In Diversity & Inclusion, News & Updates

Miami, FL–May 27, 2021– Florida Memorial University (FMU) and the law firm of Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman (WSHC+B), will kickstart the FMU Legal Scholars Pipeline Program with a donation of $30,000 from WSHC+B in honor of the firm’s 30th year anniversary. 

The FMU Legal Scholars Pipeline Program is designed to inspire and assist students to consider careers in the legal profession. Through collaboration with regional high schools and other organizations, the program will create a pipeline of talented students who are college-ready and prepared to successfully pursue undergraduate degrees in Law and Government from Florida Memorial University as well as attend and graduate from law school.  

“We are hopeful that this program will increase the number of Black lawyers in South Florida. I am confident that we have the right people and programs in place to accomplish this important goal,” said Joseph Serota, a founding partner of WSHC+B. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 30th anniversary than doing something that will make a difference in the community that has been so good to us over the years.”

“It is initiatives like the Legal Scholars Pipeline Program that will help produce more legal scholars of color who will help shape policies that are equitable for all,” said Dr. Jaffus Hardrick, President of Florida Memorial University.

The program is a partnership between FMU, WSHC+B, and legal marketing consulting company Compass Legal Marketing (CLM). 

To learn more about the FMU Legal Scholars Pipeline Program, please visit https://www.fmuniv.edu/legal-scholars-pipeline-program/

 

PRESS CONFERENCE

When:  Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. 

Where: Florida Memorial University 

Wellness Center Arena

15800 NW 42nd Ave.

Miami Gardens, FL 33054

 

CONTACTS:

Aleesha Khan | Consultant & Co-Founder | Compass Legal Marketing (CLM)

(786) 468-9196 | aleesha.khan@compasslegalmarketing.com

 

Opal Comfort | Director, Communications and Marketing | Office of the President, Florida Memorial University (FMU)

(305) 623-1452 | opal.comfort@fmuniv.edu  

 

About FMU Social Justice Institute (SJI)

The FMU Legal Scholars Pipeline Program is part of FMU’s Social Justice Institute (SJI), a research institute and solutions-focused think-tank to examine issues involving the intersection of racial disparities and injustice in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida. SJI serves as a resource for understanding and facilitating tangible reforms in order to achieve a more just and fair society.

 

About Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman (WSHC+B)

The firm is the product of innovative thinking. In 1991, our founders saw a need in the South Florida legal market for a high-end, boutique firm dedicated to a small number of integrated practice areas. More than 30 years later, the firm continues to outpace sophisticated market players with focused practice groups, teamwork and a zealous commitment to clients.

 

About Compass Legal Marketing (CLM)

Co-Founded by Jamie Cotera and Aleesha Khan, Compass Legal Marketing is a consulting company that provides marketing services to law firms, and helps bar associations run their organizations strategically and successfully. 

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