William C. Hubbard, a 1977 alumnus of the University of South Carolina School of Law, was sworn in as president of the American Bar Association on August 11 at the organization’s annual meeting in Boston. He spent the past year as the ABA’s president-elect and was chair of the ABA’s House of Delegates from 2008-2010.
During his year-long term as president, Hubbard will represent the ABA’s 400,000 members and 900 employees as CEO and chief spokesperson. He will be meeting with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Supreme Court, and testifying before Congressional committees, among other duties. He plans to focus on domestic violence, access to justice for the poor, criminal justice and sentencing reform, and developing a blueprint to help lawyers and judges adapt to technology and globalization.
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“Being named president of the ABA is the pinnacle of any lawyer’s career,” said Robert M. Wilcox, dean of the USC School of Law, who attended the installment ceremony. “We are proud that William is an alumnus of our law school and that he calls South Carolina home.”
Hubbard is a partner in the Columbia office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, where he practices in business litigation related to breach of contract, business torts, breach of fiduciary duty claims, unfair trade practices, energy and utilities disputes, and class actions. He also serves on the board of trustees of the University of South Carolina. Hubbard received the Order of the Palmetto (2002), the highest civilian award given by a South Carolina governor, as well as the USC Distinguished Alumni Award (2009), the USC School of Law Compleat Lawyer Platinum Award (2010), and the Honorary Doctor of Laws (2010). He received a B.A. in History, magna cum laude, from USC in 1974 and was awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, the university’s highest student honor.
Hubbard is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, chair of the board of directors of The World Justice Project and immediate past president of the American Bar Foundation. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American Judicature Society, the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference and the Council of the American Law Institute. He consistently has been listed among the Best Lawyers in America® and South Carolina Super Lawyers, and he was the inaugural recipient of the Leadership in Law Award by SC Lawyers Weekly (2009).
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