On August 1, 2011, Governor Robert Bentley appointed Charles R. Malone as the thirtieth Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Born January 27, 1954, in Tuscaloosa, Chief Justice Malone attended public schools in Tuscaloosa and graduated from Tuscaloosa High School in 1972. He received his B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama in 1976.
Chief Justice Malone continued his studies at Cumberland School of Law and received his Juris Doctorate in 1981. After being admitted to the Alabama State Bar, Chief Justice Malone entered private practice in his hometown of Tuscaloosa and practiced law for twenty years, handling cases in both state and federal courts. During that time, he served in various capacities of the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association, including Bar President.
In 2000, Chief Justice Malone was elected as a circuit judge in the Sixth Judicial Circuit and was re-elected in 2006. During his terms as circuit judge, he was elected twice by the judges of the Sixth Circuit to be presiding judge, once in 2003 and again in 2010.
While serving as a circuit judge, Chief Justice Malone also taught trial advocacy at the University of Alabama School of Law for six years, and taught business law at the University of Alabama School of Commerce and Business for four years. Additionally, he was a guest instructor at the Alabama Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Commission Law Enforcement Academy for eight years.
In January 2011, Chief Justice Malone left the circuit bench to serve as Chief of Staff for Governor Robert Bentley.
Chief Justice Malone has been active in his community and church. He is a former member of the West Alabama Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center Volunteer Steering Committee and a YMCA Little League coach. He has been a deacon, an adult Sunday school teacher and a trustee at First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa. He has also served as director of the First Baptist Church Foundation.
Chief Justice Malone is married to the former Terri Avery. They are the parents of two adult children.
Source: Alabama Judicial System