California Bar Executive Receives National Recognition

Contact: Laura Ernde 


SAN 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).

Hawley 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.

In 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.

“With 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.

Joseph 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.”

Jayne 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.”

Hawley 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 firm.

Hawley 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 of Law.

Hawley 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.


The 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.