Charles E. “Chuck” Hobbs II is a trial lawyer based in Tallahassee, Florida. During the past decade he has appeared on Court TV twice, first as co-counsel in the 2003 gambling case of former Florida State University quarterback Adrian McPherson, and in 2006 as lead attorney for four of the five young men charged in the Kappa Hazing case, the nation’s first ever felony hazing trial. Hobbs has provided legal commentary on CNN, Fox News and “E” network on a number of topics including hazing on college campuses, the Martin Lee Anderson boot camp case as well as the Duke Lacrosse scandal. In 2011, Hobbs served as lead counsel for Dr. Julian E. White, the legendary band director for the Florida A&M University Marching 100, following the hazing death of Drum Major Robert Champion. In 2014, Hobbs was invited by the United States Department of Defense to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he was a legal observer of the court proceedings for Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and the 9/11 terror co-conspirators.
A Tallahassee native, Hobbs earned a B.A. in history from Morehouse College in 1994 and a M.A.S.S. with a concentration in history from Florida A&M University in 1995. In 1998, Hobbs earned a J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
For the past ten years Hobbs has been a regularly featured columnist in The Hill and the Tallahassee Democrat, where he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Commentary in 2010. His editorials have also appeared in the Miami Herald, the Florida Times-Union and the Tampa Tribune. Hobbs covered the 2008 Republican Convention as a blogger for the Tallahassee Democrat. In 2007, Hobbs earned honorable mention at the Florida Bar Media Awards for an article on the Martin Lee Anderson case and in 2010, won first place in the same competition on a series of articles regarding race, gender and the judiciary.
Hobbs has previously served as legal adviser to the Florida State Conference of Branches of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People as well as a member of the Leon County Charter Review Commission. An active member of Bethel AME Church, he also holds memberships in Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, Valentine Lodge #147 PHA F&AM; 100 Black Men of America, The Federalist Society and the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society.
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