Alphonso (Al) Manns is a graduate of Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, earning a Bachelor of Science degree (1964). Al worked as a laboratory assistant for Difco Laboratories, Detroit. Michigan (1965 – 1966).
Al served in the U.S. Army as a platoon leader, battalion intelligence officer and executive officer, honorably discharged with the rank of First Lieutenant (1966 – 1969). Al attended Indiana University Maurer School of Law, graduating with a Doctor of Jurisprudence (1972), and subsequently, attended the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, earning a Master of Public Affairs (1975). Al has worked as a field examiner for the National Labor Relations Board, Region 25 (1971 – 1972), and Director of Human Relations and part-time assistant professor/associate instructor for the Bloomington Campus, Indiana University (1972 – 1979). Al is admitted to the practice law by the Indiana Supreme Court; the United States District Court, Southern Indiana and Eastern District of California; the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Supreme Court. Al has been in private practice since 1980 with offices in Bloomington, Indiana. Al is a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Monroe County Bar Association, Indiana Bar Association, Indiana Bar Foundation, and American Bar Association. Donations to his campaign may be sent to Manns for Judge Finance Committee, P.O. Box 1914, Bloomington, Indiana 47402.