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Candidate for Pennsylvania Superior Court

Meet Amanda

Amanda Green-Hawkins has a deep passion for the law and public service.

The best way to understand Amanda’s passion, grit and determination would be to reflect on her early years. A product of the public school system, Amanda went to college earning her undergraduate BA degree from Duke University. She continued on her path of higher education working three jobs to pay her way through school while attending and graduating from Northeastern University School of Law.

Along the way Amanda developed a strong interest in protecting working families, the underprivileged and civil rights.

It’s easy to find the roots of Amanda’s commitment to working families. Growing up in a Union household, Amanda’s mother was a factory worker who lost her benefits when the company she worked for shut down and moved overseas. Her father was a veteran of the Korean War, a truck driver, and a proud member of the Carpenters Union, ensuring him fair wages and benefits to support his family.

Amanda’s first civil rights victory came while clerking for the IUE. Workers in California – nearly all immigrant women – were attempting to organize their factory to combat unsafe working conditions. The factory owner threatened to fire the workers and move the factory out of the country. It was a difficult case with limited modern precedent, but Amanda crafted the legal argument that saved the workers’ jobs and ensured fair treatment. Clean air and water, a fair wage, and safe working conditions improved the lives of these workers.

After clerking for the “toughest” Superior Court judge in New Jersey, Amanda began her professional career as an attorney, faced with a choice: join a high-powered firm with a guaranteed, large annual income; or fight to defend working families. Considering the first case she was offered to work on involved breaking up a union, the choice was easy – Amanda chose to fight for working families and citizens whose voices were often marginalized.

At the United Steelworkers, Amanda has fought for working families, the underprivileged and civil rights for years. In one case, Amanda battled a company refusing to pay pensions to nearly 900 employees. She wrote the brief and delivered the oral arguments that gave the employees a fair chance to arbitrate. Hard working citizens need their pensions.

As for Public Service, Amanda ran and won twice to be an elected member of the Allegheny County Council. She has also served on many community boards including Women for the Future of Pittsburgh, Women’s Law Project, Democratic National Committee (DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee) and the Port Authority Transportation Board of Allegheny County.

Amanda worked on the Election Protection team during the 2008 and 2012 Presidential Election cycles, was a member of the Electoral College in 2012 and has taken on many pro-bono cases in her legal career. In one pro-bono case a daycare owner in Pittsburgh had lost her license to operate. The woman’s appeals were ignored by state agencies, and the daycare was threatened with closing, compelling the parents to find new, last minute childcare. Amanda defended the center and took the appeal to a higher court; the business was license restored.

Amanda is running for Superior Court because she knows the importance of checks and balances, and judicial integrity. Amanda has the compassion and the experience to join the court ensuring a valuable work ethic and understanding of judicial process. “There should never be an attitude of ‘less important’ cases, each case deserves a complete meritorious review.” Amanda is a precision driven attorney who works on behalf of working families. She will always bring a well formulated, reasoned arguments to the court, it is what she does everyday.

Active members of their community, Amanda and her husband Rommie live and work in the City of Pittsburgh with their two children Caden, a Pittsburgh Public School student and Cassia, age 3.

Has Been Admitted to Practice before the following:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Virgin Islands – St. Croix Division
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of International Trade

Additional Legal Experience:

  • Judicial Intern; Hon. Joseph A. Greenaway, USDJ, US District Court, District of New Jersey, Newark, NJ
  • Law Clerk; International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers (IUE), Washington, DC
  • Law Clerk; Levy, Ratner & Behroozi, New York, NY
  • Mediator; Superior Court of New Jersey – Monmouth County, Special Civil Part,
    Freehold, NJ

Teaching/Lecturer:

  • Teaching Facilitator, Northeastern Univ. School of Law
  • Labor and Employment Law Workshop Facilitator, United Steelworkers
  • Guest Lecturer, Univ. of Pittsburgh’s Roscoe Robinson, Jr. Memorial Lecture Series
  • Faculty, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law – EEO Committee National Conference
  • Faculty, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference
  • Track Coordinator, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference
  • Faculty, ABA Harassment and Bullying Investigations: What to Know When Conducting Effective Investigations
  • Guest Lecturer, Carlow Univ., Introduction to U.S. Labor History

Organizations/Associations/Boards:

  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee
  • Democratic National Committee, DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee, and DNC Credentials Committee
  • Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc.’s Leadership Development Initiative XIII (LDI XIII)
  • Mt. Ararat Baptist Church
  • NAACP – Pittsburgh Chapter
  • New Voices Pittsburgh, Advisory Committee Member
  • Pittsburgh United, Board member
  • Pittsburgh Zoo, Board member
  • Port Authority of Allegheny County, Board member
  • Strong Women Strong Girls
  • Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
  • Venture Outdoors, Board member
  • Women for the Future of Pittsburgh
  • Women’s Law Project, Trustee

Honors/Awards/Recognition:

  • Allegheny County Democratic Committee, Catherine Baker Knoll Award
  • Citation from Hon. Jack Wagner, Auditor General
  • Citations from PA House of Representatives
  • Community College of Allegheny County, Vanguard Diversity Award
  • Member, PA Electoral College
  • New Pittsburgh Courier Fab 40
  • New Voices Voice of Justice Award
  • Outstanding Democratic Elected Woman, State District 18
  • Pittsburgh Progressive Woman
  • Proclamation from Pittsburgh City Council
  • Special Recognition from Sen. Jane Orie
  • Women and Girls Foundation Art of Justice Honoree

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