ORLANDO, Fla. – LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – August 21, 2007 – Holland & Knight is pleased to announce that the law firm has recently established an endowed scholarship at Florida A&M University College of Law. The annual scholarship, the first of its kind at the law school, will provide the selected second-year law student with in-state tuition for one year as well as an offer of employment as a summer associate with the firm following the second year of law school.
“Holland & Knight is committed to supporting Florida’s future lawyers and law schools such as Florida A&M University College of Law,” said Bill Wilson, executive partner of the firm’s Orlando office. “As a law firm with Florida roots and a strong Florida presence, we understand the importance for our state to provide talented law students with opportunities to receive a quality legal education.”
“Holland & Knight is proud to establish this endowed scholarship at Florida A&M University College of Law,” said Martha Barnett, former president of the American Bar Association and a partner in the firm’s Tallahassee office. “Like our law firm, Florida A&M University is a leader with a longstanding tradition of providing opportunities for minority students.”
“This scholarship demonstrates another step in Holland & Knight’s partnering with Florida A&M University College of Law,” said Albert Tellechea, a partner in the firm’s Central Florida Litigation Group. “Our firm’s involvement in FAMU’s Moot Court Program and the recent creation of the Holland & Knight Lecture Series challenge students to develop the skills expected of leaders in the legal profession.”
Each year, the scholarship Selection Committee at Florida A&M University College of Law will evaluate upcoming second-year students based on the following criteria: faculty evaluation and recommendations, academic credentials and community service involvement. The Committee will then recommend a worthy candidate to Holland & Knight’s review board, comprised of representatives from the firm’s Orlando-based Real Estate, Legislative and Business practice groups, which will make the final selection before the Fall semester.
About Florida A&M University College of Law: The College of Law, which admitted its first class in Fall 2002, has committed to the following mission: To provide a law program with high academic standards that produce excellent legal professionals who demonstrate professionalism, provide public service, enhance justice and promote scholarship; to provide a program that offers both full-time and part-time learning opportunities to students; and, consistent with the enabling legislation, to provide opportunities for minorities to attain representation within the legal profession.
About Holland & Knight LLP: Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,150 lawyers in 17 U.S. offices. Other offices around the world are located in Beijing, Tokyo and Mexico City, with representative offices in Caracas, Helsinki and Tel Aviv. Holland & Knight is among the world’s 15 largest firms, providing representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law. Our interdisciplinary practice groups and industry-based teams ensure clients have access to attorneys throughout the firm, regardless of location. www.hklaw.com