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

Feb 19 - Law Center Plus: Putting Technology to Work for You: In Court, in the Office, and on the Road

Feb 19 - Palm Beach Bar - Bench & Bar Conference

Feb 20 - SELS Symposium: The Cost of Entertainment

Feb 25 - Black History Month Event: Reclaiming the Vision and other NSU Black History Month Events through March 3

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

Feb 29 - March 5 National Institute of Trial Advocacy

March 3 - "On the Record: Artists and Advocacy in the Legislative Arena" at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino & Hotel

March 10 - Public Interest Law Society Auction

HardRockEvent"On the Record: Artists and Advocacy in the Legislative Arena"

March 3, 2016 | Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida

NSU Law and The Recording Academy Florida Chapter will present a CLE program focusing on several musical artist rights issues that are currently in legislative development. This program provides an interdisciplinary review of important legal issues for artists in the business of music today. 

This panel discussion will be moderated by Kenneth Abdo, an attorney and private practice artist advocate who sits on The Recording Academy Board of Trustees. Panelists include Todd Dupler, an attorney and Director of Government Relations for The Recording Academy in Washington D.C.; an artist from The Recording Academy's Florida Chapter; and a representative from a member of Florida's congressional delegation. An informal discussion of the issues over cocktails and light dinner will follow. 
For additional information about this program, including registration and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Susan Stephan, Director of Development at NSU Shepard Broad College of Law, at 954-262-6261 or
Realizing Potential: The Campaign for Nova Southeastern University

NSU offers opportunities for students to realize their potential because of donors who give to scholarship funds and sponsor programs and clinics to prepare our graduates for successful careers.  Find out more about the Realizing Potential Campaign. If you're interested in donating to the NSU College of Law, please contact Susan Stephan.
NSU Kicks Off Black History Month Celebration with 13th Annual African Presence Art Exhibit

This year's exhibition is "ASCENT" Black Women's Expressions," featuring the work of women of African descent from the local, national, and international art scene. The exhibit runs through March 4 in the Don Taft University Center.  Other Black History Month events are scheduled throughout the month through March 3.  Visit the NSU Schedule for a full listing including Live Jazz, movies and poetry reading. | Schedule

Putting Technology to Work for You: 
In Court, in the Office, and on the Road

Friday, February 19, 2016 | 7:30AM to 9:30AM | Shepard Broad College of Law Atrium
Advance registration is required | Live web streaming is available.

Learn how to use software and technology to efficiently run your law practice and present in court. Attorney Charles A. Morehead, III will present this seminar, including an interactive technology demonstration. The Florida Bar approved 2.0 CLE credit hours (including 0.5 hour Ethics) for this seminar.
Upcoming Law Center Plus: Friday, March 18 "Adding to Your Case: Examining and Cross-Examining Expert Witnesses"  Learn more about Law Center Plus
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.
SELSSELS Symposium - The Cost of Entertainment: A Comprehensive Look into the Cost of Sports & Entertainment in the Modern Era

February 20, 2016 | 8:30am - 6pm

The Symposium will feature faculty and attorneys from Florida and throughout the U.S. The event will provide an interdisciplinary review of issues involving business and industry responses to Concussions on Athletes from High School to the Professional Levels, The HGH Peyton Manning Issue & Revenge Post & Porn, Artists Taking Back The Control Of The Distribution of Music, and Sports Gambling on Websites Like Draft Kings and FanDuel. The Florida Bar has approved 8.0 CLE Credit Hours (General) for this seminar.  Register online and view the detailed agenda.
BHMEventReclaiming the Vision: The Role of Black Professionals in the Criminal Justice System

February 25, 2016 | 6pm | Pre-Reception at 5:30pm | Carl de Santis Building

Hosted by the Black Law Students Association, Caribbean Law Students Association and Nat'l Black Prosecutors Association.  RSVP Today
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 College of Law

Professor Mark Dobson, Program Director brings this intensive week-long program to help develop and perfect your skills in all of the challenging arts of trial advocacy, persuasion, and communication in a realistic trial setting, 
NSU Law Alumni Receive 15% Discount, use code NOVA at registration.
auctionPublic Interest Law Society 23rd Annual Auction

March 10, 2016 | 6pm - 9pm
Save the Date! Location Info Coming Soon!

NSU's Public Interest Law Society, along with the Student Bar Association and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity is hosting the Annual PILS Auction. The auction is intended to celebrate the work of our previous Public Interest Fellows, and raise funds to continue the public interest tradition at the Shepard Broad College of Law. To donate items for the auction, please contact Bea Serrano.  To fully fund a fellowship in your name, please contact  Jennifer Gordon, Esq., Director of Public Interest Programs.
NSU Law Hosts ABA Cyberspace Law Winter Working Meeting 

On January 29 and 30, 2016, the American Bar Association's Cyberspace Law Committee held its annual Winter Working Meeting at NSU College of Law at Nova Southeastern University. Attorneys and Professors from Europe, Canada and the United States spent a day and a half discussing a broad range of topics related to cyberspace, cybersecurity, and federal and international law related to internet technology. NSU Law Dean Jon Garon presented a Cyberspace Year in Review CLE at the Friday luncheon. Seminar attendees enjoyed a reception Friday evening and NSU Law students enjoyed complimentary admission to the meeting.  

NSU Law Center Plus January 22 "The Balancing Act" Managing Work and Life in a 24/7/365 World"

Professor Leslie Cooney, NSU Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Jaime Tarter, Sarahnell Murphy (JD 1995) and Stephen Mellor (JD 2006) presented a discussion on how to balance life while maintain a busy law practice.  Dr. Tartar explained the effect stress has on the brain and gave suggestions on how to deal with it. Ms. Murphy, a busy Assistant State Attorney, spoke about maintaining competence while managing a heavy caseload and supervising young lawyers without sacrificing family and friends, and Mr. Mellor spoke about an attorney's duty to be diligent while managing clients, and shared his "work hard-play hard" philosophy.
Faculty News
Tim Canova
Professor Tim Canova published a book chapter, "The new global dis/order in central banking and public finance," published by Edward Elgar Publications in a volume entitled Research Handbook on Political Economy and Law (2015, John D. Haskell and Ugo Mattei, eds.)

Adjunct Professor and Veterans Law Clinic Director Jayme Cassidy is directing the new NSU Law Legal Incubator Program.  This program will serve Veterans and low-to-moderate income people while also offering new attorneys the infrastructure and training needed to get their law practice started. For more information, visit the Incubator webpage.
Professor Kathy Cerminara published her annual supplement to the book she co-authored, The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking (Aspen Publishers, 3d ed). 

Professor Phyllis Coleman's book Florida Family Law: Text and Commentary was published by Carolina Academic Press.  

Professor Michael Dale co-authored "In Re Lewis" for National Institute for Trial Advocacy's case file, published by LexisNexis.  The case is NITA's first juvenile delinquency case file. He co-authored an op-ed piece in the Sun Sentinel, "The Dark Hole That is the Broward Dependency Court." 

Professor Joel Mintz was a commentator at the 2016 Association of American Law Schools (AALS) annual meeting, in a session on "How to Involve Students in Real World Problems," co-sponsored by the AALS Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, and Agriculture and Food Law Sections.  His 2015 update to his treatise, State and Local Government Environmental Liability, was published by Thomson Reuters/West Publishing Company.

Frank Orlando, a former Circuit Judge in Broward County, is the Director of the Center for the Study of Youth Policy at NSU Law. He was featured in "This Week in South Florida" on January 3, 2016. Orlando spoke on a panel concerning juvenile rights. View it online.

Amanda Foster
Professor Roma Perez and Associate Professor Amanda Foster presented at the Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop in December 2015, hosted by Florida International University College of Law in Miami. 

Becka Rich, Senior Associate Director
of the Panza Maurer Law Library had her program proposal, Making Legal Research an Epic Win: Using Games to Engage Lawyers and Students accepted for the joint 2016 SEAALL/SWALL Annual Conference in Dallas April 14-16, 2016.  

Alison Rosenberg, Head of Outreach and Reference Services at the Panza Maurer Law Library was selected by the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) for its 2016 Leadership Academy.

John Sanchez
Professor John Sanchez wrote an article that was published in the American Journal of Trial Advocacy, The Accrual of Constructive Discharge Claims Under Title VII, 39 Am. J. Trial Advocacy 65 (2015).

Professor Florence Shu-Acquaye has accepted an offer from the Houston International Law Journal to publish her article titled "The Ebola Virus Prevention and Human Rights Implications." 
Students Earn Top 4 Spot at Southern Regional Trial Competition

NSU Law students Calvin Austin, Ashanda Carter, Anya Francis, and Chelsea Strayhorn finished in the top four at the at the Southeastern Regional Conference of the National Black Law Students Association Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition.  The team competed in six trials over four days, winning all their trials to get into the "Final Four." Their coaches were NSU Law Alumni Harold Pryor (JD 2012), Assistant State Attorney in Broward County, FL and Nikeisha Pryor (JD 2011), a commercial litigation associate at Broad and Cassel in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Law Faculty Recognize Professor & Student for Contributions

Yineth Sanchez (3L), President of Nova Trial Association has been selected by faculty for the Stephanie Aleong Impact Award. Ms. Sanchez chose associate professor Megan Chaney for having the most influence on her law school career. The award will be presented at the annual Barrister's Ball on February 6. The Stephanie Aleong is one of NSU Law's most valuable awards recognizing students who have exhibited compassion, dedication and positive influence as Professor Aleong once did before losing her battle with cancer at the age of 38.
Student Publishes Article on Greyhound Racing

Victoria Lynn Perniola (3L) published Greyhound Racing: Florida's Most Dependent Child, 7 JAEL 67 (Fall 2015) in the Journal of Animal and Environmental Law. | Article Link
Student Invited to Tallahassee for Dean's Day

Dual-Degree student Saamia Ali Shaikh had the unique opportunity to participate in Dean's Day which is a chance for medical students to meet state legislators.  Saamia also met the State Surgeon General, Dr. John Armstrong. As representatives from all of Florida's medical schools, they formed a strong presence to lobby commons interests such as increasing Graduate Medical Education and ensuring the continuation of Medicaid payments to the state's public medical schools.
NSU Alumni Association Presents "Improv Your Life"

All alumni and students are invited to attend one of the Improv Your Life presentations by Mary T. Curtis.  NSU Law Mentors and Mentees met Mary T. Curtis when she presented at the Mentoring Program kickoff breakfast.  Learn how to: Think on your feet and under pressure, improve communications, and learn collaboration skills. Register online
Class Actions
Jennifer Diaz
Jennifer Diaz, (JD 2006) has opened her own firm, Diaz Trade Law P.A. specializing in Customs and International Trade Services and was recently elected the Executive Vice President of the Organization of Women in International Trade.

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

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Law Center Plus provides ongoing skills training and other resources for our alumni, especially our newest members.  A series of ten seminars each year will include practice skills that will build confidence among new attorneys and educate all our alumni seeking to improve their knowledge and skills in a variety of areas.  Seminars are held monthly on Friday mornings at the College of Law and are free to alumni in their first 24 months post-graduation.  Other alumni and attorneys may attend for a registration fee.  All attendees receive a continental breakfast and CLE credits.

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