Showing posts with label College of Law. Show all posts
Showing posts with label College of Law. Show all posts

Thursday, October 08, 2015

FAMU Law posts 67.9% first-try passage rate on Bar Exam, continues to top state average

More than 40 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law graduates participated in the 14th College of Law Swearing-In Ceremony on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.  The event, held in the Ceremonial Moot Courtroom, featured a standing-room-only crowd of family, friends and supporters who witnessed the momentous exchange.

The new attorneys passed the July 2015 Florida Bar Exam, where the overall pass rate for FAMU first-time takers continued to show consistency in state standings.  The 67.9 percent passage rate bested the 63.0 percent achieved by out-of-state test takers. Of the 84 FAMU graduates who took the exam for the first time in July, 57 passed.  In addition, FAMU’s 67.9 percent pass rate was higher than the pass rate of five other law schools in Florida — the College of Law outscored the same number of law schools a year ago.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

FAMU Law dean search down to three finalists

L-R: Willajeanne McLean, Darryll Jones, and Angela Felecia Epps
The search for a permanent dean for the FAMU College of Law is down to three finalists. The candidates are Willajeanne McLean, Darryll Jones, and Angela Felecia Epps.

Willajeanne McLean is a professor of law at the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford, Conn. She was the interim dean of the UCONN law school during the 2012-2013 school year.

McLean earned a B.A. from Wellesley College, a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a J.D. from Fordham Law School, and an LL.M. from the Free University of Brussels.

Monday, September 14, 2015

FAMU Law honors former Dean LeRoy Pernell during celebratory program

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law former Dean LeRoy Pernell announced plans to return to the faculty in April 2015, following a tenure filled with marked successes. The College of Law community responded with a celebration event touting the esteemed career of the College’s longest serving dean on August 26, 2015.

The College of Law Celebration Honoring LeRoy Pernell was hosted by FAMU Provost Marcella David, who also served as a pseudo-MC of the event, welcoming students, faculty, staff and community members who attended to congratulate the former dean on his accomplishments.

The brief program included remarks from the Honorable Emerson Thompson, Senior Judge, Ninth Judicial Circuit, and long-time supporter of the College of Law and its programs. Thompson, who also serves on the College’s Board of Visitors, was the keynote speaker for the second graduating class of the reestablished College of Law in 2006.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

FAMU Law students place first and second in Environmental Law Writing Competition

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law third-year students Amy Judkins and Felicia Thomas earned first and second respectively in the annual Dean Frank Maloney Environmental Law Writing Competition, sponsored by the Environmental and Land Use Law Section (ELULS) of the Florida Bar. This year’s results mark the first time that FAMU students have claimed the top two spots in this competition in the same year.

For three consecutive years, FAMU students have claimed at least one of the top three spots in the competition open to all law students in Florida. FAMU students earned first and third place recognition in 2013, and claimed second place in 2014. The submissions for this competition must address topics on environmental or land use law issues of concern to Florida.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

FAMU Law welcomes new Law Review members during Eleventh Pinning Ceremony

A host of family members and invited guests witnessed the installment of 19 new members into the Law Review at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law on Friday, August 28, 2015. The eleventh pinning event took place in the law school’s Ceremonial Moot Courtroom.

The FAMU Law Review represents some of the brightest legal minds the College of Law has to offer, providing a vehicle for academic publishing in the field of law. Students selected for law review are in the top percentage of their respective classes, and/or demonstrate a high level of research and writing skills.

Monday, June 01, 2015

FAMU recognizes graduates at College of Law Hooding Ceremony

Before more than 2,000 family members and guests, the FAMU College of Law’s Hooding Class of 2015 took an additional step toward fulfilling aspirations three to four years in the making.

The Annual Hooding Ceremony took place at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, May 9, 2015, where more than 150 candidates ceremoniously received the doctoral hood for the juris doctor degree.

The event marked the first time a hooding, or graduation-styled ceremony was held at the new center.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

FAMU Law honors distinguished alumni at awards ceremony

Ten FAMU College of Law alumni were recently honored at the College of Law’s downtown Orlando campus. The Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony marked the 10th anniversary of the first graduating class from the law school since it reopened in 2002.

“We are extremely happy to recognize all of the alumni who have gone on to do great things with their FAMU College of Law education. They have touched the lives of many and have shared their talents with the communities they work and live in not only here in Florida, but across the nation,” said LeRoy Pernell, dean of the College of Law.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

FAMU Law dean announces plan to return to faculty

Following a distinguished tenure of service to legal academia, LeRoy Pernell, dean of the FAMU College of Law since 2008, has announced his plans to return to the faculty full time in fall 2015.

Pernell, the longest serving dean of the re-established FAMU College of Law, is credited with providing the stability that led to the law school acquiring full accreditation from the American Bar Association in 2009 and full accreditation reaffirmation in 2014.

“I have been privileged to be involved with the expansion of the faculty, the adoption and support of programs designed to successfully improve bar passage performance, and the growth in attracting and matriculating well-qualified students capable of professional success while contributing to making a transformative difference in the communities in which we serve,” Pernell said in a letter to the law school community on Monday morning. “I could not be more proud to be associated with the hard work and sacrifices that have made us what we are.”

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Former Miss America Ericka Dunlap appointed major gifts officer at FAMU Law

The FAMU College of Law has appointed Ericka Dunlap to serve as the major gifts officer for the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs.  In this role, the former Miss America and Miss Florida is responsible for heightening the position of the college for donor consideration as well as establishing strategic development efforts to advance philanthropy.  She brings a decade of experience in relationship brokering between emerging markets in Africa and United States economies to the position.

“She has exceptional relationship and communication skills that will make her an asset to our development office, College of Law and the University” said LeRoy Pernell, dean of the College of Law.

Dunlap previously served as principal consultant and owner of a Florida-based diversity communications and international strategic-partnership firm, Crown Communication Group, which specialized in municipal diversity strategy development and relationship brokering.  She has served as the primary communications advisor for varied entities including public officials at the local through international levels.

Monday, March 30, 2015

FAMU Law names Sonja Boles-Melvin director of registrar

Sonja M. Boles-Melvin, who has nearly 20 years of higher education experience, has been appointed the director of registrar for the FAMU College of Law. She began the appointment March 23, 2015.

Boles-Melvin began her career in higher education in 1996 at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee as an Admission/Records Specialist. She has worked for more than a decade within the Florida College System with tenures at Valencia College as Director of Admissions and Registration, and Seminole State College of Florida as Director of Registration/Registrar. In addition, she has served as a Student Life Skills adjunct professor, both in the classroom and online, with Valencia College.

Friday, March 27, 2015

FAMU Law’s third-year students prepare for July bar exam with BEST Program

More than 50 third-year College of Law students attended the Bar Exam Success Training (BEST) Program Open House and Bar Exam Informational on Feb. 5 as part of their preparation for the July 2015 Florida Bar Exam.

The event was hosted by the College of Law’s Academic Success and Bar Preparation team led by Assistant Professor Alicia Jackson. It included a workshop that answered questions about the exam and offered tips about effective studying techniques.

The FAMU College of Law has improved by more than 20 percentage points on the July bar exam since 2009. Its 73.6 percent first-try passage rate on the July 2014 Florida Bar Exam was higher than the statewide average of 71.8 percent.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

All-Star prospective students visit FAMU College of Law

The Fourth Annual Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law All-Stars Tour hosted 16 undergraduate students from FAMU and other institutions for a two-day orientation program last month.  The participating students were selected based on their academic performance and an expressed interest in studying law.

The group attended law classes, participated in a mock class, toured the College of Law facility and received additional information on the admissions process and financial aid.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

FAMU Law joins “Spreading the Dream” initiative to celebrate King legacy

Danielle Lynn, a second-year FAMU College of Law student, said, "it was the first step at opportunity, and the key to changing the world." 

Benjamin Schumann, also a second-year FAMU law student, said, "it paints a world of black and white to works of color, culture and opportunity."

Katia Wilson, a third-year law student who serves as Student Bar Association (SBA) President, said education is important to her because, "it took me to Africa at 19 years old, and to China at 22 - free of charge."

The law students joined event organizers and special guest jurists in expressing "Why Education is Important to Me" before a near capacity crowd at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (DPCPA).  The declarations were the opening lines to their roles in commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American Civil Rights Movement through the "Spreading the Dream" program.

Monday, December 29, 2014

FAMU law dean explains roots of tension between police and black communities

LeRoy Pernell, dean of the FAMU College of Law, recently discussed the roots of the tension between local law enforcement agencies and African American communities in a Q&A with the Orlando Sentinel.

Q: What accounts for the strained relations between police and the black community?

A: The tension between police and African-American communities has deep roots. Although dismissed by some as being a "semi-socialist," Frantz Fanon's works on neo-colonialism makes a strong case for the perception by communities of color that police serve more as an occupying army than a community-based source of protection. That perception is exacerbated when considering that early police forces in America often had as a specific role the control and capture of slaves escaping or rebelling. Violence, summary punishment, and death were often administered as object lessons for community control.

Monday, November 17, 2014

FAMU Law wins Puerto Rican Bar Moot Court Competition for third straight year

Two students from the FAMU College of Law successfully completed the "three-peat" at the Third Annual Puerto Rican Bar Association's Moot Court Competition on Saturday, October 11, 2014, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

FAMU Law third-year student Loren Vasquez and second-year student Tameka Franco took the top honor as Best Team over Cornell University Law School, University of North Carolina School of Law, St. John's University School of Law, New York Law School, Barry University School of Law, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Nova Southeastern University, and Catholic University of Puerto Rico.  Franco also received the Best Advocate Award for the competition.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

FAMU Law’s first-try passage rate on Florida Bar exam higher than state average, again

FAMU College of Law achieved a 73.6 percent first-try passage rate on the July 2014 Florida Bar exam, besting the overall state average for the second time within two years.

FAMU’s 73.6 percent first-try passage rate was higher than the overall average of 71.8 percent.

“The latest results help to solidify the direction we have taken to establish ourselves as the law school of choice for a broad range of individuals seeking to make law their career,” said LeRoy Pernell, dean of the College of Law. “Our bar results continue to trend upward as a result of the strong curriculum and bar preparation programs we’ve implemented, further illustrating that the FAMU College of Law is a law school on the rise.”

Thursday, July 10, 2014

FAMU Law, again, earns ABA approval

The FAMU College of Law has, once again,  demonstrated that it meets all of the standards of accreditation of the American Bar Association (ABA), according to a July 8, 2014 letter from the ABA’s Accreditation Committee.

“This is great news, further validating the strength of our academic programs and the mission of the FAMU College of Law,” said Dean LeRoy Pernell.

The FAMU College of Law was first granted full accreditation by the ABA in 2009. Under the rules of the ABA, accredited law schools are visited and re-accredited every seven years.

“I commend the dean, the faculty, staff and students on this accomplishment,” said FAMU President Elmira Mangum.