Harrisburg campus hosts leading ethics professor for annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration
Public Relations - Published: January 14, 2008
mlkHbThe Widener Law campus in Harrisburg, Pa. will welcome a nationally respected speaker both on legal matters and the use of storytelling for its annual program celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Law Professor Steven Hobbs will deliver the lecture “Martin and me: Lessons for the social activist attorney,” on Thursday, Jan. 24 from noon until 2 p.m. in room A-180 of the school administration building. Hobbs holds the Tom Bevill legal ethics chair at the University of Alabama School of Law and was instrumental in the drafting of the Virginia Human Rights Act. He will discuss King’s influence on his life and his experiences over nearly 30 years of work as a lawyer dedicated to the fair distribution of social and legal benefits to individuals.

The talk will be followed by a panel discussion, reacting to Hobbs’ remarks. Panelists will include Peter Speaks, deputy secretary and special advisor to the governor for minority, women-owned and disadvantaged business development, and Susan Schwab, deputy state treasurer for administration and a member of Widener Law’s Board of Overseers. There will also be time for audience discussion.

The program is free and open to the public. Space is limited and those attending are asked to call 717-541-3965 to reserve a seat. The program has been approved for two continuing legal education ethics credits for Pennsylvania and Delaware attorneys.

Hobbs is a former chair of the Association of American Law Schools section on professional responsibility. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Hobbs practiced in New Jersey’s Department of the Public Advocate. He also taught at Washington and Lee Law School before accepting the Bevill chair at the University of Alabama. Hobbs is a nationally respected speaker both on legal matters and also on the use of storytelling in professional contexts