Cornish Completes Law School


L-R: Cynthia Cornish, Judge James Bass, Florence Cornish.
L-R: Cynthia Cornish, Judge James Bass, Florence Cornish.

Florence Breanka Cornish recently graduated from Vermont Law School. Cornish, 26, is native of Jacksonville, Florida but currently resides in Savannah.

After graduating from Ribault Sr. High School in 2001 she came to Savannah and enrolled at Savannah State University in August of that same year. During her junior year at SSU, her parents relocated from Jacksonville to Savannah.

While at SSU Cornish was a three-sport athlete participating in volleyball, track and softball. A magna cum laude graduate, she finished SSU in 2005 with a political science degree and education minor and a concentration in public administration. Along the way, she was a peer counselor, Junior Class President, Sophomore Class Treasurer, a member of Sisters Striving for Excellence, Iota Phi Lambda, Inc., Miss Black and Gold 2002-2003, a resident assistant for three years and First Attendant to Miss SSU 2004-05. She also volunteered at Spencer Elementary School and Hubert Middle School.

Cornish focused on criminal and family law while at Vermont.

While attending law school she was an ambassador, member of the women’s rugby team, the women’s law group, the Black Law Students association where she served as President of the Vermont Law Chapter 2006- 2007, Parliamentarian of the Northeast Region 2006-2007 and Northeast Vice- Chair 2007-08. She also was recognized by the state of Vermont for her work targeted at raising awareness of Domestic Violence and was awarded the Deans Leadership Award at graduation for a graduate who has displayed outstanding leadership at school and in the community, Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities 2006 and 2007. She volunteered with Habitat of Humanity in Bilks, Mississippi in March of 2008.

Cornish was also a Schweitzer Fellow which is an organization that allows students to create a program that they are passionate about and implement the program in the community/ my program was raising awareness of domestic violence amongst the youth.

In July 2009, she will go to Virginia for officer’s school and military law school. She will be a part of the US Army’s Jag Corp Program, an attorney’s program for the army. Currently she is back in Savannah, helping in her mother’s business, MaRandys.

Cornish adds that she is willing to help pre-law students who aspire to get into law school. She can be reached at florencecornish@ gmail.com

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