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ABA President William C. Hubbard to Focus on
Legal Services, Sentencing Reform, Domestic Violence

August 26, 2014
William C. Hubbard

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New ABA President William C. Hubbard, who began his one-year term Aug. 12 at the ABA Annual Meeting, will focus on improving delivery of services to the poor and middle class, working to reform sentencing laws and ease reentry into the community for ex-prisoners, and supporting efforts to train lawyers to defend victims of domestic violence.

Hubbard also will be presiding over the ABA’s commemoration next year of the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, signed in 1215 by King John of England and considered the foundation for the rule of law in the United States. The celebration will include four days of programs in London and the rededication of the ABA’s monument to the document at Runnymede.

Emphasizing the urgency of closing the legal services gap, Hubbard announced the establishment of a 30-member Commission on the Future of Legal Services to develop recommendations for improving access to justice. The commission, which will sponsor a national conference on legal services delivery in the spring, is expected to issue its report by the next Annual Meeting in August 2015.

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