Erin Morrow Hawley was honored by the College of Agriculture and Life Science with the Outstanding Early Career Alumni Award presented at the Legacy and Leadership Banquet held recently in College Station.
Hawley has set a great example for College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students who want to enter professional school after earning their bachelor’s degree. Academically gifted, she chose law school after receiving her degree in animal science.
Hawley grew up on a large cattle operation near Des Moines, N.M. She was an outstanding competitor in livestock judging in high school and competed for Casper Junior College in Wyoming before transferring to Texas A&M, where she graduated summa cum laude. While at Texas A&M, she completed an Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy congressional internship program, which sparked her interest in public policy and agricultural law and set her on a career path to become an attorney and law professor.
After earning her bachelor’s degree in animal science at Texas A&M with a Senior Merit Award and membership on the 2001 All-American Livestock Judging Team, Hawley enrolled in the University of Texas School of Law. After one year, she transferred to Yale Law School, where she earned her J.D. degree in 2005. While at Yale, Hawley was as a Coker Fellow Teaching Assistant in Constitutional Law and was an editor of The Yale Law Journal.
After graduation she worked as a litigation associate with Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Washington, D.C., and completed law clerkships for the Hon. J. Harvie Wilkinson, III, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the Hon. Chief Justice John G. Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court. She has briefed cases in the Supreme Court and in numerous federal courts of appeals. She worked as a counsel to U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey in 2008 and taught at George Mason University School of Law in 2009 and 2010.
She was an associate in the national appellate practice at King and Spaulding LLC in Washington, D.C., and has served as counsel to Bancroft LLP since 2012. Mrs. Hawley currently holds a position as associate professor of Agricultural Law and Constitutional Litigation with the University of Missouri School of Law in Columbia.
She is married to Joshua Hawley, also an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Law. They have a son, Elijah.
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