LeRoy Pernell Appointed Interim Dean of Florida A&M University College of Law

ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida A&M University (FAMU) Interim Provost Rodner Wright announced the appointment of LeRoy Pernell as interim dean of the College of Law, effective May 2.

Pernell will serve as interim dean while the University prepares for, and conducts, a national search for the college’s next permanent dean.  After completing his stint as interim dean and the appointment of a permanent dean, Pernell will return full time to the faculty.

“While I thoroughly enjoy teaching, I am equally dedicated to advancing the mission of this institution and law school at the administrative level,” said Pernell.  “I look forward to working again with our community, including University leaders, alumni, faculty and students, to further efforts to strengthen our program for legal education.”

Pernell served as dean of the FAMU College of Law from January 2008 through June 2015. He is credited with providing the stability that led to the law school acquiring full accreditation from the American Bar Association in 2009, and reaccreditation in 2014. Pernell returned to the faculty in August 2015. The following year, the City of Orlando presented him with a proclamation signed by Mayor Buddy Dyer and all City Commissioners, recognizing August 26, 2016 as “LeRoy Pernell Day.”

Because of his leadership in establishing a robust Academic Success and Bar Preparation Program, the College of Law was nationally recognized as an “outperformer” on the Bar Exam by PreLaw magazine in February 2017.  The top-five ranking was derived from predictors of bar exam results, based on LSAT scores of the 2013 and 2014 entering class.  Also under Pernell’s leadership, the College of Law was consistently ranked in the top five for diversity by U.S. News & World Report and achieved the No.1 ranking on several occasions.

The college was further heralded for diversity by the National Jurist Magazine and On Being A Black Lawyer, which  named the program a “Best Bargain for Black and Latina/o Students.”  The school was also ranked and recognized for its clinical opportunities and job placement in government with Pernell at the helm.