Professor Ann Marie Cavazos, a Professor of Law, has been expanding student knowledge for Florida A&M University College of Law for over a decade. Joining the faculty team in 2005, under her visionary leadership the Clinical Program ranked 7th nationally for “Best in Practical Training.” She is committed to service, scholarship, and teaching. Cavazos serves as President of the FAMU Faculty Senate and teaches Florida Constitutional Law, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Prosecution Clinic, Transactional Law, and Florida Practice. To support the endeavor of pedagogy reform for the 21st Century legal education she spearheaded, co-wrote and published two books that can immediately equip law students with practical legal skills in the classroom, namely, “Florida Family Law and Tort Law Practice and Skills Workbooks.
Prior to joining the faculty, she was pro bono manager at Greater Orlando Area Legal Services and Director of the Alianza for Fair Housing Program of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida. She also worked as a staff attorney with the Brooklyn Legal Aid Society and was appointed to the bench as a referee in the Brooklyn and Bronx Family Court. She holds a J.D. from Temple University School of Law and a B.S. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Please schedule an appointment.
Courses taught by Professor Cavazos:
- Clinical Program
- Florida Constitutional Law
- Florida Practice
- Professor Cavazos was a panelist on “Balancing Interest” at the AALS 40th Annual Conference on Clinical Legal Education on May 6, 2017, at the Directors’ workshop, titled: “Serving the Client in Tumultuous Times: Fostering Responsibility to Individuals, Communities, and Society in Clinical Legal Education” in Denver, Colorado. The audience included Directors and Deans of Experiential Learning participants from law schools throughout the United States. This session focused on how law schools and clinical programs are navigating pivotal moments of change, challenge, and opportunity, how each program and school contend with competing interest and pressures, and why old models resist new models particularly when the market demands competitive innovation. The conversation was also directed at the new ABA rules and how to build effective narratives to advance the work of clinics and externships in local context.A description of the program is available here: https://www.aals.org/clinical2017/
Professor Cavazos was appointed to the Ninth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee (the “Circuit Pro Bono Committee”) pursuant to Chief Judge Fred Lauten’s Administrative Order No. 2016-03 Governing Pro Bono Service in the Ninth Judicial Circuit. The purpose of the Circuit Pro Bono Committee is to provide a forum to assess the needs of the indigent in the Circuit, monitor the availability of pro bono resources, develop plans and establish opportunities for members of the bar, legal services, law school clinics, and community agencies throughout Orange and Osceola Counties.
On Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, Professors Patricia Broussard, Ann Marie Cavazos, Eunice Caussade-Garcia, and Robert Minarcin, as well as several students from the FAMU Law Clinics, volunteered to serve the homeless community in an event entitled “HE GOT UP!” Approximately 5,000 homeless citizens were transported to the Citrus Bowl where they received meals and a wide range of services after having had the opportunity to participate in a church service.
“HE GOT UP!” was a result of two years of planning by Pastor Timothy Johnson. Services included medical and dental, showers and haircuts, and legal assistance which FAMU Law, as well as other legal volunteers from the community, provided. The event started at 7:30 a.m. and ended around 4 p.m. It was a spectacular event and the professors and students were all grateful to give back to the community.
- Professor Ann Marie Cavazos was selected as a recipient of the Senior Faculty Innovative Teaching Award for 2015.
- The Journey Toward Excellence in Clinical Legal Education: Developing Utilizing and Evaluating Methodologies for Determining and Assessing the Effectiveness of Student Learning Outcomes, 40 Sw. U. L. Rev. 1, 2010 (Lead article)
- Beware of Wooden Nickels: The Paradox of Florida’s Legislative Overreaction in th Wake of Kelo, 13 U. PA. J Bus. L. 3, (2011)