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FAMU Law Graduate Receives Inaugural Florida Bar Award

FAMU Law Graduate Receives Inaugural Florida Bar Award

 

The Florida Bar Young Lawyer’s Division (YLD) recognized Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law recent graduate Benjamin Irving with an award focused on service to his surrounding community.  The Inaugural YLD Law Student Division Pro Bono Award was presented to Irving by Attorney Mike Sasso, YLD Board member, before College of Law Interim Dean LeRoy Pernell, and a host of Florida Bar YLD representatives.

The YLD Law Student Division Pro Bono Award recognizes the public service or legal aid performed by a Florida law student who has provided outstanding contributions to those in need of legal services.  The purpose of the award is to promote and encourage Pro Bono service among law students, and to expose them to the work that legal aid organizations perform in their local communities.

“Students had the opportunity to apply for the award and submit an application in May,” explained Christian Lexima, a rising third-year FAMU law student who serves as Governor of the FAMU Law YLD Student Chapter.  Evaluation criteria includes the total number of Pro Bono legal services hours performed between September 1, 2016 and April 1, 2017.

Irving logged more than 756 hours of legal service to the public while completing the Guardian Ad Litem, Mediation and Homelessness legal clinics during his final year in law school.  Along with the award, he received a Florida Bar Review Course provided free of charge by BARBRI.

 

Caption: LeRoy Pernell (left-right), Interim Dean of FAMU College of Law; Benjamin Gibson, Young Lawyers Division Board Member; Paige Hardy Gillman, Young Lawyers Division Board Member, Law Schools Chair; Katherine Hurst Miller, Young Lawyers Division President; Benjamin Irving, FAMU Law Graduate and Award Recipient; Mike Sasso, Young Lawyers Division Board Member, Law Schools Chair; Ashley McKibbin, Barbri Representative; and Christian Lexima, FAMU Law Young Lawyers Division Law Student Division Governor.

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