Program Success May 2019 - Page 12

Program Success 12 May 2019 FAMU LAW STUDENT CASSANDRA BROWN NAMED PRESIDENT OF CENTRAL FLORIDA AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION Cassandra Brown, Third-year FAMU Law Student and Local ACLU Chapter President Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law third-year student Cassandra Brown is the new president of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Brown has been volunteering with the local ACLU since 2016 serving in various roles such as secretary and vice president. “I am honored to lead the Central Florida Chapter of ACLU in its important work to fight for the constitutional rights and freedoms of all people,” said Cassandra Brown. “It’s very challenging and rewarding work that I enjoy.” Brown says the Central Florida Chapter of ACLU is working on voting rights, LGBT equality, women’s health and reproductive rights, church/state role clarity, and racial justice. The Central Chapter of ACLU is also working on criminal justice reform, immigration and mass incarceration issues. Communities of color can be disproportionately impacted in each of those areas. “FAMU Law students are branching out and making a difference in their communities,” said Interim FAMU Law Dean LeRoy Pernell. “We are very proud of Ms. Brown’s accomplishments being named President of the local ACLU. She is a true “Rattler for Justice” and we know Ms. Brown will do well in this new leadership role.” Brown is originally from Ocala, Florida. Her mother worked at the Ocala Housing Authority and was very active in union work. Brown says that’s where she got her passion for community activism and helping people fight for their civil rights. Brown also serves as ACLU FAMU Law chapter president. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is a private, non-profit, non-partisan, membership organization working in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve individual rights and personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Anyone interested in volunteering or if you believe your rights are being violated, please visit the ACLU website at For more information about the FAMU College of Law, please visit law.