Sue Bell Cobb

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Sue Bell Cobb at a panel discussion held by the Department of Justice on the subject of the court decision of Gideon v. Wainwright.

Sue Bell Cobb (born 1956 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American jurist and the 29th Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. She served from 2007 until her resignation in August 2011. Cobb was the first woman elected as Alabama's Chief Justice and had previously served from 1995 to 2007 as a judge on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, the state court for criminal intermediate appeals. Before 1995, Cobb had served as a trial judge in state district court for many years.[1]

Cobb, a Democrat, was the only member of her party to serve on the Alabama Supreme Court during her tenure on the bench. Elected in 2006, she unseated Judge Drayton Nabers, Jr., a Republican who in 2003 had succeeded Justice Roy Moore after Moore had been removed from the bench regarding his role in the display of the Ten Commandments in the courthouse.

Cobb announced her intention to resign from office to devote more time to her family. Cobb denied that her decision to step down was connected with a potential bid for governor in 2014.[2]

Life and early career[edit]

Cobb graduated from Sparta Academy and the University of Alabama with a degree in history. She received the Phi Alpha Theta Scholarship Key. Cobb attended the University of Alabama School of Law, graduating with a J.D. in 1981. In law school Cobb was a member of the Bench and Bar Honor Society, Farrah Law Society, and Moot Court Board. Cobb was appointed as a judge of Conecuh County District Court immediately after being admitted to the bar. Formerly one of the state's youngest judges, she was elected to the district court in 1982 and re-elected in 1988.[1]

As a trial judge, Cobb took assignments from about 40 counties. In 1997, Cobb was appointed by the Alabama Supreme Court to serve as the Alternate Chief Judge of the Court of the Judiciary.

She is married to William J. Cobb, Executive Director of Governmental Affairs of Bell South. They have three children, Bill, Andy, and Caitlin.[3]

References[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Drayton Nabers, Jr.
Chief Justice of the
Supreme Court of Alabama

2007 to 2011
Succeeded by
Charles R. Malone