While attending law school, Mr. Dawkins was an editor for the Rutgers Race & the Law Review, served as the president of the Student Bar Association, and participated in International Commercial Moot Court competitions in Paris, France and Hong Kong, China. He worked as an Associate Mediator with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Mr. Dawkins also served as an intern for the Honorable John J. Hoffman, Attorney General for the State of New Jersey. He served as an intern in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Mr. Dawkins also was awarded the United States President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award for his work with the Urban League of Morris County.
Mr. Dawkins received his J.D. from Rutgers Law School-Newark, where he was the recipient of the Garden State Bar Association Scholarship Award, the Wanda Green Endowed Scholarship Award, the Education Pioneers Fellowship, the ABLS Dream Leader Award and was a member of the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honors Society. He received his M.P.P. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey where he was an Eagleton Institute of Politics fellow, awarded the Edward J. Bloustein Outstanding Student Service Award and served as the 20th Anniversary Class Speaker. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Cornell University where he was a Cornell Tradition Fellow.
Prior to joining Sills Cummis & Gross, Mr. Dawkins was an associate at a national employment and labor law firm and clerked for the Honorable Jose L. Fuentes, Presiding Judge for the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division.
Sills Cummis & Gross Welcomes Clifford D. Dawkins, Jr.
Professionalism & Networking for the Millennial Attorney
Garden State Bar Association - Young Lawyers Division Annual Lift As We Climb Convention 3/23/2019
Legal Update: Advancements in New Jersey Law
Community Organizations Coalition 2/13/2019
Speak-Up: Panel on Patriotism
Patriotism in America Platinum Minds 11/3/2018
Collaborating Among Law School Alumni Associations
A Conversation with Members of the Congressional Black Caucus 9/13/2018
#MeToo in the Millennial Era
National Bar Association 93rd Convention 7/28/2018
Legal Update: Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Employment Contracts
Society for Human Resource Management 3/1/2018
Major Keys to Networking
Rutgers University Black Lawyers Alumni Network 11/2/2017
•EEO-1 Pay Data Collection Requirements Spring Back to Life Employment and Labor 4/30/2019
Rankings and Recognition
Morris County NAACP Appreciation Award 2018
United States President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award
Member, American Bar Association
Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
Member, Garden State Bar Association
- Board Member/Chair, Young Lawyers Division
Member, New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Civil Practice
Chancellor, Rutgers University Black Lawyers Alumni Network
Member, American Inns of Court, Sydney Reitman Labor & Employment Inn of Court
fellow, National Employment Law Council Academy (2019)
Board of Directors, Urban League of Morris County
Parliamentarian, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
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