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Brianna Williams appointed as Assistant Vice President for Access & Equal Opportunity

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Ms. Brianna Williams has been appointed as Assistant Vice President for Access and Equal Opportunity, effective August 10, 2022. In this new position, Ms. Williams will provide leadership and strategic oversight in civil rights and equity related areas including Title IX, Accessibility and ADA Compliance, and Equal Opportunity. Ms. Williams will oversee the Office of Institutional Equity, and will also provide strategic direction for data management, reporting, and case management.

Originally from Florida, Ms. Williams received her bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of South Florida. She later received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law.. Ms.

Williams is currently an Equal Opportunity Officer at North Carolina State University where she conducts discrimination, harassment, and Title IX investigations. In addition, she provides direction and guidance for equity matters for Faculty, Staff, and Students. She also works closely with academic administrators to provide adequate training, programming, and outreach on equal opportunity and accessibility.

Ms. Williams also served as a Title IX Coordinator and Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Officer for the Louisiana State University (LSU) System where she supported two campuses including LSU-Alexandria and LSU-Eunice. She also provided expert support for other campuses within the system. Ms. Williams’ experience also includes a background of work with the Office of the State Attorney in Florida and the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights.   

A certified investigator, Ms. Williams has had specialized training in Title IX Compliance, Equal Opportunity, and in conducting internal investigations. She is a member of the Association of Title IX Administrators – the premier association for Title IX Professionals.  

 

 FAMU Law Alumnus Devin Collier appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis to Judicial Post

Judge Devin Collier

“I am grateful and humbled, and appreciate the confidence the Governor, his staff, and the people of the State of Florida have placed in me,” said Collier following his appointment by Gov. Ron DeSantis. “Without question, I will continue to serve the people with excellence.”

A native of Panama City, Collier is a 2011 honors graduate of FAMU College of Law. He has served as an assistant state attorney in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit since 2019. Previously, he served as the lead attorney advisor in the Office of the Solicitor in the U.S. Interior Department. Collier received his bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida. He fills the judicial vacancy created by the retirement of Judge John L. Fishel, II.

 

Devin Young, Class of 2021

Devin Young

Devin Young is super excited about graduating from the Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law this month. The New Brunswick, New Jersey native already has a job lined up in the legal field and is preparing to study for the Florida Bar Exam.

While graduating from law school is a major accomplishment, it is rare to matriculate through law school while playing professional sports. Young was studying the law, and in his limited spare time, also studied the football playbook for Team American, Global Games International Football League

During law school, Young gained legal experience with the Office of the State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. He also interned at Skyers Law with FAMU Law alumnae Karen Skyers.

Young recently accepted a position with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit as an assistant state attorney under State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.

 

Jared Brooks, Esq.

Jared Brooks, Esq.

 Excited to announce that I’ll be serving as the Executive Director of the Broward County State Attorneys Office under the leadership of State Attorney Harold Pryor, the first black man to be elected State Attorney in Florida. I appreciate your trust in me Harold F. Pryor and looking forward to serving the citizens of Broward County.

 

Judge Andrew Bain, Class of 2013

Judge Andrew Bain

As a youngster growing up in South Florida,  the challenges were great for Andrew Bain. He experienced a learning disability that led counselors to predict he would not complete high school. Bain recalls seeing media images portraying young Black men as criminals and drug dealers who were more likely to be killed than to succeed.  Bain  worked hard, graduated with high honors, attended college with a full scholarship, and overcame the odds in school and in life.

Today, the former NFL player is a Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law alumnus and a sitting judge in the Ninth Judicial Circuit. He was appointed to the bench by Governor Ron DeSantis. He’s the first Black male judge to be seated in Orange County in just over 25 years.

“As you enter this new chapter in your life, let me challenge you in three ways,” Judge Bain said. “Choose love over fear, freedom over limitation, and professionalism over money. You can go beyond your dreams. You can choose not to accept any limitations on your future.”

 

LaShawndra Nash, Class of 2020

LaShawndra

Ms. Nash is a second-year tax associate at Waller, Landsden, Dortch & Davis.

 

 

 

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