2014 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll

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Role models who give us Reasons to Believe in the power of education

Lloyd Freeman

Sumner Academy of Arts and Science, 2000

Other Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Attended: Frank Rushton Elementary and Rosedale Middle School

Lloyd FreemanIt was Lloyd Freeman’s 4th grade teacher who saw something special in him. She had him tested and he was placed in the Talented and Gifted Program. It was through this program that he began to develop analytical and critical thinking skills – skills that would eventually lead to his successful career in the field of law.

Freeman is an attorney with Archer & Greiner in Haddonfield, N.J. He practices commercial and civil litigation in state and federal courts in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He loves the competitive nature of law. He said going to court gives him such an adrenaline rush that he feels like a gladiator in a suit.

His involvement and success in forensics at Sumner Academy further developed those analytical skills, as well as his research, analysis, and persuasion abilities. In fact, the knowledge he gained from a number of his Sumner classes – including humanities and literature –built a solid foundation for him to draw from today.

College was never NOT an option for Freeman. He said it was part of the culture at Sumner Academy. And though it was costly, he knew he had a good chance to get scholarship support – and he did. He earned a full scholarship to Howard University and another to attend law school at Rutgers University.

He counts among his greatest accomplishments: passing the state bar in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania at the same time, and being named Young Lawyer of the Year in 2010 by the New Jersey Bar Association.

His professional and community involvement is an important part of his life today. He is a Board Chairman for Big Brothers Big Sisters, a board member for the American Red Cross, and past membership chair for the Urban League of Philadelphia. He is most proud of his work to provide financial assistance and mentorship to college-bound students through the Tripod Foundation, which he co-founded, and the Burlington-Camden Achievement Foundation. Through these organizations he has helped provide more than $100,000 in scholarship funding to students.

His advice for today’s students is: Dare to dream.