|Carlyn Hicks, J.D.
As an academic, entrepreneur, community advocate and servant, Carlyn remains steadfast in selfless service. Carlyn is a Staff Attorney at Mission First, where she represents low to moderate income persons in civil matters. A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Carlyn obtained her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Jackson State University and her Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law in 2010. She has completed graduate coursework towards a master’s in Business Administration from Mississippi College. Carlyn received numerous honors and distinctions during her law school career, including: the American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law Seminar for the Best Paper; Herman & Martha Hines Award, given to a student who demonstrates civic leadership; MLiPress/Lenore Prather Scholarship; and was the featured Third Year Student in Spotlight in the February 2010 Edition of The Legal Eye, the school’s official newsletter publication. Carlyn was active in several organizations during her law school career, including the Public Interest Law Group, Women’s Student Bar Association, and the National Black Law Students Association. As a law student, Carlyn dedicated over 400 hours of Pro Bono service, providing legal aid and assistance to the underprivileged and poor. Carlyn’s passion for public interest law and public service is evident by her choice of internships while attending Mississippi College School of Law: the Mississippi Court of Appeals, the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project, and the Mississippi Center for Legal Services. She volunteered regularly at Mission First Legal Aid Office and upon graduation Carlyn received special recognition from Mississippi College School of Law for her pro bono service. Additionally, Carlyn is a certified Guardian Ad Litem, which provides her the opportunity to represent the legal interests of children in litigation. She has done extensive volunteer service: American Red Cross; Habitat for Humanity; Cure Sickle Cell Foundation; International Community Ambassadors Network; Susan G. Komen for the Cure; March of Dimes; American Cancer Society; Stewpot Community Services; Gateway Rescue Mission and CARA Animal Shelter. Carlyn and her husband, Derrick, have a wedding photography business, Carlyn Photography, and she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.