ABA President Delivers Commencement Address to 153 Cumberland Grads
The president of the American Bar Association (ABA), Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III, delivered the commencement address to Cumberland's 153 graduates and a crowd of about 1,000 in Samford University's Wright Center Friday, May 18, 2012. Robinson, a lawyer for 40 years, emphasized the value of pro bono work for young lawyers. He said pro bono work would expand the lawyers' network of contacts, enhance their legal and time management skills and give them opportunities to try new areas of law. In his closing remarks, he said: "I suggest you ask yourself every day for the rest of your legal career: How do I make a positive difference in the lives of those I have the privilege to serve?"
Senior Katie Garrety of Jackson, Tennessee, received the Daniel Austin Brewer Award presented to the student who most exemplifies the professionalism expected of Cumberland lawyers. The award is in memory of the father of Cumberland professor and former Alabama governor Albert Brewer.
Prior to the commencement ceremony, a reception for the graduates and their families was held on Brewer Plaza in front of the law school.