CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Elliot G. Hicks, a lawyer and native of Charleston’s West Side, will present “African American Life: A Personal Perspective” in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston on Saturday, July 20, 2019. The program, part of the 2019 Block Speaker Series, will begin at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Hicks has practiced law in Charleston for 38 years, specializing in the areas of product and premises liability, corporate and commercial litigation, and insurance and medical malpractice defense. Hicks was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2007 and is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. He served as president of the West Virginia State Bar, 1998-1999, and has been a regular panelist on The Law Works, a West Virginia Public Television show on legal issues of interest to the public.

In 2014, Hicks opened Ellerbee Enterprises, Inc., an engineering and environmental consulting company providing services to the energy sector and other traditional businesses. He continues his work in the legal world, however, in the area of mediation and arbitration under the name of Hicks Resolutions.

After attending Washington and Lee University, he graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1978. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from West Virginia University College of Law and was admitted to practice law in West Virginia in 1981.

Hicks served on the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, 1999-2006, and currently serves as the chairman of Concord University’s Board of Governors. He also has served on the board of trustees at the First Baptist Church and at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, both in Charleston. In 2019, Hicks was awarded the Governor’s Living the Dream Award by the Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission.

For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.