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Clement Clay “Bo” Torbert, Jr.
Twenty-Fifth Chief Justice
—1977-1989 —

A native of Opelika, Alabama, he is the son of Clement C. Torbert and Lynda Meadows Torbert. He was educated in the Opelika public schools. He attended the United States Naval Academy and received his B.S. Degree from Auburn University in 1951. He studied Law at the University of Maryland and graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1954. He served in the United States Air Force attaining the rank of captain.

Torbert practiced law in Opelika from 1954 until 1977. He was elected to the Alabama Legislature in 1958. Designated by the Capitol Press Corps as “The most outstanding freshman Legislator.” He was elected to the Alabama Senate in 1966 and served two terms. In 1969, The Capitol Press Corps designated him “Most Effective Senator.”

Chief Justice Torbert held numerous National offices, including President of the National Conferences of Chief Justices, Chairman of the National Center for State Courts, and the Chairman of the State Justice Institute. He was elected to the Alabama Academy of Honor.

Torbert is married to the former Gene Hurt of Auburn. They had three children: Mary Dixon Torbert, Shealy Torbert Cook, and Clement Clay Torbert III, and 5 grandchildren.
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