Danielle is a partner of The Salt Lake Lawyers, a litigation firm that works in criminal, divorce, and civil litigation in Utah. Danielle received her law degree in 2010 from the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law. After graduating from law school Danielle served a one-year fellowship in Washington DC with Georgetown Law and the Law Students for Reproductive Justice working in women’s and immigrants’ rights with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. She is currently a board member of the ACLU of Utah.
Danielle frequently speaks regarding LGBT rights and legal strategies. In 2015 she spoke in front of approximately 200 Utah judges giving a legal update on LGBT issues at the Utah Judicial Institute. In 2016 she was named to Utah’s Legal Elite by Utah Business Magazine as well as a 2016 Mountain States Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine.
During law school, Danielle was a staff member of the S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Journal of Law and Family Studies where she published two notes. The first, Locking up Children: Lessons from the T. Don Hutto Family Detention Center, explores the emerging trend of detaining immigrant families, including very young children, in private for profit detention facilities. The second, Elective Surgery: When Parental and Medical Opinion Supersedes a Child’s Right to Choose, discusses discretionary medical procedures for children including hysterectomies for physically disabled children, cosmetic surgery for children with Down’s syndrome, cochlear implants, reparative therapy, and psycho-altering drugs. In addition, she competed in the Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition where she won two best oralist awards.
Danielle served as the student coordinator for the Guadalupe Legal Clinic, a low income legal clinic, and was a co-founder of Rainbow Law, a free legal clinic focusing on LGBT law in Salt Lake City, and as the president of OutLaws, S.J. Quinney’s queer student group. She also served as a legal intern at the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah (ACLU of Utah) and worked as a law clerk for Strindberg & Scholnick, LLC, an employment discrimination law firm.
Upon graduation from law school, Danielle received the Outstanding Law Graduate of the S.J. Quinney College of Law Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers and a runner up award from the National LGBT Bar Association. Before attending law school Danielle lived in São Paulo, Brazil for one year as a Rotary exchange student, served as an intern at the Brazilian embassy in Washington, D.C., and worked as a senior business analyst in the insurance industry.
Resume: Danielle Hawkes, Esq.
- Utah State Bar
- United States District Court for the District of Utah
- ACLU of Utah Board Member
- Aldon J. Anderson American Inn of Court Member
- The American Military Partners Association, National Advisory Panel (2011-2012)
- Named to Utah Legal Elite by Utah Business Magazine, 2016
- Named 2016 Mountain States Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine, 2016
- Named Best Lawyer by Q Magazine, 2014
- Outstanding Law Graduate of S.J. Quinney College of Law from the National Association of Women Lawyers, Spring 2010
- National LGBT Bar Association’s Student Leadership Award Runner-UP, 2010
- Twice named best oralist in the Pace National Environmental Moot Court Competition, 2010
- CALI Award in Family Law Practice, Spring 2010
- S.J. Quinney College of Law Leadership Initiative, Spring 2009 and Fall 2009
- Salt Lake County Pro Bono Award, Fall 2009
- Alonzo Watson, Jr. Award, Fall 2009
- Service Scholarship Recipient, Utah Minority Bar Association, Spring 2008
- Elective Surgery: When Parental and Medical Opinion Supersedes a Child’s Right to Choose
- Locking up Children: Lessons from the T. Don Hutto Family Detention Center
- Military Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses Advances Equality