2018 Ralph P. Semonoff Award for Professionalism

07/06/2018 -


The Ralph P. Semonoff Award for Professionalism honors a member of the Rhode Island Bar who has demonstrated the highest degree of professionalism with distinction in their career. The award is named for Ralph P. Semonoff who left a legacy of the law as a high calling, of justice as a defendable right, and of public service as the beacon of a life’s work.

James A. Jackson, Esq., longtime Treasurer of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation, is honored with the Rhode Island Bar Association’s 2018 Ralph P. Semonoff Award for Professionalism. Attorney Jackson graduated with an A.B. from Providence College in 1952 and with an LL.B. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1955, where he served as a member of the Georgetown Law Journal Board of Editors. Following his graduation from law school, he served as Lieutenant Commander in the Unites States Navy as a lawyer in the Judge Advocate General Department from 1956-1959. Attorney Jackson practiced at Tillinghast, Collins & Graham from 1959-1981, and more recently was a partner at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder until his retirement in 1995. He was Town Solicitor for the Town of Barrington for over ten years. In addition to his many years of service as Rhode Island Bar Foundation Treasurer, Attorney Jackson is a lifetime member of the Barrington Tap-In, Inc. and currently serves on its Board of Directors. He also serves as Secretary and on the Board of Directors for Friends of Barrington Senior Center, Inc.

Rhode Island Bar Foundation President Michael A. St. Pierre writes, I have served alongside Jim Jackson as an officer of the RI Bar Foundation for many years. Despite being retired and spending more time with his family here and out of state, Jim, as far as I can remember, has never missed a meeting, a commitment, nor has he ever declined to do all of the extra work that all of us know has to be performed by a Treasurer of an organization. Indeed, the Treasurer’s position is generally the key position in any organization not only as it reflects on the financial stability of that organization, but its integrity and its credibility in the community. His body of work and commitment has been extraordinary. Jim has continued giving his time and treasure towards making our legal system more accessible and responsive.