Micharon Byrd, a rising 3L at Ave Maria Law School, dove right in and in her first week with the Agency was reviewing EEO case files, briefing senior attorneys on the status of cases, and preparing draft legal documents. She has been an integral team member over the last seven weeks in her support of EEO complaint processing.
Hello! I'm Micharon Byrd and am interning for the Office of Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity. I am currently a student at Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida. Upon graduation from law school, I intend to sit for and pass the Florida Bar. I plan to pursue a career in public service and work for a government agency.
I graduated with honors from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). I earned a Bachelor of Science in political science with a minor in Pre-Law. While at FAMU, I was an active student on campus. As a resident assistant in my sophomore year, I mentored freshman and led community building activities. I was elected to the executive board as secretary and mentorship chair of the FAMU’s Pre-Law Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta. While serving on the board, I organized professional development and networking sessions with legal professionals for the university community. I was appointed by the school administration to serve on the university’s honor board in 2011. The honor board had jurisdiction over violations to the student code of conduct. We would conduct hearings and determine the appropriate disciplinary action for violations.
For over three years, I served as a justice on the FAMU Traffic Court. Part of the Student Body Government, the traffic court has jurisdiction over all non-moving parking violations. My junior year, I was appointed Chief Justice of the Traffic Court by the student body president and confirmed by the student senate. As chief justice, I enforced court rules and administered the decisions of the five person court.
In 2016, I began studying at Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida. I have received the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Excellence for the Future Award for Florida Constitutional Law and Trial Advocacy. This award recognizes excellence by law students in their studies and is given to the student with the highest grade in the class.
In 2017, I was elected mentorship chair for the universities branch of the Women’s Law Association (WLA). As mentorship chair, I organize community building events and professional networking opportunities. In 2017, I was elected by the students and confirmed by the dean of students to the university honor board. This board hears violations of the honor code and recommends a course of action to the dean of students.
In 2017, I was a legal intern for the Litigation and Operations Team at Hertz Corporation. At Hertz, I drafted legal documents and ensured compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Enacted in 2016, this regulation governs the way corporations maintain data and privacy for individuals in the European Union.
In 2018, I joined the Moot Court Board. This organization operates mock legal proceedings and participates in state competitions. I plan to compete in the Mock Trial competition in the fall.
As part of my desire to help in my community, I am an IRS-certified volunteer at the annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA offers free basic income tax return preparation to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. I also volunteer with the Wills for Heroes Foundation. This program provides essential legal documents free of charge to our nation's first responders, including wills, living wills, and powers of attorney.