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National Bar Leader Willam C. Hubbard of Columbia, South Carolina, Elected President of the American Bar Foundation

October 1, 2010, Press releases


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 CHICAGO, Sept. 29, 2010 – William C. Hubbard, partner in the Columbia, S.C., law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, has been elected president of the American Bar Foundation. His term runs from Sept. 1, 2010 – Aug. 31, 2012. 

 In addition to his service as a member of the Board of the American Bar Foundation, Hubbard is a past president and current board member of the American Bar Endowment and a life member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.

Hubbard has long held positions of leadership in the American Bar Association. In August 2010, he completed a two-year term as chair of the ABA House of Delegates, the second-highest elected position in the association.  Hubbard is the chair of the Board of Directors of The World Justice Project, a multinational, multidisciplinary initiative to strengthen the rule of law worldwide.  He is member of the Council and Executive Committee of the American Law Institute. He is a recipient of the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award.

 Richard Pena, the immediate past president of the American Bar Foundation said, “William Hubbard is recognized as an extraordinary leader by his peers and by his community.  He will bring a balanced and thoughtful approach to this position.”  He added, “The American Bar Foundation and the lawyers of America are fortunate to have William as president.  He is the right person, at the right time, to lead the organization.”

  In addition to his activities with the ABA and other law-related organizations, Hubbard has served on the board of trustees of the University of South Carolina since 1986 and served as chairman of the board from 1996-2000.  In 2009, he received the university's Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2010, he was awarded the university’s highest recognition, the honorary Doctor of Laws. In 2002, he received the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian award given by a South Carolina governor.

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