Attorney Information


As Special Counsel at Wise Carter, Becky Hawkins’s practice is focused on appellate advocacy. She not only represents clients in post-judgment appeals but also works with trial counsel in briefing dismissal motions, drafting jury instructions, and in seeking emergency appeals of various trial court orders.

In her free time, Becky enjoys participating in various dog sports and activities with her two terriers. She is a member of both the Mississippi State Kennel Club and the Jackson Obedience Training Club. She volunteers with national Airedale and Welsh Terrier rescue organizations.

Becky is an active communicant at St. Columb’s Episcopal Church.


  • Louisiana Tech University, 1987, B.A., summa cum laude
  • Mississippi College, 1990, J.D., with distinction

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi State and Federal Courts
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Professional Organizations

  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
  • Mississippi Women Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (Appellate Advocacy Committee & Animal Law Committee)
  • American Bar Association Section of Litigation (Appellate Practice Committee)
  • Defense Research Institute (Appellate Advocacy Committee, Diversity Committee & Women in the Law Committee)

Publications and Seminars

  • Appellate Procedure in Mississippi, in SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATING THE APPEALS PROCESS (National Business Institute 2009 and 2011)
  • How an Appellate Lawyer Can Help at Trial, 9 Fifth Circuit Civil News 1 (March 2009); co-author with Luther T. Munford
  • Superseding and Staying Judgments in Mississippi, in SUPERSEDING AND STAYING JUDGMENTS: A NATIONAL COMPENDIUM 277 (American Bar Association 2007)
  • Fundamentals of a Fifth Circuit Appeal in a Civil Case, in THE ESSENTIALS OF MISSISSIPPI APPELLATE PRACTICE 3 (National Business Institute 2002)
  • Note, Death on a Whim: Jury Discretion and “Especially Heinous” Crimes, 9 Miss. C. L. Rev. 357 (1989)

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