Florida A&M Looking Ahead

Dean LeRoy Pernell

By DONNA BALANCIA, TFLJ Editor ORLANDO — It took many years for the College of Law at Florida A&M University to receive its accreditation by the American Bar Association, but Dean LeRoy Pernell said his real work is just beginning. See Dean LeRoy's video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcdR8tMPloA Pernell said he and his staff have set goals to achieve in order to continue to improve. Recruiting, bar examination preparation and community outreach, are markers Pernell says the law school must hit. "We're building a financially strong foundation and were able to provide a source of legal education for students who want to take advantage of that here," Pernell said. "But more importantly, were moving towards providing a major resource for the county both in terms of regional interaction with the bench and bar and providing intellectual resources for the community and our … [Read more...]

U.S.-born kids of illegal immigrants have right to Florida tuition: judge

REUTERS - TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Florida officials on Wednesday were reviewing a federal judge's ruling ordering the state to stop charging U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants higher out-of-state tuition at public colleges, a practice he declared "unconstitutional." The case was brought by the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center on behalf of a group of students who were denied less expensive in-state tuition despite being U.S. citizens, Florida high school graduates and residents of the state. U.S.-born students of illegal immigrants are eligible for in-state tuition at Florida universities if they meet the standard residency requirements applicable to their peers whose parents are U.S. citizens, U.S. District Judge Michael Moore ruled last Friday. "The state regulations deny a benefit and create unique obstacles to attain public post-secondary public … [Read more...]

Florida State Ranked Nation’s 12th Best Value Law School

TALLAHASSEE — The National Jurist magazine has ranked Florida State University College of Law the 12th best value law school in the nation. The ranking, published in The National Jurist’s September 2012 issue, weighs important student outcomes – bar passage rate and employment rate – against tuition, cost of living and indebtedness. According to The National Jurist, the rankings are “designed to find the law schools where graduates have the best chance of passing the bar and getting a legal job, without taking on a ton of debt.” Florida State is the only law school in Florida ranked in the top 20. http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Florida-State-Ranked-Nations-12th-Best-Value-Law-School-168000976.html … [Read more...]

Clay jury awards $1.6 million to family of teen killed by CSX train

High school football star was killed in 2008 on a creek bridge By Charles Broward -- A Clay County jury found CSX Transportation negligent in the May 2008 death of a 17-year-old football star who was hit by a train while fishing from a trestle, awarding his family about $1.6 million  in damages Tuesday. Wesley Whiddon and two friends were on the railroad bridge over Black Creek when the train approached, forcing them to run barefoot to the end where they could jump off instead of taking a 50-foot plunge into the water below. Whiddon, positioned farthest from the end of the 150-foot trestle, was hit just as he tried to jump to safe ground. Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2012-07-26/story/clay-jury-awards-16-million-family-teen-killed-csx-train#ixzz21pDrtzIv … [Read more...]

Debate Rages over Sitting Ban

By Paul Mueller, Reporter, Bay News 9 -- The Clearwater City Council saw a very heated debate Thursday night over a proposal to ban sitting or lying down on sidewalks and other public rights of way. The proposed ban would cover the downtown area, Clearwater Beach and the East Gateway neighborhood. City Council members said the ban would address a public safety issue and affects not only the city's image as a premiere tourist destination, but also the economy. Opponents are shocked this ban is even up for debate. "They've got no heart for the people, the homeless people," said Paul Almeida referring to the city council.  "They've got no heart." Almeida has lived in Clearwater since the mid 1980's and lives on a fixed income. http://bit.ly/MUz3VE … [Read more...]