SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga University School of Law Women’s Law Caucus will present the 2013 Myra Bradwell Award to Jaime Hawk, a 2004 Gonzaga Law School alumna and an assistant federal defender, in a free ceremony and reception, open to the public, that begin at 5:15 p.m., Friday, April 19 at the Law School (721 N. Cincinnati St.).
Currently assigned in Washington, D.C., Hawk is past president of the Washington State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, and previously received the President’s Award from the Washington Defender Association for her work as a juvenile defender helping to implement a juvenile justice reform project. She is active in a range of justice initiatives and supports many organizations and bar associations that serve women and children and provide access to justice for low-income individuals and families. In addition, she has taught juvenile law as an adjunct professor at Gonzaga.
Hawk serves 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. Washington U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell appointed Hawk to the federal judicial selection committee for the Eastern District of Washington.
As a law student working for Columbia Legal Services, Hawk represented immigrant children and spent a summer in the Balkans where she helped draft a United Nations High Commissioner for a Human Rights Violence Against Women report with a focus on domestic violence and sex trafficking. For several years after law school in the state of Washington, she led statewide campaign efforts to address human rights issues for women with Amnesty International. Hawk now co-leads an American Bar Association effort to recruit and train lawyers nationwide to represent children (at no cost to the children) in immigration proceedings.
At Gonzaga Law School, Hawk was a Thomas More Scholar and received both the Public Service Award and the John Morey Maurice Leadership and Service Award. She founded the Law School’s Mission: Possible alternative international spring break program, now in its 10th year organizing service projects to benefit children and the local community.
The Myra Bradwell Award
For 20 years, the Gonzaga Women’s Law Caucus has awarded this honor annually to a Gonzaga Law alumnus who has made a difference in the lives of women and children. The award is named for Myra Colby Bradwell, who was admitted to the Illinois Bar Association in 1890 after being denied admission 20 years earlier simply because she was a woman. Previous recipients of the award have included Washington State Supreme Court Justices Barbara Madsen, Debra Stephens, and Mary Fairhurst, Spokane Superior Court Judges Ellen Kalama Clark and Tari Eitzen, former Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, Cheryl Wolfe, Victoria Vreeland, and many other influential women.
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