The Alliance for Advocacy and Philanthropy
A partnership between the Stetson University College of Law and the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay
About the Alliance
The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and Stetson University College of Law formed a new partnership in 2019 to align the power of advocacy with the heart of philanthropy. This new alliance reflects both organizations’ longstanding commitment to addressing important issues for an even more vibrant community.
The Alliance for Advocacy and Philanthropy is a collaborative partnership, which makes a strong case for creating positive change through the lens of activism and the spirit of giving. The Alliance is a unique initiative to engage the community and spark deep discussion through:
- Connection, by building partnerships and leveraging resources to enhance the common good
- Education, by developing self-advocacy and institutional capacity through access to experts and educational opportunities
- Collaboration, by providing pathways for members of the community as well as students to become actively involved
Since Spring 2020, the Alliance has paid fellowships each semester for Stetson College of Law students.
Students gain an in-depth understanding of community philanthropy and have hands-on opportunities to work with nonprofit organizations.
Students are introduced to nonprofit board governance, the grantmaking process, donor development, and funding agreements.
Students receive considerable exposure to how grants are evaluated and sustained including analyzing data to support nonprofit organizational needs and to assess programmatic outcomes.
Spring 2021 Fellows
In May 2021 Bailey will graduate with a JD and a concentration in Social Justice Advocacy. She is a member of Stetson’s nationally ranked Dispute Resolution Team. She serves as Vice President for Stetson’s ACLU chapter, and on the board of Stetson’s Innocence Initiative, and Florida Association for Women Lawyers. She is a Tampa native and previously interned at the 13th District State Attorney’s Office Conviction Review Unit in Tampa.
Blake grew up in Pasco County. In 2012, after graduating from Hudson High School, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served as a legal service specialist and court reporter onboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California. While in the Marines, Blake was accepted to the University of West Florida and pursued a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Pre-law. After leaving the Marines in 2016, he worked at the law firm of Taylor, Warren, Weidner & Hancock, P.A. in Pensacola as a paralegal until he enrolled at Stetson University College of Law.
In May 2021, Shannon will graduate with a JD and a concentration in Social Justice Advocacy. She is a member of Stetson’s Dispute Resolution Board, earning honors as a Finalist Mediator in 2019. Her work experience includes teaching, social work, and clerking for a local nonprofit. Shannon grew up in Spring Hill. She will use her legal education to help families and foster youth in crises in her community.
Fall 2020 Fellows
Carly is a candidate for Juris Doctor, 2021 and a third-year law student with the hopes of pursuing a career in Public Policy after graduation. Carly also serves as President of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers at Stetson. Her interest in public policy sparked after she started volunteering at the local non-profit, CASA, advocating for survivors of domestic violence and assisting with injunctions for protection at the 6th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. She hopes that after law school she can use this Fellowship experience to positively impact lives and conditions for health and equity in the community.
Jasmine L Smith
Jasmine is a third-year law student with a Social Justice Advocacy concentration. She is from Orlando and attended Florida State University where she earned a Bachelor’s in Criminology with minors in Philosophy and African American Studies. She was an intern for the Fines and Fees Justice Center, a Research Assistant for the Social Justice & Advocacy Department, and Student Coordinator for Stetson’s mentoring project at Boca Ciega High School. As a first-generation college graduate and law student, she is passionate about social justice, relationship building, and community empowerment. She aspires to be a leader that motivates others to be involved in making a positive change in the lives of others.
Spring 2020 Fellows
In May 2020, Alexis graduated with a JD and an MBA. She is a member of Stetson’s nationally ranked #1 Trial Team, took top honors in Stetson’s Opening Statement Competition, and was a member of Stetson’s Honors Program. Her prior work experience includes working for three Federal Judges in the Middle District of Florida and the Chief Judge of the United States’ Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in D.C. She is a native of Clearwater.
Clinton W. Simmons III
In May 2020, Clinton graduated with a JD and a concentration in Social Justice Advocacy. Clinton served as the Executive Chair for the Student Leadership Development Committee, the President of Stetson’s chapter of the American Bar Association, and as the Deputy Chief of Policy and Hours of the Stetson Ambassadors. Clinton interned at the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Tampa and for the Honorable Judge Sneed at the Federal District Court in Tampa.
Community Associates Program
In order to graduate from Stetson Law School, students are required to certify that they have completed 60 hours of pro bono work. Thirty (30) of those hours must be legal pro bono work and the remainder of their volunteer hours can be provided to community organizations.
The Alliance for Advocacy and Philanthropy in collaboration with local nonprofit organizations is seeking student pro-bono interns to work virtually with us on a variety of projects involving nonprofit programs in the Tampa Bay area.
Students who sign up for this particular pro bono program have been requested to commit to working at least three to five hours per week for up to 6 weeks during the term.
Student volunteers have opportunities such as:
- Learning about the nonprofit grantmaking process
- Be included in virtual networking opportunities with nonprofit executives
- Collaborating with a wide variety of business executives, lawyers, and philanthropists
- Attending virtual community meetings
- Analyzing socio-economic data
- Assisting in evaluating programmatic outcomes
- Conducting legal and nonlegal research and writing.
|Spring 2021 Cohort|
|Nonprofit Organization||Website||Community Associate|
|Florida College Access Network (FCAN)||http://floridacollegeaccess.org/||Allison Notari|
|Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI)||https://www.usf.edu/cbcs/fmhi/||James Loberg|
|Florida Philanthropic Network (FPN)||https://www.fpnetwork.org/||Madeline Doten|
|LEAP Tampa Bay||https://www.leaptampabay.org/||Kendra Maynard|
|Nonprofit Leadership Center (NLC)||https://nlctb.org/||Sasha Ledney, Evangeline Stewart|
|Social Venture Partnership (SVP)||https://svptampabay.org/||Ashley Adams, Samara Ballard, Rebecca L. Doloski, Vanessa Halasz, Mackenzie H. Vojtko|
|St. Petersburg College (SPC)||https://www.spcollege.edu/||Bedr Skargee|
|St. Petersburg Innovation District||https://stpeteinnovationdistrict.com/||Hannah Klonowski|
Future Lawyers for Advocacy and Philanthropy (FLAP)
The FLAP student organization was founded through, and inspired by, The Alliance for Advocacy and Philanthropy in the Spring of 2021. FLAP is committed to introducing law students to career options at the intersection of philanthropy and legal advocacy, while building partnerships and leveraging resources to enhance the common good. FLAP also seeks to provide students with a variety of legal and nonlegal pro bono opportunities. More than thirty students have joined the group to date.