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Mission First Legal Aid Office Receives IOLTA Grant

Carlyn Hicks Carlyn Hicks

The Mission First Legal Aid Office has been awarded a grant in the amount of $7,500 each year for a three-year period, 2018-2021. The grant was awarded through the Mississippi Interest on Lawyers Trust Account Program.

The Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program was established by Order of the Mississippi Supreme Court as a source of funding to provide legal aid to the poor, to provide law related public education programs to the public, and to improve the administration of justice.

The Mission First Legal Aid Office is a collaborative effort of Mississippi College School of Law and Mission First, Inc. to provide legal services to qualified residents of Hinds, Madison, and Rankin Counties.

Carlyn Hicks, Director of the Mission First Legal Aid Office, says, “The IOLTA funding will enable Mission First Legal Aid Office to maintain and expand the civil legal services we provide to low income persons, further narrowing the justice gap for individuals with varying legal challenges. We are extremely grateful for the funding received from the Mississippi Bar Foundation to continue this work and we look forward to expanding our reach to meet the legal needs of our clients.”

Since its inception in 1984, the IOLTA program has awarded over $12 million in grants. For more information on the Mississippi Bar Foundation or the IOLTA program, visit