On Jan. 16, Judge Charles Price retired after serving for 31 years as a circuit judge in Montgomery County. During his tenure, Judge Price earned a reputation for being fair, courageous, and a willing mentor. He went above and beyond what is required of a judge. He always made young lawyers feel comfortable in his court. Judge Price understands better than most how to work with folks, cultivating a great deal of respect from the folks he worked with. He had a gift of lifting others up. Judge Price has been described as being a “Legend in his own time,” and that is a title that was well-earned.
Judge Price has served as President of the Montgomery Trial Lawyers Association and President of the Alabama Circuit Judge’s Association 2002-2003. He is a member of the National Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar Association, the Alabama Lawyers Association, the Montgomery County Bar Association, and the Capital City Bar Association. He served as president of the Alabama Circuit Judges Association (2002-2003). On January 6, 1999, he was unanimously elected Presiding Judge of the 15th Judicial Circuit.
Among his many honors, Judge Price received the 1997 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Alabama Democratic Conference John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. Judge Price also is the only living judge to have a courthouse building named after him. On May 8, 2009, the Montgomery County Courthouse was dedicated as the Phelps-Price Justice Center in memory of Judge Joseph Phelps and in honor of Judge Price.
During the week preceding his retirement, he was honored by the Montgomery County Association for Justice. MCAJ President Chad Cook, one of the lawyers at Beasley Allen, presented Judge Price with a plaque commemorating his years of service, and also announced the establishment of the Judge Charles Price Leadership Award, which will be presented annually to people in the area who demonstrate qualities reflecting Judge Price’s dedication and courage in upholding justice. Judge Price is a living legend whose name will go down in history as a man who made a difference.
Mayor Todd Strange has appointed Judge Price to a position in City government. In my opinion, that was an extremely good hire for the mayor. Judge Price will be an asset in his position for the city and all of the people in Montgomery.
Source: Montgomery Advertiser