Hawkins, a former assistant solicitor general in AG Paxton’s office since 2017, established a conservative pedigree early in his legal career by serving as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and for Judge Edith Jones, one of the most conservative members of one of the nation’s most conservative appellate courts, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. 

A graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, Hawkins also worked in the appellate and constitutional law practice group for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher law firm in Washington and Dallas.