November/December 2015

Retirement: Judge Robert T. Dawson

Judge Robert T. Dawson retired at the end of 2015, after serving 17 years as a U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas in Fort Smith. He received his commission on April 7, 1998, and took senior status on August 14, 2009.

Judge Dawson was born in 1938, in El Dorado, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1960. He worked as a reporter with the Arkansas Democrat in Little Rock from 1960 to 1961 and served in the United States Army from 1961 to 1962 as a second lieutenant.

While attending the University of Arkansas School of Law at Fayetteville from 1962 to 1965, he served in the National Guard and was a part-time editorial assistant with the University’s Alumni.

After graduating with his Juris Doctor in 1965, Dawson joined the firm Hardin, Barton, Hardin & Jesson in Fort Smith, later Hardin, Dawson and Terry. He practiced as a civil litigator for 33 years, from 1965 until his appointment to the federal bench in 1998.

Judge Dawson has received the Arkansas Bar Association President’s Award, 1973-1974; Fort Smith-River City Jaycees Distinguished Service Award, 1975; Arkansas Bar Association/Arkansas Bar Foundation Outstanding Lawyer-Citizen Award, 1994- 1995; University of Arkansas Alumni Association Andrew Lucas Alumni Service Award, 1995.

Congratulations, Judge Dawson!