Cobb to speak Monday
by James Phillips
Aug 14, 2011 | 1809 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Alabama’s fist female chief justice will pay a visit to Jasper Monday.

Sue Bell Cobb, who recently stepped down as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, will serve as guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Jasper’s weekly meeting.

Cobb, a Democrat, was invited to speak by Kiwanis member and former state representative Tommy Sherer.

“If you’ve never heard Sue Bell speak, it will be a blessing,” Sherer said. “She is a very good speaker. No matter political affiliation, this is a speech that anyone will enjoy and be inspired by.”

Cobb has made history throughout her career in the justice system. She was one of the state’s youngest judges when appointed a Conecuh County district judge in 1981. Cobb also served two terms on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals from 1994 to 2006. Cobb stepped down as chief justice on Aug. 1 in order to spend more time with her family. Sherer said Cobb is a nationally recognized speaker on public safety and sentencing reform.

“Sue Bell has devoted her time and talent to improving the justice systems of the state,” Sherer said.

Sherer said Cobb is expected to hold a press conference at 11:30 a.m. Monday with her speech to the Kiwanis Club scheduled to begin at noon inside the cafeteria on the Jasper campus of Bevill State Community College. The public is invited to attend.

“We hope to have many visitors,” said Morris Studdard, a Jasper City Council member and current president of the Kiwanis Club of Jasper.