FAMU College of Law Welcomes New Professors as Newest Class Begins


FAMU College of Law Welcomes New Professors as Newest Class Begins

FAMU Welcomes New Professors As Newest Classes Begin.

The Florida A&M University (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;

•    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 Coastal 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.

The new 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 group of 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 program.  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 tuition paid for certain coursework, which allows a student to incur less debt when completing their law degree."

First-year full-time students are discouraged from seeking employment, and are typically younger than the evening cohort.  Although the age range of the 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.  The class has an enrollment of roughly 43 percent African-American, 31 percent Caucasian and 18 percent Hispanic.  The class also carries a 60 percent female enrollment, according to the Office of Admissions.

Other 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.

Additional information on the programs offered at the FAMU College of Law can be obtained through the Office of Admissions at famulaw.admissions@famu.edu, or 407-254-3286.

Caption: FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson addresses College of Law Entering Students during 2013 First-year Orientation week held August 5-8.  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.