Midyear Meeting

It's official: William Hubbard of South Carolina is nominated to become ABA president-elect


William Hubbard. Photo
by Kathy Anderson

The ABA Nominating Committee on Sunday confirmed its selection of William C. Hubbard, a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough in Columbia, S.C., as the association’s president-elect nominee.

Hubbard, who served as chair of the House of Delegates in 2008-10, is running unopposed, so the Nominating Committee’s announcement following a short executive session came as absolutely no surprise. But waiting to get the official word gives rise to a bit of anxiety, said Hubbard.

“It still comes as a relief” to hear that the nomination is official, Hubbard said Sunday. “I’m glad the nominating process is concluded because I’m anxious to get to work. Now I can start planning in a productive way.”

Under the ABA’s constitution and bylaws, Hubbard’s nomination will be announced in the House of Delegates when it convenes on Monday in Dallas, where the association is holding its 2013 Midyear Meeting. The House will go through the formality of confirming Hubbard as president-elect in August at the Annual Meeting in San Francisco. He will begin his one-year as president a year later at the close of the 2014 Annual Meeting in Boston.

Hubbard said that he has not identified specific topics on which he will focus during his presidential year, but the next few months will be a crucial time for identifying issues and planning initiatives. In talking to previous ABA presidents, “They say have your planning done ahead of time, because the whirlwind that starts the day after you take office is like nothing you’ve ever experienced,” Hubbard said.

In other action, the Nominating Committee selected G. Nicholas Casey Jr. as its nominee to become ABA treasurer and Mary T. Torres to serve as ABA secretary. Casey is a member of Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins in Charleston, W.Va., and Torres is a member of Beall & Biehler in Albuquerque, N.M.

The House of Delegates will confirm the nominations of Casey and Torres in August. They will then hold “-elect” status for one year before they begin three-year terms in their posts in August 2014.

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