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

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.

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.