Robert E. “Bob” Hirshon was born April 2, 1948 in Portland, Maine and raised there. His parents were Severin and Gladys (Wein) Hirshon. His father was a dentist. His mother worked in the home and was from the Waterville area. Bob was involved with the evaluation system for the Model Cities program in Portland during his high school years. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan. He joined the law firm of Drummond, Woodsum and MacMahon in 1973. Hirshon was President of the ABA (American Bar Association) in 2001 and 2002. In 2003 he was appointed National Counsel to AFFECT (Americans for Fair Electronic Commerce Transactions).
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