Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumnus Jordan Hadley has been named the attorney general of the National Black Law Students Association.
Hadley, a third-generation rattler, received his bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in business administration from FAMU in 2012. He is currently pursuing a juris doctor degree at the University of Miami School of Law and serves as the president of the school’s chapter of the Black Law Students Association.
Hadley said he is excited to take on the national attorney general position, following in the footsteps of FAMU alumnus Jonathan Evans, who preceded him in the role.
“I will get to work with the broader community to have a dialogue about issues affecting the African-American community,” said Hadley, a Jacksonville, Fla. native, who hopes to use his position as platform for social change.
As a passionate human and civil rights advocate, Hadley said he is proud to be a part of an outstanding group of young FAMU alumni who have been on the post of advocacy, such as Phillip Agnew, Ciara Taylor and Steven Pergett.
In 2011, Hadley was a part of a student-led movement called Grand Theft Education, which addressed issues related to the school-prison pipeline. Hadley also interned with the Parks & Crump Law Firm in 2012, assisting Attorneys Benjamin Crump and Jasmine Rand with research and participating in advocacy events while the firm represented the family of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
Hadley and four other FAMU student leaders planned the first rally to advocate against the decision not to try George Zimmerman in the death of Martin. The group took 200 students on buses to Sanford, Fla. for the “Trayvon Martin March and Rally for Justice.”
Hadley said he dedicates his victories in advocating for civil and human rights to his late best friend Kristopher Gibson, a former FAMU student, who exemplified servant-leadership.
“My best friend said that service should always come before leadership. I would challenge anyone who wants to pursue leadership to serve first,” Hadley said.
Upon graduation, Hadley plans to concentrate on becoming a lobbyist with a focus on banking or securities laws.