William T. Toal was born in Columbia, South Carolina on March 17, 1940. Yale University awarded him a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1962. After a three-year enlistment in the United States Navy, Bill enrolled in law school at the University of South Carolina. Bill graduated first in his class and received the Juris Doctor degree in 1968 magna cum laude. Upon graduation, he became a law clerk to the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The following year, Bill was the only full-time lawyer in the newly formed Public Defender’s Office in Greenville County.