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

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.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

FAMU’s 3+3 program serves as pipeline for prospective law students

FAMU has created a 3+3 Program that permits an  undergraduate student to complete three years (90 credits) of education at FAMU and then, during his or her fourth year of college, enroll as a first year law student at the FAMU College of Law in Orlando, Fla.

This program, funded by Title III, Part B grant from the U.S. Department of Education allows a student to complete an undergraduate degree and a juris doctor (JD) degree in six years (3+3) instead of the customary seven years. This help students save on tuition and allows focused and motivated students to start their legal careers a year earlier than normal. FAMU Law already offers the most reasonable tuition in the state of Florida; subtracting one year of undergraduate costs certainly enhances the College of Law’s value.

“According to the American Bar Association (ABA), FAMU is currently, and has historically been, the second best feeder school of applicants to the ABA approved law schools. The 3+3 program, which is unique to FAMU among HBCUs with law schools, will hopefully increase FAMU’s attractiveness as a destination for prospective law students,” said Jon P. Perdue, interim director of the FAMU Legal Scholars Preparatory Program.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

FAMU Law valedictorian earns one of the highest scores on the Florida Bar exam

FAMU College of Law alumna Denise Cespedes ('13), who grew up in Miami, Florida, earned one of the highest scores on the July 2013 Florida Bar Exam.

In recognition of her accomplishment, Cespedes was invited to address the 5th District Court of Appeals' Oath of Admission Ceremony on Monday, October 7, 2013. She joined other speakers with the distinction of achieving one of the top test scores. Only five examinees were selected for this honor from over 2,300 examinees that passed the exam.

"It is a proud moment for a law school dean to learn that one of your graduates was a top scorer on a Bar exam," said LeRoy Pernell, FAMU College of Law Dean.  "Ms. Cespedes is one of the reasons why the passage rate of our first-time Bar examinees has improved by nearly 22 percentage points since 2009.  We are very proud of her accomplishment."

Friday, November 01, 2013

FAMU Law takes top honors again at Moot Court Competition

Two FAMU College of Law students successfully defended FAMU's title by winning the Second Annual Puerto Rican Bar Association Moot Court Competition.

Just over a year after her victory in the inaugural competition, third-year law student Cameryn Rivera partnered with second-year law student Loren Vasquez to take top honors as Best Team against Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, Cardozo School of Law, InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law, and Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law. Rivera brought additional prestige to FAMU by receiving the Best Advocate award for the competition.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Original FAMU Law graduates to receive Distinguished Alumni designation

The FAMU College of Law will bestow the designation of Distinguished Alumnus/a to all graduates of the original College of Law during Homecoming Week 2013, at the Inaugural Distinguished Alumni Banquet this evening, Thursday, October 17, 2013, in the School of Architecture Atrium.  The event will kick-off an historic College of Law reunion, honoring the 57 men and women who were members of the graduating classes from 1954 through 1968.

College of Law officials began planning the reunion at the request of Iving L. Mills, Jr., a member of the Class of 1966, who also serves as chair of the Inaugural Banquet.  The speaker line-up for the banquet program will feature President Robinson, and graduates of the original law school, including Florida Senator Arthenia Joyner, Class of 1968, who will officiate the program.

"At a time and place where the climate of advanced education for African-Americans was extremely volatile, the graduates of the original FAMU College of Law became true catalysts for change," said College of Law Dean LeRoy Pernell.  "Honoring all 57 graduates as our Inaugural Distinguished Alumni is a fitting distinction for the legacy of their contributions."

Friday, September 27, 2013

FAMU Law raises its first-try passage rate on July bar exam

The FAMU College of Law’s first-try passage rate on the July Florida Bar Examination increased by 3.6 points over last year’s. A total of 71.1 percent of the July 2013 first-time test takers passed. Back in July 2012, 68.1 percent passed on the first try.

“What we’re doing is working,” Interim President Larry Robinson said in a quote published by the Tallahassee Democrat. “The overall trend is moving in the right direction, a positive direction.”

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

FAMU Law alumnus wins Florida Bar’s environmental law writing competition

Michael Nichola, a 2013 graduate of the FAMU College of Law, won the annual Dean Frank Maloney Environmental Law Writing Competition, sponsored by the Environmental and Land Use Law Section (ELULS) of the Florida Bar. 

The competition was open to all law students at Florida's twelve law schools, and submissions addressed topics on environmental or land use law issues of concern to Florida.  The selection marks the first time any FAMU College of Law student placed in this prestigious writing competition.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

FAMU Law welcomes new faculty members

FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson addresses College of Law Entering Students during 2013 First-year Orientation week held August 5-8.
The FAMU College of Law bolstered its teaching corps with new additions for its fall 2013 course schedule.  Five new faculty members have joined the College of Law to teach during the 2013-14 academic year, along with several Orlando-area lawyers and jurists serving as adjunct instructors.

"We are excited to have our new faculty members join the FAMU College of Law family," said Dean LeRoy Pernell, who is entering his fifth full year at the helm.  "These new professors will further strengthen the quality academics offered at this prestigious institution."

The new faculty members include:

    Joseph Grant, who most recently taught at Capital University Law School, joins the College of Law as an Associate Professor.  He received his J.D. from Duke University, and will teach Property Business Organizations;

    Yolanda Jones, who most recently worked with Wayne State University Law School, joins the College of Law as Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor of Law. She received her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, and her Ph.D. from Drexel University.  Her professional experience includes service in law libraries at Wayne State University, Villanova University, Indiana University and the University of Miami;

Monday, September 09, 2013

FAMU Law opens its doors to another diverse class of 1Ls

An ambitious class of first-year law students began its journey toward the juris doctor degree hooding ceremony on Monday, August 12, 2013. The new 1Ls are the 12th class since the FAMU College of Law was re-established in 2000.

In a trend that was experienced by nearly all law schools across the country, the College of Law seated a reduced class-size and saw an increase in the percentage of students opting for the part-time, evening program.  Consisting largely of non-traditional students who take fewer classes during the year, the part-time program law students has many students who maintain full-time jobs.  The program is often an attractive option for those seeing second careers and individuals looking to advance in the legal field.  Nearly 40 percent of this year's entering class is enrolled in the part-time program.

"Students who pursue the part-time program may do so for a number of reasons," explained Karemah Manselle, Assistant Director for Student Financial Assistance at the College of Law.  "In some cases, employers may reimburse tuition paid for certain coursework, which allows a student to incur less debt when completing their law degree."

Monday, June 17, 2013

Alum endows scholarship to help FAMU Law students prepare for bar exam

FAMU College of Law alumnus LaDray Gilbert, who grew up in the rural farm town of Malone, Fla., recently pledged $5,000 to the College of Law to assist graduates in preparing for the bar exam.

"I'm thankful to FAMU, the faculty and staff for giving me a chance to receive a legal education," expressed the 2009 graduate who returned home to Jackson County, Fla. after passing the Florida Bar exam the same year.  After encountering limited career opportunities in Jackson County, he established The Gilbert Law Firm in 2009, making him the first African-American attorney to establish a practice in the area.

The Gilbert Bar Scholarship will be awarded to deserving FAMU College of Law students toward expenses incurred while preparing for the bar exam. Gilbert has already contributed $1,000 toward the pledged total.