madison County, Alabama since 1996. Her family roots in North Alabama go back to 1816, 3 years before Alabama statehood. She is a University of Alabama graduate with a study concentration in Political Science, English, and Spanish. She was a member of the University of Alabama National Championship Debate Team. Judge Blalock studied law at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and Birmingham School of Law. She obtained her Juris Doctor in 1998. She is a graduate of the Short Course for Prosecuting Attorneys, Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois, and National District Attorney Association Trial Advocacy Program in Columbia, South Carolina.
She served as Law Clerk for the Honorable Laura Wilbourn Hamilton, Circuit Court Judge for the 23rd Judicial Circuit in Madison County, Alabama from 1999-2001. She was appointed Assistant City Attorney for the City of Huntsville in 2001, where she continues to serve in that capacity. She collaborated with the Honorable Presiding Judge Charles “Sonny” Rodenhauser in the creation of the first bilingual municipal court in the State of Alabama. Judge Blalock served as Judge of the City of New Hope from 2008-2016. She has been Substitute Judge for the Town of Paint Rock and has served as Substitute Judge for the Town of Owens Cross Roads for 15 years.
Judge Blalock is a member of the Alabama State Bar, Alabama Municipal Attorneys Association, Alabama Municipal Judges Association, American Judges Association, Huntsville/Madison County Bar Association, International Municipal Lawyers Association, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. She is also a member of the American Bar Association where she has served as Brief Judge of the Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition since 2013. She has also written for The Alabama Lawyer.
Judge Blalock has served as Adjunct Professor in Criminal Justice at Alabama A & M University. She has an interest in foreign languages, art, snorkeling, bicycling, hiking, and travel. Her favorite travel experiences in nature have involved sea turtles, orcas, and a visit to Tracy Arm Fjord in Alaska during a professional conference. She has been a member of the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Huntsville, Alabama for 22 years where she has served in many capacities. She is a graduate of the Education for Ministry program at The University of the South, School of Theology in Sewanee, Tennessee. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Huntsville and has been active on numerous boards, associations, and committees at the local, state, and national levels.
Judge Blalock believes it is a privilege and honor to serve the good people of the Town of Owens Cross Roads according to the law in a fair, just, and equitable manner. She is grateful to Mayor Tony Craig, Town Council Members, Police Chief Jason Dobbins, the Municipal Court Clerk and all who honorably serve and protect the Town and its citizens.
“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8