FAMU Law Students Name Faculty of the Year, Faculty Hooder and Student Speaker for Hooding Ceremony

Article post date 5/08/14

Orlando, Fla. During the 2009-2010 academic year, the Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law graduating students began a new tradition for the Annual Hooding Ceremony that established a legacy each subsequent class would carry. Naming the Faculty Hooder and Student Speaker for graduates, and Faculty of the Year for the general law student body continues to be a process of great anticipation.

Professor Patricia Broussard, who teaches Constitutional Law, was again selected by a student body-wide vote as the Faculty of the Year. Held during the Student Bar Association (SBA) elections, the entire student body was eligible to vote for SBA office candidates and Faculty of the Year. Only graduating third- and fourth-year students were eligible to vote for Student Speaker and Faculty Hooder.

The Student Speaker position was introduced as a means for the graduating body to have a direct hand in selecting their voice for the ceremony. Graduating students who were nominated as Student Speaker delivered their speeches before classmates who then voted for their favorite speaker. The top three speakers were placed on ballots during the SBA elections. Mark St. Vil, a third-year day student, was selected as the 2014 Student Speaker.

Similar to the Faculty of the Year selection, graduating students also were provided the opportunity to select the Faculty Hooder. This individual is the student choice for placing the doctoral hood when graduates cross the stage at the Hooding Ceremony. Professor Lundy Langston, who teaches Criminal Law, was selected by the graduating class as the 2014 Faculty Hooder. Joining Prof. Langston at the Hooding Ceremony to assist the graduates will be the Faculty of the Year selectee.

The Hooding Ceremony will take place at the Hilton Orlando (6001 Destination Parkway) on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 10 a.m.

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The FAMU College of Law was founded in 1949 on the main campus in Tallahassee. After graduating 57 lawyers, the law school was closed by the state of Florida in 1968. The Florida Legislature voted to reopen the law school in 2000 and Orlando was selected as the location. The re-established FAMU College of Law opened its doors in 2002 and is now housed in a state-of-the-art facility in downtown Orlando’s Parramore neighborhood. The FAMU College of Law received full accreditation from the American Bar Association in July 2009, and has consistently been ranked in the top five for Diversity by U.S. News & World Report since 2007 -- achieving the top rank on three occasions.