Honorable Judge Angela M. Cox to Address Graduating Class

JACKSONVILLE, FLA.—Florida Coastal School of Law will hold its 19th spring commencement ceremony on Friday May 11, awarding 159 Juris Doctor degrees and 18 Master of Law degrees. The Honorable Judge Angela M. Cox, Florida Circuit Court Judge and the first African-American woman to be appointed to the Circuit Court in the 4th Judicial Circuit of Florida, will address the graduating class.

Dean Scott DeVito will confer the degrees in a ceremony scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water Street, Jacksonville. Those unable to attend may watch a live stream of the event via Florida Coastal School of Law’s Facebook feed at facebook.com/coastallaw.

Among the Class of 2018 is Jenekwa Harrison, who will address her fellow students at commencement. Harrison served as the Student Ambassador Director and Student Bar Association Vice President of Internal Affairs at Florida Coastal School of Law. Last December, she received an offer from the Department of the Army, Office of the Judge Advocate General to become an Active Duty and Army Reserve commission in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG Corps). Upon graduation, she has the opportunity to join the Nation’s oldest and second largest law firm – a firm with a long and proud history of service.

“Our students achieving such a milestone, is one of those exhilarating, self-actualized accomplishments that sends waves of fulfillment and self-worth. It demonstrates that anything is possible and unlocking human potential can become a reality given the right tools, guidance and support. This is part of our vision at Coastal Law and we are so proud to join these graduates and their families celebrating such a momentous occasion,” James Artley, Associate Dean of Student Affairs.

The May 2018 graduating class demonstrated a passion for justice and commitment to the local Jacksonville community, providing a collective 16,000 hours of pro bono legal service. Their work led to Florida Coastal School of Law’s appointment to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning and civic engagement.

“It is always great to see parents and family members celebrating the investment these graduates have made and the trust they have had in us that we would provide what they need for their transformation from the students of today to the lawyers of tomorrow,” says Dean Scott DeVito.

Since its establishment in 1996, Florida Coastal School of Law has more than 6,000 graduates who are helping to improve the lives of others in the world today in private practice, public service, business, government and on the bench. 


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