Robert Hirshon, President of the American Bar Association, to speak at College of Law Commencement

Robert Hirshon, President of the American Bar Association for 2001-02, will deliver the commencement address at the College of Law's graduation ceremony on May 12, 2002. Hirshon's focus during his presidential year at the ABA is on increassing access to the justice system.

A native of Portland, Maine, Hirshon concentrates his law practice in commercial litigation and legislative and regulatory advocacy at Drummon, Woodsum & MacMahon in Portland, Maine. A graduate of the University of Michigan and the UM School of Law (1973). He is widely published and has lectured throughout the country on various insurance, banking and civil litigation issues. He was the regional counsel for an asbestos cloth manufacturer and continues to represent various defendants in the asbestos litigation.

Hirshon has represented both the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and was the RTC's lead counsel in Maine and New Hampshire in several major fraud cases brought by the federal government. He is the former president of the Maine State Bar Association (1986), a former president of the Maine Bar Foundation (1990), former chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers Public Service Responsibility (1990-93), and presently represents Maine's lawyers in the ABA's House of Delegates.

He has also taught courses on trial practices and negotiations at the University of Maine School of Law. He specializes in civil litigation, banking and insurance, and regulatory and legislative law.