Professor of Law Co-Director, Housing Justice Leadership Institute
Kim Hawkins joined the NYLS faculty in fall 2011 to teach Legal Practice. Prior to NYLS, she was the Director of the Peter Cicchino Youth Project of the Urban Justice Center, one of the first organizations in the country to provide direct legal services to homeless and at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered youth. From 1998 to 2002, Professor Hawkins taught at New York University School of Law in the Lawyering Program, a comprehensive first-year course in legal writing, advocacy, and research strategies. At NYU, she developed course pedagogy focused on experiential learning, placing students in simulated attorney roles to provide integrated exposure to the foundations of legal argument, negotiation, drafting, interviewing, and counseling. Previously, Professor Hawkins was a staff attorney at The Legal Aid Society, where she represented clients in housing court, state supreme court, and at the appellate division, and a staff attorney at The Door’s Legal Services Center, where she provided direct legal services to young people ages 12–21 in a broad range of legal areas including housing, immigration, welfare, family law, consumer law, and education. Professor Hawkins has served on the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Social Welfare Committee and the Committee on Sex and Law, of which she was chair.