Scott Donaldson received a B.S. degree in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama and graduated cum laude from the Cumberland School of Law. 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. Judge Donaldson is the Chief Judge of the Alabama Court of the Judiciary.
Judge Donaldson has chaired or served on numerous judicial and legal committees and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Circuit Judge's Association. Judge Donaldson has taught numerous continuing education courses for circuit, district, and probate judges as a faculty member of the Alabama Judicial College. He is the author of the Alabama Trial Notebook and has authored several legal articles including 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). He is a faculty member at the National Judicial College where he teaches advanced evidence courses, and has taught evidence and trial skills 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 is a Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation, a graduate of Leadership Alabama, and a commissioner from Alabama on the National Uniform Law Commission. Judge Donaldson has served on the board of directors for numerous civic organizations.