The Honorable Agnes Chappell

Agnes Chappell, being the first black female to practice law in Jefferson County, Alabama, has been in the legal profession for over 38 years. She presently serves as Circuit Judge, Domestic Relations Division, Tenth (10th) Judicial Circuit (Jefferson County, Al.) She served as Municipal Court Judge for the City of Birmingham, Alabama for 14 years. In Municipal Court, she presided 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. At the law firm of Brown Chappell and Burrell she handled cases of family law and other civil matters.

Her work also includes: past chairperson of the Minor Sex Trafficking Committee for The Women's Fund of Greater Birmingham, past chairperson of the Grants and Allocations Committee of The Women's Fund of Greater Birmingham, past member of 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. Agnes is also a board member of Zonta of Birmingham, Alabama. In addition, she is the chair of the Magic City Bar Association Judicial Council.

Judge Chappell has a special interest in protecting and improving the quality of life for young people as shown by her more than 19 years of service at the Jefferson County Family Court. She mentors high school and college students and young lawyers. Her mentoring is structured and is with much thought and purpose, as evidenced by her association with two learning centers. She participates in the City of Birmingham "Shadow an Executive Program," as well. In this program, she allows high school students who are interested in the legal profession to experience day to day work in the courtroom.

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 for her community outreach work by the Community Policing and Revitalization of the City of Birmingham. She has been honored and recognized by many other organizations.

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 nine.

Contact Information

Office Staff:

Thomas Butts - Judicial Assistant
Terry Sneed - Court Attendant

Domestic Relations Building, Room 230
2124 Seventh Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: (205) 325-5022
Fax: (205) 254-6133