By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Thursday, May 25, 2017, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey appointed William B. Sellers to the Alabama Supreme Court as an Associate Justice.
Ivey said, “I am extremely pleased to appoint Will Sellers to the Alabama Supreme Court. I cannot think of an individual who is more qualified, capable and who exemplifies the qualities of a true public servant. His conservative principles and commitment to the rule of law along with his commitment to his family, church and community are foundations that make him uniquely qualified for the position of Associate Justice.”
Sellers said, “As a Justice, I can only promise to live up to my oath and serve the people of Alabama faithfully and fairly. I will respect the rule of law and apply the law equally without bias or respect to person or station in life.”
Sellers is the past President of the Rotary Club of Montgomery, past Chairman of the Montgomery Area Business Committee for the Arts, past Chairman of the United Way Campaign in the Montgomery Area and past Chairman of the YMCA of Greater Montgomery. Mr. Sellers is an active member of Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Sellers serves on the Alabama State Council on the Arts, is the Chairman of the Fair Ballot Commission and as the community liaison with the International Officers School at Maxwell Air Force Base.
Sellers is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hillsdale College with high honors in 1985 and a 1988 law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law. Sellers also has an LL.M in Taxation from New York University in 1989.
Sellers previously served as a partner in the Montgomery office of Balch & Bingham, LLP. A major part of Sellers’ practice has involved litigation against the Internal Revenue Service and the Alabama Department of Revenue.
Sellers chaired Ivey’s 2010 and 2014 campaigns for lieutenant governor. Sellers formerly was counsel for the House GOP Caucus. He has held a number of positions in the Alabama Republican Party.
Will is married to the former Lee Grant. They have three children.
Mr. Sellers will fill the seat previously held by Chief Justice Lyn Stuart. When Chief Justice Roy Moore resigned to run for US Senate after his suspension was upheld by a special Supreme Court, Ivey appointed Justice Stuart to fill his position. Stuart had been acting Chief Justice since Chief Justice Moore was suspended eleven months ago.
His appointment is effective immediately.