Biography

  • Sherri Coleman Friday is a life long resident of Jefferson County and grew up in the Minor area. Sherri was born to Peggy and Ralph Coleman in 1963. Her brother, Ralph E. Coleman, Jr is six years older. She completed her college education in 1985 graduating from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in History.

    After college, Sherri took a one year sabbatical and headed her brother’s judicial campaign for District Judge in Jefferson County, Bessemer Division. After his win, Sherri attended the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham and passed the bar in October of 1989.

    In 1989 Sherri joined her father, Ralph Coleman, Sr, in his general law practice. For 18 years she practiced law with Coleman and Friday. She became a well known divorce attorney with experience in bankruptcy, probate, personal injury, worker’s compensation and commercial litigation.

    Sherri serves on the Entertainment Committee, the Solo Small firm Section and the Women’s section of the Birmingham Bar. In November 2006 Sherri was elected Jefferson County Probate Judge Place 2. She received the most votes of any candidate on the ballot for a Jefferson County office in that election. She has served since January of 2007.

    In this position she is responsible for the Involuntary Mental Health Commitments in the county and most of the adoptions. In addition Judge Friday hears will contests, conservatorships, guardianships, name changes and condemnations.

    Sherri was named the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Judge of the Year for Alabama in 2010. She has been recognized for extraordinary service in the area of adoptions. In 2009 she served as the chairman of the Education Committee for the Alabama Probate Judges Association. She is an active supporter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Alabama and the Heart Gallery of Alabama.

    In 1991 she married Alan Friday.

    The Fridays are blessed with 3 daughters, Grace 19, Sara Alan 16 and Clare 13. Sherri has an active civic life involved with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Big Oak Ranch Auxiliary, and the Kappa Delta Alumnae Association. The Fridays attend Canterbury Methodist Church where Sherri teaches adult Sunday school and often gives the Children’s moment in the Contemporary Service.