Rising star for community service and equality: Student Nathan Bruemmer

It is no surprise that Stetson University College of Law honored student Nathan Bruemmer with its Rising Star award in his first year of law school. For Nathan, law school started as a dream decades ago, before he spent a career as a teacher and started a family. He said he considers it a privilege to work on community service initiatives.

Nathan Bruemmer.

Nathan Bruemmer.

Since starting as a first-year student at Stetson law school in 2014, Nathan has led the Stetson Democrats, the Lambda Legal Society at Stetson, worked as a third-grade reading tutor with Lawyers for Literacy, and organized numerous activities on campus including the recent Transgender Day of Remembrance event.

In his spare time, Nathan participates in local, state and national initiatives. He is invited to speak regularly about LGBT equality issues on behalf of Equality Florida and several other organizations. In November of 2015, Nathan helped train more than 120 law enforcement officers in Orlando on transgender inclusion and diversity.

Currently, Nathan is serving as the ABA Law Student Division Liaison to the National LGBT Bar Association. He is also a member of the ABA SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) Commission’s Advocacy Committee. At the same time, Nathan maintains a strong academic standing, competes for Stetson’s Trial Team and Alternative Dispute Resolution Board, serves as Stetson Law’s ABA representative, and is a Stetson Law Ambassador.

Stetson's program for Transgender Remembrance Day included a candlelight vigil. Photo courtesy Nathan Bruemmer.

Stetson’s program for Transgender Remembrance Day included a candlelight vigil. Photo courtesy Nathan Bruemmer.

Nathan’s commitment to community is also reflected in his academic pursuits. He joined the Clemency Project 2014 through a course offered at Stetson law school, did a Homeless Advocacy Internship, and signed up for Stetson’s Veterans Advocacy Clinic during the spring semester. Working with a team of Stetson law students, Nathan is helping Equality Florida revise its outdated legal handbook for LGBT Floridians following the Obergefell decision.

Nathan said that he thinks that law students and legal practitioners are in a position to raise the bar for community service and equality initiatives.

“I think we can do better as student leaders and future lawyers,” said Nathan.