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The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine reports that Stetson Law is again among the top 25 law schools for Hispanics


The Dec. 19 issue of The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine  listed Stetson University College of Law among the top 25 law schools for Hispanics in the nation for the third year in a row. Stetson Law ranks 14th among the 25 law schools across the country conferring the most degrees on Hispanics. Data for this report was compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics for 2010 graduates.

Student members of Stetson's Hispanic Bar Association meet with faculty adviser Professor Luz Nagle in 2010.

Student members of Stetson's Hispanic Bar Association meet with faculty adviser Professor Luz Nagle in 2010.

Stetson Law’s Hispanic students have established a strong tradition of community and public service. Second-year Stetson Law student Stephanie Favilli helped non-English speakers understand their legal rights by translating legal information into Spanish for pro se litigants in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida. Favilli served as a Spanish language translator for the Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program in the fall of 2010 through the student Hispanic Bar Association at Stetson.

Stetson Law alumnus David Fernandez, a past president of Stetson’s Hispanic Bar Association and Law and Order, became the first law student to receive the Clearwater Bar Foundation Excellence in Pro Bono Award in February 2010. Fernandez received the award for his work to provide Spanish speakers with access to legal documents through a translation project he started under the guidance of Stetson Law Professor Luz E. Nagle.

In 2008, Professor Nagle was named the first full professor of Hispanic descent at Stetson Law. Nagle’s distinguished legal career includes battling drug lords while serving as a district court judge in her native Colombia. Her commitment to improving conditions in Colombia and throughout the world continues through her research and work as a lecturer and expert in the areas of human rights violations and drug war-related foreign policy. Nagle was elected to the International Bar Association Legal Practice Division Council for a four-year term that started in January 2011.