State Bar of Georgia Wellness Committee–Chair
R. Javoyne Hicks serves as chair of the State Bar of Georgia Wellness Committee and is a member of the Lawyers Assistance Program. She is also a member of the Executive Committee for the Georgia State Bar’s Board of Governors. Over the last several years, Javoyne has been committed to promoting the importance of wellness on all levels— physical, mental, social, and financial. She has served as a speaker for several organizations and as a panel member/ presenter for numerous continuing legal education classes on the topics of wellness and suicide prevention. She helped develop the State Bar of Georgia’s first Wellness and Practical Skills 12-hour Continuing Legal Education Seminar and adapted the 2nd Annual Wellness CLE to a six-hour virtual event during COVID.
In her regular capacity, Javoyne serves as the DeKalb County State and Magistrate Courts clerk. As such, she is responsible for the management of public records for civil lawsuits, garnishments, eviction proceedings, personal property foreclosures, domestic violence hearings, traffic violations, ordinance violations, and criminal misdemeanor cases in DeKalb County. Prior to working in the clerk’s office, Javoyne served DeKalb County as the deputy chief assistant solicitor-general in charge of the Diversion Programs for the Solicitor-General’s Office. She supervised and expanded the operations of several Diversion Programs designed to give first-time and youthful offenders and those with special circumstances a second chance at opportunities to avoid criminal prosecution.
Javoyne returned to DeKalb County after serving the federal government as the chief of staff of the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, where she implemented high-level policy decisions and community engagement initiatives and executed organizational processes to help facilitate the region’s high-caliber technical, financial, legal, and administrative performance. Prior to embarking on her environmental career, Javoyne worked as a prosecutor for more than 17 years. She served as acting district attorney and chief assistant district attorney in DeKalb County, as well as assistant attorney general in the Georgia Attorney General’s Office and associate magistrate in DeKalb County.
Javoyne is a past president of the DeKalb Bar Association and served on the boards of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and Leadership Georgia. She presently serves as a member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Board of Governors. She is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned her undergraduate and law degrees. She is also the proud mom of two daughters, Victoria and Sydney.