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

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.

Friday, March 27, 2015

FAMU Law’s third-year students prepare for July bar exam with BEST Program

More than 50 third-year College of Law students attended the Bar Exam Success Training (BEST) Program Open House and Bar Exam Informational on Feb. 5 as part of their preparation for the July 2015 Florida Bar Exam.

The event was hosted by the College of Law’s Academic Success and Bar Preparation team led by Assistant Professor Alicia Jackson. It included a workshop that answered questions about the exam and offered tips about effective studying techniques.

The FAMU College of Law has improved by more than 20 percentage points on the July bar exam since 2009. Its 73.6 percent first-try passage rate on the July 2014 Florida Bar Exam was higher than the statewide average of 71.8 percent.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

All-Star prospective students visit FAMU College of Law

The Fourth Annual Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law All-Stars Tour hosted 16 undergraduate students from FAMU and other institutions for a two-day orientation program last month.  The participating students were selected based on their academic performance and an expressed interest in studying law.

The group attended law classes, participated in a mock class, toured the College of Law facility and received additional information on the admissions process and financial aid.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

FAMU Law joins “Spreading the Dream” initiative to celebrate King legacy

Danielle Lynn, a second-year FAMU College of Law student, said, "it was the first step at opportunity, and the key to changing the world." 

Benjamin Schumann, also a second-year FAMU law student, said, "it paints a world of black and white to works of color, culture and opportunity."

Katia Wilson, a third-year law student who serves as Student Bar Association (SBA) President, said education is important to her because, "it took me to Africa at 19 years old, and to China at 22 - free of charge."

The law students joined event organizers and special guest jurists in expressing "Why Education is Important to Me" before a near capacity crowd at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (DPCPA).  The declarations were the opening lines to their roles in commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American Civil Rights Movement through the "Spreading the Dream" program.

Monday, December 29, 2014

FAMU law dean explains roots of tension between police and black communities

LeRoy Pernell, dean of the FAMU College of Law, recently discussed the roots of the tension between local law enforcement agencies and African American communities in a Q&A with the Orlando Sentinel.

Q: What accounts for the strained relations between police and the black community?

A: The tension between police and African-American communities has deep roots. Although dismissed by some as being a "semi-socialist," Frantz Fanon's works on neo-colonialism makes a strong case for the perception by communities of color that police serve more as an occupying army than a community-based source of protection. That perception is exacerbated when considering that early police forces in America often had as a specific role the control and capture of slaves escaping or rebelling. Violence, summary punishment, and death were often administered as object lessons for community control.

Monday, November 17, 2014

FAMU Law wins Puerto Rican Bar Moot Court Competition for third straight year

Two students from the FAMU College of Law successfully completed the "three-peat" at the Third Annual Puerto Rican Bar Association's Moot Court Competition on Saturday, October 11, 2014, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

FAMU Law third-year student Loren Vasquez and second-year student Tameka Franco took the top honor as Best Team over Cornell University Law School, University of North Carolina School of Law, St. John's University School of Law, New York Law School, Barry University School of Law, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Nova Southeastern University, and Catholic University of Puerto Rico.  Franco also received the Best Advocate Award for the competition.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

FAMU Law’s first-try passage rate on Florida Bar exam higher than state average, again

FAMU College of Law achieved a 73.6 percent first-try passage rate on the July 2014 Florida Bar exam, besting the overall state average for the second time within two years.

FAMU’s 73.6 percent first-try passage rate was higher than the overall average of 71.8 percent.

“The latest results help to solidify the direction we have taken to establish ourselves as the law school of choice for a broad range of individuals seeking to make law their career,” said LeRoy Pernell, dean of the College of Law. “Our bar results continue to trend upward as a result of the strong curriculum and bar preparation programs we’ve implemented, further illustrating that the FAMU College of Law is a law school on the rise.”

Thursday, July 10, 2014

FAMU Law, again, earns ABA approval

The FAMU College of Law has, once again,  demonstrated that it meets all of the standards of accreditation of the American Bar Association (ABA), according to a July 8, 2014 letter from the ABA’s Accreditation Committee.

“This is great news, further validating the strength of our academic programs and the mission of the FAMU College of Law,” said Dean LeRoy Pernell.

The FAMU College of Law was first granted full accreditation by the ABA in 2009. Under the rules of the ABA, accredited law schools are visited and re-accredited every seven years.

“I commend the dean, the faculty, staff and students on this accomplishment,” said FAMU President Elmira Mangum.  

Sunday, June 22, 2014

FAMU Law students take top honors in NNALSA writing competition

FAMU College of Law second-year students Cindy Campbell and Cynthia Vel placed first and second respectively in the 13th Annual National Native American Law Students Association (NNALSA) Writing Competition.

The competition was open to law students nationwide and presented by the Seattle University Native American Law Students Association and the Seattle University Indian Law Journal.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

FAMU College of Law prepares to celebrate new class of graduates

Brittany Leonard, recipient of the Valedictorian Award
More than 140 FAMU College of Law graduates will participate in the university’s 10th Annual
Spring Hooding Ceremony, today. Among the 2014 class are a diverse group of graduates who have already begun to make their impact on the world.

Brittany Leonard, an Orlando native, will receive the FAMU College of Law Valedictorian Award, which is the most prestigious distinction that an individual can obtain at the law school.

"This is truly exciting and an honor I will cherish forever," Leonard said. "I am beyond excited to have earned this accomplishment. I can truly say when you are driven to succeed, with hard work and dedication, your goals and dreams can become reality."

Leonard participated in William R. Boone High School's Law Magnet Program where she learned various aspects of the law in an academic setting, and was able to apply that knowledge in practical settings. She dedicated hundreds of hours to the juvenile and state court systems in the Central Florida area while a program participant. She went on to graduate summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida (UCF) with a B.S. degree in business management.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Hastings to keynote FAMU College of Law’s hooding ceremony

U.S. Congressman and FAMU alumnus Alcee Hastings will keynote the FAMU College of Law Hooding Ceremony on May 10.

"We are honored to have a true trailblazer for equality address our 10th graduating class since the re-establishment of the FAMU College of Law," said Dean LeRoy Pernell. "It is indeed fitting that one of our own return for this milestone observance."

Hastings is currently serving his 11th term in Congress, representing the 20th District of Florida, which includes parts of Broward, Palm Beach and Hendry Counties. With an undergraduate degree from Fisk University, he became one of the 57 original graduates of the College of Law when it was located in Tallahassee on FAMU's main campus. He earned his law degree in 1963.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

FAMU Law continues to succeed in meeting national standards for bar passage rate

The FAMU College of Law recently announced that 72.2 percent of its first-time examinees passed the February 2014 Florida Bar Exam. The Florida Bar Exam first-time cumulative pass rate for February 2014 was 72.9 percent. These accomplishments are significant, as FAMU College of Law students exhibited a strong performance on the exam despite a decline in Bar passage rates among Florida’s law schools over the last year. FAMU out-paced five of the 11 Florida law schools, including Barry University, the University of Florida and Nova Southeastern.

"We are very proud of the performance of our first-time exam takers," said LeRoy Pernell, dean of the College of Law. "Our standing among all Florida law schools speaks to the quality of the curriculum and academic support programs available here at the FAMU College of Law.”

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

FAMU tops UF’s February first-try bar passage rate, again

The FAMU College of Law achieved a 72.2 percent first-try passage rate on the February 2014 Florida Bar Examination. That was 7.5 points higher than the University of Florida, which had a 64.7 percent first-try passage rate.

FAMU also topped UF on the 2013 February Bar Examination. For that exam, FAMU’s first-try passage rate was 82.6 percent and UF’s was 72.7 percent.