Hickey was one of OSI-Baltimore’s first Community Fellows. In 1998, he used his fellowship to develop Community Law In Action (CLIA), a youth development non-profit affiliated with the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore. CLIA’s trains young to become leaders by helping them to think critically, solve problems, and advocate for social and political change. We went on to become president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Chesapeake.
While at CLIA, Hickey developed law-related high school career pathways, worksite mentoring programs and an advocacy initiative for youth in juvenile justice facilities. In 2012, CLIA worked with youth leaders and other nonprofit organizations to convince the Governor of Maryland to stop construction on a new jail for juveniles charged as adults.