Barons name Hawkins ‘Prof of Year’

Cited for his expertise and enjoyable teaching style.

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Jim HawkinsApril 17, 2012 - University of Houston Law Center Professor Jim Hawkins has been honored as Professor of the Year by the Order of the Barons, a student-run scholastic honor society. Hawkins was elected by popular vote for his expertise and the enjoyable way he teaches consumer law, bankruptcy and contracts classes.

“I was incredibly honored and surprised to hear that I had been selected by the Barons,” Hawkins said. “I've enjoyed teaching many of them over the past few years and am very thankful to them for thinking of me.”

He joined the Law Center faculty in 2008 after clerking for the Honorable Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and working with the Houston office of Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP.

His research and teaching interests include consumer borrowing, the fringe banking industry, bankruptcy, and secured credit. He has placed articles in the UCLA Law Review, the William and Mary Law Review, the Indiana Law Journal, and the Harvard Journal on Legislation, among other journals. His research has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and other media outlets.

Hawkins earned his J.D. in 2006 from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was the Grand Chancellor and served as the Chief Articles Editor of the Texas Law Review. He earned a B.A. in philosophy magna cum laude, from Baylor University in 2000.

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