WMU-Cooley Law School Professor Joseline Hardrick was presented with the George Edgecomb Bar Association’s 2021 Delano Stewart Award for Diversity. She was presented the award during the association’s 38th Annual Scholarship Banquet on April 26.
The Delano S. Stewart Diversity Award is presented annually to a law firm or an individual who has made outstanding efforts in promoting diversity in the legal profession.
Hardrick, who teaches courses in criminal law and constitutional law is the founder and director of Diversity Access Pipeline, Inc., a nonprofit that operates the Journey to Esquire® Scholarship & Leadership Program, blog, and podcast, which promotes diversity and creates access for law students. The program provides training, mentors, emotional support, and scholarships to law students from diverse backgrounds.
In March, Hardrick was appointed by Congresswoman Kathy Castor to serve on the federal Judicial Nominating Conference to interview and recommend nominees to President Joseph R. Biden for open positions for U.S. Attorney, U.S. Marshal, and U.S. District Court Judges for the Middle District of Florida. She received the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Diversity Award in 2019, and is a graduate of the Hillsborough County Bar Association Bar Leadership Institute. Additionally, Hardrick currently serves as faculty advisor for the American Constitution Society’s Cooley Law Student Chapter, and the Federal Bar Association Cooley Law School Division at the Tampa Bay campus.
Before joining WMU-Cooley, Hardrick worked for U.S. District Court Judges Charlene Edwards Honeywell and James S. Moody Jr. She was a litigation associate with Tampa law firm Bush Ross, P.A. Hardrick has worked as an exam reader for the Florida Board of Bar Examiners; a Guardian ad Litem for the Sixth Judicial Circuit; and a board member for Solita’s House, an organization offering first-time home buyer education classes.
The George Edgecomb Bar Association is Tampa’s largest predominately African-American voluntary bar association. Founded in 1982, in memory of the late Honorable George E. Edgecomb, the George Edgecomb Bar Association is dedicated to the promotion and recognition of African Americans within the legal profession and the judiciary.