On November 15, 2019, Governor Kay Ivey appointed J C Love, III as the 10th Probate Court Judge for Montgomery County. Judge Love is the court’s second African American judge and first licensed attorney since former Probate Court Judge Perry O. Hooper, Sr. (1965 - 1974).
Judge Love was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. He attended the Montgomery Public Schools and graduated from Jefferson Davis High School in 1997. Judge Love attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia where he graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science. While at Morehouse College, Judge Love served as Student Government Association President, member of the college’s Honor, Conduct & Review Board, a charter member of Omicron Delta Kappa, and was a member of the college’s Board of Trustees.
Judge Love attended Boston College Law School and graduated from there in 2004. After law school, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he began his legal career. In 2005, Judge Love was appointed by Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin to serve as a Hearing Officer for the Taxicabs and Vehicles for Hire Board, which heard violations brought against vehicles for hire in the City of Atlanta. A year later, in 2006, Mayor Franklin appointed him as a Procurement Appeals Hearing Officer, where he was responsible for hearing and adjudicating the appeals of insidiously and business that had been denied a right to do business with the City of Atlanta. In 2007, Mayor Franklin appointed Judge Love as the Attorney Member of the License Review Board, which governs the approval of liquor licenses, and permits, other than work permits, issued under the city’s police power. He was reappointed to the Board by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in 2011. For each of these appointments, Judge Love was either the youngest appointee or member of the board.
In 2010, the Atlanta City Council appointed Judge Love to serve as its representative on the board of Invest Atlanta, which is the City of Atlanta’s economic development authority. During his tenure on Invest Atlanta, he participated in programs that facilitated the creation of more than 23,000 jobs and nearly $2 billion in direct investment for the City of Atlanta. Some of the key products in which Judge Love participated was the recruiting of Porsche North America’s headquarters to relocate to Atlanta, Georgia at the site of the old Ford automobile plan, Carter’s, a major American designer and marketer of children’s apparel, to relocate to Atlanta, Georgia, and the new Mercedes Benz Stadium. He held all of these appointments until he relocated back to Montgomery.
Judge Love formerly practiced with the law firm of Rushton, Stakely, Johnston & Garrett, P.A., one of the largest and oldest law firms in Montgomery, Alabama. Judge Love serves as president of the Britton YMCA, president of the Mount Zion A.M.E. Zion Foundation, and serves on the board of the Montgomery County Bar Foundation and Red Tails Scholarship Foundation. Judge Love is a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association, the Alabama Lawyers Association, the Capital City Bar Association, the Montgomery – Tuskegee Chapter of the Morehouse College National Alumni Association, and the Montgomery Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Judge Love is married to Dr. Porcia Bradford Love, a Montgomery dermatologist. They are the proud parents of three children – Caroline, Catherine, and James. Judge Love and his family attend Mt. Zion A.M.E. Zion Church and St. Jude Catholic Church.