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FAMU College of Law Student Awarded for Volunteer Efforts

Jorge C. Quintana is congratulated by Waldemar Serrano, Special Assistant to Gov. Bush (left), and FAMU College of Law Dean Percy R. Luney, Jr. (right).

Jorge C. Quintana has just begun his legal education at the Florida A&M University College of Law, but he has already served the Central Florida community as a volunteer. His work with non-profit organizations and the people they serve was recognized October 6 by Governor Jeb Bush's office.

Waldemar Serrano, Special Assistant to Governor Bush, presented a Points of Light Award to Quintana at the College of Law in Orlando. The Points of Light Program recognizes Floridians for their exemplary service as volunteers. Quintana is one of four Floridians recognized as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, and he has been invited to a reception at the Governor's Mansion on October 16.

Quintana says he doesn't serve for the recognition, but rather to share with others and make someone else's life more enjoyable. His volunteer experiences have included providing transportation for people who are disabled, spending time with nursing home residents and dialysis patients and working with Habitat for Humanity and Serenity House Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Quintana says he values the friendships and lessons he has gained through his service.

Founding Dean Percy R. Luney, Jr. said Quintana demonstrates that College of Law students understand the school's mission of public and community service. "Mr. Quintana exemplifies the community and public service mission of the FAMU College of Law," said Luney.

Carlos Woody, a second-year law student and president of the Student Bar Association, added that Quintana serves as "a daily reminder that the practice of law is a service profession."

Quintana, whose family lives in Central Florida and attended the event, said he is committed to continuing his public service as a student and, eventually, as an attorney.