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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who served as a prosecutor for more than 18 years, will keynote the Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law's Eighth Annual Hooding Ceremony on May 12, 2012. The event will take place at 10 a.m. at the Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway, near International Drive.
The FAMU College of Law’s Hooding Ceremony is a public event; however, seating is limited, and there is a $6 parking fee at the Hilton Orlando.
Attorney General Bondi will address the spring 2012 candidates, who will have the juris doctor degree conferred in Tallahassee, Fla. at the University's Commencement Exercises on April 28, 2012. The Hooding Ceremony will recognize more than 120 candidates, including the fall 2011, spring 2012, and summer 2012 classes.
“We’re honored to have Attorney General Bondi address our hooding candidates, who will leave this law school to face various challenges and opportunities,” said LeRoy Pernell, dean of the FAMU College of Law. “Her tenacity and dedication to the legal profession embodies the spirit and qualities our graduates should aspire toward.”
Attorney General Bondi’s top priorities are: defending Florida’s constitutional rights against the federal health care law; strengthening penalties to stop pill mills; aggressively investigating mortgage fraud and Medicaid fraud; and ensuring Florida is compensated for Deepwater Horizon oil spill losses. Transparency and openness in government have been important throughout her career, and Attorney General Bondi continues to support Florida’s Sunshine laws.
National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators recognized Attorney General Bondi with 2011 Leadership Award for her efforts to stop prescription drug abuse. In addition, Attorney General Bondi was awarded a special recognition by the Florida Police Chiefs Association for "efforts to reduce prescription drug abuse and strengthen Florida’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program through additional legislation via the 'pill mill' bill." Additionally, Attorney General Bondi was awarded the Florida Board of Medicine Chairman's Recognition Award for her dedication and service to the people of Florida for her efforts to fight prescription drug abuse.
Attorney General Bondi is a graduate of University of Florida and Stetson Law School, and was awarded the Distinguished Alumna Award in 2011 by Stetson University for extraordinary service to Stetson Law and to the legal profession. During her career as a prosecutor, Attorney General Bondi was awarded the Lawyers of Distinction Award by the Tampa Bay Review for outstanding performance.