Jeff Lawson is a fourth year law student at Florida A&M University College of Law. He is the American Bar Association Law Student Divison's new National Vice Chair for Student Bar Associations. Jeff has previously served the FAMU College of Law Student Bar Association as 1L Representative ('03-'04), Attorney General ('04), Vice President ('05), and President ('05-'06).
Prior to attending law school, Jeff was a computer programmer and systems analyst for a federal government contractor in Pensacola, Florida. While working full time, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a minor in E-Business, and earned a spot on the President’s Honor Roll at the University of West Florida. Jeff is currently working full time, now as a Senior Computer Programmer Analyst for the University of Central Florida.
Jeff was born July 14, 1978 at Travis Air Force Base, California. His late father, Arthur, was a career sailor and a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. His mother, Lila, is an immigrant from the Philippines. Although Jeff’s parents did not have great educational opportunities, he is only the second person on either side of the family to attend college. He is also the first person in his family to attend graduate or law school.
In his freshman year of college, Jeff lost his father after a two year fight with lung cancer. He carried the responsibility of supporting himself and his mother who originally retired. Dropping out of college was not an option. He had to work fulltime to finance his education. Jeff learned at a young age that life was not easy and that you had to work hard, pray for strength, and earn the things you want. Through his experiences and the values instilled by his parents, Jeff is a friendly, honest, and dedicated individual and lives by conservative principles and values.
During his undergraduate years, Jeff served in various activities outside of work and school. He served three terms as an Associate Justice of the Student Court at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Jeff was the senior justice responsible to the Chief Justice and was the justice responsible for publishing official judicial proceedings. He heard appeals involving traffic and parking violations, personal disputes between two or more students, and cases referred by the university judicial officer. As a justice Jeff was called on to interpret student government bylaws, guidelines, and the constitution.
As a student government officer, he was also a member of the Student Elections Committee. He served as Activities Chairperson for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles Program. For seven years, Jeff was also a member of Civil Air Patrol, the auxiliary of the United States Air Force. He was a commissioned cadet officer, former cadet squadron commander, advisory council chairperson, and a ground team/search and rescue member.
Jeff’s personal interests include the law, government, politics, technology, sports, aviation/space, and the military. He intends to graduate with his Juris Doctorate in 2007 and wishes to pursue a career in politics, government, intellectual property, or real property.
A registered Republican since his 18th birthday, Jeff's political experience started as early as eighth grade. His first contributions to Republican Party came in the form of grassroots efforts in the 1992 election. Activities have included precinct walks, calling voters, stuffing mailers, banner carrying, and sign posting. Jeff was also the first chair of the Sonoma County Teenage Republicans in California.