CBA Past President Assumes National Leadership Position
Friday, October 16, 2015
Posted by: Connecticut Bar Association
Barry C. Hawkins was recently elected District 2 delegate to the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association (ABA). In his role as delegate, Hawkins will represent Connecticut, Michigan, and Massachusetts. He is also assuming a number of other leadership positions with the ABA.
Hawkins is a former president of the CBA and a partner at Shipman & Goodwin LLP, practicing in the areas of real estate and litigation. He served as the Connecticut State Delegate to the ABA from 2013, has been a Uniform Law Commissioner for the State of Connecticut since 1997, and was a member of the Executive Council of the National Conference of Bar Presidents from 2012-2015. Hawkins has been a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers since 1984 and served on its Board of Directors from 1994-1996. In the community, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Fairfield County Community Foundation and as its chairperson from 2010-2012.
Hawkins’ new ABA role also includes serving on the Finance Committee of the Board and serving as Board Liaison to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, the Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity, and the Center for Human Rights. He fills the remaining term for former CBA Executive Director, Alice Bruno, who resigned from her ABA post upon receiving her Superior Court judge nomination.
“I am honored to be able to fill the remaining term of Judge Alice Bruno. She had a remarkably productive and inspiring first year on the Board of Governors. In the remainder of that term I hope to emulate the depth of her involvement and devotion to the needs of the public and the attorneys of this state through the organized bar” Hawkins said. “I look forward to the next two years as a wonderful opportunity to continue to be of service to all lawyers, and through them to the members of the public.”
The 38-member ABA Board of Governors has the authority to act and speak on behalf of the ABA when the House is not in session. The Board usually meets four times a year, overseeing the general operations of the ABA and develops specific plans of action.