Jaime Hawk is an Assistant Federal Defender with the Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho. She recently completed a one-year detail to the Office of Defender Services in Washington, DC. She began her legal career as an attorney fellow on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee staff of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. During that time, she worked on immigration reform, judicial nominations, and was a member of Senator Kennedy’s team on the Bankruptcy Bill, supporting then-Harvard Professor Elizabeth Warren’s drafting of legislative amendments to the bill.
Before working in federal court, she received the President’s Award from the Washington Defender Association for her work as a juvenile defender, where she helped implement a juvenile justice reform project in Washington. Prof. Hawk is also a past president of the Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, where she led public service initiatives focused on youth and expanding access to justice. That year she was named “Star of the Year” by the American Bar Association YLD.
Prof. Hawk is active in a range of equal justice initiatives and works to support many organizations and bar associations that serve women and children and provide access to justice for low-income individuals and families. She is a recipient of the 2013 Myra Bradwell Award. Prof. Hawk is also a leader within the ABA, currently serving on the Standing Committee on Public Education, as a committee chair of the Criminal Justice Section, and a member of the House of Delegates. She is currently on the Board of the Center for Women and Democracy, promoting women’s leadership development and helping lead international delegations to Chile, Morocco, Vietnam, and Rwanda. In 2012, Senators Murray and Cantwell appointed Hawk to serve on the federal judicial selection committee for the Eastern District of Washington.
Prof. Hawk has presented at several conferences and is licensed to practice law in Washington, as well as federal courts in Washington and Idaho, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Juvenile Law