As a lawyer, Bill’s talent and dedication as an advocate for his clients, who he represented with great imagination, vigor, skill, and ability, was recognized by his induction into the American College of Trial Lawyers. He was held in the highest regard by his fellow attorneys, his clients, and the community.
Bill was also a loyal servant of the legal profession. He was a Bar Commissioner from 1974 to 1993 with the exception of his term of office as State Bar President in 1986-87. And he was a member of the Court of the Judiciary from 1985 until his death.
One of his nominators noted that Bill Scruggs “had an extraordinary legal mind and was an ardent advocate in the courtroom”. He continued, “It is unusual for a lawyer in a small firm in a small town to represent the array of major clients in complex litigation that Bill did”.
Another nominator spoke of Bill Scruggs as follows: “He was an accomplished case lawyer, transaction lawyer, speaker, raconteur, moralist, ethicist, and above all a very good dispenser of practical, helpful advice. In an age of specialization, Bill excelled at nearly every area of the law, and tried murder cases, product liability cases, fraud cases, banking cases, oil and gas cases, and whatever you needed”. He urged the selection committee to “Put Scruggs in the Hall of Fame”.
In 2002 the Board of Bar Commissioners created the William D. (Bill) Scruggs, Jr. Service to the Bar Award. It is intended to honor his memory by recognizing individuals whose record of service to the Bar emulates Bill’s. We honor the memory of Bill Scruggs once more by his induction into the Alabama Lawyers’ Hall of Fame.