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

March 11 - Mentoring Program Breakfast

March 18 - Law Center Plus: Adding to Your Case: Examining and Cross Examining Expert Witnesses

March 30 - Unlocking the Barriers: Recent Developments Regarding U.S. Laws on Expanding Trade and Commerce with Cuba 

NSU Law and The Recording Academy Go "On the Record" for Artists' Rights

NSU Law in partnership with The Recording Academy Florida Chapter hosted, "On the Record: Artists and Advocacy in the Legislative Arena " at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Thursday, March 3, 2016.  The event brought together a diverse panel comprised of Todd Dupler, an attorney and Director of Government Relations for The Recording Academy in Washington D.C.; Joel Richard, Legislative Counsel for Congressman Ted Deutch; and Dan Warner, GRAMMY, Latin GRAMMY, and Emmy winning producer and guitarist. The informal discussion centered on artists' rights currently under legislative development.
mentorMentoring Program Breakfast

Friday, March 11, 2016 | 7:15am

Mentors and Mentees will meet for the final Mentoring Program breakfast this semester.  Guest speakers are Matthew Miller (JD 1997) and Paul B. Ranis will discuss "Creating a Career Path Plan"  followed by an interactive exercise for Mentors and Mentees. Current Mentors and Mentees, please RSVP by March 9. 

lcpAdding to Your Case: Examining and Cross 
Examining Expert Witnesses

Friday, March 18, 2016 | 7:30AM to 9:30AM | Shepard Broad College of Law Atrium
Advance registration is required | Live web streaming is available.

Learn skills for using expert witness testimony at trial including strategy, form and rules of evidence. Role Play demonstrations are included.

Presented by Profs. Michael J. Dale and Kathryn Webber, Valerie Barnhart, Esq. of Kelley Kronenberg and Jack L. Harari, M.D., J.D., F.A.A.E.M. Associate Dean of FAU College of Medicine.
Upcoming for April Special Session: "Changing Climates, Sea Levels and Species: Legal & Policy Responses for South Florida." See details below for CLE info.

Cigar Roller
Cigar Roller at Prime Cigar & Wine Bar
cubaUnlocking the Barriers: Recent Developments Regarding U.S. Laws on
Expanding Trade and Commerce with Cuba 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Changes in US-Cuba relations are creating business opportunities on the island. Learn about US trade and customs law affecting travel, transactions, establishing physical operations in Cuba and relief projects. Presented by Jennifer Diaz, Esq. CLE credit approved by the Florida Bar View details and register online.
lcp-aprilChanging Climates, Sea Levels, and Species: Legal & Policy Responses for South Florida

Friday, April 8, 2016 | 9:15 AM - 2:45 PM
NSU Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography

Panels will discuss topics from Economic, Real Estate and Risk Management issues to Habit Management from the perspectives of science and law. Special edition grants 5 CLE general or 5 board certified credits in City, County and Local Government Law, Real Estate or State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice. | Reserve your seat to this special edition of Law Center Plus
barFlorida Bar Induction Ceremony

Monday,  April 11, 2016 | 6 PM - 8 PM
Panza Maurer Law Library, 3rd Floor

Join us to celebrate our alumni who passed the February 2016 Bar Exam. Reception to follow ceremony. | RSVP

stuey17th STUEYS Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 | Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center

The 17th Annual Awards Ceremony will honor the recipients of the The Student Life Achievement Awards, in a celebration of NSU's best in Academic Excellence, Student Centered, Integrity, Innovation, Opportunity, Scholarship/Research, Diversity, and Community. Watch for upcoming news on finalists and event details.  For more information, visit the STUEY page.
42 Public Service Organizations Tabled at NSU Law's Public Interest Law Day

This year, 42 federal, state, and local public service organizations attended NSU Law's Public Interest Law Day on Thursday, February 18 at NSU Law.  Attending Public Interest Law Day is a great way for students to learn more about the organizations and about the different pro bono, internship, clinical, fellowship, and employment opportunities available.  Over 70 NSU Alumni represented various organizations at the event.  Thanks to all the NSU Law Alumni who participated.  
Write-Right Workshop Helps 1L Students Present Themselves for Public Service Summer Opportunities

Professor Olympia Duhart, Legal Research and Writing program director, along with Associate Professors Heather Baxter, Jane Cross, Camille Lamar, and Joseph Hnylka presented the LRW Student Outreach Event, "Write Right: Strategies for Summer Success and Service," in partnership with Assistant Dean Robert Levine and Public Interest Law Program director, Jennifer Gordon.  The presentation was aimed at 1L students and included a panel discussion by Valerie Barnhart (JD 2010) and Vanessa Coe (JD 2011), both of whom are law firm partners.  Also participating was Khalil H. Quinlan (3L), currently a clinic student at the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office. 
Faculty News
Professor Kathy Cerminara accepted an offer from the Washburn Law Journal to publish her article, "Law, Perception, and Cultural Cognition Near the End of Life," in volume 55, issue 3.

Professor Mark Dobson
Professor Mark Dobson appeared on the WPBT-TV "Viewpoint" program, which aired several times in February. Dobson discussed the Criminal Justice Reform Act now pending in Congress, and the issues of racial disparity in prosecution and incarceration.  He was joined by Professor Tamara Lawson from St. Thomas University School of Law. 

Professor Debra Moss Curtis and Dean Jon Garon
presented at the annual meeting of the U.S. Law Group in Amelia Island, FL on March 2, 2016, leading a discussion on the Future of the Legal Profession and the Role of Legal Education. See Jon M. Garon and Debra Moss Curtis. "Connecting to Legal Education: Mapping and Navigating the Modern Legal MarketplaceNova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law (2016),
Professor Richard Grosso was quoted in an article entitled, "That Sinking Feeling" in The American Prospect (Winter 2016), an article about sea level rise in South Florida and the effects it could have on the economy, development, real estate, insurance, and livability for the millions of Floridians who live in the region.  

Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus Joseph Harbaugh has received his second Fulbright Specialist Fellowship. Harbaugh will be visiting the University of Barcelona Faculty of Law during the spring 2016 term.  As a Fulbright Fellow, Harbaugh will teach, present a negotiation program and lectures for the Barcelona Bar Association and provide in-house workshops for several large Barcelona firms.

Professor Bob Jarvis was quoted in the Tampa Bay Times article, "PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking the proposed gaming compact." Jarvis also co-authored Baseball and the Law: Cases and Materials published by Carolina Academic Press. The book encompasses all legal aspects of the sport of baseball, with the hopes that law schools across the nation can offer more baseball law courses.

Professor Kate Webber accepted an offer from The Columbia Journal of Gender and Law to publish her article, Families are More Popular than Feminism: Exploring the Greater Judicial Success of Family and Medical Leave Laws.

Professor James Wilets appeared on NBC on February 15, speaking about the Guantanamo Commission trials.  Wilets commented on the debate about women guarding Islamic men at the compound.  Wilets also has published two chapters in the Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine on the International Criminal Court and International Criminal Law generally

Eric Young, Assistant Dean for Law Library & Technology Services and Assistant Professor of Law will have a book chapter entitled, "Why this 'Latchkey Kid' Needs Millennial Leaders" to be published in Millennial Leadership in Libraries slated for early 2017.
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Call for Alumni Judges

March 19 - 20 | 3rd Annual Mark Dobson 1L Tournament 

This tournament offers first year law students the opportunity to experience a mock trial closing argument. CLE credits will be earned for participation. | Sign up online

April 9 - 10 | 2016 Annual Feinrider Competition

NSU Law Moot Court Society is seeking alumni judges for its annual competition. Sign up to judge either or both days.  Lunch on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday is included. | Sign up online
Students Compete in Transactional Law Meet for 5th Year

Geoffrey Langbart (3L) and Nikolaos Zervos (3L) represented NSU Law at the 2016 Transactional LawMeet on Friday, February 26th in Athens, Georgia for the Southeast Regional Rounds.  Ledell Williams, Jr. (2L) attended as our alternate. This is the fifth year the law school has participated in this meet. The team was coached by Professor Donna Litman. 
Student Visits DC for Rare Disease Week and Works with Members of the House

Candace Lerman visited Washington, D.C. for Rare Disease Week from February 29- March 3. Throughout her visit, Candace was able to tour the National Institutes for Health (NIH), and meet with Congress on legislation for funding NIH and reforming the drug approval process. During last year's Rare Disease Week, Candace was able to work with members of the House on a provision called the OPEN Act. This year, Candace worked with the Senate on a similar bill which will allow rare disease patients to use FDA approved drugs off-label. Learn more about Candace's advocacy efforts through her website,

Interpretation and Translation Assistance Program (ITAP) launched through ILSA
The International Law Students Association (ILSA) has launched a student program called Interpretation and Translation Assistance Program (ITAP). ITAP works with Legal Aid of Broward County to assist their attorneys in translating and interpreting political asylum interviews for indigent families. All NSU Law students are encouraged to join, but participants must be fluent in both Spanish and English. Pro Bono hours are available. For more information and to request to join this program, contact Yineth Sanchez at
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
On February 22, 2016, at the Broward County Courthouse, four of the newest Judges of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court were robed.  All four judges are NSU Law alumni.

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

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.
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Law Center Plus Seminar Series: Continuing Your Legal Education
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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