Top firm endows scholarship at FAMU Law
Amid rising anxiety about the FAMU College of Law's lack of stable leadership, low bar passage rates and pending accreditation application, comes good news.
The Holland and Knight law firm, with more than 1,150 lawyers in 17 U.S. offices, is establishing an endowed scholarship at the Orlando law school. The annual scholarship, a first for the 5-year-old law school, will provide a selected second-year law student with in-state tuition for one year plus an offer of employment as a summer associate with the firm following the second year of law school.
"Holland & Knight is proud to establish this endowed scholarship at Florida A&M University College of Law," said Martha Barnett, former president of the American Bar Association and a partner in the firm's Tallahassee office. "Like our law firm, Florida A&M University is a leader with a longstanding tradition of providing opportunities for minority students."
The firm already participates in FAMU's Moot Court Program and recently created a lecture series to help students.
Each year, a FAMU law scholarship selection committee will evaluate upcoming second-year students based on faculty evaluation and recommendations, academic credentials and community service involvement.
The Committee will recommend a worthy candidate to Holland & Knight's review board, which makes the final decision.