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I Have Blacklisted Florida A&M / FAMU Law School in Admissions Consulting

Florida A&M University Law School

Though I consult occasionally on academic subjects/media [usually history and its variants], my primary vocation is graduate/professional school admissions consulting. I help students elucidate their goals, identify the best schools that fit and get them in. Occasionally a school commits such an egregious misstep that I, as an admissions consultant, cannot in good faith recommend that a student apply to that particular school. Such is the case with Florida A&M University Law School [FAMU].

The St. Petersburg Times reported this week on the incompetence of Florida A&M Law School’s legal writing instructor. Victoria Dawson, hired at a salary of ~$105,000/yr., has trouble writing coherent sentences. This is not a joke.

Dawson submitted a paper to several journals [through a distribution service] and the peer review process ate her alive. Why? Poor grammar, misspellings and unreadable sentences. In short, it is a total embarrassment for one charged with teaching law students – our future legal scholars – how to research and write.

Peer review can sometimes be unkind, but criticism here is warranted. Here are a few examples of Dawson’s writing:

  • “Environmental Dispute Resolution: Developing Mechanisims [sic] for Effective Transnational Enforcement of International Environmental Standards.” [This mistake appeared in the title.]
  • “He consulted with government officials and he sent his general manager of asset management representative repeatedly crossed the creek to negotiate with village leaders of Ugborodo during the women’s 10-day occupation.”
  • “Borrowing from the environmental dispute strategy of the local threats and the focus of Agenda 21 with the sustainable development flavor it is dispute settlement that is one of the key elements to ensure that the environmental dimensions of security can be maintained.”

You can view more throughout and at the bottom of the article. If you’d like to generate your own, I suggest giving a 30-pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon to an 8th grader, forcing him/her at gunpoint to write a legal brief and then laughing – or crying? – at the result.

It is difficult to know where to begin when analyzing a situation like this. Regardless of the reasons for Dawson’s problems with writing, the conclusion is the same: those charged with preparing law students to conduct necessary research and expressing the results of that research clearly and coherently must themselves be expert practitioners. Students’ future jobs, not to mention the fates of their clients, will depend on those skills.

If Dawson can’t write, she should not serve in her current capacity – this should be clear. FAMU is doing a disservice not only to students who aren’t getting the education they need, but also to alumni whose professional reputations will suffer. Staff associated with FAMU will also experience the fallout from this embarrassment. And FAMU Law, which currently operates with provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association, has not strengthened its case for full accreditation in the future.

Regardless of the reasons for Dawson’s hiring – though also a contentious point, as her ties to Texas Southern University invoke thoughts of favoritism in hiring – the University’s response to Dawsongate is appalling. Apparently, many students have submitted written complaints to the University with little result aside from a typically bureaucratic stall. We will see in coming weeks whether FAMU’s administration, including Interim Law School Dean Ruth Witherspoon, will respond appropriately to restore both quality and dignity to a troubled program.

The school’s mission statement includes the following:

“To provide a law program with high academic standards that produces excellent legal professionals who demonstrate professionalism, provide public service, enhance justice and promote scholarship…”

Until they align their practices with their theory, I cannot consider FAMU Law a viable option for any student.

UPDATE at 6/09/07, 4.29pm:

PrawfsBlawg has a different take on Dawsongate:

A few years ago, Professor Dawson posted on bepress [ed. - The Berkeley Electronic Press, which "produces tools to improve scholarly communication. These tools provide innovative and effective means of content production and dissemination"] a draft of a paper — still in need of a proof-read — as it was being circulated to law reviews for publication. The paper later appeared in the Missouri Environmental Law and Policy Review. Nothing too unusual there, right?

Well, some FAMU students are “now using [the draft paper] to help build a case that Dawson is not qualified to teach and was hired primarily on the strength of her personal ties.”

The Prawf who authored this post is quite kind, possessed with a charity I must lack, for describing the paper as “still in need of a proof-read.” Any sensible scholar, amateur or professional, should recognize that a paper written this badly might net them a C in 8th grade and is unacceptable anywhere beyond.

After throwing some snark toward the St. Pete Times, the Prawfs continue:

And so because someone posted a shitty first draft on bepress, she is facing questions about her competence to teach. I understand that legal writing may be part of her responsibilities and I understand that FAMU’s law school has had various serious problems, but I’m quite worried now that articles of the sort run in the St. Pete’s Times will undermine the goal of getting “tomorrow’s research today.” If this is the flimsy evidence of incompetence used to shame someone publicly, we can thank the St Pete Times — for now even more scholars, especially junior ones, will be worried about what their local paper will publish when there are incomplete or somewhat mangled drafts up on SSRN and bepress.

Yes, you’re right – that’s exactly why she’s facing these charges. I could go on and on about how putting up such a rotten draft with total disregard for professionalism reflects poorly on herself, the institution and all scholars, but I won’t. I’ll let commenter “miss grammar” take it away:

This is more than a “shitty first draft”. It is an incomprehensible first draft that reveals consistent (rather than merely episodic) grammatical problems (based on the select excerpts) and someone with solid writing and thinking skills would not have produced it or posted it online. I just looked up the “polished” version, which was published, and it is still very poorly written and hard to follow. Even based on the published draft, I am confident that my law school would never hire someone with these subpar writing skills into any profesional position, let alone a professorial or legal writing director position and under the circumstances I think the St. Petersburg Times is justified on reporting on this. The bigger story for me is how the law school and university seem ill equipped to deal with the problem of students who have lost confidence in their legal writing program. No one at the law school or university seems to be reassuring their students, which sets off major alarm bells for me about the management of this institution.

I am also not sure how highlighting an extreme example of a law school hiring a person who is obviously a terrible writer and sloppy thinker to direct their legal wiriting program in any way undermines the incentive for faculty who can write in complete sentences and think logically to post their works on SSRN or BEPRESS before publication, even where that work may contain epidosodic errors or be subject to criticism. Don’t we want to subject our works to vetting by our peers before publication? Even if this means the occassional typo is brought to our attention? (Look and youi will find a number of typos in this work even after publication, and I doubt you will be able to follow the argument the author seems to be trying to make.) Maybe I am missing something?

Well done, miss grammar.

And, since I am confident in what the evidence shows [which is indeed more solid than "flimsy"], I have no trouble with shaming someone publicly, especially when their actions are a detriment to the education that many work hard to get. FAMU is a fine institution that need not be marred by pseudoscholarly-garbage; students come to FAMU – and everywhere else, for the most part – to get an education, not to be burdened with parsing their professor’s child-like writing.

You hit the nail on the head when you said that inexperienced/younger scholars might be worried about the consequences of their actions. In the adult world, we call that “accountability,” and those of us who care deeply for standards/professionalism and have pride in ourselves and communities have no trouble doing what it takes to satisfy that metric.

32 Responses to “I Have Blacklisted Florida A&M / FAMU Law School in Admissions Consulting”

  1. jungsun says:

    oh my. I feel like I was reading one of my students’ essays, just with longer words. I tell my students that, regardless of which profession they choose, they will need to write well. I guess I can’t say that anymore?

    Incidentally, FAMU is a popular destination for many of my school’s students (undergrad).

    The prof needs a copy of Strunk & White’s styleguide.

  2. Matthew says:

    That’s exactly how I tried to describe Dawson’s paper to a colleague – like a secondary student’s writing but with larger words.

    I find it shameful that the administration would employ her in this capacity and even more shameful that she, as a professional, would accept an appointment that is entirely beyond her abilities. It’s not just selfish; it’s also harmful to the students they’re trying to serve.

    I do feel badly for FAMU students/faculty who have to deal with the Law School’s folly – they have been embarrassed and it isn’t their fault. If a similar situation came up at my alma mater, at any of the schools within, I would do whatever I could to see that the University righted the wrong and that the community suffered as little as possible. I hope FAMU faculty and students meet this head on.

  3. FAMU Student says:

    I took Prof. Dawson’s legal writing class. Thank goodness I was able to obtain a judicial internship over the summer. I had to relearn legal formatting and citation under a staff attorney.

    However, I do have to say that the school’s main problem is administrative. The main campus in Tallahassee has caused most of the problems at the Orlando law campus. It is disorganized and only now is the extent of financial corruption being discovered. The law campus needs to sever administrative ties with the Tallahassee campus in order to become a leading law school in Florida.

  4. Matthew says:

    FAMU Student,

    I agree – the financials and administration are a mess. Hopefully the SACS probation will bring to light these issues and President Ammons will be able to fix them.

    These problems trickle down through an institution and can show up in areas as small as an individual instructor. I think you’re quite right about FAMU Law’s future – it will be hard for any program in the FAMU system to advance at a reasonable pace while the institution as a whole drags it down.

  5. The1pearson says:

    Greetings: First, let me apologize for my Alma Mater’s current fiasco. I have lived through a similar experience as an undergraduate student at FAMU’s Tallahassee Campus. The administration and fiscal departments always were perceived to perform poorly and practice unfair hiring practices by current & former students. The one tenet that was always the saving grace proved to be the educational experience I received at FAMU, it was second to none. This article assaults my senses as I contemplate the thought that, now the educational experience has been compromised too. I pray that FAMU’s Law School & Tallahassee administration become an accountable outfit.

  6. Matthew says:

    The1pearson,

    That’s exactly why I think it’s so critical to ensure that FAMU’s instructional quality is a priority. I understand that the logistics of an institution as large as FAMU can, and will, generate some mistakes; having low standards with the professorship can’t be one of them.

    Ammons appears to be doing well righting the ship as a whole; I hope they address the instructional issues specifically at some point in the near future. FAMU [and everyone else] needs to continue generating students who, like you, describe their education as “second to none.” Let’s hope this next cadre of students will have the opportunity to do that.

  7. Eric says:

    Matthew,

    You give me hope! For if she can find a job making over $100k a year with her bad writing skills, then there is no reason I shouldn’t be able to find a job making twice that much somewhere in this fabulous, democratic, free-enterprise society we live in!

    I should add that my 10 year old son, with his horrible grammer and spelling, is still able to write a more coherent and understandable sentence than this lady. If they need someone to fill her position, let me know and I’ll ask my son if he’s available!

    Okay, I’m done with my sarcasm.

  8. Matthew says:

    Eric,

    At the time of this comment, Professor Dawson is still a well-paid instructor at FAMU. If you’re interested, check out the FAMU category in the sidebar – there’s a lot going on there and there were some odd developments with Dawson’s class evaluations.

    I’ve been contacted by a few FAMU students and other interested parties about my views on FAMU Law’s governance – I’ve remained largely silent over the last few weeks on this but will likely put together an update early next week after a little bit more dust has settled. Those odd situations are getting more odd and I, along with current/former students and faculty, am worried about the direction of the law school.

  9. LawStudent120 says:

    Hey Matthew,

    I’m currently a 1L at Florida Coastal Law, and I’m really disappointed by these reviews of FAMU. Coastal’s great (my legal writing professor would have a heart attack if she read those excerpts), but I have to admit I’ve been considering transferring to FAMU if they receive accreditation this month because of the cost.

    Do you think the entire school is that bad, or just the professor?
    Thanks!

    LawStudent120

  10. Helen says:

    Yes, please provide a bit more information regarding this issue.
    I am in the process of applying to several Florida law schools for the 2008 class and am primarily drawn to FAMU for two important reasons-cost and location. I’ve done my fair share of research regarding the topic discussed here, but this is by far the most informative site I’ve found.
    Also, if you or anyone else reading this could possibly direct me to similar sites/articles involving the quality and/or progress of FAMU law, that would be great. I have so many questions and concerns that need answers!
    Thank you for such an informative site!

  11. Tamara says:

    Thank you all for your reviews. My sister attended this particular school and LEFT post haste. She hated it because of its structure. Unfortunately, I am biased. Being an African-American and observing similar comments and reviews for other publically funded HBCU’s has left a bad taste in my mouth. Sometimes, I wonder. I was considering FAMU for Law School but after reading this….I just can’t bring myself to do it.

  12. Stu Dent says:

    I wuz a studint of that perfessor Dawsonand she tawt me to rite pretty good if I do say so myself! I dunt no what all the rucus is about. She tawt me to rite as good as she duz!

  13. Joe 6pack,1L Yale Law School says:

    DAWSON, what about the current legal writing director from the same school TSU.TSU feb 2009 bar rate was 40% and dean you hire her? Her gift to you was a feb bar results of 52.3% the lowest in the state and the lowest in the HISTORY of your law school.

  14. atFIUnow says:

    I think FAMU will get full accreditation. These things sometimes take time depending on the political, social, academic and geographical circumstances of each school. If you look at most of the other law schools in Florida their Feb 09 pass rates went down too. When you read about it in the paper, the schools claim that the Feb 09 bar was unlike any other previous test.

    Passage % Rate

    July 2008 February 2009 Difference

    FIU 90.6 81.5 -9.1

    U. Florida 89.4 64.9 -24.5

    FSU 85.4 65.0 -20.4

    U. Miami 92.4 61.1 -31.3

    Stetson 85.0 80.0 -5.0

    Nova SE 85.8 72.5 -13.3

    St. Thomas 80.0 70.4 -9.6

    FL Coastal 82.3 66.1 -16.2

    Barry U. 75.6 54.5 -21.1

    FL A&M 67.9 52.3 -15.6

    Also, in comparison to most of the other FL law schools FAMU is in the ball park for the amount of time it is taking to successfully get fully accredited by the ABA.

    Fl Coastal founded in 1996 – took 6 years to get fully accredited in 2002.

    FIU founded 2000 received full accreditation in Dec 2006 (almost 2007) almost 7 years to obtain full accreditation

    Univ. of Miami law founded 1926 can’t find year of full accreditation

    Barry University Law founded 1995 received a their full accreditation 7 years later in 2002

    Fredric G. Levin College of Law founded in 1909 receive full accreditation 1925

    St. Thomas Univ Law founded 1984 fully accredited in 1995 on some sites, 1988 on others so b/t 4-9 years.

  15. Joe 6pack,1L Yale Law School says:

    atfiunow,full accreditation,the race card will not WORK my friend with the ABA they already know about the LOWEST bar rate in law school history and the LOWEST among ALL fl Law Schools. Look my Friend give up.

  16. Wanting to attend says:

    I am a 1997 FAMU graduate from the College of Pharmacy in Tallahassee and I have to agree with the individual that had said about the faults of the school, coming from the administration, what a mess it was up there. I am taking the LSAT in February 2010 and was hoping to attend FAMU college of law sometime in that year, that is if the LSAT doesnt do me in first. I was a little disturbed by the comments and wondering if it is the ENTIRE school or just that individual. I have a degree in Pharmaceutical Science and I want to get into law school. Do you think that school is going to get better once they improve or resolve this issue? Kim

  17. little evil says:

    Big Boy Dean your law school is worst july 2009 bar results was a school LOW of 52%

  18. Delilah says:

    Sadly, I have to relocate to Fl (I’m army nat’l guard). So….I’m just doing a little research. This tidbit of info is interesting, though…
    Attending FAMU was a fleeting thought. But…I think I’m probably better off at FSU. Their accounting program appears to be doing very well, at least.

    …and the prof came from TEXAS SOUTHERN, too?
    Good Lord — the jokes write themselves!

    Allow me to explain: I’m originally from Texas. Acct major attending UT Austin.
    BUT — Texas Southern University in Houston (hbcu) was having ALL SORTS of legal/administrative issues. Fairly recently, too.

    I believe that TSU nearly lost their accreditation. I’m not exactly sure why but the crux of the drama revolves around the fact that the school’s president (i think) was utilizing school funds to update her house. *laugh*
    Back in…06 or 07, I think? The CFO got the axe, too. Please google for further info.

    …and get this — TSU was still allowing the d*mn heffa to teach while the investigation was going down!
    What was she lecturing, you ask?
    Why….ACCOUNTING! She was head of the dept, after all.
    Again — the jokes just write themselves…
    Sure…maybe she knows her stuff — but she’s a crook!
    I’m telling ya….If Enron needs some auditors…? They know where to look!

    So…long, interesting story made short and sweet –> My cousin (who attended TSU) ran to UT Austin quick fast and in a hurry….and had to redo the bulk of her courses. They would not accept TSU’s credits.

    Now I’m not biased….I was able to uncover a cheating scandal at FSU (between 04-06 time-frame), mind you. But hell — at least ‘the system’ isn’t broken!

    So…as you can see, I’ve had my fill of this kind of crap –> Funding issues, accounting scandals, issues with uncaring admin, FRAUD, bureaucracies ‘created to meet the need of the expanding bureaucracy’, et cetera… Et Cetera!
    I can’t deal with things like that. I’m not sure how any student can. Yet, thousands do. And I do understand, y’know…?
    However….some of my people drive me crazy with their mind-numbingly blind ‘allegiances’. Collectivist mindsets have their uses. We’ve had to ban together in this country for so long. Thus, the unified front has always struck me as being more of a….kneejerk reaction than anything else. Every single time something goes down in relation to ‘us or something occurs to ‘one of’ us’….there is this automatic tendency for the whole to ‘Close Ranks and Shield’.
    …which is fine, sometimes. But — you gotta know ‘when to say when’…y’know? We shouldn’t abandon critical thinking…or rally behind everything simply b/c it is ‘of us’.
    Everyone and everything isn’t worthy of our support.
    On this note, I don’t particularly care if it IS an hbcu. Call me a ‘sellout’ all you like — but, facts are facts. IF this were any other place, black folks would be screaming ‘boycott!’. Heck, maybe if we start ‘raisin hell and actin a d*mn fool’, as opposed to brushing everything under the rug, cutting slack and making excuses for everyone, they’d get their crap together and do right by their own!

    College is stressful enough without worrying about the depreciation of your degree or a loss of your fin aid (loans and/or paperwork…due to bumbling/fumbling ineptitude from the oblivious fools in the Fin Aid Office)…

    So…Florida State, it is.
    Applied some days ago. Was delighted that the process was so…streamlined…
    A good sign, I think. Some institutions act as if they have to re-create the freakin wheel…*laugh*

    …and I’m aware that FAMU has some great programs to offer.
    I am. But…honestly? I’d only attend: Spelman, Howard or Xavier (off the top of my head). Maybe even Prairie View. They’re a part of the A&M system now, I think, and don’t have the issues that they were having. Plus a friend of mine attended PV. She’s asst admin of a highschool. Working on her doctorate. 28 yrs old. Then again — she’s highly motivated. Ppl like her will succeed, regardless.

    In any case, I feel for the FAMU students and the faculty.
    Incidences like this just are just embarrassing!

  19. james says:

    Stop hating onFAMU!! You are talking about one staff member. And the only reason you even look for problems is because it’s a Black school. Go look for mistakes with whities at Harvard and Yale. Leave the Rattlers alone,….you pricks!!!

  20. Vinnie says:

    wow, one professor messing up and you totally shit on the entire school. This sounds like some racist garbage from an unemployed person. Why does the world need someone like you? if a student has to seek out your “services” they probably wont make it. If a student needs help deciding things they should just call the schools directly. I doubt you have any enlightenment on the subject.

    As for dawson, this teacher is not even the director any more. FAMU law is a great school for the value. It is no harvard or yale but then again no law schools in florida are harvard or yale. You “blacklisting” famu law does not harm the school anyway what so ever. Get a life and a real job D bag.

    OH ANOTHER THING. GO READ SOME REAL LAW BLOGS AND YOU WILL SEE DIRECTORS AND PROFESSORS OF IVY LEAGUE LAW SCHOOLS MAKING THE SAME OR WORSE EMBARRASSING MISTAKES. THE ACTIONS ATTRIBUTED TO ONE DOES NOT REPRESENT THE SCHOOL AS A WHOLE. DO MORE RESEARCH BEFORE WRITING A REAL ARTICLE. LOL YOUR JUST AS BAD AS DAWSON IF NOT WORSE

  21. katarina says:

    Diversity rules at FAMU Law – I’m a 1L and I have many friends attending who are single parents and hanging in and keeping up with the work. One of the best things about the school is that there are people from all over the world. In my class I have a lawyer from Checkoslovakia and another lawyer from China. There is also a local surgeon who wants to get his law degree as well as another attorney from from Florida – he didn’t graduate from an accredited law school 1st time around – although he’s been practicing for 20 years. We have students from Africa, Dominican Republic, Japan, Puerto Rico, and Spain. The ages of the students run from 22- 60 and it makes for lively discussions. Everyone is smart, friendly and interested in each other. The mix of cultures, ages, music, attitudes, backgrounds make the experience a blast. Be prepared – the Professors are tough – and the workload is huge. The school is determined to rise and succeed now that it has accreditation – and nothing short of performing at your highest level is acceptable – they will kick you out if you can’t perform up to their expectations. At the same time the Professors are really willing to help- they have an open door policy – if you want help you will get it – but it is up to you to ask. So if you decide to come – be ready to go all out – as 1Ls we have 6 classes this spring – it is the hardest thing I’ve ever done and the best experience ever – I’m having the time of my life.

  22. KQ says:

    Katarina –

    Checkoslovakia does not exist. It has not been a country in a LONG time. Casualty of the breakup of the USSR 2 decades ago. Hope your undergrad was in Poli Sci or IR.

  23. KQ,

    Thanks for your participation, but I’m with Katarina here.

    I frequently meet folks who describe themselves as being from places that no longer exist – such as “I grew up in the USSR” which, as we know, was a very different experience than growing up in today’s democratic Russia even if the geographic coordinates were exactly the same. I remember years ago how common it was to meet people who’d say “I grew up in East Germany” or “West Germany” even after reunification.

    This happens all the time – interestingly, the most common is meeting older people from rural areas who identify themselves as graduates of certain schools that have been consolidated in years since. Time, place and context all seem to come together in these answers.

  24. With few exceptions, your posted comments and concerns about the integrity of the faculty and administration at FAMU appear to be warranted. In spite of that, I know many quintessential professionals who graduated from FAMU and still tower above many of their peers from “better ranked” colleges and universities. Ergo, I find it vivifying to read your various perspectives regarding the “trials and tribulations” of Florida A & M University’s College of Law. Albeit FAMU’s law school has some short term and long term hurdles to overcome, still I would be more than willing to matriculate there this fall. I have yet to be accepted; but IF my letter of admission comes in the mail, then I will be out of Dodge post haste…on the first thing smoking! Let each of us look in the mirror and appreciate how metamorphosis changes an ugly caterpillar into a butterfly. Otherwise, Father, forgive us for we know not what we do!

  25. johnathon says:

    i couldnt find any errors in the given paper excrepts, i guess i’m dumber than the lady mentioned.

  26. T.R says:

    Excellent write-up…

  27. Delilah = liar says:

    Soooo….. Delilah says that her cousin was going to the tier 4 texas southern and upon some great revelation decided to go enroll at The University of Texas Law?

    UMMMM No! UT law is ranked 15th in the nation putting it one place away from a top 14 school. Texas Southern is at the bottom of the Tier 4 barrel and probably only ranks higher than Cooley and Oklahoma City on a national level.

    This is a baldface lie. No one who was able to go to UT would have ever gone to Texas Southern, which is in the gang riddled 3rd ward of Houston. Even if a person was looking for a historic black university education this would not be the right place as their 21% attrition rate and dismal job outlook would make a person with the credentials to get into UT and wanting to go to a HBU go anywhere else.

  28. Dede says:

    oky but im saying though. it is a good school for blacks so stop with the hatin. no one is perfect . look who is making the money and you ar no wehere near wen yhu luk at yhur check !

  29. Melrah "The Street Politician" says:

    What percentage of this blog is white skinned? It is incredible that we as American citizens find time to publicly criticize someone for such trivial reasons, in the midst of such economic times. The student population is not as black as many of you would like it to be. Approximately %44 are brown Afri. American. Look, This country is very diverse. It’s no longer black and white so, stop directing your hate at African Americans. I ask you all, how many other professionals have been publicly criticized via this blog because of gramatical errors unrelating to the school? I say to youz “Get A Life.”
    Hear we have a disgruntled individual that seems to have a lot of hate, time and passion that has been channeled toward this one professional. I AM CONCERNED FOR THIS PROFESSORS WELL BEING. Lets direct our time and efforts toward bridging communications that will make FAMU better. If you feel you can do better than professor Dawson, then apply for a position at FAMU LAW. We as a country are trying to grow in our diversity and not continue to “SEGREGATE” ourselves. Our enemies are “out there” not at FAMU. THE READING OF THIS BLOG BRINGS THE TERM “STALKING” TO MIND. GET A JOB TEACHING AW STUDENTS HOW TO WRITE. IF YOU FEEL YOU WANT TO CRITIQUE THE PROFESSORS OF FAMU, THEN WRITE ONE AND SEND IT TO THE DEAN. LEAVE PEOPLE ALONE. BUILD BRIDGES AND STOP TEARING THEM DOWN. LOSER.

  30. anonymous says:

    The school is a very racist school. The hierarchy of the school works like this: black, white, Hispanic and other minority group. If you are black you get an easier ride than other students, but what do you expect from a black law school. They are doing the same thing the white folk did to the black folk throughout the history of the US. I guess the administration and some of the FAMU law faculty have some repressed anger that they need to address, before they can go beyond race and value the merits of a person rather than a person’s skin color. Hopefully, the school will let off some steam and become a non-prejudicial institution someday. What would Martin Luther King Jr.?

  31. Thomas Denny says:

    I take offense at your libelous remarks about Victoria Dawson. A few grammatical errors does not an incompetent legal writer make. In todays world, it simply means someone was too busy to use spell check. Have you researched for any positive qualities Ms. Dawson may possess, or are you simply looking to defame her and FAMU Law. Anyone can point out others’ shortcomings. For example, my friend, although your spelling and grammar are not incorrect, the substance of your writing is boorish, self-righteous, negative and dull. If all you care to reach are naysayers, you have succeeded. Your words are wasted.

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