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Justice Sue Bell Cobb Honored with Susan B. Livingston Award

Justice Sue Bell Cobb Honored with Susan B. Livingston Award

MIRIMAR BEACH, Fla. and MONTGOMERY, Ala.—The Alabama State Bar Women’s Section has awarded Justice Sue Bell Cobb with the 2022 Susan B. Livingston Award.

Cobb was presented with the award at the 145th Annual Meeting of the Alabama State Bar on June 25, 2022, at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Miramar Beach, Fla. Cobb was celebrated for the many ways she has impacted her community and profession.

Cobb became the youngest trial judge in Alabama when appointed to the Conecuh County District Court at the age of 25.  During 13 years on the trial bench, she tried cases in 40 counties throughout the state. She then made history becoming the first woman elected to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals and to Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

Alabama State Bar Women’s Section Chair Sherrie Phillips said, “The Alabama State Bar Women’s Section is proud to award Justice Sue Bell Cobb with the Susan B. Livingston Award. She exemplifies a dedication to the rule of law, and we are grateful for the wisdom, fairness and passion she brings to the bench and the Alabama State Bar Association as a whole.”

Having received countless awards, Justice Cobb is most proud of being a founder of the Alabama Children First Foundation, a recipient of a national award for the largest increase in Model Drug Courts, and, most of all, being the mother of Caitlin Cobb, a new associate with Capell & Howard, Montgomery, AL.

“Justice Cobb is very deserving of this award,” Alabama State Bar Executive Director Terri Lovell said. “We have all benefited from her contributions to the administration of justice in Alabama”


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.


Melissa Warnke
Director of Communications
Alabama State Bar
(334) 517-2218