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Clement Clay Torbert

Clement Clay Torbert, state supreme court justice. Bar: Alabama 1954. Elected to Alabama Academy of Honor, 1979; recipient Distinguished Service award National Center for State Courts, 1989, 1989 award, American Judges Association.


  • Torbert, Clement Clay was born on August 31, 1929 in Opelika, Alabama, United States. Son of Clement Clay Senior and Lynda (Meadows) Torbert.

  • Education

    • Student, United States Naval Academy, 1949. Bachelor of Science, Auburn University, 1951. Postgraduate, University Maryland, 1952.

      Bachelor of Laws, University Alabama, 1954.


    • Practiced in, Opelika, 1954-1977. City judge, 1954-1958. Partner firm Samford, Torbert, Denson & Horsley, 1959-1974.

      Chief justice Alabama Supreme Court, 1977-1989. Partner firm Maynard, Cooper & Gale, since 1990. Past chairman Alabama Judicial Study Commission, Judicial Coordination Committee.

      Past president Conference Chief Justices. Supervisory board Alabama Law Enforcement Planning Agency, 1977-1983. Board directors Alabama Criminal Justice Information Systems, National Institute for Dispute Resolution, First National Bank Opelika, State Justice Institute, 1986-1992.

      Member panel of arbitrators American Arbitration Association. Panelist-at-large Center for Public Resources. Held Leslie S. Wright Chair of Law, Cumberland School Law, 1989, John Sparkman Chair, University Alabama School Law.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Alabama 1954.


    All human life is sacred and created by God and therefore, we must see all human life as significant and valuable. When governments implement the death penalty, then the life of the convicted person is devalued and all possibility of change in that person’s life ends.


    The life with Christ has nothing to do with being in a "church" atmosphere for all eternity. God’s salvation involves far more. He is planning to make his children productive, creative, useful, and supremely happy, within an environment of spiritual perfection, health, peace, and love.

    Denomination: Methodist


    Christians with different interpretations of the Bible should be engaged in discussions about the ways the Bible can be applied to major world issues.


    Member Alabama House of Representatives, 1958-1962, Alabama Senate, 1966-1970, 74-77. Served to captain United States Air Force, 1952-1953. Member American Judicature Society, Farrah Law Society, Phi Delta Phi, Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Tau Omega.

    Lodges: Kiwanis.


    • Married Gene Hurt, May 2, 1952. Children: Mary Dixon, Gene Shealy, Clement Clay III.
    • father: Clement Clay Senior Torbert
    • mother: Lynda (Meadows) Torbert
    • spouse: Gene Hurt
    • children: Mary Dixon Torbert
    • Gene Shealy Torbert
    • Clement Clay III Torbert
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    Born August 31, 1929