Columbia attorney tapped to lead South Carolina Bar

William Witherspoon to head South Carolina Bar for 2016-17.

William Witherspoon  

An attorney from Columbia, South Carolina is set to take office as the president of the South Carolina Bar for 2016-17.

A ceremony to install William Witherspoon will take place as part of the Bar's House of Delegates Meeting, which is set for Thursday, May 19. The meeting will be held at the Bar Conference Center in Columbia.

Witherspoon holds a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of South Carolina. After beginning careers as a chemist and then as a sheriff's deputy, Witherspoon began studying at the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1988.

Witherspoon, who serves as senior litigation counsel for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, has been with that office for 16 years. His resume also include time with the Office of General Counsel for the South Carolina Budget and Control Board, as well as with Columbia-based law firm Berry, Adams, Quackenbush & Stuart. He also previously worked with South Carolina Court of Appeals Judge Randall T. Bell and U.S. District Court Judge Matthew J. Perry.

For two years, he was a municipal court judge for the City of Columbia.

Active in law-related organizations, Witherspoon has been involved with the House of Delegates, serving as its chair and on its Continuing Legal Education, Publications, Judicial Qualifications, Professional Responsibility and Diversity and Inclusiveness committees. He served as president of the Richland County Bar Association as well as of the Columbia Lawyers' Association; he has worked with the South Carolina Supreme Court Board of Grievances and Discipline and the Palmetto Legal Aid Board of Directors.

Outside the courtroom, Witherspoon is active with the Salvation Army, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Richland County Board of First Steps and the African-American Partnership Board at the University of South Carolina. He has served as a mentor for disadvantaged young men through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization.

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