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

Monday, April 24, 2017

Under Epps, FAMU Law first-try Fla. Bar Exam passage rate falls to lowest since its reopening

The Florida A&M University College of Law first-try passage rate on the Florida Bar Exam fell to the lowest since its 2002 reopening after the first year of Dean Angela Felecia Epps, who began on January 4, 2016.

A total of 46.2 percent of the FAMU Law graduates who took the February 2017 Florida Bar Exam passed on their first try. That is the first time the FAMU first-try passage rate has been below 50 percent since its reopening.

The FAMU law school reopened in 2002 and its first class graduated in Spring 2005. That class posted a 52.9 percent first-try passage rate on the July 2005 Florida Bar Exam.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Levitt: “The Democratic Party must be taught to earn our votes”

Members of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus endorse Hillary Clinton in 2016
On November 16, 2016, the Orlando Sentinel published an op-ed by Florida A&M University College of Law Professor Jeremy I. Levitt about the results of the recent presidential election.

Levitt is urging African Americans to demand more from the Democratic Party in exchange for their votes.

From the op-ed: “African-Americans should give Donald Trump a chance”:

I’m an ardent critic of Donald J. Trump, but I realize that he will be the 45th president of the United States. He won; get over it. If you don't like him, do something about it: Join the anti-Trump protests around the country, help establish a "third way," or move to Canada. I've lived in Canada, and if "Jacques Frost" doesn't pinch you, Canada's ridiculously high income and sales taxes — together with a cruel currency-exchange rate and nice-nasty culture — may have you running south for the wall-free border.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

FAMU College of Law alumna elected judge in Brevard County

By Robin Holmes
FAMU College of Law

Kelly McCormack Ingram, a 2008 graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law, has been elected Brevard County judge in Group 2. Ingram was elected during the general election on Nov. 8.

“The reason I ran for judge is that I want to be in position to do what’s right,” said Ingram, who will be assigned to the misdemeanor criminal court.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Job performance, not politics, should be basis for decisions on deans

Concerns about whether four FAMU deans will soon be shown the door for reasons that have nothing to do with the university’s best interests have grown on campus in the wake of the questionable exits of two other deans in 2015.

At the June meeting of the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT), School of Business and Industry (SBI) Professor Clyde Ashley warned that four current deans might be targeted. He said those individuals were School of Architecture and Engineering Technology Dean Rodner B. Wright, SBI Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Dean Michael D. Thompson, and School of Journalism and Graphic Communication Dean Ann L. Wead Kimbrough.

Ashley’s comments come at a time when a growing number of FAMU professors are speaking out about the way President Elmira Mangum and Provost Marcella David are running the Division of Academic Affairs. There have also been faculty complaints accusing the administration of trying to harm the tenure system, toss aside shared governance, and bully student reporters at The FAMUan.

The abrupt resignations of College of Law Dean LeRoy Pernell and FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE) Dean Yaw D. Yeboah last year have only added to doubts about whether Mangum and David are committed to the fair treatment of professors.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

FAMU College of Law student named Next Generation Leader for ACS

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law third-year student Latravia Smith was recently selected by the American Constitution Society (ACS) as a Next Generation Leader (NGL).

According to the Society’s website, the ACS Next Generation Leaders program was launched in 2007 as a means to identify and provide support to recent and forthcoming law school graduates who have demonstrated special leadership in their work with ACS’s student chapters, and who have an interest, skills and ability to remain vital members of the ACS community for years to come.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

FAMU Law’s first try bar passage rate #4 in state, tops UF’s

Former FAMU Law Dean LeRoy Pernell stands with Alicia Jackson, director of the Bar Exam Success Training (B.E.S.T.) Program, as they announce the Feb., 2013 bar passage rate to current law students, faculty and staff.
The Florida A&M University College of Law is continuing to benefit from the work of the past administration led by former Dean LeRoy Pernell.

FAMU Law achieved a 56.5 percent first-try passage rate on the February 2016 Florida Bar Exam. That was the fourth best in the state.

FAMU topped the University of Florida (56.3), Stetson (53.3), the University of Miami (53.1), Ava Maria (52.9), St. Thomas (42.3), Barry (35.9), and Florida Coastal (32.7).

Florida International was number one in the state with 84.6 percent.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Angela Epps named new dean of the FAMU College of Law

Florida A&M University has named Angela Felecia Epps the new dean of the its College of Law. Epps will join the College of Law, located in Orlando, Fla., on January 4, 2016.

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.