McGeorge School of Law

Robert Hawley

Retired Interim Executive Director, California State Bar
Robert Hawley

BA, California Western University
JD, University of California, San Francisco
LLM, New York University School of Law


Robert Hawley served as Chief Labor Counsel, Deputy Executive Director, and then Acting Executive Director of the State Bar of California, until he retired at the end of 2015. His areas of responsibility for the State Bar included oversight of the State Bar’s Professional Competence Unit, which administers the Ethics Hotline, the Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC), the State Bar’s professional responsibility publications and other functions related to the development of California's Rules of Professional Conduct. He also oversaw the State Bar’s internal operations.

He received his Juris Doctorate (JD) degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law and his Masters in Law (LLM) in labor law from New York University, School of Law.

Mr. Hawley began his legal career as a disciplinary prosecutor for the State Bar. He then entered private practice for over ten years, representing management in labor and employment matters. Mr. Hawley is currently on the adjunct faculty of McGeorge School of Law and is the recipient of the National Organization of Bar Counsel’s 2014 President’s Award, recognizing lifetime achievement and service in attorney regulation.