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2023 State of FAMU Law Address Features Impressive Student Community Service and Pro Bono Work 







For Immediate Release 

November 17, 2023  

ORLANDO, Fla – Most Saturday mornings, you’ll find members of Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law’s Women’s Law Caucus rolling up their sleeves and getting down and dirty as they work in Parramore’s Community Garden. The garden is a direct source of fresh fruits and vegetables for families facing food insecurity. 

“We are extremely passionate about our community and tending to this community garden is just one way to show we care,” said President Khadidja Diouf. “This community has limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. We are making a difference by supporting this healthy project.” 

In Apopka, law students spent the day helping local farmworkers. President of the Hispanic Law Student Association Ana Mata called the experience educational and memorable.

“It was an opportunity to learn and experience the workday of farmworkers at a nursery, hear about their experiences getting to the United States and their navigation of the immigration system, and learn about the issues that affect the farmworker community,” Mata said.  

FAMU Law’s Legal Clinic is also a resource for helping the community. Six FAMU Law Economic Justice Clinic Fellows served more than 20 clients with business formation, contract review, business reorganization, compliance issues, and general business law advising. 

Dean Deidré Keller presented The State of the FAMU College of Law Address on Wednesday, November 15, 2023. Keller glowed as she mentioned the multiple community service projects and pro bono services law students delivered during the 2022-2023 academic year. 

Dozens of community, business, and legal partners, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the College of Law attended the program in person and virtually. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Allyson L. Watson, Ph.D. was in attendance, along with several members of her leadership team. 

“The State of the FAMU College of Law is only as strong as its relationships with those individuals, agencies, law firms, corporations and organizations that have stood by us over the years,” Keller shared.  “Our law students are enriched by your giving spirit, and as a result, they are motivated to give back.” 

Dean Keller thanked representatives of the Florida Department of Transportation for a surplus land donation across the street from the law school.  The growing college hopes to transition the land on Robinson Street into a much-needed parking lot for overflow traffic.  

 Media Contact: Stephanie Strong, 407-784-1554, 

 Photo : Associate Provost, Reginald Perry, Ph.D., student, Martika Major, Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, Allyson Watson, Ph.D., student, Tyasia Thomas, student, Tamera DePriest, Dean Deidré Keller, student, Kandace Lewis, student, Peg Nonez, student, Jo’anna Clayton, student, Khadidja Diouf, and Associate Provost, Cecil Howard, J.D. 

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