Webb Hubbell is a nationally recognized award winning author and popular lecturer on the U.S. criminal justice system, politics and government, writing a novel, and life lessons from sports. He also writes, speaks, and advocates publicly on social issues including the inhumanity of solitary confinement, racial bias in the criminal justice system, the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction, the marijuana legalization movement, and the miracle of organ transplants.
Webb has held executive positions in government and industry, including Associate Attorney General of the United States, Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, Mayor of Little Rock, Ark., and Executive and Chief Counsel for a Washington-based commercial insurance company.
A prolific writer, Webb’s novel, When Men Betray (Beaufort Books, May 2014), is the first in a series of legal thrillers set in his hometown of Little Rock, Ark. It was recently recognized as one of Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Winners. His second novel, Ginger Snaps (Beaufort Books, May 2015) was released to rave reviews, as well. His third novel, A Game of Inches, will be released in May 2016 and may be preordered online, at your local bookstore, or by going to webbhubbell.com. The novels draw liberally from Webb’s own life, featuring recognizable personalities and locales from the Arkansas political scene while exploring personal themes of friendship, race relations, betrayal, and redemption.
Webb’s previously published book is Friends in High Places (William Morrow & Co., 1997). An autobiographical account of his rise at a young age through the Arkansas political system, it explores his personal successes and failures there and in Washington, D.C., as a member of President Bill Clinton’s administration.
On the forefront of current political and social thought, Webb comments on politics and related issues at Hubbell’s Telescope. He also writes a daily meditation at The Hubbell Pew, a personal blog he founded as a Lenten tradition in 2004.
Born in Little Rock in 1948, Webb earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1970 and a juris doctor degree with honors in 1973 from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He played football for Arkansas from 1965 to 1969. During his senior year, the Razorbacks were Southwest Conference co-champions and winners of the 1969 Sugar Bowl against undefeated University of Georgia.
Webb and his wife, Suzy, have four children and live in Charlotte, N.C.