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Judge Terri Bozeman Lovell Named Alabama State Bar Executive Director; Lovell Makes History as First Female to Lead 142-Year-Old Organization

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Apr. 23, 2021

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama State Bar (ASB) announced today the selection of Judge Terri Bozeman Lovell as its new executive director. Lovell will begin her tenure in June and will become the first female executive director of the organization since its founding in 1879.

“We are thrilled to have Judge Lovell bring her vision, experience and never-ending enthusiasm for the legal profession to the Alabama State Bar. This is an exciting hire for all Alabama lawyers,” said ASB President Bob Methvin in announcing Lovell’s selection.  “After an exhaustive national search that produced 80 candidates, Judge Lovell stood out, not only for her abilities, but because of her understanding of the needs of Alabama lawyers and the Alabama legal community.”

Lovell, the current Presiding Circuit Judge in the Second Judicial Circuit, was appointed in 2011 by then-Gov. Bob Riley and elected without opposition in 2012 and 2018. Her retirement is planned for May 2021. As the only circuit judge in a three-county circuit, she’s heard civil and criminal jury cases, non-jury trials and domestic relations cases. Prior to that, she served as the District Judge of Lowndes County from 1998 to 2011.

Lovell is a graduate of Auburn University at Montgomery and Jones School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor in 1995 and was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1996. She also served as a law clerk to the Judges and Justices of the Appellate Courts of Alabama from 1996-1998.

“It is a great privilege and honor to lead the Alabama State Bar and help direct the future of the Alabama legal community,” said Lovell.  “I look forward to building relationships and identifying opportunities every day in which we can engage, equip and empower our members for their best work.”

Lovell was unanimously selected by a 26-member Executive Director Search Task Force to be submitted to the Board of Bar Commissioners for approval. The Board of Bar Commissioners, the governing and policy-making body of the Alabama State Bar, unanimously approved Lovell as the next Executive Director. Birmingham-based OnBoard Search assisted with the administrative work of the search.

In addition to her service on the bench, she is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Alabama Circuit Judges’ Association, the co-chair of the ASB’s Bench & Bar Task Force, a member of the Alabama Sentencing Commission, and the Circuit Judges’ Board of Directors. She has previously served as President of both the District Judges’ Association and the Juvenile Judges’ Association. Lovell is married to Jeff Lovell and they have two children, Luke and Abby.

The Alabama State Bar (ASB) is the official licensing and regulatory organization of lawyers in Alabama. Created in 1879, the Alabama State Bar became an integrated bar in 1923 by an act of the legislature. Since then, ASB programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system. It is dedicated to promoting the professional responsibility and competence of its members, improving the administration of justice and increasing the public understanding of and respect for the law.

Media Contact:
Melissa Warnke
Director of Communications, Alabama State Bar
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