Clifford D. Dawkins, Jr.

Clifford D. Dawkins, Jr.


Clifford D. Dawkins, Jr. is an Associate in the Sills Cummis & Gross Employment and Labor Practice Group. His practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counseling.

While attending law school, Mr. Dawkins was an editor for the Rutgers Race & the Law Review, served as the president of the Student Bar Association, and participated in International Commercial Moot Court competitions in Paris, France and Hong Kong, China. He worked as an Associate Mediator with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Mr. Dawkins also served as an intern for the Honorable John J. Hoffman, Attorney General for the State of New Jersey. He served as an intern in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Mr. Dawkins also was awarded the United States President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award for his work with the Urban League of Morris County.

Mr. Dawkins received his J.D. from Rutgers Law School-Newark, where he was the recipient of the Garden State Bar Association Scholarship Award, the Wanda Green Endowed Scholarship Award, the Education Pioneers Fellowship, the ABLS Dream Leader Award and was a member of the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honors Society. He received his M.P.P. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey where he was an Eagleton Institute of Politics Fellow, awarded the Edward J. Bloustein Outstanding Student Service Award and served as the 20th Anniversary Class Speaker. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Cornell University where he was a Cornell Tradition Fellow.  

Prior to joining Sills Cummis & Gross, Mr. Dawkins was an associate at a national employment and labor law firm and clerked for the Honorable Jose L. Fuentes, Presiding Judge for the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division.

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Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit


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Rankings & Recognition

New Jersey Super Lawyers ®* “Rising Stars” 2020, Employment & Labor

Morris County NAACP Appreciation Award 2018

United States President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award


Professional Affiliations

Member, American Bar Association
Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
Member, Garden State Bar Association
— Board Member/Chair, Young Lawyers Division
Member, National Bar Association
— Board Member, Young Lawyers Division (YLD)
Assistant Director, YLD International Leadership Conference Board (2020)
Member, New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Civil Practice
Chancellor, Rutgers University Black Lawyers Alumni Network
Member, American Inns of Court, Sydney Reitman Labor & Employment Inn of Court
Fellow, National Employment Law Council Academy (2019)
Member, The National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40

Community Affiliations

Board of Directors, Urban League of Morris County
Parliamentarian, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.