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College of Law Student Set to Lead ABA Law Student Division
Third-year FAMU College of Law student Tremaine Reese, who serves as Student Bar Association President, is the first American Bar Association Law Student Division National Chair from an HBCU law school.

October 19, 2011

Orlando, Fla.
– Tremaine Reese, a third-year law student at Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law, assumed the position of National Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Law Student Division (LSD) during the ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada.  Reese was elected to the position at the ABA LSD Board of Governors meeting in Las Vegas during the spring 2011 semester, becoming the first National Chair from an historically black college or university law school, and the fourth African American to lead the more than 42,000-member division.

“I am very excited about the avenues this association with the ABA will open for all FAMU College of Law students,” Reese said.  “I will continue to make extra efforts to get more students involved with the ABA on a national, regional and local level.”

The ABA LSD was created in 1967, succeeding the American Law Students Association, and is the largest professional student organization in the country, as well as one of the largest dues-paying entities of the ABA.  The group works closely with the leadership of the ABA to directly effectuate policy that has the potential to impact the 176,000 law students at ABA accredited institutions.  All students attending ABA-approved law schools are eligible to join.

As the national chair, Reese is the primary voice and face of the ABA LSD.  His duties include administering a nearly $2 million budget with the treasurer; executing the missions and goals of the division; chairing the ABA LSD Board of Governors meetings; leading the organization’s annual lobbying delegation to the United States Congress; writing the “Officially Speaking” column of the Student Lawyer Magazine; and traveling to official events on behalf of the ABA LSD.  

“The College of Law is thrilled to have representation in the ABA Law Student Division at the national level,” said LeRoy Pernell, dean of the FAMU College of Law. “We are proud of the accomplishments and efforts of Mr. Reese.”

Reese, from Atlanta, Ga., earned his masters of public administration from Georgia College & State University, and his B.S. in computer science from Albany State University.  He serves as president of the College of Law’s Student Bar Association (SBA), and chair of the Council on Legal Education (CLEO) Student Advisory Council.  He is a senior editor with the FAMU Law Review and member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International.  He is also an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

“I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the outstanding support from Dean Pernell, Associate Dean Reginald Green [Student Services and Administration], and countless professors,” Reese said.  “I must also recognize the daily support and motivation I receive from my family in Georgia.”

Aside from the College of Law students who traveled with Reese to the ABA conference, he was joined by his mother, Carrie Prosser; brother, Jaylon Prosser; and cousin, Tracie Prosser at the swearing-in ceremony.  College of Law Associate Professor John Duncan and Elizabeth Duncan were also Reese’s special guests at the ceremony.

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The FAMU College of Law was founded in 1949 on the main campus in Tallahassee.  After graduating 57 lawyers, the law school was closed by the state of Florida in 1968. The Florida Legislature voted to reopen the law school in 2000 and Orlando was selected as the location. The re-established FAMU College of Law opened its doors in 2002 and is now housed in a state-of-the-art facility in downtown Orlando’s Parramore neighborhood.  The FAMU College of Law received full accreditation from the American Bar Association in July 2009, and has consistently been ranked in the top five for Diversity by U.S. News & World Report since 2007 -- achieving the top rank on three occasions.
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