“It’s not just about learning the law, it’s about learning how you’re going to be an asset to your community once you know the law.”
Second-year law student, Furonda Brasfield, wants to use her degree to ensure justice is served in the face of adversity.
Originally from Stuttgart and a first-generation college student, Brasfield wants to work on policy issues to address poverty and lack of education in the state.
She said she chose the UALR Bowen School of Law for its great, centralized location and the reputation of its faculty members and their commitment to social justice.
Brasfield said she tries to be “hands on” in her own pursuit of justice, and she gets plenty of practice by getting involved in campus organizations such as the UALR Law Review, Black Law Students Association, and the Student Bar Association.
“It’s not just about learning the law, it’s about learning how you’re going to be an asset to your community once you know the law,” Brasfield said.
“I do want to be an asset to my community. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is helping me to build those skills and relationships so that I can do that.”
In Brasfield, brains and beauty match–she was once a contestant on the television show “America’s Next Top Model” with Tyra Banks.
“It was a great experience. I got to travel internationally, and it was the first time I had been out of the country,” Brasfield said.
Brasfield said another lesson being on the show taught her about herself was that she prefers to deflect attention from herself and onto the policy issues she feels particularly strong about. Television has enormous power to heighten awareness of such issues, Brasfield said.
“Maybe you’ll see me on TV one day,” she quipped.