Fellowship Program

June 21, 2021 

The National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) Foundation is proud to announce our inaugural class of summer prosecution fellows for 2021. The two recipients are Itané Coleman of Wake Forest University School of Law, and Shydarrius Jackson of the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Ms. Coleman will be working at the Mecklenburg District Attorney’s office in North Carolina; Mr. Jackson will be working at the Douglas County District Attorney’s office in Georgia. Mr. Jackson’s fellowship is sponsored by the University of Florida Levin College of Law as part of a new partnership with the NBPA to increase the number of Black students introduced to a career in prosecution.

Founded in 1983, the NBPA is the only organization dedicated to the hiring, retention and promotion of Black prosecutors. Since 2016, the NBPA Foundation has provided five scholarships to Black students that demonstrate an interest in prosecution. In 2021, the NBPA Foundation launched a fellowship program, providing funding and mentorship to two students who will be interning at state prosecutors’ offices. “The fellowship provides funding to students who would otherwise be unpaid interns. For many students of color, unpaid work is not an option – which can deny them the opportunity to explore a career in prosecution and receive valuable experience,” says NBPA Foundation President Melba Pearson.

Janice J. Shaw, Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development at University of Florida Levin College of Law stated, “the University of Florida Law is grateful to the National Black Prosecutors Association for their support of our students as they gain valuable legal experience and explore careers as prosecutors. UF Law congratulates Shydarrius Jackson on this wonderful achievement.”

For media inquires, please contact Melba Pearson at melbapearsonesq@gmail.com.