Program Directors

 

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Director of Registrar

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Director of Advancement and Alumni Affairs

Sonja Boles-Melvin

Sonja M. Boles-Melvin, who has nearly 20 years of higher education experience, has been appointed the director of registrar for the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law. She began the appointment March 23, 2015.

Boles-Melvin began her career in higher education in 1996 at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee as an Admission/Records Specialist. She has worked for more than a decade within the Florida College System with tenures at Valencia College as Director of Admissions and Registration, and Seminole State College of Florida as Director of Registration/Registrar. In addition, she has served as a Student Life Skills adjunct professor, both in the classroom and online, with Valencia College.

Boles-Melvin has served as a mentor with Take Stock in Children and is a member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Austin Peay State University and a Master of Public Administration from Troy State University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University.

407 254 3279

sonja.boles@famu.edu

Mildred Graham

Director of Advancement and Alumni Affairs Mildred Graham fosters trust in and around the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Law community. Graham, who earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from FAMU’s main campus and MBA from Webster University, uses her education, journalism experience, and intimate knowledge of the central Florida region to enhance various aspects of the College of Law.

Graham’s leadership boosts fundraising, donor management, public relations, communication and alumni affairs at the College of Law. While Graham currently maintains community engagement through membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, she has also led Girl Scouts and worked with the Central Florida Association of Black Journalists. A former Orlando Sentinel reporter and editor, who worked for the newspaper for 10 years, Graham has lived in Orlando for 30 years. Graham asserts that being a FAMU Rattler means “being proud.” Consistent with true Rattler spirit, Graham has worked for FAMU College of Law since 2002.

(407) 254 3206

mildred.graham@famu.edu

 

 

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Associate Director of Financial Aid

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Director of Student Affairs

Tocoa Hampton

With a family full of Rattlers and over 15 years of working experience at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tocoa Hampton “bleeds orange and green” into her new appointed position as the Associate Director of Financial Aid at the College of Law. Hampton earned her undergraduate degree in business, MBA, and master’s in organizational leadership and change from the Colorado Technical University.

In her position, she goes above and beyond to ensure that students receive the financial assistance they need to finish law school. Since August 2015, she has been responsible for processing and awarding internal/external scholarships, bar loans, private loans, grad plus loans, and conducting financial aid and literacy workshops. With a passion for student success, on her free time, Hampton volunteers to share financial literacy and other information with the Student Bar Association (SBA), Christian Legal Society (CLS) and newly-admitted undergraduates of the University being hosted by the Greater Orlando Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association.

(407) 254-3232

tocoa.hampton@famu.edu

 

Gary Harrington

A dedicated educational services professional, Gary J. Harrington comes to Florida A&M University College of Law with more than 15 years of related experience. Harrington has worked in the public school system for more than 10 years and as a student services representative for more than five years. As a teacher and administrator in both Florida and Georgia, Harrington poured into students and focused his efforts on serving those that were misrepresented or not represented at all. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Florida Memorial University and a master’s in legal studies from Kaplan University. After completing his second master’s degree in educational Leadership from the University of West Florida, Harrington decided that broadening the scope and impact of his efforts would be the next step, so he began working at FAMU College of Law in 2016.

As an English major, Harrington developed a love for literature and academia. In 2011, he published his first fiction novel and has scheduled the release of a children’s book series and a follow-up novel. Writing has always been a passion for Harrington, but he has worked extremely hard to be an asset to his community and to serve as a positive example to his children. His greatest accomplishment is being able to assist our communities’ future advocates and legal stewards in achieving their goals.

 

 

 

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Director of Admissions

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Director of Law Library/ Associate Professor of Law

Erika Hill

Erika Hill was named Director of Admissions in July of 2019. Ms. Hill enthusiastically joined the Office of Admissions as the Associate Director for Admissions at FAMU Law in 2015. She was promoted to Chief Law Admissions Officer assuming primary responsibility for her department. Her reputation as a service-oriented professional who nurtures and guides students along their educational paths begin in 2000 when she worked as the Associate Director of Admission and Recruitment at the Florida State University College of Law.  During her eight-year tenure at FSU, she has implemented several new recruitment programs aimed at increasing the yield of highly qualified students.

Prior to entering the field of law school admissions, Ms. Hill worked for two years at the Florida Department of Elder Affairs in the Office of the General Counsel and later served as one of the Communications Liaisons for that same state agency. Ms. Hill is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Educational Leadership program at Florida A & M University. She holds a Masters of Applied Social Sciences with a concentration in Public Administration. In addition, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitative Services and a minor in Psychology from Florida State University.

Her experience also includes the ability to build and foster key relationships with executive leadership, key personnel, students and other constituents as a means to successfully plan and execute programs. In addition, she has been integral in the creation and launch of several different program initiatives with full responsibility for recruitment initiatives, establishing policy development, program evaluation, and budget management.

407 254 3286

erika.hill@famu.edu

Yolanda Jones

Dr. Jones teaches courses in Legal Bibliography and Advanced Legal Research. Prior to joining the faculty, her professional experience includes service in Law Libraries at Wayne State University, Villanova University, Indiana University, and the University of Miami. She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. She earned her M.S.L.S. from the Clark Atlanta University School of Library and Information Science and her Ph.D. in Information Science and Technology from Drexel University.

 

Curriculum Vitae

Scholarly Commons

(407) 254 3231

yolanda.jones@famu.edu

 

 

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Director of Academic Success and Bar Preparation

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Executive Director/ Administrative Services

Reginald J. Mitchell

Reginald J. Mitchell, Esq. is currently the FAMU College of Law Director of Academic Success and Bar Preparation Program. He is also volunteering as the FAMU Rattler Boosters, Inc. General Counsel and the FAMU National Alumni Association General Counsel. He is formerly the Assistant General Counsel for Risk of the Florida Department of Children and Families. He was formerly a Medicaid Subrogation Attorney with Health Management Systems; Florida Legal Counsel of People for the American Way (PFAW) as a registered lobbyist with the Florida Legislature; and Florida Election Protection Director of People for the American Way Foundation. Mr. Mitchell also served as an Associate Attorney at Parks and Crump, LLC. Mr. Mitchell’s areas of practice included personal injury, wrongful death and auto-tort litigation.

His professional memberships include the Florida Bar, the Northern. Middle & Southern District of Florida Federal Bars, the National Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

 

 

Shashi Persaud

Executive Director of Administrative Services Shashi Persaud brings both information technology and law enforcement experience to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Law. Persaud, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Flagler College, an MBA from Florida State University, and a Masters of Digital Forensics from the University of Central Florida, has worked as a senior information technology administrator for the Department of Homeland Security.

The FAMU College of Law executive director also worked as an information technology director for the First District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee. While Persaud’s 20+ years in the information technology field and over 10 years of work as a Deputy Sheriff uniquely position him to lead administrative services at the College of Law, Persaud also has a family that is “invested in the university,” as evidenced by family members including a FAMU College of Law professor and former FAMU board of directors member.

(407) 254 3275

shashi.persaud@famu.edu