Mrs. Sue Bell Cobb

First Vice Chair

Sue Bell Cobb, formerly a resident of Evergreen, Alabama, was the first female chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. She became one of the state’s youngest trial judges when appointed district judge of Conecuh County in 1981, accepting trial court assignments in approximately 40 counties. She was the first woman elected to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, where she served two terms. Chief Justice Cobb devoted her time and talent to improving the justice system of Alabama, working tirelessly on juvenile justice, access to justice, technological improvements to the court system, public safety and sentencing reform. She presently serves as Adjunct Professor at Faulkner School of Law in Montgomery, Alabama, and consults with other states regarding implementation of court technology.

Chief Justice Cobb was born in 1956 in Louisville, Kentucky. BA, History (Phi Alpha Theta Scholarship Key), University Of Alabama, 1978; JD, University of Alabama School of Law (Bench and Bar Honor Society, Moot Court Board, and Farrah Law Society). Conecuh County District Judge, 1981-1995; Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, 1995-2007; Chief Justice, Alabama Supreme Court, 2007- 2011. Past Member, Board of Directors, Conference of Chief Justices; Former president of Alabama Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; Past board chair and founding member of Children First Foundation, Inc.; Graduate, Leadership Alabama; Stennis Center for Public Service Pacesetter; Member, Executive Committee, Council of State Government; Prevent Child Abuse Lifetime Achievement Award; Children’s Voice Award; Alabama State Bar 2010 Judicial Award of Merit; National Voting Rights Women’s Hall of Fame; 2010 Outstanding Public Official Award, Alabama Chapter of National Social Worker’s Association; Past State Board Chair and Volunteer of the Year, Alabama Division, American Cancer Society; International Speaker, United States State Department; Vice-President, Board of Trustees, Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church; Member, First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, Alabama. She is married to William J. Cobb. They have three children, Bill, Andy and Caitlin and three grandchildren, Olivia, Will, and Abigail.