FAMU College of Law to Host Legal Scholarship Conference Feb. 25-27, 2016

Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) will host more than 50 law professors and attorneys from across the country during a three-day legal scholarship conference that kicks off Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 with a workshop on how to become a law school professor and ends on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2016 with a presentation from Daryl D. Parks, whose firm Parks and Crump Law Firm has represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown.

Thursday’s session is designed to offer local attorneys an overview of what it takes to transition from practicing to teaching. Sponsored by the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), the workshop will feature law professors from FAMU and the Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law at Barry University conducting concurrent panel discussions entitled “So You Think You Can Be an Administrator,” “How to Navigate the World with Your Law Degree,” and “Shark Tank: Getting In and Staying In the Legal Academy.”

While targeting area attorneys interested in teaching, the Thursday workshop is free and open to the public. The workshop will be held at the FAMU College of Law campus in downtown at 201 Beggs Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32801.

The Pre-Conference Pipeline Workshop is the prelude to the 2016 Southeast Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference (SESWPOCC), which will explore the theme, “Power and Authority in Promoting Justice for All” on Friday and Saturday. Legal scholars will come from states as far away as Washington, Wyoming, Arkansas, Texas, Indiana and Louisiana.

Friday’s agenda opens with a plenary session featuring Tamara F. Lawson, Professor of Law at Saint Thomas University School of Law, who has written extensively on diverse criminal law topics, including the Stand Your Ground Law. Concurrent panels will address the subjects “Policing and the Community: The Politics and Perceptions of Power and Authority” and “Conceptualizing Islamophobia, Extremism, Radicalism and Terrorism.” FAMU Law students will conduct a Black Lives Matter presentation during lunch.

On Saturday, the concurrent panels will focus on “Our Children and the Replication of Criminalization” and “What it Means to be Black and Female in America.” During lunch, the closing plenary speaker will be Attorney Parks, whose doggedness to protect and defend his clients’ best interests has attracted the attention of the media, including MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, and Dr. Phil, where he has appeared as a legal expert.

A fee is required to participate in the SESWPOCC conference on Friday and Saturday. For more information, please visit the following links:




To learn more about the workshop on Thursday, please call 407.254.3265.

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