of Law Welcomes New Professors as Newest Class Begins
Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law bolstered its
corps with new additions for its fall 2013 course schedule.
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
academics offered at this prestigious institution."
The new faculty members include:
Joseph Grant, who most recently taught at Capital University
School, joins the College of Law as an Associate Professor.
received his J.D. from Duke University, and will teach Property
• 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.
professional experience includes service in law libraries at Wayne
State University, Villanova University, Indiana University and the
University of Miami;
• Dale Whitman, who
serves as the James Campbell Missouri Endowed Professor Emeritus of Law
at the University of Missouri, joins the College of Law as a Visiting
Professor of Law. He received his law degree from Duke
University, and will teach Property and Real Estate Finance;
Lucille Ponte, who serves as Professor of Law at Florida
University, joins the College of Law as a Visiting Professor of
Law. She will teach Contracts and Intellectual Property Law;
David Lacy, who formerly served as Associate Professor at
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, joins the College
of Law as a Visiting Associate Professor. He will teach
Constitutional Law and Employment Discrimination.
faculty members join an already impressive group of continuing College
of Law Professors and Instructors who remain committed to the school's
mission, while welcoming its newest class. The ambitious
first-year law students began their journey toward the juris doctor
degree on Monday, August 12, 2013 - 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
Consisting largely of non-traditional students who take fewer classes
during the year, part-time program law students often maintain
full-time jobs. The program is often an attractive option for
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," explains Karemah
Manselle, Assistant Director for Student Financial Assistance at the
College of Law. "In some cases, employers may reimburse
paid for certain coursework, which allows a student to incur less debt
when completing their law degree."
students are discouraged from seeking employment, and are typically
younger than the evening cohort. Although the age range of
2013 incoming class is 17 to 54, the median age of 27 is up one from
last year's class.
The 2013 entering class also boasts very
diverse numbers with a nearly 69 percent minority enrollment.
class has an enrollment of roughly 43 percent African-American, 31
percent Caucasian and 18 percent Hispanic. The class also
a 60 percent female enrollment, according to the Office of Admissions.
facts about the 2013 incoming class reveal the first-year law students
arrived from nine states, representing 60 colleges and
universities. Additionally, 16 percent of the students hold
graduate degrees, and 10 percent are non-Florida residents.
information on the programs offered at the FAMU College of Law can be
obtained through the Office of Admissions at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or 407-254-3286.
FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson addresses College of Law Entering
Students during 2013 First-year Orientation week held August
The entering students, comprised of nearly 43 percent African-American
and 60 percent female, started classes at the College of Law on Monday,
August 12, 2013, when five new faculty members began teaching.