Kathy Hawkins

kmhawkins-headshot-2016Kathy is a litigation paralegal and has been with Smith Moore Leatherwood’s Greensboro office for more than 35 years.  She handles all aspects of discovery and trials.  On numerous occasions, she has made her way to the courtroom “hot seat” presenting electronic evidence. In 2014, she presented a CLE at the NCBA Paralegal Annual Meeting on the John Edwards trial, where she was the courtroom paralegal.  Her presentation, titled “Litigation Track – Defending John Edwards:  A Trial Journey presented the logistics of a major trial, focusing on trial logistics, dealing with media, and presenting electronic evidence in the courtroom.  Additionally, she has promoted the legal profession through her involvement in the NCBA Litigation Section Council CLE mock trials, presenting electronic evidence.

She is a North Carolina Certified Paralegal, and a member of the Paralegal Division of the NC Bar Association and of the Litigation and Labor & Employment Sections. She has spent the past several years serving as the Paralegal Liaison to the Litigation Section Council.  Outside of the firm, she is involved with the Salvation Army, where she organizes the firm’s holiday Bell Ringing Team and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), where she sat on the NAMI-Guilford (local affiliate) board of directors for six consecutive years including a term as president. She has been the NAMI-Guilford WALKS Team Captain for several years, leading her team to receive numerous top team and individual awards.  She has been actively involved on the NAMI NC Board of Directors for the past two years and currently serves as Secretary.  She is a teacher of the NAMI signature education program, Family-to-Family, an evidence-based program designed to teach family members of individuals with a mental illness about diagnoses, medications, support, advocacy, communication, recovery, and more.  Additionally, Kathy trains the Family-to-Family teachers, and is a support group leader for NAMI.  Finally, she never turns down the offer to present information about NAMI and mental health issues to non-profit, church, and civic organizations. Her passion for mental health awareness and education derives from her daughter who was diagnosed with a mental illness over 20 years ago.   Kathy has helped many families and individuals, including her daughter, through mental health crises and shares her experiences at CIT training family panels.

Kathy received her bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from John Wesley College in High Point. She lives in Greensboro and has two daughters, Jennifer and Bekah, and is “Nana” to her three grandchildren, Jasmine, Canyon, and a baby girl due in September.  She has been a member of Westover Church since 1979, teaching Sunday School, assisting with mission conferences and special events, and has presented at a Women’s Conference on her experiences and best practices as a single parent.

Kathy is dedicated to the paralegal profession and has displayed this pride for the past 48 years.  Her passion for individuals who live with a mental illness diagnoses and their families and friends, her work with NAMI, and the Salvation Army, her church family, and, first and foremost, quality time with her family and friends is what Kathy is all about!