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FAMU Law Dean LeRoy Pernell to Present Talk at 4th Annual Education and Social Justice Conference
By: FAMU College of Law
Dean Pernell's discussion will include issues related to the influence of race on our criminal system and its role in the current racial crisis of over-representation in our prisons. But notably, he will address the future and importance of a key tool in the struggle for racial equity – Federal Habeas Corpus as a post-conviction remedy.
Themed "Achieving Social Justice: Multidisciplinary Solutions for 21st Century Challenges" the conference will provide a forum for school districts, governmental agencies, community organizations, and families across Florida to address educational issues as well as a myriad of other factors and influences that will impact an individual's life choices, chances, and opportunities for success. Scheduled to address the Education and Social Justice Conference include Actor, Producer, and Philanthropist Isaiah Washington and 24th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Speaker Cynthia M.A. Butler.
Pernell will also serve as Moderator for the Sentencing Disparities, Prejudice, and Bias panel discussion. Panelists will include: The Honorable James E. C. Perry (FL Supreme Court, Retired); the Honorable Nikki Ann Clark (FL 1st District Court of Appeals, Retired); and the Honorable Belvin Perry (FL Ninth Circuit, Retired). The panel of retired judges will examine, among others, the issues brought to the forefront by a recent study of over 82 million criminal case records, by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
About FAMU College of Law
The FAMU College of Law is located in the heart of Downtown Orlando, just steps from the George C. Young United States Courthouse and Federal Building; and blocks from governmental offices, major law firms, large corporations and legal service agencies.
The college's prime location provides students with direct access to the area's largest employers of individuals with law degrees, offering our students and graduates ample avenues to gain practical experience in the legal profession. With tuition among the lowest of the 13 law schools in Florida, along with a full-time day program and a part-time evening program, the college is distinctly positioned to offer the traditional student and the working professional a chance to earn a law degree while accruing minimal debt.
The College of Law's student body is diverse – 72 percent minority and 56 percent women – helping to enrich a campus community where intellectual freedom and self-discovery are encouraged. Thanks to its renowned faculty, the college focuses on academic excellence in the classroom; emphasizes practical experience and public service within its clinical programs; and stresses professionalism through its co-curricular activities.