J. Stanley Hawkins graduated with honors from Florida State University in 1971 where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. with honors from the University Of Georgia School Of Law where he was an editor of the Law Review. Mr. Hawkins was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1974. The early part of his career was largely devoted to federal civil litigation throughout the country with law firms in Atlanta and New York. Since 1986, when he joined the Decatur firm of Weekes & Candler, Mr. Hawkins has represented Georgia school districts. In the spring of 2008, Weekes & Candler merged with Harben & Hartley, of Gainesville, forming the firm Harben, Hartley, & Hawkins, LLP. Stan is retired from the full-time practice of law.