Scheril Murray Powell, J.D.

Scheril Murray Powell, J.D.

(Recent Graduate Awaiting Bar Results), Case Clerk/Law Clerk, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt Law Firm (West Palm Beach, Florida)

Scheril Murray Powell, is a graduate of Florida International University College of Law, graduating in December 2015. She currently serves as the Coordinator of National Convention Competitions on the National Board of the National Black Law Student Association. While at FIU Law, she was the Charter President of the Palm Beach ABA Student Organization and a member and coach of the Board of Advocates Negotiation Team. In 2013, Scheril won the FIU Law Intramurals Negotiation Competition, also she and her partner won the ABA Southern Region Negotiation Competition. In 2014, she and her partner came in 2nd place in the Nelson Mandela International Negotiation Competition and she was awarded the distinction of Best Overall Negotiator for her efforts.

She is currently employed as a Case Clerk/ Law Clerk at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt Law Firm in West Palm Beach in their Business Litigation Department. Scheril has been on the Black Law Student Association’s National Board for two years and is passionate about eradicating sex trafficking and other social justice issues such as Police Brutality. She has interned at the State Attorney’s office in the 15th Judicial Circuit of Palm Beach County and for two Judges of the 17th Judicial Circuit of Broward County.

In the Summer of 2014, She was published as an Anti-Defamation League Summer Associate. She believes that practicing the law and advocacy for the disadvantaged go hand in hand. She is an activist and has dedicated her time and resources to promoting awareness, access to educational resources, and support for survivors of domestic violence and trafficking. She has a Facebook page called “Police Chronicles” which documents National Police interactions with the community. She sits on the board of two Non-profit organizations; Project Ship Foundation which guides the youth through the various “ships” of adolescence including “Leadership”, “Citizenship”, “relationship”, “entrepreneurship”, and “sportsmanship”; and Project 360 Degrees, an advocacy organization for survivors of sex trafficking. Law is a second career forScheril, she spent over a decade in the Wireless industry working for T-Mobile, USA; T-Mobile, UK; RIM BlackBerry; and MetroPCS as a Customer Retention Strategist and Marketing Interface Manager rolling out training, technical change, cultural change, and Process Improvement Projects Nationwide.

Scheril received her Undergraduate Bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University with a minor in Marketing where she pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and served as the Student Government Senate Speaker. Scheril credits her hard working and strict Jamaican Parents James and Judith Hall for her work ethic, tenacity, persistence, and commitment to excellence. She was taught at a young age that we all have a responsibility to each other and must be the example that tears down stereotypes while opening the door for others to follow in your footsteps. She stays motivated by remembering that her son Judah is watching how she lives her values and “walks the talk” in her daily activities. Scheril believes that every test is for a testimony that will glorify God. If He can do all that he has done for me…imagine his plans for you.