Scott Donaldson received a B.S. degree in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama in 1981 and graduated cum laude from the Cumberland School of Law in 1984. Judge Donaldson practiced law for over 18 years and was elected to the State Bar Commission and State Bar Disciplinary Commission.
From 2003-2013, he was a circuit judge for the Sixth Judicial Circuit. He chaired or served on numerous judicial committees and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Circuit Judge's Association. Judge Donaldson taught numerous courses for the Alabama Judicial College. He has authored Improving Jury Service, The Alabama Lawyer (May 2012); Is it Time for the Plain English Jury Charge?, The Alabama Lawyer (January 2005); and Ex parte Interviews with Corporate Party Employees, The Alabama Lawyer (September 1992).
Judge Donaldson is a Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation, a graduate of Leadership Alabama, and a commissioner from Alabama on the National Uniform Law Commission. He is a faculty member at the National Judicial College where he has taught several advanced evidence courses to judges throughout the country, and has taught courses for judicial associations in several states. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Alabama Law School and Business School, and is a frequent speaker at legal and judicial education conferences on various topics.
Judge Donaldson has served on the board of directors for numerous civic organizations. He has been president of the Tuscaloosa City Schools PTA Council and other PTAs within the school system. He and his wife have two adult children. He is an elder and Sunday School teacher at First Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa.