First in Her Family, Taking the Legal Profession by Storm
Kim Tran is a proud first generation Vietnamese-American. “My mother, father, and older brother were boat people who emigrated to the US in 1983.” Born and raised in Orlando, Tran moved to Fort Lauderdale in 2009 to attend Nova.
“My education at Nova was the best investment I have ever made in my future.” says Tran (B.S. ’11). She earned a BS in Legal Studies with a double minor in business and psychology. This achievement is another first in her family. She explains, “I am the first person in my family to graduate from college.”
Following graduation, she began clerking with The Honorable Judge Nicholas Lopane in the Juvenile Delinquency Division of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit in Broward County. Appointed by Governor Charlie Crist in 2010, Lopane was the first judge in Florida history to be personally sworn in by a governor.
"My Judicial Clerkship was a great way to get immersed in the legal system and earn community service hours at the same time. To know my work affected people’s lives in a positive way was a really rewarding experience.” Shortly after, Tran was designated by Judge Lopane as his assistant manager of campaign logistics.
Tran is currently a student at Nova's Shepard Broad Law Center and a gold level member of the Pro Bono Honors program. She has already accumulated over 300 pro bono service hours, and continues working with Judge Lopane in his new position presiding over family law cases.
She has also obtained a law clerk position at Aigen & Velazquez, P.A., a downtown Miami law firm specializing in personal injury and immigration. She credits Nova's Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, whose program and professors provided the foundation for her future.
“I learned so much in my undergraduate classes. My professors and courses imparted me with real-world skills and knowledge. This made for a seamless transition to law school and enabled my professional success.”
She further explains “I am grateful and consider myself fortunate to have had the guidance of my professors and mentoring from a number of professionals in our community who themselves are also Nova Alumni.”