Stetson's first African-American dean honored

Women of color aren't just making advances in politics of late. Law schools are tapping them for leadership roles too. And that progress is being recogonized. 

Take Michèle Alexandre, the next dean of Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. She received a proclamation on the floor of the senate in Tallahassee on May 1 welcoming her as Stetson Law’s first African-American dean. As Florida’s first law school, Stetson has been trained lawyers and judges throughout the state for more than a century.

Alexandre met with Senators Darryl Rouson, Jeff Brandes and Ed Hooper; Governor Ron DeSantis; Florida Supreme Court Justice Ricky L. Polston and Attorney General Chief of Staff Emery Gainey during a special event in the state capital.

Alexandre is a noted civil rights, gender and race scholar, and author of “The New Frontiers of Civil Rights Litigation.” She is currently serving as the associate dean for Faculty Development and Intellectual Life, professor of law, and the Leonard B. Melvin, Jr. Lecturer at the University of Mississippi School of Law. 

At the University of Mississippi, she chaired the undergraduate Honors curriculum committee, led the Honors College faculty, and taught courses in the undergraduate international studies program. She has a J.D. from Harvard Law and was Colgate University’s first black valedictorian.

Alexandre’s appointment as dean at Stetson Law, Florida’s first law school, is effective June 2019.

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