A Columbia-area attorney and law partner was selected May 7 to become a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
The global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty and legal scholars selected Bernard “Bernie” Hawkins Jr. for his “outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and welfare of [his] communit[y].”
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, where Hawkins is a partner, said in a news release that only 1 percent of lawyers are selected as fellows by the group, and that members are nominated by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.
Hawkins’ work focuses mostly on environmental law, litigating the Clean Air Act, solid and hazardous waste and science-based cases.
Hawkins is active in the American Bar Association and is the vice chair of the Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems Committee for the Section of Environment, Energy & Resources. He is also a vice chair of the Environmental, Energy, and Resources Law Committee for the Business Law Section, and the Environmental Director of the International Committee for the Business Law Section.