Chief of staff named Ala. SC chief justice

Jessica M. Karmasek Aug. 1, 2011, 1:41pm


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Legal Newsline) -- Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley announced Monday the appointment of Charles R. "Chuck" Malone to chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

Malone currently serves as chief of staff to Bentley.

"Judge Malone brings a perfect blend of judicial and administrative expertise needed for this position," Bentley said in a statement.

He added, "I am confident Judge Malone will serve the people of this state well."

Malone was appointed chief of staff by Bentley in January 2011. He was previously the presiding circuit judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit in Tuscaloosa.

"My entire career has prepared me with a solid foundation to serve as the Chief Justice and to uphold our state constitution and the constitution of the United States of America," Malone said in a statement.

"It has been an honor to serve in Governor Bentley's administration and I thank him for this opportunity to return to the bench."

From 1981 to January 2001, Malone worked as a private practice attorney.

In November 2000, he was elected circuit judge and took office in January 2001.

He was elected presiding judge by judges of the Sixth Circuit in 2003 and reelected presiding judge in 2010.

Malone is a member of the Alabama Association of Circuit Judges and was president of the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association from 1999 to 2000, having previously served as the association's secretary and vice president. He is a member of the Alabama Bar Association.

Malone also has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama School of Law and University of Alabama Culverhouse School of Commerce and Business.

He is married to the former Terri Avery of Tuscaloosa and has two adult children.

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