Published on February 8, 2016  

Having spent eight days in Washington, DC since the end of January, I was glad to return home on Thursday evening.  My visit to Washington included several meetings with elected officials and staff members.  Late in the day last Tuesday, I spent about 30 minutes with Mary Blanche Hankey, a graduate of our Cumberland School of Law and the Legislative Counsel for Senator Jeff Sessions. At the end of a very long day for her, Mary Blanche listened patiently to me as I tried to explain many of the public policy interests for those of us in independent higher education.  Her competence and compassion are hallmarks of Cumberland lawyers.

 The world is better because of Mary Blanche Hankey and the dozens of Samford graduates serving on Capitol Hill.