Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2014-10-14

American Bar Association president William C. Hubbard will address students at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law Thursday, October 16. His 11 a.m. talk in the moot courtroom of Robinson Hall is free and open to the public.

Hubbard, a South Carolina attorney who specializes in business litigation, will speak on the topic, “The Future of Legal Services.” The veteran ABA leader established the association’s Commission on the Future of Legal Services, which will recommend how technology and innovation can help expand the availability of affordable legal services to the poor and middle class.

During his ABA presidency, Hubbard is also emphasizing the group’s advocacy of criminal justice and sentencing reform and its legal efforts on behalf of domestic violence victims. He also leads the ABA’s commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta in June 2015.

A partner in the Columbia, South Carolina, firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Hubbard is chair of the board of directors of the World Justice Project, a multinational, multidisciplinary initiative to strengthen the rule of law worldwide. He is immediate past president of the American Bar Foundation, the nation’s leading research institute for the empirical study of law.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of South Carolina, and a juris doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Hubbard’s upcoming talk is presented as part of Cumberland’s Cordell Hull Speakers Forum, which seeks to inform students and the general public on a variety of topics by hosting special guest lecturers. Matthew B. Jager, a third-year law student from Orlando, Florida, is chair of this year’s series.



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.