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Associate Professor, Rutgers University

Professor Hawkins teaches courses in Employment Law and Diversity in the Law. She is an experienced employment lawyer and diversity professional. Professor Hawkins has spent more than ten of the last thirteen years of her legal practice focused predominantly on issues arising at the intersection of law and diversity. As a management side employment lawyer, Professor Hawkins has counseled and defended employers in a wide range of legal matters, including labor relations, employment discrimination, wage and hour compliance, and affirmative action planning. Additionally, as a diversity practitioner, Professor Hawkins has consulted with law firms, corporations, professional associations, educational institutions, non-profits, and quasi-governmental entities on comprehensive diversity management and diversity crisis avoidance.

Professor Hawkins serves on numerous diversity-related committees and boards, including the board of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group. She has served for the past two years as Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession Diversity Task Force. Professor Hawkins is a frequent writer and sought after speaker on the issue of law and diversity. Previously she was the Director of Diversity for Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP ? the first person to hold that position. Prior to joining Ballard Spahr, she was a senior labor and employment attorney with Holland & Knight, LLP in Washington, D.C. where she served as Co-Chair of the Corporate Diversity Counseling practice group. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.) and the University of Virginia (B.A.).


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Rutgers University