About Carole Hawkins

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Carole Hawkins is full-time freelance journalist who has written more than 2,000 articles on business and public policy for The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville Business Journal and other regional newspapers. She has received awards from the Georgia Press Association and the Florida Press Club for business and feature writing.

Articles written by Carole Hawkins

Performing Arts

Litigator Jennifer Tomsen first learned how to win over an audience on the ballet stage

Straight out of high school, Jennifer Tomsen took to the stage with one of the nation’s oldest regional ballet companies: Ohio’s Dayton Ballet. For five years she toured and performed in Dayton, including roles in Swan Lake and other full-length productions. Tomsen was 4 years old when she started ballet classes. From the beginning, she was hooked. “I had long legs, strong feet and a long neck, so I had the look of a ballerina,” she says. “And I loved the discipline of it. I loved …

The Hard Sell

Stuart Singer fought a 17-year battle to guarantee health care for Florida’s poorest children

Stuart Singer spent 17 years of his life making sure Florida’s neediest kids have access to health care. “It shouldn’t have been a hard sell to provide children with adequate medical and dental care,” Singer says. But it wasn’t exactly an easy sell, either. Back in 2005, Florida’s Medicaid program paid so little to doctors and dentists that it created a shortage of medical providers willing to serve the 2 million Florida children who depend on the program. That’s when Singer came …

‘You Can Either Be Bitter or Be Better’

Ashley Pack’s devotion to her son informs her legal practice, and vice-versa

To be a lawyer is to advocate. But for Ashley Pack, her son’s struggle with a rare genetic disorder has brought personal insight into what that means. Alex was born with a chromosomal abnormality identified in only a handful of people in the world. The neurological damage left him with motor difficulties; he will need 24-hour care for the rest of his life. “If you met him, you’d only understand maybe 30% to 40% of what he’s saying. But he still has needs and wants and desires like all …

Adopting Your Stepchildren in New York

Attorney insights on New York stepparent adoption laws

If you marry someone with children and help raise them, it already feels like you’re their parent. But should you make it official and adopt them?  Adopting stepchildren is a big decision, but it’s often a very happy one, says Elizabeth A. Douglas, owner of the Douglas Family Law Group in White Plains. Why Stepchild Adoption is a Great Option “The vast majority of stepparents adopt in order to close the loop within the family unit,” Douglas says. “They’ve spent a long time, …

Doing Her Part

Childhood struggles directed Sylvia Cardona toward the law—as well as public service

Getting a class action notice in the mail is not usually a frightening thing—unless you’re new to the country or speak little English. Sylvia Cardona’s father, a Mexican immigrant, received such a letter when she was in middle school. Nobody knew what it meant, and Cardona remembers the anxiety that crossed her father’s face. He had her call the 800 number to make sure everything was OK. The representative at the other end said her father didn’t need to do anything if he didn’t want …

The Company of Musicians

How a stint at a record label led Lorri Lomnitzer to intellectual property law

Lorri Lomnitzer has spent much of her legal career making sure musicians are treated fairly. As for herself? “I don’t sing. I don’t create music,” she says. “[I’m] pretty much tone-deaf.” But she does enjoy the company of musicians—and playing a role in their success. “Sometimes I hear raw notes from the studio and I get to see that evolve all the way into a Top 40 hit,” Lomnitzer says. “It’s like watching the growth of a baby.”  Born in Montreal and raised in L.A. …

Can New York Police Search My Car?

Your rights during a traffic stop

Getting pulled over for a traffic infraction never makes your day. It’s even more stressful if the police then ask to search your car. What exactly are the rules? It all depends on the circumstances, says Liz Crotty, a criminal defense attorney at Crotty Saland. “The police must have reasonable suspicion of criminal activity to search, and they must be able to articulate that suspicion,” she says. Probable Cause and Warrantless Searches It’s basic civics. The Fourth Amendment protects …

A Comforting Face

Elaine Tso makes it her business to care for Northeast Ohio’s Asian population

As a child, Elaine Tso often sat in doctors’ waiting rooms while her mother acted as a volunteer interpreter between pregnant Asian women and their obstetricians, who were neither female nor Asian. Tso remembers sometimes seeing the women cry. “When you grow up,” her mother told her, “you need to become a doctor so there is a comforting face that represents this community.” Tso may have taken a different career path, but she took her mother’s words to heart.  A law professor …

Finding Her Voice

Sonakshi Kapoor was told a girl couldn’t join the family business—so she became a lawyer instead

As a young girl, Sonakshi Kapoor loved hanging around her father’s agricultural-sales company, watching traders haggle over the local sugar cane crop.  “It was fascinating to me. I didn’t understand the exact details, but I saw the transactions,” she says. “There was all this energy. It was a world where everybody would be so passionate about sugar or another agricultural commodity.” She assumed that she, too, would someday join the company. But when she mentioned this to her …

First Things First

Carol LoCicero fights for her media clients’ constitutional rights

Imagine a world in which Nixon didn’t have to release the Watergate tapes, the federal government was able to block the Pentagon Papers from being published, and The Boston Globe couldn’t unseal court records revealing decades of child molestation by priests.  That world will never exist—at least, not if Carol LoCicero has anything to say about it. The Tampa media and intellectual property attorney focuses on First Amendment litigation at Thomas & LoCicero, which she co-founded in …

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