Robert E. Harrington Honored with Duke Law Alumni’s Public Service Achievement Award



April 6, 2012

Robert E. Harrington, an attorney with Robinson Bradshaw, has been honored with the 2012 Charles S. Murphy Award for Achievement in Public Service by the Duke Law Alumni Association. This award honors Duke Law School alumni for outstanding accomplishments in public service or education.

Harrington’s practice at Robinson Bradshaw includes a range of commercial litigation matters, with focuses on the representation of consumer lenders and financial institutions in their capacity as fiduciaries, and the defense of employment actions. He is a member of the North Carolina, Louisiana and District of Columbia bars.

Harrington is president-elect of the Mecklenburg County Bar and will serve a one-year term as the group’s 101st president beginning July 1. He has previously served on the Mecklenburg County Bar’s board of directors and executive committee and co-founded its diversity committee. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and an elected member of the American Law Institute.

He served as co-chair of the board of directors of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law from 2005 to 2007, during which time the group spearheaded legal relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

An active member of the Charlotte community, Harrington served as chairman of the board of directors of the Levine Museum of the New South. He has also led citizen committees for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and served on the board of directors of the Greater Charlotte Cultural Trust.

Harrington earned his bachelor’s degree from Duke University, where he graduated magna cum laude and was an Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholar. He attended Duke University Law School, where he graduated with high honors. He is also a member of the Duke Law School Board of Visitors.

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