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

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.

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.