Roscoe Robinson Jr. Memorial Lecture Series to Feature Amanda Green Hawkins
The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs will host Amanda Green Hawkins, assistant general counsel for the United Steelworkers Union and a member of the Allegheny County Council, as part of the Roscoe Robinson Jr. Memorial Lecture Series on Diversity and Public Service at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 23 in Posvar Hall, room 3911.
Hawkins represents the Steelworkers Union in matters throughout the United States in various federal courts, including the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Fourth Circuit, Sixth Circuit, and the District of Columbia Circuit, and the U.S. District Court in St. Croix. She is admitted to the bar in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and also served as a mediator in the Superior Court of NJ, Special Civil Part.
She was appointed to Allegheny County Council for Council District 13 on March 18, 2008. During her first nine (9) months on County Council, she introduced legislation to audit the voting machines used in elections, and she introduced legislation to form a county-wide Human Relations Commission to enforce an ordinance to prohibit discrimination against people in employment, housing and public accommodations, based on their race, religion, and sexual orientation, among other things.
Hawkins was selected for a nationwide Labor, Employment and Workplace Committee for the Obama-Biden Campaign. She has also served as a voter-protection attorney for the Democratic Party in 2004 and 2006, and for the Obama-Biden Campaign’s Counsel for Change in 2008. She is Vice-chair of the Board of Directors for Venture Outdoors, a mentor for Strong Women Strong Girls, and a member of the Advisory Board for Friends of the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA).
She is an alumnus of Duke University in Durham, NC and Northeastern Univ. School of Law in Boston, MA. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, she was a law clerk for the Hon. Lawrence M. Lawson in the Superior Court of New Jersey in Monmouth County, and has she also acquired legal experience in Newark, New Jersey, New York City, and Washington, DC.