Spotlights

Student Spotlights

 

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Shanice Cameron Named Law Review Editor-in-Chief

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law has announced its 2021-2022 Law Review Editorial Board. The team is led by Law Review Editor-in-Chief Shanice Cameron, a third-year student from the Bronx, New York.

Being a member of Law Review is one of the most prestigious accolades that a student can achieve,” Cameron said. “Law Review helps to further the legal profession through publishing scholarly works. Students benefit immensely from reviewing and editing articles.”


In addition to
 Cameron, the 2021-2022 Law Review Editorial Board includes:

Executive Editor: Benjamin Kaufman, 3L, West Palm Beach, Florida

Executive Articles Editor: Valerie Chant David, 3L, Orlando, Florida

Notes & Comments Editor:  Sara Jensen, 3L, Sparta, New Jersey

Business Managing Editor: Olivia Garcia, 3L, Orlando, Florida

Faculty Advisor: Professor Omar Saleem

 

Lacresha Pierre Receives UMG Internship

Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law student Lacresha Pierre is one of 50 interns selected for the Universal Music Group’s Summer Internship Program. Pierre is assigned to East Coast Shared Services in the Business & Legal Affairs Department.

“I am ecstatic about beginning this position with Universal Music Group with support from FAMU Law and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), which provided this summer employment opportunity,” said Lacresha Pierre. “I know this opportunity will make a huge difference in getting me a step closer to my goal of employment in the Sports, Media and Entertainment field.”

Destiny Hibbler and Sara Jensen Receive Justice John Paul Stevens Fellowship

Two Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law students are recipients of the Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship.

Destiny Hibbler is working this summer with the Southern District of Florida Federal Public Defender’s Office in Miami. The Fort Worth, Texas, native aspires to become a federal public defender after law school. “I am blessed to have been selected for the Summer Fellowship because it shows someone’s generous support in my future endeavors,” Hibbler said.

Sara Jensen landed a spot with the office of the public defender in the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Orlando. The Sparta, New Jersey, native is excited to be part of the program, named for the former U.S. Supreme Court justice.

“I am thrilled to be selected for a 2021 Stevens Fellowship and grateful for the support of the foundation in pursuing a career in public service,” Jensen said.

 

Amanda Hunter interns at the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office this summer

This summer, Amanda interned at the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office in Mays Landing, New Jersey. She worked under the supervision of Assistant Prosecutor Erika Halayko and Marisa McGarvey. She was assigned to the Special Litigation and Screening Unit. As a legal intern, Ms. Hunter drafted pretrial motions to detain defendants, motions to suppress evidence brief, and memorandums of law for the Appellate Unit and Special Victims Unit. She also conducted research and observed grand jury hearings, sentencing hearings, and status conferences.

Amanda Hunter truly learned the daily responsibilities of a member of the prosecutor's office. My time at the prosecutor's office has enhanced my writing and research skills. This opportunity also further solidifies my goal of becoming a prosecutor.

 


Alumni Spotlights

 

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Devin Young, Class of 2021

Devin Young is super excited about graduating from the Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law this month. The New Brunswick, New Jersey native already has a job lined up in the legal field and is preparing to study for the Florida Bar Exam.

While graduating from law school is a major accomplishment, it is rare to matriculate through law school while playing professional sports. Young was studying the law, and in his limited spare time, also studied the football playbook for Team American, Global Games International Football League

During law school, Young gained legal experience with the Office of the State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. He also interned at Skyers Law with FAMU Law alumnae Karen Skyers.

Young recently accepted a position with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit as an assistant state attorney under State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.

Jared Brooks, Esq.

Excited to announce that I’ll be serving as the Executive Director of the Broward County State Attorneys Office under the leadership of State Attorney Harold Pryor, the first black man to be elected State Attorney in Florida. I appreciate your trust in me Harold F. Pryor and looking forward to serving the citizens of Broward County.

 

Judge Andrew Bain, Class of 2013

As a youngster growing up in South Florida,  the challenges were great for Andrew Bain. He experienced a learning disability that led counselors to predict he would not complete high school. Bain recalls seeing media images portraying young Black men as criminals and drug dealers who were more likely to be killed than to succeed.  Bain  worked hard, graduated with high honors, attended college with a full scholarship, and overcame the odds in school and in life.

Today, the former NFL player is a Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law alumnus and a sitting judge in the Ninth Judicial Circuit. He was appointed to the bench by Governor Ron DeSantis. He’s the first Black male judge to be seated in Orange County in just over 25 years.

“As you enter this new chapter in your life, let me challenge you in three ways,” Judge Bain said. “Choose love over fear, freedom over limitation, and professionalism over money. You can go beyond your dreams. You can choose not to accept any limitations on your future.”

 

LaShawndra Nash, Class of 2020

I am a second-year tax associate at Waller, Landsden, Dortch & Davis.