Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 363


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).

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Portland, Maine community; 1968 campaign; American Bar Association; Maine Bar Association; Maine Commission on Legal Needs; Pine Tree Legal Assistance; traveling with Muskie; Model Cities; Muskie anecdotes; loan forgiveness program; environment; and the Manchester, New Hampshire incident.

Use Restrictions

Copyright Bates College. This transcript is provided for individual Research Purposes Only; for all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: The Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240-6018.