ABA President Bob Carlson speaks on Stetson’s Gulfport campus

ABA President Bob Carlson spoke at Stetson Law.

American Bar Association President Bob Carlson visited Stetson University’s Gulfport campus on Feb. 12 and presented to students, faculty and staff.

Carlson, who took the helm of the ABA in 2018, is focused on the role bar services play in an independent judicial system, changes in legal education and bar admission, and wellness for lawyers and law students.

“Lawyer wellness starts at law schools,” said Carlson. “The program here is very exciting and we’ll be talking about this program with other law schools.”

He encouraged the law students in the audience to join the ABA and stand together to support the institution. He described the importance of an independent judiciary, the rule of law, free speech and a free press in helping a just society to prevail. He also encouraged students to become involved in service to their community.

Carlson previously served as president of the State Bar of Montana from 1993 to 1994, on the executive council of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, and chaired the ABA House of Delegates.