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

Monday, April 23, 2018

UF, FAMU law schools detail plans for raising first-try passage rates on Florida Bar Exam

UF Law Dean Laura Ann Rosenbury at the 2016 UF Day at the Capitol
The average first-try passage rate on the February Florida Bar Examination was below 60 percent again for the second time in two years. It was 57.9 percent in February 2018 and 57.7 percent in February 2017.

Florida International University had the highest first-try passage rate in February 2018 with 85.0 percent. The University of Florida was last with 31.8 percent. Florida A&M University was second-to-last with 36.7 percent.

The deans of the law schools at the UF and Florida A&M University both stated that raising the first-try bar passage rate is a top priority.

Monday, April 09, 2018

Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to deliver keynote address for FAMU Law hooding ceremony

The 83rd Attorney General of the United States (2015-2017), Loretta Lynch, will serve as the keynote speaker for Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law’s 2018 Annual Hooding Ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

The Hooding Ceremony will be held at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts, 445 South Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32801, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Former Attorney General Lynch will address more than 125 new graduates of the FAMU College of Law, including members of the Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 classes. Members of the Spring 2018 classes will have the juris doctor degree conferred in Tallahassee, Florida, at the University’s Commencement Exercises on May 5, 2018. The FAMU College of Law’s Hooding Ceremony is a public event; however, seating is limited.

“We are truly honored to have a true trailblazer deliver the charge to our 14th graduating class since the re-establishment of the FAMU College of Law in Orlando,” said Interim Dean LeRoy Pernell. “Former Attorney General Lynch will offer a message that will serve to empower our next generation of change agents.”

Monday, March 19, 2018

FAMU Law appoints Reliford as its first assistant dean for career planning and development

The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law has selected Randolph Reliford to serve as the new Assistant Dean for Career Planning and Development.  He will be the first to occupy the position, created as a direct result of an extensive external review by a nationally known and leading expert on law school career planning services.

Reliford brings nearly a decade of experience in working with employers and advising law students, and varied experience in private legal practice, to the position.  He will start in the role on July 2, 2018.

“The FAMU Law community is excited to have Randolph Reliford lead our career services efforts,” said Interim Dean LeRoy Pernell.  “I am confident he will significantly improve our bridge between students, alumni and employers, and expand career readiness for FAMU College of Law graduates.”


Sunday, March 11, 2018

FAMU Law faculty members join with alums to publish tort law workbook

Carolina Academic Press has recently published Tort Law: Skills and Practice Workbook by Ann Marie Cavazos, Nise Guzman Nekheba, R. Jeremy Hill, and Cynthia Ramkellawan.

Ann Marie Cavazos is a Professor at Florida A&M University School of Law. Nise Guzman Nekheba is a Professor at Florida A&M University School of Law. R. Jeremy Hill is an attorney-at-law, and Cynthia Ramkellawan is a graduate of the Florida A&M University College of Law.

Forget the old concept of theoretically teaching tort law to first year law students and expecting them to apply it years later during their first jobs after graduating. Following the last recession’s unpredictability, the legal market shifted monumentally. It now expects law school graduates to immediately apply practical legal skills. During this shift, the authors realized the market needed game-changing legal resources that taught basic legal skills to first year law students in a manner that is accessible, engaging, and deeply effective.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

FAMU Law’s 1L class wins Pledge to Pass competition

The first-year class of full-time day and part-time evening students at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law outpaced the upper-classes during a week-long campaign designed to rally participation in the new Project PASS (Performance Assessment and Strategic Support) initiative.

First-year students drew more than 74 percent of their classmates to sign pledge forms and a giant pledge board, confirming their commitments to utilize the leading-edge tools and techniques available to them through Project PASS. The second-year and third-year classes both finished the competition with 68 percent of their classes signing the pledges. More than 70 percent of the student body of 477 eligible students officially committed to participate in the innovative opportunity developed to help students enhance their academic performance and optimize their chances of passing the bar exam.

Faculty members were enlisted to serve as class captains to encourage students to Pledge to Pass. The first-year class captains were Professors Rhoda Cato, Maritza Reyes, and Jennifer Smith. The second-year class captains were Professors Patricia Broussard, Ann Marie Cavazos, and Markita Cooper. The third-year class captains were Interim Dean and Professor LeRoy Pernell and SBA President Gregory George.

“We are very pleased that the overwhelming majority of our students have enthusiastically welcomed the services offered through Project PASS at no additional cost to them,” said Pernell. “Our faculty and staff have also strongly embraced this initiative because they understand the value of equipping our students with cutting-edge solutions for success.”

Monday, February 26, 2018

FAMU Law unveils “Project PASS” to enhance student preparation for Florida Bar Exam

Nearly 250 students at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law have “pledged” to perform at their highest level as part of an innovative opportunity designed to enhance their academic performance and maximize their chances of success on the bar exam. The students each signed a “Pledge to PASS” on Tuesday, during a pep rally to officially launch the new Project PASS (Performance Assessment and Strategic Support) initiative.

In addition to signing individual pledge forms, students also sealed their commitments to excellence by signing giant pledge boards designated for the first-year, second-year and third-year classes. The pledge boards, which will be displayed in the law school atrium, will be used to track participation. Faculty members and the Student Bar Association (SBA) President have volunteered to serve as team captains who will rally students in their respective classifications to “Pledge to PASS.” The class with the highest percentage of pledgees by Tuesday, February 20, 2018 will be recognized and awarded prizes.

To date, 262 of 524 total College of Law students had signed pledges, with the third-year class leading by a slight margin over the second-year class. The first-year class captains are Professors Rhoda Cato, Maritza Reyes, and Jennifer Smith. The second-year class captains are Professors Patricia Broussard, Ann Marie Cavazos, and Markita Cooper. The third-year class captains are Dean and Professor LeRoy Pernell and SBA President Gregory George.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Pernell became nation’s longest serving black law school dean while at FAMU

Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law Interim Dean LeRoy Pernell was featured in an Orlando Business Journal (OBJ) electronic article entitled “Celebrating Black History Month: How LeRoy Pernell became the longest-serving black law school dean in the nation.”  The article was published in the February 7, 2018 edition.

The article is featured as part of a special online series of stories in celebration of Black History Month in which the publication asked business leaders in the Central Florida region to share some poignant part of their personal story and the impact it had on the direction of their lives.

Pernell comments that when he was the permanent head of FAMU Law from 2008 to 2015, he “was the longest-serving black law dean in the nation.”

“My need to speak out on behalf of those who could not speak effectively for themselves, combined with the need for civil and human rights, drove me through college and law school,” Pernell said.

Read the full article here.

Friday, February 16, 2018

3Ls are first from FAMU Law to serve on Student Supreme Court

The roles of Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law students were expanded this academic year, as two third-year students became the first to be appointed to the FAMU Student Supreme Court.  Mia Williams, a West Palm Beach native with two degrees from the University of Central Florida; and Allan Small, who hails from Atlanta, GA (via Mannheim, Germany), with a BA degree from FAMU, made College of Law history with the appointments.

In recent years, the College of Law has seen many of its law students garner positions in the Student Senate, to inform and promote the successes and needs of the law school community in Orlando.  The FAMU main campus, where the Student Government Association (SGA) holds its meetings, is located several hours north in Tallahassee.  According to Williams, serving on the Court allows her to bridge a gap between the main campus and the law school.

“It’s easy to feel we are on an island since we are in Orlando,” explained Williams. “But I have to make connections with people that are on the main campus to do my part.”

As a FAMU graduate, Small holds a similar outlook in his contribution to his alma mater.

Monday, February 12, 2018

FAMU Law professor addresses U.S president’s comments regarding immigrants from Haiti, Latin America and African Countries

Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law Distinguished Professor for International Law Jeremy Levitt recently wrote an op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel on comments attributed to President Donald Trump.

From “We Need Immigrants – Especially from Developing Nations”:

President Trump’s atomic comments Thursday during a White House meeting with congressional lawmakers about immigration trampled the red line of racism, bigotry and prejudice — from which there is no return. Until now, I have been reluctant to label Trump a racist, noting the important differences between racism, bigotry and prejudice.

Isn’t it ironic that on the eve of two monumental anniversaries — the mega-earthquake that devastated Haiti and killed at least 300,000 on Jan. 12, 2010, and the birth of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 15, 1929 — Trump asked why the U.S. accepts immigrants from “shithole countries” in Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America rather than people from places like Norway?

Monday, October 16, 2017

FAMU Law student named Holland & Knight Scholar

Ariel Cavazos is the 2017-2018 Holland & Knight Scholar, a designation that landed her a summer associate’s position at the Top 10 law firm as well as a full-tuition scholarship for her second year at Florida A&M University College of Law.

Holland & Knight, LLP selected Cavazos after a panel interview with law firm partners and an application process that included several other FAMU Law students who, like her, excelled in first-year classes based on grades following their first semester of law school. As the 10th recipient of one of the law school’s most prestigious honors, Cavazos said she proudly represented the FAMU College of law during summer 2017 while honing her practical skills.

“I’ve been exposed to many different areas of the law and have gotten invaluable experience that as a rising 2L I would not have received anywhere else,” she said.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

FAMU Law graduate receives inaugural Florida Bar award

The Florida Bar Young Lawyer’s Division (YLD) recognized Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law recent graduate Benjamin Irving with an award focused on service to his surrounding community.  The Inaugural YLD Law Student Division Pro Bono Award was presented to Irving by Attorney Mike Sasso, YLD Board member, before College of Law Interim Dean LeRoy Pernell, and a host of Florida Bar YLD representatives.

The YLD Law Student Division Pro Bono Award recognizes the public service or legal aid performed by a Florida law student who has provided outstanding contributions to those in need of legal services.  The purpose of the award is to promote and encourage Pro Bono service among law students, and to expose them to the work that legal aid organizations perform in their local communities.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Florida Bar division recognizes FAMU Law students, group with year-end honors

The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Law Student Division recognized the student chapter at Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law as “Chapter of the Year” during the 2017 Annual Florida Bar Convention in Boca Raton in June.  All 12 Florida law schools with an active YLD chapter are considered for the honor.

The Law Student Division of the YLD was created to assist the YLD in furthering the goals of the Florida Bar.  The group is designed to encourage interest in, and participation by, Division members in the purpose of the YLD.  They also connect law students to YLD through a variety of activities and projects designed to be of interest and assistance to Division members.

This year, the FAMU College of Law chapter aimed to provide access to excellent networking opportunities, to encourage professional and personal growth for their classmates, and to promote the importance of individual self-care.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

FAMU Law boosts first-year student enrollment by 44 percent

1Ls participate in Oath of Professionalism Ceremony during Foundations for Law School Success
Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law welcomed 219 new students for the 2017-2018 academic year, increasing enrollment by 44 percent from 152 students in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Interim Dean LeRoy Pernell credited recent national recognition for diversity and academic performance as well as an enhanced recruiting initiative for the enrollment increase.

“Alumni and friends of the FAMU College of Law have long known that we provide a quality legal education program,” Pernell said. “Now, with mainstream publications listing us in top-level rankings, and our recruiters spreading the word nationwide, more and more students are learning about our value and enrolling at FAMU Law.”

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

FAMU Law continues to move forward with renewed prioritization of bar exam prep

Spring 2017 FAMU College of Law graduates
Interim FAMU College of Law Dean LeRoy Pernell and his team have a big job ahead. The first-try passage for rate FAMU Law graduates who took the Florida Bar Examination in Spring 2017 was 51.3 percent. That tied FAMU with Ave Maria for second-lowest in the state. But Pernell has led the school out of this type of situation before.

Back when Pernell began his first appointment as dean of the FAMU College of Law in January 2008, most classes of the reestablished law school had first-try bar passage rates in the low to mid-50s. Pernell responded by making preparation for the bar exam a top priority.

One of Pernell’s biggest contributions was the creation of the Academic Success & Bar Preparation Program in 2009. The Bar Exam Success Training (BEST) program, a centerpiece of the initiative, helped FAMU’s first-try passage rates on the Florida Bar Examination dramatically improve over those six years.

Monday, August 28, 2017

FAMU Law grad a rising attorney and “Rising Star”

By Nadia Felder
Florida A&M University

Rising attorney and 2015 graduate of the FAMU College of Law Isaiah Floyd admits he doesn’t have an ego. He strongly believes there’s nothing wrong, with being wrong – if it’s not more than once.

Perhaps it was this mentality that led him to be recognized as the “2017 Rising Star” during the law school’s Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards.

This award is given to graduates who have well-established themselves in the legal practice while impacting their community, just two short years after their graduation.

Friday, August 18, 2017

FAMU Law student interns with Navy JAG Corps

By Nadia Felder
Florida A&M University

It’s no secret that securing a government internship can be difficult – even the most talented people often don’t make the cut. Unless, they are presented with a unique opportunity like second-year FAMU law student Ashley Wilson.

Wilson, a Jamaica-native, landed one of the most-difficult to acquire government internships when she was hired for the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAGs) at the Naval Academy this summer in Annapolis, Maryland.

For eight weeks, she was tasked with assisting the Navy JAGs in all legal research necessary for assignments. As the only intern in the Naval Academy, Wilson learned how to handle all aspects of law from a military perspective including wills, trusts, divorces, contracts, and even criminal cases.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Florida Board of Bar Examiners to publish essay of FAMU Law graduate

When the Florida Board of Bar Examiners publishes its biannual study guide on its website in this month, the Board will include an essay written by a Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law graduate who took the February bar exam.

The Board has notified Marcus Prince, a member of the 2016 graduating class, that his essay on Trusts/Family Law and Dependency/Ethics has been selected to be included in the guide that is published to assist individuals studying to take the Florida portion of the bar exam.

The study guide features questions and essays from previous bar examinations along with examples of good answers. Prince’s essay on Trusts/Family Law was selected from more than 1,000 essays submitted by individuals who took the February 2017 the bar exam. While Prince’s name will not be printed in the guide, he expressed pride in knowing that his work will proudly represent his alma mater.

Friday, July 21, 2017

FAMU Law student interns at U.S. District Court in Miami

FAMU Law student Raynna Nkwanyuo
By Nadia Felder
Florida A&M University

Internships opportunities are at the top of the list of priorities among law students across the country. So, when an internship at the United States District Court of the Southern District in Miami, Florida, opened, Raynna Nkwanyuo, did not hesitate.

As a rising second year Florida A&M University College of Law student, Nkwanyuo never imagined attending law school, let alone being the only FAMU student to intern within the chambers of the Honorable Donald L. Graham during the summer 2017 semester.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

FAMU Law grad proves it’s never too late to switch lanes

FAMU Law alumna Dedra Sibley
By Nadia Felder
Florida A&M University

As fearful as it may seem, there have been plenty of people who have switched career lanes after years of gaining work experience in one industry — and yet still found success. Dedra Sibley, a Florida A&M University College of Law 2006 graduate is one such individual.

With four degrees from four different institutions, Sibley is no stranger to change. With a deep childhood desire to one day become an attorney, she began her journey with a simple associate’s degree from Brevard Community College. From there, she transferred to the University of Central Florida receiving her bachelor’s in finance and eventually an MBA from Webster University.