Judith Warren Hawkins lives in Tallahassee, Florida and served as a Leon County Judge for 18 years before returning to private practice. During her practice, she participated in numerous legal and civic organizations, including serving on the boards of Legal Aid Foundation and Legal Services of North Florida.
Judith’s passions are traveling and service, and it shows in both her professional and personal lives. In March 2003, she participated in the Judicial Law Delegation to South Africa, People to People Ambassador Program. And, in September of 2004, she was a delegate to Panama with the Florida Law Related Education Program.
She was recognized by the Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL) as a 2001 Recipient of the organization’s 50th Anniversary Golden Star Award. Also in 2003, she received the Harvey Ford Award from the Conference of County Court Judges. She participated in the Governor Bush’s Florida Statewide Drug Control Summit 2006.
For more than twenty years Judith has volunteered in Leon County public schools, so it was a real honor when she was selected as the Tallahassee Democrat’s 28th Anniversary Volunteer of the Year for Education in 2006 and recognized as the 2008 Outstanding Mentor at Apalachee Elementary School. In March, 2010, she was honored as one of Tallahassee Democrat’s 25 Women You Need To Know. She was selected into the FAWL’s 2011 Class of Leaders in Law and became the 2011 recipient of Legal Services of North Florida’s The Parks and Crump, Thurgood Marshall Judicial Excellence Award. She was one of the 2012 Black History honorees in the February issue of the Capital Outlook. In March, 2013, she was awarded Woman of the Year in Everyday Heroes for Teens Newsletter. In September, 2013, she received Community Leadership recognition from Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church. In March 2015, she received the Champion of Justice Award at the Black Christian Women Rock from Women of Excellence of Shady Gove #1 Primitive Baptist Church.
Since her 50th birthday, Judith has combined her passion for travel and service to do international mission trips. She helped build a school in Costa Rica, January 2001; and she has conducted evangelistic campaigns for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kenya, June 2002; Dominican Republic, June 2003; Taiwan, November 2004; Romania, November 2005; Mongolia, September 2006; Papua, Indonesia, October 2007; Mexico, October 2008; and Brazil, November 2009. During Thanksgiving 2010, she served in Haiti. In 2012, she preached in Guyana. In late March and early April 2015 she preached in Trinidad.
In 2010, she founded Gaza Road Ministries. A ministry that grew out of her passion for service. The name reflects her calling, modeled after Philip’s encounter with the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8. In clear and convincing language Philip explained the way to salvation. Thus, the mission statement of Gaza Road Ministries is “Searching timeless Bible truths for today’s applications.” A frequent speaker and presenter, Ms. Hawkins is a gifted teacher of Bible truths, making plain the work of God so that “none need err” in the way of understanding and wisdom. Her workshops, sermons, and other presentations reflect her enthusiasm, enjoyment, and passion for the study of the word of God. She has published a devotional book for women and various other written materials.
A 1973 graduate of Andrews University, Judith obtained a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University in 1977, and earned a Juris Doctor from Florida State University College of Law in 1984. For 40 years, Judith was married to the late Dr. James E. Hawkins, retired Dean of the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication, Florida A&M University. He died, unexpectedly, Memorial Day 2013. Their son, Jason, and his wife, Dionne, made them the proud grandparents of Keira Noelle, born March 21, 2008 and Kyla Christine, born August 31, 2009.