Columbia attorney William Hubbard, a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, was elected as American Bar Association president-elect at the organization’s annual meeting in San Francisco this week.
He will serve a one-year term before taking office as president of the association in August 2014. The 135-year-old ABA has nearly 400,000 members.
During his term, Hubbard plans to focus on legal education reform, access to justice for the poor, disparities in incarceration, diversity in the legal profession, independence of the judiciary, the judicial confirmation process, helping young lawyers succeed and developing a blueprint to help lawyers and judges adapt to technology and globalization.
Hubbard emphasized the ABA’s role in promoting equal justice for all and advancing liberty.
“It is incumbent upon the American Bar Association, it is our burden and our privilege, to ensure our government and our citizens remain true to the Constitution and the rule of law,” he said. “It takes hard work to protect our Constitution, to keep it alive in the hearts of women and men.”
Hubbard has served on the board of trustees of the University of South Carolina since 1986, including as chairman from 1996-2000.
In 2002, Hubbard received the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian award given by the governor of South Carolina.
He has been honored several times by his alma mater, receiving the University of South Carolina’s Distinguished Alumni Award (2009), the USC School of Law Compleat Lawyer Platinum Award (2010) and the university’s highest recognition, the Honorary Doctor of Laws (2010). Hubbard received the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Fourth Circuit in 2007.
Before joining Nelson Mullins, Hubbard was a law clerk for Judge Robert Chapman of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1974 and a law degree in 1977.