Bill Bates named to District 27 'Distinguished Alumni'
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[April 23, 2013]
Attorney William B. Bates,
better known as Bill, was born, raised and still lives in Lincoln.
After graduating from Lincoln Junior High School in 1968 and from
Lincoln Community High School in 1972, he entered Westminster
College in Fulton, Mo. He was a member of the Delta Tau Chapter of
Sigma Chi fraternity and received a bachelor's degree in May 1976
with a double major, in economics and in business administration and
Wanting to pursue a career as a lawyer led him to the
Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. His internship
position during his final year of law school was serving as the law
clerk for the late Judge John T. McCullough of the 4th District
Appellate Court. Bates received his Juris Doctor and graduated with
honors in December of 1978.
He returned to Lincoln as an associate in his father's law
practice, later becoming a partner, managing partner and then the
owner of Woods and Bates, Attorneys at Law.
Throughout his law career, he has presented many public seminars
in the local area on various legal issues -- wills, estate planning
and powers of attorney. He continues to be a member of the American
Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association and Logan County Bar
Since returning to Lincoln in 1978, Bates has been actively
involved in the community. His time and dedication have made, and
continue to make, positive contributions to Lincoln and Logan
The Bates family has a long association with District 27. Bill's
father, William C. Bates Jr., served on the board of education in
the 1960s. Bill was a board member for 16 years (1985-2001) and
served as board president from 1993 to 2001. His son, Blinn Bates,
was recently re-elected to his second term on the board and
currently serves as vice president.
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Since 1998, Bill has been the president and director of The Woods
Foundation. The foundation was established by his former law
partner, Robert Woods, and Woods' wife, Joan, and generously
supports education and other services in Lincoln and Logan County.
Bates also serves as a member of the board of directors of
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. He has served on various hospital
committees and was recently co-chair of the capital campaign
committee that raised approximately $4.2 million for the new
Bates has also served as a member of the Lincoln College board of
trustees and the boards of the Lincoln YMCA, Lincoln Elks Crippled
Children's Trust, Lincoln/Logan Chamber of Commerce, Logan County
Chapter of American Cancer Society, and the Logan County Park and
Trails Foundation. He has served as president of the St. Clara's
Manor board of directors and as president and founding director of
the Logan County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.
[Text from file received from
Lincoln Elementary School