Octavia Carson (they/them) was born and raised in Pontiac, Mich. Octavia currently works full-time as judicial law clerk for the Board of Immigration Appeals through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. They have a passion for social justice and diversity. After graduating law school, Octavia founded the Black Bar Applicant Fund to assist Black bar applicants with bar exam expenses and help raise the percentage of Black attorneys in the U.S.
Octavia graduated from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2020. While in law school, Octavia served as the editor-in-chief of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review and was previously the president of the Black Law Student Association. They externed for Magistrate Judge Mitchell D. Dembin and Senior Judge John Houston in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. They interned for two law firms, WilkMazz and Higgs, Fletcher, and Mack. They mentored diverse high school students interested in pursuing law through the Crawford Legal Institute Mentorship Bond. Octavia is the first person in their immediate family to attend a four-year university, Central Michigan University, and the first to attend law school.