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FAMU College of Law Marshall-Bell Law Society Presents the “Rising from the Hate” Forum Panel

ORLANDO, Fla. The Marshall-Bell Law Society at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law will host a discussion panel to address various issues related to the Pulse Orlando night club tragedy on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 6 p.m. “Rising from Hate” will take place in the school’s Ceremonial Moot Courtroom, and topics will include hate crimes, discrimination based on sexual orientation and gun legislation.

The Marshall-Bell Law Society is a student-operated organization at the FAMU College of Law whose mission is to enhance cultural sensitivity and competency in legal education and practice. This panel forum will offer students and the public an opportunity to discuss the issues which have arisen from recent events in our country, especially the tragedy at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. The forum brings together experts of local-area practitioners, who will offer insight into the social ramifications on the LGBT community, the proliferation of hate in our culture, and the policy implications of a future strategy regarding gun-related violence.

Panelists Bios:

Christopher Dillingham currently practices personal injury, but has also practiced in the areas of domestic violence, criminal defense, and federal civil rights law (most notably in his representation against Valencia Community College for forcing its students to undergo transvaginal probes). A FAMU College of Law alum, Chris is also a former US Army sergeant and Florida police officer who worked assignments in Patrol, Narcotics, and Street Crimes. Though his law enforcement experience involved utilizing assault weapons, he has also privately owned them in the past.

Rebecca Hameroff was born and raised in Baltimore, and attended the University of Delaware for her undergraduate degree. A brief stint as a food sales representative brought her to the great State of Florida, where she graduated from FAMU College of Law in May of 2013. Throughout law school, she volunteered and interned at the State Attorney’s Office in the 9th Circuit, later continuing as an Assistant State Attorney after passing the bar in September of 2013.  She is also proud to be one of the founding members of the Stonewall Association at FAMU, and is an active member of the Orlando LGBT community. More recently, Rebecca is rejoicing her engagement to Laurin Gantt, her partner of 2 years, who is a police officer with the Orlando Police Department.

Ryan Murphy is a FAMU College of Law alum, and currently works a sole practitioner in Kissimmee handling the areas of family law, estate planning and property litigation. His previous experience involved conducting quality control visitation at national chain retailers, assessing liability and consumer risk. As the father of two young children, he is in favor of garnering community-based involvement in seeking action rather than inaction regarding the panel discussion topics.

Juliette Koves is an associate attorney with deBeaubien, Knight, Simmons, and has been practicing in diverse areas for over twenty years, including as a felony probation officer, assistant state attorney in Seminole County, assistant public defender in Orange County, a traffic court hearing officer, legal research/writing instructor, guardian ad litem and program director for a non-profit organization assisting women and children. She has also worked as a Justice Advisor in Afghanistan, where she helped to train Afghan judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and police officers.

Kristine L. Tucker is an associate attorney with the Law Offices of Amber Jade F. Johnson, where she practices probate, trusts, estates, and elder law.  In June of 2015, she became Secretary of the Central Florida Gay and Lesbian Law Association (CFGALLA), and has held the position of President of CFGALLA since February 2016. Prior to graduation from FAMU College of Law in December of 2014, she was vice president of the FAMU Stonewall Chapter, and founding president of the FAMU ACLU chapter. On November 6, 2009, Kristine was working as a paralegal at the Legions Place office building in downtown Orlando when gunman Jason Rodriguez entered and opened fire, killing one person and injuring at least 5 others.  She has spent the last few weeks helping to organize voluntary bar pro bono participation for victims and families of the Pulse tragedy. Kristine is and always has been supportive of stronger gun control laws.

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