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Former W&L Trustee Wins Community Service Award

— by on March 15th, 2012

When the State Bar of Georgia and the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism presented their 13th Annual Justice Robert Benham Community Service Awards in Atlanta on Feb. 28, one of the winners was William B. Hill Jr. The former member of the Washington and Lee Board of Trustees graduated from W&L in 1974 (undergraduate) and in 1977 (law).

The Benham awards “honor lawyers and judges in Georgia who have made significant contributions to their communities and demonstrate the positive contributions of members of the bar beyond their legal or official work.”

Hill, as everyone calls him, is a partner in the Atlanta law firm Ashe, Rafuse & Hill L.L.P., which has a national litigation practice focusing on employment, civil rights, products liability and commercial disputes. He mediates and arbitrates commercial and civil rights disputes.

Hill previously served as a judge on the Superior Court of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit and as a state court judge for Fulton County, Ga. Before his judgeships, he spent 13 years with the Georgia Attorney General’s Office.

The award’s namesake, Justice Benham, sits on the Supreme Court of Georgia. He is the first African-American to hold that post.

Here is the brief biographical video about Hill that was shown at the awards ceremony: