Program Directors

 

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Director of Registrar

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Executive Director of Community Relations

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 Executive Director of Community Relations 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 Administrative Services

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.

(407)254-3218

gary.harrington@famu.edu

 

 

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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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Interim Director and Instructor of Academic Success and Bar Preparation

 

Eurilynne Anise Williams

Eurilynne Anise Williams serves as Interim Director and Instructor of Academic Success & Bar Preparation (ASBP) at FAMU College of Law.  She oversees the administration and operations of the ASBP Department, including the design and implementation of curriculum for first year and upper-level critical skills courses.  She teaches Introduction to Analytical Skills I and II, and Advanced Analytical Skills, which she has taught in a live instruction setting and via online, asynchronous delivery.  Professor Williams also manages the Bar Exam Success Training (B.E.S.T.) Program for the biannual administrations of the bar exam. The program provides graduates with access to supplemental bar preparation resources and tutoring.  Professor Williams conducts bar examination preparedness workshops covering the Multistate Bar Exam, Florida Essay Exam and Multistate Performance Tests, and offers advising on the strategic use of bar preparation resources.

Professor Williams demonstrates her embrace of FAMU College of Law’s mission through her research and presentations that amplify methods for supporting underprepared and underperforming law students to success, and strategies for enhancing law students’ writing.  She has frequently been invited to share her presentations at national conferences hosted by the Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE) and the Legal Writing Institute (LWI).   Professor Williams’ passion for developing a pipeline of future legal professionals is evidenced by her involvement in local public school TEACH-IN events, law school recruitment activities including teaching in the Legal Scholars Summer Program, and through her service on the AASE Diversity Committee’s Adopt-A-School initiative.

Before joining FAMU’s faculty, Professor Williams dedicated eight years to public and private law practice.  As a Senior Attorney with the State of Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program in the 18th Judicial Circuit, she had the privilege of advocating for the best interests of Florida’s children.  Her private practice focused on litigating family law, guardianship, adoption, and dependency cases, building on the foundation she established as an associate with the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, 5th District.

Professor Williams graduated Cum Laude with a Juris Doctor from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Law where she served as Business Managing Editor of Law Review and Secretary of Moot Court Board.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of West Florida.  Professor Williams is admitted to practice in Florida, is a member of the American Bar Association, and the Association of Academic Support Educators.

Curriculum Vitae

 

 407 254 4002

eurilynne.williams@famu.edu