Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law | January 2016
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Upcoming Events 

CLE Events:

Jan 22 Law Center Plus Event: "The Balancing Act: Managing Work and Life in a 24/7/365 World"

Jan 29-30 ABA Business Law Section: 2016 Cyberspace Law Institute & Winter Working Meeting

Feb 19 Palm Beach Bar - Bench & Bar Conference

Feb 28 - March 1 ABA Int'l Law Section: The Americas Forum

Other Events:

Jan 16 NSU Sharks Basketball - Free Admission

Feb 4 NSU Night at Panthers Game

incubatorLegal Incubator Launch in February

NSU College of Law will launch a Legal Incubator program a new opportunity for Nova Southeastern University (NSU) law graduates to start their own solo, small firm or non-profit practices while serving military veterans and lower income individuals.

The innovative program, operating in coordination with the college's existing Veterans Law Clinic, will allow NSU law graduates to attain valuable legal and business experience while launching a practice and provide the new attorneys the affordable infrastructure and basic training to get established.

The integration of the NSU Law Incubator with the full-service Veteran's Clinic provides a truly unique resource for both our graduates and the communities they serve," said College of Law Dean Jon M. Garon. This model combines cutting-edge, post-graduate education essential for new lawyers while greatly expanding our service to the Veteran community."

For a full list of requirements, and to apply to the program, visit our Incubator page. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2016. 

The Balancing Act: Managing Work and Life in a 24/7/365 World

Friday, January 22, 2016 | 7:30AM to 9:30AM | Shepard Broad College of Law Atrium
Advance registration is required | Live web streaming is available.

Much has been written about the need for attorneys to find time for work, family, and relaxation in their fast-paced and high stress world.  This seminar provides an interactive role play and panel discussion among experienced attorneys who will share how they manage  the competing demands of their clients, their law practice, and their family.

Presented by:  (L to R above) NSU Law Professor Leslie L. Cooney, NSU Associate Professor of Psychology Jaime Tartar, Ph.D., Assistant State Attorney Sarahnell Murphy, Esq. and Stephen Mellor, Esq., partner at  Roig Lawyers. The Florida Bar approved 2.0 CLE credit hours (including 0.5 hour Ethics) for this seminar. Check-in begins at 7:30 AM. The Seminar begins promptly at 8:00 AM. Learn more about Law Center Plus.

Coming in February: Putting Technology to Work for You: In Court, at the Office, and on the Road on February 19, 2016. Presented by Charles A. Morehead III, Esq.  Learn how to use technology in court, to organize and manage your practice, and when you are out of the office at mediation or meetings. Registration opening soon. 
NSUSharksYou're invited to Cheer on NSU Sharks Basketball

On January 16, Men's and Women's Basketball teams take on conference rival Florida Southern. You are invited to enjoy FREE admission to both games, Club Room and Club Box Seats access including complimentary food and beverages. RSVP by January 11, 2016 online at
cyberspacelawABA Business Law Section Cyberspace Law Committee 
2016 Cyberspace Law Institute and Winter Working Meeting 

January 29 - 30 | NSU College of Law

This two day conference is sponsored by the American Bar Association Business Law Section Cyberspace Law Committee. The program is focused on corporate resilience, addressing issues regarding cyber security and post-event recovery from a catastrophic event that may be caused by both cyber-attacks and natural events.  View the Agenda  | Register Online
panthersNSU Night with the Florida Panthers
Thursday, February 4, 2016 | 7:30 PM

Join fellow NSU alumni, family, and friends as the Florida Panthers take on the Detroit Red Wings. Enjoy an evening of networking and fun in the Sky Club - where unlimited food and all you can drink soft drinks, beer, and wine are included. Tickets $35 | Purchase Online
pbbenchbarPalm Beach Bar Association Bench & Bar Conference: "What We Wish We Knew in Our First Year of Practice"

February 19, 2016

Topics Discussed include: the importance of Civil Procedure,  how to read and draft a court order, different paths to practice,  billing and the business of being a Lawyer, developing competence, finding a mentor, seeking diversity, professional organizations to join, and more. For more information contact Leanna Lalla, Esq., Co-Chair Bench Bar Diversity and Inclusion Committee at or (561) 475-2297.
americasABA Section of International Law Presents 2016 Americas Forum

February 28 - March 1 | Mandarin Oriental Miami, Miami, Florida
The NSU College of Law is a Cooperating Entity on this event and alumni can take advantage of discounted ABA Section of International Law Member Rates by registering online and selecting the "Cooperating Entity" rate.  Registration rates are further discounted for full-time law students, full time gov./academic/NGO, corporate counsel, and young lawyers (35 and under). | Download Conference Brochure
Professor Mark Dobson
NITANational Institute of Trial Advocacy "Building Trial Skills"

February 29 - March 5, 2016 | NSU Law

Professor Mark Dobson, Program Director brings the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) to Shepard Broad College of law for "Building Trial Skills." This intensive week-long program helps develop and perfect your skills in all of the challenging arts of trial advocacy, persuasion, and communication.
In a realistic trial setting, using NITA's "learning by doing method " you will function as a trial lawyer by performing:
* Opening statements and closing arguments
* Direct and cross-examinations (both constructive and destructive)
* Impeachment and redirect examinations
* Evidentiary foundations
* Modern voir dire
NSU Law Alumni Receive 15% Discount, use code NOVA at registration
NSU Holiday Party Brings Alumni Together 

The NSU Alumni Association held its annual holiday party December 9, 2015 at Lauderdale Yacht Club, located on the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale.  Law alumni mingled and networked with alumni from other colleges while enjoying food and drink in a beautiful setting.  About 400 alumni, faculty, and guests gathered for the occasion. 
Palm Beach Law Alumni Chapter Holiday Party --- With a Purpose! Lawyers Donate Books for Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County
The Palm Beach Law Alumni Chapter held its annual holiday party at Gunster Law in West Palm Beach on December 8, 2015.  Chapter President Hope Baros (JD 2013), Vice President Ron Herman (JD 2000), and Secretary Pamela D'Alo Balaguera (JD 2011) organized the event along with Chapter founding member, Eunice Baros (JD 1980).  As part of the Chapter's annual tradition, alumni were asked to donate a new children's book to the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach CountyMore than 60 books were collected and donated. New Board members were also sworn in:  Pamela Balaguera (JD 2011, President) Jene P. Williams-Rhoads (JD 1995, Vice President) and Jane Woodfield Morin (JD 2013, Secretary).  Special thanks to the event sponsors: Cynthia Spall Russomano (JD 1999) partner at Gunster, and Rhoads Law Group, Laing and Weicholz, PA and Norvell Law.  
Clockwise starting at bottom left: 
Michelle Suarez (Mentor), Jamila Williams (Mentee), Jake Tover (Mentor), Samantha Metayer (Guest student),  Christine Venezia (Mentor), Maria Santi (Mentor), Valerie Barnhart (Guest Mentor), Sandra Williams, (Mentee) Mallorie Milord (Mentee), and Marcia Bernard (Mentee)
Mentor Organizes Luncheon for Mentees in NSU Law Mentoring Program's Civil Litigation Group

Michelle Suarez (JD 2013), an associate at Kelley Kronenberg in Fort Lauderdale, FL organized a luncheon for Mentors and Mentees on December 15, 2015. The attorneys and students are part of the NSU Law Mentoring Program, which brings Mentors and Mentees together in practice groups.  Suarez is a Mentor in the Civil Litigation Group and she led a discussion about the need to balance work and life as a new attorney.  The Mentors encouraged the students to get involved in one or two organizations that match their passion now-before they graduate. Other topics included brief tips when studying for the bar, and giving back as a Mentor once you transition from being a Mentee to a Lawyer.  Guest speaker was Valerie Barnhart (JD 2010), a partner at Kelley Kronenberg. 
Pave the Way for Scholarships at NSU Law

NSU Law "Paving the Way for Scholarships" program is open to alumni and students alike.  For a $150 donation to the Law Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Fund, you may purchase a brick and leave you mark at Shepard Broad College of Law. | Order Online
Faculty News
Amanda Foster
Associate Professor Amanda Foster presented at the Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop, on December 4, 2015 at Florida International University College of Law in Miami, FL.  The workshop, Teaching: Both Tried & True and Something New included Foster's presentation, Professional Communication: Using Today's Technology the Write Way. Foster suggested that legal writing classes should include email and text-drafting with a discussion about the professional use of social media.  

Associate Professor Megan Chaney participated in "Judicial Symposium Using the Law and Economics to Reform the System of Criminal Justice: Theory, Empirical Evidence, and Some Applications" December 9 to 11, 2015 in Aventura, FL. Chaney participated in a panel discussion about prosecutorial discretion. Her panel included R. Alexander Acosta (FIU), Robert Frommer (Institute for Justice), Kathleen M. Ridolfi (Santa Clara University School of Law; Co-Founder and Former Director, Northern California Innocence Project), and William N. Shepard (Holland & Knight LLP). The symposium examined whether criminals could be deterred, if criminal punishment makes sense in terms of social and legal objectives and the costs of over criminalization, among other topics. 

Professor Olympia Duhart, who is the Director of the NSU Law Legal Research and Writing Program, completed her two-year term as co-president of the Society of American Law Teachers ("SALT") along with her co-president, Professor Ruben Garcia of UNLV Law. Founded more than 40 years ago, SALT is a national organization that brings together law teachers, administrators, librarians, academic support experts, and students to improve legal education by promoting diversity, justice, and academic excellence. 

During Professor Duhart's tenure, SALT hosted several major programs: the 2014 Teaching Conference, the Diversity in Law Leadership Workshop, the Cover Workshops focused on social justice issues, and several public interest retreats for law students. SALT also filed an amicus curiae brief supporting the respondents in the affirmative action case, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin that was argued before the Supreme Court of the United States in 2015. SALT completed a "Shadow Report" on U.S. compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in the context of the legal profession, and launched Choosing the Right Law School for You: A Consumer Guide for the Social Justice-Minded Law Student, an online resource for prospective law students. SALT continued its annual Salary Survey in The Equalizer. Further, SALT issued various position papers and offered testimony on issues such as academic freedom, financing of legal education, and the rights of students to challenge racialized injustice on campus. Professor Duhart will continue her service on the SALT Board of Governors.

Director of NSU Law Veterans Clinic and Adjunct Professor Jayme Cassidy, Esq. was awarded the 2016 Next Generation Faculty Development Award from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA).  The award was developed to identify, recruit, and train talent for the next generation of NITA faculty leaders and program directors.  Cassidy will be invited to teach a number of NITA programs around the country, including public service programs, where her expenses will be covered directly by NITA.  Her first NITA assignment is in Orlando in January 2016 at the National Conference of ACLU Staff Attorneys from around the USA.  Cassidy will also continue to teach NITA programs at NSU Law along with Professors  Mark Dobson (NITA Florida Trial Skills), and Michael Dale, Michael Flynn, and Kate Webber (NITA Florida Deposition Skills). Cassidy has been the Director of the NSU Law Veterans Law Clinic for almost three years where she teaches law students how to handle legal cases for US Veterans. She has taught in NITA programs for several years.
Class Actions
(L to R) Rahysa Vargas &
Valerie Barnhart, her mentor.
What happens when a group of like-minded female lawyers in search of opportunities to mentor young women, help each other, and give back to the community all get together online?  Ms. Esquire is created!

The brainchild of Rahysa Vargas, (JD 2014) Ms. Esquire is a forum on Facebook in which female attorneys can support each other, guide young women in developing healthy relationships, and finding their passion. 

Read more about Rahysa and your fellow alumni who are reaching new levels of excellence in their respective fields in our new PDF format.

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