In May of 1999, the Honorable Nina R. Hickson was appointed as Judge to the Fulton County Juvenile Court, where she served from 2002-2004 as its Chief Presiding Judge. At that time, the Court had the largest juvenile court caseload in the state of Georgia.
During the Georgia General Assembly’s 2001 session, she was a key proponent of legislation which made the pimping of minors a felony offense under Georgia law. Prior to March of 2001, the offense was a misdemeanor. Her public stance on this issue was also instrumental in the indictment and eventual federal prosecution of 15 of the most notorious pimps in Fulton County under the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”) statute, the first such prosecution in the nation. Additionally, her fervent public education effort on the tragedy of child prostitution was also crucial to the establishment of “Angela’s House,” a safe house for girls who have been sexually-exploited.
Before her judicial appointment in May of 1999, Judge Hickson practiced law for 15 years in a variety of capacities including Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, General Counsel for the Atlanta Housing Authority, General Counsel and Vice President for Atlanta Life Insurance Company, the first African American female Vice President and Associate General Counsel to Primerica Financial Services, a subsidiary of the Citigroup Corporation. She also was an Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Law from 1992 through 1997.
Her extensive community involvements have included the membership on the former Aid to Children of Imprisoned Mothers Board of Directors, the Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates Program Board, the Georgia Board for the Covenant House, the Community Advisory Board of the Atlanta Junior League, the Board of Metropolitan Atlanta Boys and Girls Club, and the Advisory Board to the Sister-to-Sister mentoring program which she initiated with the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and first time juvenile female offenders. She is a member of the 2004 class of Leadership Atlanta. She was a member of the Board for the Fulton Leadership Academy Charter School.
She is a member of the Buckhead/Cascade City Chapter of The Links Incorporated where she serves as Parliamentarian, Chair of the Legislative Issues and Public Affairs Committee and a member of the national Communications Committee.
Her commitment to community service has resulted in her receiving numerous awards including the Big Voice for Children Award, the Pearl Award, theMary Drake Human Rights Award, Outstanding Legal Advocacy Award from the National Association of Counsel for Children; the inaugural Vision in Action award from the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention; Romae T. Powell Award from the Georgia Association of Independent Juvenile Courts; the Delta Torch Award from the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Citizen of the Year from the Citizens for Community Values.
In addition to being a public speaker on issues of juvenile justice and child welfare, she was a presenter at the White House Conference on Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children. Her television appearances have included 20/20 Primetime, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Pure Oxygen and CNN’s Talk Back Live.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Journalism from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and her Doctor of Law degree from Emory University of Atlanta.
The Honorable Judge Nina Hickson, is the daughter ofthe late Dr. W.F. Hickson, Jr. of Orangeburg, South Carolina and Dr. Charlestine R. Fairley of Annapolis, Maryland. The sister to two brothers and the proud mother to her seventeen-year old daughter, Wesley Victoria.
The Honorable Nina R. Hickson currently serves as Vice President and General Counsel for The Atlanta BeltLine Inc., the most comprehensive transportation and economic development revitalization effort undertaken by the City of Atlanta, expected to result in more than $10 billion in economic development.
The Honorable Nina R. Hickson was a pioneer in her efforts to combat modern day slavery. Her public outcry, her diligence for education and her tenacity has helped to propel this issue and our nation forward as it relates to prevention, intervention, advocacy and prosecution.