Kapolei’s Raymond Hicks Awarded Juris Doctor Degree from Southern University Law Center

Kapolei News

“Earning my law degree took everything I had in me.  Not only am I thankful to have been able to get through three of the most grueling years of school ever faced; but I am also as equally humbled by the sacrifices that were made and the challenges that I faced in the process.

Despite all of the tools that I started law school with, I still felt as if I were in completely uncharted waters from both an academic and geographic standpoint. It was like entering a foreign land where everyone spoke the same language except for me.  This of course, coupled with a tough do-or-die atmosphere, where I was unwilling to let failure be an option.

Therefore, I cracked open my stack of books each semester; made the library my second home; and most of all, wrapped myself in the blanket of love, support and encouragement that my father, mother and brother provided, to build a strong foundation to get me through.

Without a strong support system of family and friends to keep me motivated, focused, and positive as I matriculated through my legal training, this would not be possible.  This is my special thanks to them.”


Raymond Hicks recently graduated with honors, Cum Laude,  from the Southern University Law Center.  While there, Raymond earned the position of Executive Editor of the Southern University Law Review and he was the Treasurer of the Moot Court Board. Along the way, he received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in his Conflict of Laws course. While in Law School, Raymond also secured and worked in multiple internships.  He interned at the Internal Revenue Service as a Criminal Investigative Analyst;  at the Public Defender’s Office as a Law Clerk and at the United States Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Louisiana as a Law Clerk.  Raymond was also a member of the Sports and Entertainment Legal Association as well as the “Big L, Little L” Mentorship Program. Finally, he served as a Teaching Assistant for Basic Civil Procedure and Legal Analysis and Writing II.