Orlando, Florida- August 6, 2012
Attorney John Washington, II, who most recently served Florida A&M University (FAMU) as director of the pre-professional law program, has joined the College of Law as Assistant Dean for Admissions.
Washington, a native of Gainesville, Fla., gained considerable legal experience prior to working with the university. He worked with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the State of Florida Correctional Privatization Commission before making the move to the higher education sector. He has also served FAMU as an adjunct professor of Business Law.
“Attorney Washington brings to the College of Law a grassroots approach to recruiting that supports the mission of this law school,” said Dean LeRoy Pernell. “His expertise in working with undergraduate students interested in pursuing law will greatly enhance our overall recruiting efforts.”
As director of the pre-professional law program, Washington designed and taught courses to prepare students for the Law School Admissions Test, and held workshops on law school admissions and personal statement writing. He also advised students who expressed an interest in pursuing a career in law.
Washington was instrumental in collaborating with the College of Law to establish the FAMU All-Stars Program and Inaugural All-Stars Tour. This initiative is aimed at attracting the most gifted students from FAMU's main campus to attend the College of Law in Orlando. The College of Law hosted the All-Stars for a two-day introductory program in February 2012. Several students who participated in the program will attend the College of Law in the fall with full or partial scholarships.
Washington is a graduate of the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. He also served as a legislative affairs director for the Florida Department of Corrections, where he provided legal advice to the Bureau of Legislative Affairs. He is a member of the Florida Bar.
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.