Bar Executive Receives National Recognition
FRANCISCO, Dec. 16 – Robert A. Hawley, the deputy executive director of the State
Bar of California, has received an award for his contributions to legal ethics,
professional responsibility and disciplinary enforcement from the National
Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC).
is the recipient of the 2014 President’s Award from the NOBC, an organization
of legal professionals whose members regulate the professional conduct of
lawyers licensed to practice law in the United States, Canada and Australia.
announcing the award today, NOBC President Lawrence K. Bloom said Hawley’s
contributions to the field of attorney discipline include his leadership in
resolving management issues for bar counsel and organizing international
regulators’ meetings in London and San Francisco.
up to 35 countries in attendance, through Bob’s efforts, regulators have begun
in earnest to discuss better cooperation of disciplinary counsel across
international boundaries,” Bloom said.
Dunn, Executive Director/CEO of the State Bar of California, said of the award: “Few if
any can rival Bob’s long-term dedication to the evolution of the law designed
to protect clients from unethical attorneys. No one is more deserving of this
award than Bob Hawley.”
Kim, Chief Trial Counsel for the State Bar of California, described Mr. Hawley
as follows: “To say that Bob Hawley is deserving of the NOBC’s President’s Award is an understatement.
With decades of exemplary service in the area of lawyer regulation, Bob Hawley
has long been considered a leader in the profession and his steadfast
engagement in local, national and international issues has made him a
remarkable representative of both the State Bar of California and NOBC.”
began his legal career as a disciplinary prosecutor for the State Bar. He then entered
private practice for more than ten years representing management in labor and
employment matters before state and federal courts and administrative agencies.
He served as a member of the State Bar’s Standing Committee
on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC) as well as its chairman
and special adviser. Prior to rejoining the State Bar’s staff, he served as risk management
chairman and deputy managing partner for a major San Francisco Bay Area law
attended California Western University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He obtained his
law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and later
earned a masters of law degree in labor law from the New York University School
has long taught legal ethics and labor law at a number of different schools including
the John F. Kennedy University School of Law and the Golden Gate University
School of Law.
He currently teaches at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law,
where he is an adjunct faculty member. He is a frequent presenter of continuing legal
education classes and has
served as an expert witness in legal ethics and labor and employment issues.
State Bar of California is an administrative arm of the California Supreme
Court, serving the public and seeking to improve the justice system for more
than 80 years. All lawyers practicing law in California must be members of the
State Bar. By December 2013, membership reached 245,000.