Jared has been practicing law for 17 years, and his practice has been varied and diverse. He served on active duty in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps for 6.5 years. During his active duty career, he gained significant litigation experience and advised Air Force leaders, service members, and others in a variety of issues including criminal justice, contract law, personal disputes, and administrative law.
In 2011, Jared transferred to the Air Force Reserves and he and his family moved to Walla Walla, where he joined the law firm of Virtual In-House Counsel. In 2014, he purchased and re-named the firm to Hawkins Law, where he continues to serve his valued clients in multiple areas of law. In his military reserve capacity, he has frequently served as an Art. 32 Officer to evaluate felony-level military criminal cases (similar to a grand jury’s role in federal criminal court) and has presided over administrative discharge proceedings in a quasi-judicial role. Jared has earned an outstanding reputation as a conscientious and honest attorney, which are values he will bring to the bench if elected.
Service is a paramount guiding principle in Jared's life. He proudly served his country while on active duty overseas and continues to serve annual military duty as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserves, currently assigned to Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. He devotes his time and talents to multiple community organizations, such as the Rotary Club, the Walla Walla County Veterans' Relief Advisory Board, the Blue Mountain Action Council Volunteer Attorney Program, and other local nonprofit organizations. He also regularly serves an active role as a volunteer leader in his church congregation and its faith community within the surrounding region. In his spare time, you may find him coaching his daughter's soccer team or leading groups of teens and youth on wilderness explorations.