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Sarah Hicks: Long-Time Dancer and Recent Graduate of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law [By Heather Jung] Sarah Hicks recently completed her law school career at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She said she decided to become a lawyer because she wanted a career that would be intellectually stimulating.

“I always joke that I could be a professional

her because she got “a lot of experience

“I actually thought that I wanted to do

student,” Hicks said. “Being a lawyer

interviewing and communicating with

tax law when I came to law school,” said

is right up my alley because there are


Hicks. “However, after taking Real Estate

constant changes in the law that require you to be a ‘professional student.’”

Transactions, I became interested in real Now that she has completed law school,

estate law. So much of what attracted me to

Hicks plans to work at The Holmes Firm,

tax law also attracted me to real estate law:

Prior to attending law school, Hicks

PC, a firm that specializes in commercial

facilitating and organizing a transaction;

graduated from Stephen F. Austin State

real estate law.

attention to detail; and, most importantly,

University with a B.B.A. in Finance. She then attended Texas Wesleyan School of Law for her first year of law school before transferring to SMU, her first choice. “I knew I wanted to practice in Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), and SMU has a wider base of alumni contacts and is more widely known than Texas Wesleyan in the DFW area,” Hicks said. For her first two years of law school, Hicks interned for a medical malpractice attorney whom she met at a ballet class. She said they rehearsed together for a while and the attorney asked if she would be interested in interning. Hicks feels that the experience gave her practical experience in a small firm. Hicks also interned for a federal judge, which gave her the chance to observe hearings and gain familiarity with a variety of pleadings and motions. She feels that her drafting skills improved thanks to immediate reviews of her work. She gained experience working with the school’s Federal Taxpayers’ Clinic, as well, an experience she said worked well for


not litigating.” Q. What do you do for fun? A. I still enjoy taking dance classes. I find time at least once a month to fit in either a ballet class or a hip hop class. I also love to play Scrabble with my neighbor, my grandmother. Q. What CD is in your CD player right now? A. Amy Winehouse. Q. What is the last magazine you read? A. ABA Journal. Q. What is your favorite TV show? A. The Riches (on FX)-the main character is pretending to be an attorney. Q. Who is your role model? A. I have many successful people in my life that I look to for guidance, but I can’t point to just one of them as being my role model.

When she isn’t studying or working, you can almost always find Hicks engaging in some form or another of her passion: dance. According to Hicks, she has been dancing since she was just two years old. “My mother actually taught dance classes, so I was at the studio all the time,” she said. “I was raised in a studio that believed in having well-rounded dancers, so I can do tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, and pointe. The studio, Tammy’s Dance Center in Waxahachie, Texas, has turned out several

Q. What is something most people don’t know about you? A. I was formerly a contortionist. Also, I dance during my study breaks…it’s a great artistic release, and it gets the endorphins going!

talented dancers that have performed all over the world with artists such as Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Pink, and Beyoncé.” Hicks has been involved in numerous productions and performances since she

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started dancing. She has been in “several

spent the past few seasons working with

law school classes. I often brought study

Nutcracker performances” and served as an assistant director for two productions of the show that had target audiences of school-aged children. She also performed in a professional tap show, “World Tap,” with the Mark Goodman Tap Company. She spent time in Los Angeles, as well, where she performed in several music videos and television shows.

Momentum Dance Company, performing in

materials to rehearsal to make the most of

several shows, including Coppélia and the

my time,” Hicks said.

company’s spring show. As if school, interning, and dancing with “Balancing law school and Momentum

Momentum were not enough, Hicks has

Dance Company was not easy. I could not

been teaching dance for the past eight

do every performance because the shows

years. She said that she has come to enjoy

always came at the same time as finals. I

teaching dance even more than performing.

would look at my schedule for law school and my schedule for the company, and if

“I love seeing the students progress and

During her first year of law school, Hicks

there were too many conflicts, I would sit

mature,” she said. “I also enjoy the personal

auditioned for the arena football team’s

out for that show. The director worked

challenge of identifying a group’s strengths

Dallas Desperados Dancers. She made

with me to minimize conflicts for the

and choreographing to those strengths

it all the way to the finals and was able

performances that I was able to do. The

and abilities. I’ve choreographed about 50

to perform in front of a large crowd but

ballet classes and rehearsals were every

group routines and over 60 solos, and those

ultimately did not make the team. She has

Saturday, so there was no conflict with

routines have won countless awards.”


Sarah Hicks: Long-Time Dancer and Recent Graduate  

Sarah Hicks Always Wanted To Practice In Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW). Hicks Plans To Work At The Holmes Firm As She Has Completed Her Law School...