Judge Agnes Chappell
Agnes Chappell, being the first black female to practice law in Jefferson County, Alabama, is a Municipal Court Judge for the City of Birmingham, Alabama. She presides over the Misdemeanor and Domestic Violence Court. She established the Domestic Violence Court, the first therapeutic court, for the City of Birmingham.
She has vast experience in the area of family and juvenile delinquency law, having served as a Senior Trial Referee at the Jefferson County Family Court for over fifteen years and as a partner in the law firm of Brown, Chappell and Burrell.
Her work also includes: chairperson of the Minor Sex Trafficking Committee for The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham, chairperson of the Grants and Allocations Committee of The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham, Voices against Domestic Violence Steering Committee, president and founder of The NRS Community Support Corporation, member of the board of directors for The Rising Stars and Bethel Learning Centers, member of the Alabama Domestic Violence Statutory Revision Committee and member of the board of directors of the Community Policing and Revitalization of the City of Birmingham. She is a member of the Momentum Leadership Alumni Board of Directors and served as chair of volunteers for the 2014 Momentum Women in Leadership Conference. In addition, she is the newly elected chair of the Magic City Bar Judicial Council.
She received the Metro Birmingham NAACP Equal Justice Award for 2009. In 2011, she was honored by the Magic City Bar Association for her domestic violence work. In 2013, she was named a Woman of Distinction by the North Central Girl Scouts of Alabama. Again in 2013, she was named as a “Motivating Woman” by the Birmingham International Center. Also in 2013, she was named Judicial Humanitarian of Service Honoree for her community outreach work by the Community Policing and Revitalization of the City of Birmingham.
She is a graduate of Shades Valley High School, the University of Alabama and the University Of Alabama School Of Law. She is a member of the New Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church where her son, Rev. Thomas Beavers, is the pastor and her father, Rev. Dr. Tommy Chappell is pastor emeritus. She takes pride in the fact that she is the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Tommy Chappell. She is the mother of two adult children and the grandmother of eight.
She was a panelist for Women as Advocates in Politics, Business and Community.
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