Prior to joining ACLU Mississippi, Alicia practiced law with a regional firm where she represented corporate clients in labor and employment, privacy and cybersecurity, consumer protection, and Section 1983 matters. In addition to corporate clients, Alicia also represented numerous pro bono clients in a range of areas including employment discrimination, land dispute and adoption matters. Before joining the firm, Alicia served as law clerk to the Honorable Carlton W. Reeves.
Before becoming a lawyer, Alicia spent a number of years working in the public and public interest sectors where she obtained a wide range of experience including policy drafting and implementation, legislative advocacy, and community organizing. Alicia worked with the Mississippi Center for Justice where she lobbied for statewide predatory lending reform and organized communities across the state to engage in direct action organizing. Alicia also worked with the Mississippi Department of Human Services where she served as the coordinator of the State’s first welfare to work program in Hinds County and served on the team to develop the State’s welfare reform state plan and policies after passages of the national welfare reform law. During her tenure with the Mississippi Department of Human Services, Alicia created novel support services programs to ensure welfare recipients had realistic opportunities to become self-sufficient. Alicia also worked with the Department of Commerce during the 2010 Census to assist community stakeholders and lawmakers with strategies and resources to encourage maximum participation.
Alicia’s commitment to public service extends well-beyond her professional career as Alicia is active in several community organizations. Alicia is a member of the Magnolia Bar Association, the Mississippi Bar, and Junior League of Jackson. As an active member of the Mississippi Bar, Alicia serves on the unauthorized practice of law committee and conducts CLE’s for new lawyers. She serves on the Executive Committee of Operation Shoestring, the Board of Word of Faith Christian Academy, and the Mississippi School of Law’s Diversity Council.
Alicia obtained her law degree Magna Cum Laude from University of Mississippi School of Law where she was a member of the Black Law Students Association and the Public Interest Law Foundation. She also obtained a Master’s Degree with honors in Public Policy and Administration from Jackson State University after graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi.