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October 14, 2020, 11:22 am CDT
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William C. Hubbard, the new dean of the University of South Carolina School of Law and a former ABA president, accidentally emailed students a file with recent graduates’ confidential bar exam grades and information about whether they passed or failed the test.
According to the State, Hubbard quickly realized his mistake and sent students a second email, asking that they delete his first. The newspaper interviewed Hubbard on Tuesday and reports that he “appeared devastated” about his mistake.
Hubbard did not immediately respond to an ABA Journal interview request.
“It’s a mistake I deeply regret. I take full responsibility for the error, and I am profoundly sorry for any harm or distress I may have caused,” he told the State.
The article does not list a date for Hubbard’s emails. According to the South Carolina Supreme Court’s Office of Bar Admissions website, July exam results were released Oct. 9.
A former partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough who practiced business law, Hubbard was an ABA president for the 2014-2015 term and currently is a special adviser for the ABA Center for Innovation. He was a 2016 ABA Journal Legal Rebel.
Hubbard was appointed as dean of the law school in June and is a former trustee of the university, the Post and Courier reports. According to the Faculty Lounge, an academic blog, Hubbard was not the law school faculty’s preferred candidate.
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