Economic justice

Florida A&M Law Launches Economic Justice Initiative to Support Minority-Owned Businesses

The Florida A&M University College of Law has announced its first cohort of Economic Justice and Advocacy Fellows.

The scholarships are the first component of the new economic justice initiative developed by the College of Law and were made possible by a grant from Wells Fargo Bank. FAMU is one of six law schools at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

The program, which helps support existing nonprofits run by Black and minority-owned businesses, is the start of a new economic justice clinic, according to FAMU Dean Deidre Keller.

The grant from Wells Fargo was received late last year, allowing the school to begin sending students on scholarships, Keller said.

Over a two-year period, 20 FAMU Law Economic Justice Fellows “will work to address structural racial and economic inequalities by providing a range of transactional legal resources and support to underserved businesses, organizations and individuals to support positive economic development and opportunities in their communities. according to the school’s announcement.

Economic Justice Fellows will work with nonprofit legal service organizations engaged in essential community economic development.

The following students have been selected for the Economic Justice Fellowship for Spring 2022:

  • Karis Adams is a 3L from Winston-Salem, NC and works with Florida Rural Legal Services.
  • Suwana Jean Janvier is a 3L from Lake City, Florida and works with Greater Miami Legal Services.
  • Zsa’Queria Martin is a 2L from Greenville, SC and works with Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida.
  • Sheray Patillo, is a 3L from Virginia Beach, Va., and works with the Florida Community Development Legal Project.

“The opportunity to do meaningful work through this fellowship has been an absolute privilege,” Fellow Suwana Jean Janvier said in a statement. “Applying my research and writing skills to help bridge the economic gap in our marginalized communities has given me a new respect and perspective on advocacy.”