Laverne Pinkney Recognized with the 2013 Friend of the Center Award
Pictured (l to r) are Cindy McKenzie, CEPS Program Manager; Jan Jacobowitz, Lecturer in Law; Laverne Pinkney; Anthony Alfieri, CEPS Director; and Ebonie Carter, CEPS Administrative Assistant.

The University of Miami School of Law’s Center for Ethics and Public Service recently honored Professor Laverne Pinkney with the 2013 Friend of the Center Award, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the Historic Black Church Program’s Community Education Project.

The Historic Black Church Program is part of the Center’s ongoing effort to help Miami’s distressed Coconut Grove Village West community by providing multidisciplinary resources in education, law, and social services to underserved residents.

During the award presentation, Pinkney was praised as a wonderful role model and motivating teacher. The value of the collaboration she created between the Florida International University College of Law and the University of Miami School of Law, was also praised.

“Professor Pinkney’s leadership, mentoring, and advocacy have enabled the law schools to engage in an unprecedented collaboration to assist at risk children and families in underserved low-income communities in the field of public education,” said Professor Anthony Alfieri, director of the Center. ”The 2013 Friend of the Center Award is a tribute to Professor Pinkney’s commitment and idealism.”

“Being selected as the recipient of this Award is an honor,” Pinkney said. “The collaboration between our law schools became a reality thanks to the Deans of both schools, Professor Maisel, director of Clinical Program at FIU, and Professor Alfieri, director of the Center for Ethics & Public Service at Miami. Through the collaboration, we have reached more than two-thousand at risk children and families in Miami-Dade County.”

She added that the Education Rights presentations address issues of general and special education, school discipline and bullying.

“We educate parents on how to advocate on behalf of their children and provide information on legal and non-legal resources. When parents know their rights and the rights of their children, it can make the difference in the life of a child,” said Pinkney.

Professor Pinkney directs and supervises the Family and Education Law Clinic at FIU Law.

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