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

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.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Mitchell appointed new director of academic support and bar preparation for FAMU Law

Reginald Mitchell, Sr. (far left) with Dean LeRoy Pernell (center) and others
Interim FAMU College of Law Dean LeRoy Pernell recently announced that Reginald Mitchell, Sr. will lead the office responsible for preparing students for the Florida Bar Examination.

“I am pleased to announce after consideration of all information that Reginald Mitchell, Sr. has been recommended as the new Director of Academic Support and Bar Preparation effective July 1, 2017,” Pernell said in a public statement.

The Office of Academic Success and Bar Preparation runs the Bar Exam Success Training (BEST) program. BEST is a 12-week, intensive training program that is available to free-of-charge to FAMU Law students and alumni.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

FAMU Law to share tools for success during new student orientation

When members of the incoming class arrive at the Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law for orientation on Aug. 1, they will be entrenched in an innovative program designed to equip them with the tools they will need to succeed during law school.

“Foundations for Law School Success” is a mandatory, 10-day orientation initiative intended to help new students build a strong foundation before the start of their rigorous law school journey. Set to run through Aug. 12, the program will focus on critical thinking, analysis and writing skills.

The FAMU College of Law expects an entering class of more than 150 students in the full-time day and part-time evening program as applications have increased more than 30 percent from 2016-2017. The 2017 incoming class will include students from across the country and from diverse backgrounds.

Friday, July 07, 2017

FAMU Law honors Class of 2017 during annual hooding ceremony

Before more than 2,000 family members and guests, the Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law’s Hooding Class of 2017 took an additional step toward completing a major milestone.  The annual hooding ceremony took place at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, May 20, 2017, where more than 120 candidates ceremoniously received the doctoral hood for the juris doctor degree.

The ceremony recognized graduates and candidates from the fall 2016, spring 2017, and summer 2017 classes.  Candidates for spring 2017 had their juris doctor degrees conferred three weeks prior in Tallahassee, Fla. at the University’s commencement exercises on April 29, 2017.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Tenacious law student receives scholarship after personal tragedy

By Nadia Felder
Florida A&M University

After sending her children off to college and dealing with an upsetting divorce, Angela Chapman, decided the one thing that would make her happy again was school…law school to be exact.

Yet, before she could even begin the process of applying to law school, her priority was to finish an undergrad degree first. So by spring 2014, 50-year-old Chapman graduated from North Carolina AT&T State with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice. She then set sail for the Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law in Orlando.

Thankfully, as she matriculated through her first-year law school experience, she had her new husband to support her.

Monday, June 12, 2017

FAMU Law honors Distinguished Alumni during annual ceremony

By Nadia Felder
Florida A&M University

The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law paid tribute to 10 renowned alumni during the third annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony. Not only did the FAMU College of Law honor individuals, but it also celebrated its 15th anniversary of the law school’s reopening in Orlando 2002. The 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients were:

Saturday, June 03, 2017

FAMU Law student overcomes obstacles to obtain degree

When the 13th Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law Hooding Ceremony was held at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on May 20, 2017, Benjamin Irving may have resembled any graduating law student who had faced challenges.

After all, Irving –  who commuted daily to downtown Orlando from Marion County during his three years of studying law – uses a wheelchair to move about life.  But that is not the half of what makes him one extraordinary law graduate.

The 37-year-old Philadelphia native was charged with and convicted of three felonies at the age of eighteen.  In addition, at 24, he was shot and paralyzed and has suffered from physical issues because of his paralysis ever since.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Suspicious COL, COE dean changes hurt Mangum’s credibility with many faculty, alumni

At this time last year, the FAMU campus was buzzing with word that then-President Elmira Mangum might be preparing to show four deans the door for reasons that had nothing to do with the university’s best interests.

The names circulating as the possible “targeted” deans were School of Architecture and Engineering Technology Dean Rodner B. Wright, School of Business and Industry 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.

There were legitimate reasons to believe that some dean changes were needed. But the bigger question was whether the Mangum administration could be trusted to treat deans fairly.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Epps out after lowest first-try Fla. Bar Exam passage rate since FAMU Law’s reopening

On Tuesday, Florida A&M University announced that Angela Felecia Epps is no longer the dean of the College of Law.

The change followed the release of the latest Florida Bar Exam results for FAMU Law graduates. 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 the college’s reopening in 2002.

Epps had started her deanship on January 4, 2016, more than a year before that big slide in Florida Bar Exam performance.

FAMU Law saw its highest first-try bar passage rate under LeRoy Pernell, who served as dean from 2008 to 2015. Yesterday, FAMU Interim Provost Rodner Wright issued a statement that said Pernell is the new interim dean of the College of Law.

Friday, April 28, 2017

FAMU College of Law ranked highest in Florida for diversity

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law was recognized by U.S. News & World Report for having one of the most diverse law schools in the nation. With a diversity ranking of 0.67, FAMU ranked ninth in the annual index and received the highest rank of any Florida law school.

“As more professional schools strive toward providing students with a well-rounded educational experience, diversity becomes increasingly important,” said Felecia Epps, dean of FAMU College of Law.

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.