Leadership and Service

Industry Leadership 

Hawkins partners have often taken leading roles in legal association and industry groups that are active in the public finance area. A few of the more recent contributions include the following:

Martin Geiger is a member of the Legal Aspects Commitee of the Association of School Business Officials International and has presented topics in recent years at its annual conferences at San Antonio, Vancouver, Orlando, and Boston, and was a presenter at its annual conference in Pittsburgh in October 2006.  In addition, Mr. Geiger has been a guest lecturer at Long Island University, State University of New York at Albany, and Long island University, CW Post campus.

John McNally is a frequent speaker regarding the application of the federal securities laws to public finance transactions, was a moderator at the SEC's Municipal Market Roundtable in October 1999 (the only non-SEC employee so honored), and served as Vice-Chair (2000-2001) and Chair (2002) of NABL's Securities Law and Disclosure Committee, and was President of the National Association of Bond Lawyers for the 2010 - 2011 term.

Eric Petersen is a co-founder of the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Urban Water Council. He makes regular presentations at conferences organized by the Council and by the American Water Works Association/Water Environment Federation (Joint Management Conference), the Center for Business Intelligence, the Design/Build Institute of America, the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, the International City Managers Association, the Solid Waste Association of North America, and other forums on legal, environmental, tax and financing topics critical to the water, wastewater, solid waste and general infrastructure industries, and has authored numerous articles in the public contracts and procurement.

Eric Sapir has lectured on municipal utility issues before several forums including the Solid Waste Association of North America, the Public Securities Association, the New Jersey Association of Environmental Authorities, the New York City Bar Association and the New York State Legislative Commission on Solid Waste.

Sean Tierney is the President of the Bay Area Municipal Forum, serves on the Finance Committee for the San Francisco Asian Art Museum and recently served as a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Marin Municipal Water.

Bruce Van Dusen served as a member of a task force established by the New York State Bar Association Environmental Law Section which prepared a report analyzing legal impediments to privatization of municipal water and wastewater facilities and as a member of the Committee on Energy of the Bar Association of the City of New York

Howard Zucker was included in this year's Best Lawyers in America survey, which was conducted by ALM, a leading media company, and published in a recent edition of New York Magazine.  The process of selection was done by a survey of peers, including a solicitation for nominees that went out to over 18,000 lawyers.  Mr. Zucker is past president of the 3,000-member National Association of Bond Lawyers, serving for two years, 1998-2000. He was selected to be the first Chairman of the Bond Finance Practice Division of the Forum of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law of the American Bar Association ("ABA"). He chaired the Single Family Bond Workshops of National Association of Bond Lawyers for three years. Mr. Zucker was for two years the Chairman of the Public Finance Committee of the State and Local Government Law Section of the ABA and prior thereto was the Chairman of its Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee.

Community Service

John V. Connorton, Jr. has long been involved in numerous charitable, cultural, and civic activities, including his current involvement with the Partnership for the City of New York, the Alliance for Downtown, the Downtown Lower Manhattan Association, the Flax Trust and the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. He has previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Political Science, the Citizens Union, the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation, the College of Mount St. Vincent, the New York State Health Financing Council, the New York State Temporary Commission on State and Local Fiscal Policies, the New York State Hazardous Waste Disposal Advisory Committee and the New York State Court Facilities Task Force. He has also served as the Chairman of the Committee on Energy and the Committee on International Arms Control and Security Affairs of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  In recognition for services to peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland, Queen Elizabeth II awarded Connorton an honorary "CBE" (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 2004 and the University of Ulster awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws.

Gerard Fernandez, Jr. is a Member, Executive Committee of the Board of Governors and Secretary, India House in Lower Manhattan.

Publications

Joseph P. Rogers, and Howard Zucker are co-authors of ABCs of Housing Bonds (first published in 1985, now in its Fifth Edition). Mr. Zucker authored the article "Current Innovative Financing Structures of Single Family Mortgage Revenue Bonds," published in Journal of Public Finance.

James Eustis is the author of a chapter included in The Handbook of Municipal Bonds (S. Heide, R. Klein & J. Lederman ed. 1994) and is a frequent contributor to reports relating to tax-exempt finance submitted by the American and New York State Bar Associations. He has also been a speaker or panelist at seminars and workshops sponsored by the American Public Power Association, American Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, the Georgetown University Law Center and the National Association of Bond Lawyers with respect to a wide range of topics involving tax-exempt obligations.

Eric Petersen is the author of Light and Liberty, Reflections on the Pursuit of Happiness, a compilation of writings by Thomas Jefferson.

Rod Solomon published in 2005, through The Brookings Institution, a report analyzing the 1998 federal Quality Housing and Work Responsibility and its implementation. This is an extensive report on the recent evolution of the federal public housing and voucher programs.