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ALABAMA'S SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICES

Clement Clay "Bo" Torbert, Jr.

A native of Lee County, C. C. "Bo" Torbert, Jr., attended the Opelika public schools. Following a year at the United States Naval Academy, he attended Auburn University, receiving his bachelor's degree in 1951. He then spent a year at the University of Maryland Law School and graduated from the University of Alabama Law School in 1954.

 

For twenty-three years, 1954-1977, Torbert practiced law in Opelika. In 1958 he was elected to represent Lee County in the state legislature. In 1966 and again in 1974, he was elected to the Alabama Senate. The Capitol Press Corps named him "most outstanding freshman legislator" in 1959 and "most effective senator" ten years later.

 

Elected chief justice in the November, 1976, general election, Torbert assumed that office on January 17, 1977; he was re-elected in 1982 but declined to run for a third term. During his tenure on the court, he was president of the Conference of Chief Justices and chairman of several other national and state judicial organizations. In 1979 Torbert was elected to the Alabama Academy of Honor.

 

Following his two terms as chief justice, Torbert practiced law in Montgomery and taught at both the University of Alabama School of Law and Cumberland School of Law. He also headed a state commission to study the state tax structure and recommend approaches to tax reform. Clement Clay Torbert, Jr., is married to the former Gene Hurt of Auburn. They have three children.

 

Source: Alabama Judicial System website.