FAMU Law applauds new partnership with Wicker Smith
ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law applauds Wicker Smith Attorneys at Law for efforts to enhance diversity in the legal profession. Wicker Smith has created a two-semester law clerkship and the first recipient is FAMU Law student Jasmine De Leon.
De Leon is a second-year law student, in the top 15 percent of her class and is an active member of the Moot Court Honor Society.
“I am delighted to have been selected for the Wicker Smith law clerkship,” said Jasmine De Leon, FAMU Law student. It’s a great opportunity for me to learn from a successful group of lawyers. I appreciate this opportunity.”
The clerkship provides hands-on experience in the legal field. De Leon will be tasked with researching projects assigned by lawyers, learning how to work as a lawyer and how to be a good litigator.
“We are very proud of our firm’s relationship with the FAMU College of Law,” said Richards H. Ford, Managing Partner of Wicker Smith O’Hara McCoy & Ford P.A. “We believe that diversity and inclusion are essential elements to the continued growth of the firm and the legal profession.”
“It’s important for FAMU Law to build strong relationships with law firms in positions to offer opportunities to our students,” said Interim Dean LeRoy Pernell. “We applaud the efforts of Wicker Smith and encourage other law firms to also consider working with FAMU Law.”
The FAMU College of Law already has strong partnerships with a number of prominent law firms such as Holland & Knight, but would like to expand upon the existing relationships and create more opportunities for additional firms to get involved.