Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-10-03

American Bar Association president H. Thomas Wells, Jr., will address students at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law Thursday, Oct. 9.

Wells, a partner and founding member of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C., in Birmingham, will speak at 11 a.m. in the moot courtroom of Robinson law building. His topic will be "Common Core Values of the Legal Profession."

Wells began his one-year term as president of the national lawyer's group in August. He has held prior leadership roles with the ABA, as well as with the Alabama State Bar and the Birmingham Bar Association. He has been chair of the ABA's House of Delegates and is co-chair of the ABA's special committee on disaster response, which was commissioned after Hurricane Katrina.

His October 9 talk is sponsored by Cumberland's Cordell Hull Speakers Forum.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.