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William L. Howard

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William L. Howard is a dedicated advocate for YCRLAW’s clients and has served the state of South Carolina as a judge in both the trial and appellate courts. He has particular skill representing the firm’s clients in complex litigation and alternate dispute resolution.

Mr. Howard currently serves as Chairman of the S.C. Supreme Court Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Judicial Career

  • Resident Circuit Judge for the 9th Judicial Circuit, 1988 – 1994
  • Acting Judge for the South Carolina Court of Appeals, 1994-1995
  • Circuit Judge for the 9th Judicial Circuit 1995-1996
    • Presided over the Susan Smith trial
  • Judge for the South Carolina Court of Appeals, 1996
  • Specially assigned asbestos related litigation

Earlier Career

  • 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve
  • Trained in the Army Transportation Corps
  • Member of the Governor’s Committee for Consumer Affairs
  • Chairman of the 9th Judicial Circuit Resolution of Fee Disputes Committee
  • Member of the South Carolina Bar Ethics Committee

Admitted to practice

  • South Carolina, 1973


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1973
  • Dickinson College, B.A., 1970


  • South Carolina Bar Association


  • Good Morning, America
  • Dateline, NBC
  • National Conference on the Media and The Courts, National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada
  • Guest Speaker – Alabama, California, Colorado, Oregon, Tennessee, Louisiana Judicial Conferences
  • Clarke Foundation Guest Lecturer, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., 1996
  • Numerous South Carolina CLE and JCLE programs


  • Televised trials: Can The Government Market Electronic Access? 49 S.C.L.Rev. 55 (1997)
  • Cameras In The Courtroom: We Pursue Different Objectives, Quill, October 1996
  • Co-editor, The South Carolina Civil and Criminal Law Practice Manual, a CLE publication of the South Carolina Bar, 2003