J. Elizabeth “Beth” Kellum grew up in Vance, Alabama in Tuscaloosa County. As a child, she spent many hours on her Grandfather’s farm, where she learned the values of hard work, patience, and perseverance. Her family attended Vance Baptist Church, where her father was a deacon, her mother sang in the choir and where Beth and her brother Brian were active in the church’s youth group. From her parents, Beth learned her conservative values -- faith in God, accountability, and respect for others -- values she lives by every day.
A 1977 graduate of Brookwood High School, Beth attended the University of Alabama on a four-year National Merit Scholarship. She graduated cum laude in 1981 as a member of the Dean’s List and Phi Beta Kappa. She remained in Tuscaloosa for law school, receiving her Juris Doctor in 1984.
Following law school, Beth interned in Washington, D.C. with Congressman Walter Flowers. After completing a judicial clerkship, she was hired by Alabama Attorney General Charles Graddick in1985 as an Assistant Attorney General in the criminal
appeals division. Her work prosecuting appeals before the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals and Supreme Court led to an offer to become a Staff Attorney for the Court of Criminal Appeals.
In 1990, Beth went into private practice in Montgomery, working on a wide variety of civil and criminal cases. Her desire for public service, however, led her back to the Court of Criminal Appeals in 1997 as a Senior Staff Attorney. She served in this capacity with the Court of Criminal Appeals and the Alabama Supreme Court until she was elected to the Court.
In 2008, Beth sought and won election to the Court of Criminal Appeals. She was reelected in 2014 and now seeks her third term on the Court in Place 2.
Beth is a lifelong Republican who has been active in the Alabama Republican Party for many years. She has volunteered on local, state, and national Republican campaigns, served many roles in the Capital City Republican Women -- including two terms as president -- and is a member of the Montgomery County Republican Executive Committee. Beth is a member of the First Baptist Church of Montgomery. She has served as a docent at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and is a member of a number of professional, civic, and political organizations -- including the Federalist Society, Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery, and various Republican organizations. She enjoys the beach and spending time with friends and family. Beth's hobbies include reading, bridge, traveling, genealogy, music, and caring for one thoroughly spoiled cat.