Carl Hawkins received an LL.B. degree with honors from Northwestern University. Following graduation, he worked as a legal associate for Wilkinson, Cragun, Barker & Hawkins. He later taught as a professor at the University of Michigan, was law clerk to Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson of the U.S. Supreme Court and served as executive secretary of the Michigan Law Revision Commission. He was appointed by President Carter to the Judge Nominating Commission of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. He was co-author of a six-volume work on rules of procedure for Michigan courts and also co-author of two torts casebooks. In 1973 he joined BYU Law School as one of the founding faculty. As a professor at both the University of Michigan and BYU, he published widely in legal journals. He also wrote “The Founding of the J. Reuben Clark Law School.” He was acting dean from 1975 to 1977 and dean from 1981 to 1985. He taught until his retirement in 1991. Hawkins died April 25, 2010.