Robert Lebby Clement Jr., a founding law partner of Young Clement Rivers LLP and former chairman of Charleston County Council, died Friday. He was 88.
Clement was born Dec. 14, 1928, in Charleston, the only child of Robert L. Clement and Julia Axson Thayer Clement. He graduated from The Citadel in 1949 and Duke University School of Law in 1951, followed by active-duty service in the Judge Advocate General’s office with the Air Force.
Clement began practicing law in Charleston in 1955, was appointed assistant attorney to the city of Charleston in 1960, and in 1962, was unanimously elected to serve as the first judge of the newly created Municipal Court of Charleston.
Clement was a founding partner of Young Clement Rivers LLP in 1965 and was a managing partner until 1993. Half-way through his term as a councilman with Charleston County, he was elected chairman in 1985. After, he returned to full-time law practice and service with local civic and community organizations.
Clement was the first president of the Charleston Lawyers Club, former president of the Charleston County Bar Association and of Charleston’s Sertoma Club. He was a former chairman of the Charleston County Higher Education Committee, president of the St. Andrews Society of Charleston and president of The Charleston Museum’s board of trustees. Local memberships include the Rotary Club, Charleston Club and Carolina Yacht Club.
Clement is survived by his wife, Helen Matilda Lewis Clement; three children; five grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren. The funeral service will be held Monday, June 12, at 11 a.m. at The Citadel’s Summerall Chapel. Arrangements by Stuhr’s Downtown Chapel.