Kamilah Jolly was born in Jamaica and raised in Miami, Florida. By volunteering in summer camps, afterschool programs and other children’s activities Jolly completed over 1,000 hours of community service. Jolly honed her time management skills through her membership in the Varsity Cheerleading Squad, National Honor Society, Chorus, and a number of other student organizations. She graduated in the top 10 percent of her class in 1999 at entered Florida A&M University (FAMU).
Jolly remained active and continued her community service as member of the Sophomore Class cabinet, and founder of the FAMU Elite Cheer & Dance Squad (presently the FAMU Elite Dance Squad). While participating in a community service event during the winter break of her sophomore year, Jolly realized her true passion was working with children. In the spring of 2004, Jolly graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education and received her certificate to teach kindergarten through sixth grade.
Jolly pursued her legal education at the FAMU College of Law. While at the law school, she participated in several student organizations. Jolly was historian and Percy R. Luney Spirit of Service Awards chair for the Jesse J. McCrary Chapter of the Black Law Student Association and Interim Clerk and charter member of the Gwendolyn S. Cherry chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International. Jolly also assisted with recruiting efforts as a Law Student Ambassador and held jobs as a LexisNexis and PMBR representatives. She graduated in 2007.
Since graduation, Jolly has worked for the Agency of Workforce Innovation as an administrative law judge and has conducted close to 1,000 unemployment compensation hearings. Jolly has also worked for a consumer bankruptcy firm.
In November of 2008, Jolly opened Jolly Esquire, PLLC. Jolly Esquire, PLLC provides legal and consulting services in the areas of business, real estate, personal injury and document drafting & preparation. Jolly currently serves on the Alumni Council, the governing body of the FAMU College of Law Alumni Alliance. Jolly also assists with the administrative duties of the reestablished Bankruptcy Clinical Externship at FAMU College of Law. Jolly has served as former President of the FAMU College of Law Alumni Alliance. She was also the Alumni Advisor for the Gwendolyn S. Cherry chapter of Phi Alpha Delta.
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