Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law | April 2016
In this Issue

Upcoming Events 

April 5 - Alumni Reception, Barcelona, Spain hosted by Baker & McKenzie

April 5 & 6 - Public Interest Law Society Auction

April 8 - Environmental Law CLE Event - Changing Climates, Sea Levels, and Species: Legal & Policy Responses for South Florida

April 11 - Florida Bar Induction Ceremony

April 12 - STUEYs Award Presentation

April 18 - DC Metro Alumni Reception & Presentation

June 16 - Florida Bar Annual Convention Alumni Reception
NSU Law Receives $1 Million Grant to Establish Innovative Clinic for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
L to R: Joan Rothman,Howard J. Rothman, Chairman of the Board of Directors and President, The Taft Foundation; College of Law Dean Jon M. Garon; and Shannon Prohaszka, The Taft Foundation Project Officer

The Shepard Broad College of Law received a $1 million grant from The Taft Foundation to establish an innovative clinical program. The new clinic will address the legal needs of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (AIDD) and their families. The NSU AIDD Law Clinic will launch in the fall of 2016 and begin enrolling third-year students to staff it by January 2017. 

"Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have a myriad of legal issues that can impede their independence and infringe on their individual rights," said Jon Garon, J.D., dean of NSU's Shepard Broad College of Law. "This is an exciting opportunity for us to serve this vastly underserved population by partnering with The Taft Foundation to provide pro bono legal services."  | Read the entire story
Barcelona Alumni Reception

Tuesday, April 5 | 7:00 PM

Join faculty and dual degree program alumni from the University of Barcelona (UB) for a reception at the law offices of Baker & McKenzie in Barcelona, Spain. The reception highlights a visit by Dean Jon Garon and Associate Dean Catherine Arcabascio and the installation of new Barcelona Dean Xavier Pons Rafols.
2016 Public Interest Law Society Auction
Join us online or in person!
April 5th & 6th | 11 AM - 1PM & 5 PM - 7 PM | NSU Law Atrium
To join us remotely:
1. Check out the full list of auction items.
2. Pick your favorites!
3. Email and let us know what you're bidding on. Include your name, email, address, phone number and maximum bid amount.  A student representative will bid on the item and let you know if you've won.  

All bids are due by Wednesday, April 6 by 6:59 PM
enviroChanging Climates, Sea Levels, and Species: Legal & Policy Responses for South Florida

Friday, April 8, 2016 | 9:15 AM to 2:45 PM | NSU Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography - 5 CLE Credits

Effective planning requires expertise from both legal and science professionals.  NSU brings the expertise together at the beautiful Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center, 8000 N. Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, FL. Panels will discuss topics from Economic, Real Estate and Risk Management issues to Habit Management from the perspectives of science and law. The Florida Bar approved 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.
inductionFlorida Bar Induction Ceremony

Monday, April 11, 2016 | 6 PM - 8:00 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
stueys17th 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 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 event details.  For more information, visit the STUEY page.
Finalists from the NSU College of Law:

Alumni of the Year
Valerie Barnhart, Esq. - Shepard Broad College of Law
Co-Curricular Adviser of the Year
Donna Litman, J.D. - Shepard Broad College of Law
Corporate Partner of the Year  
Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc. / Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Inc. 
Graduate Organization of the Year
Nova Trial Association - Shepard Broad College of Law
Student of the Year
Yineth Sanchez - Shepard Broad College of Law

Congratulations to all!
DC Metro Alumni Reception at the Washington City Club

Monday, April 18, 2016 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Meet NSU Law Dean Jon Garon, NSU President George L. Hanbury, II, Ph.D. and fellow NSU Alumni at the City Club of Washington, 555 13th Street NW, Washington DC .  Enjoy networking, food, drinks and cash bar to follow for only $20 per person.  Managing 21st Century Threats: Staying Safe at Home, School and Work will be presented by David Benson, a former US State Department Senior Special Agent with the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.  Please register in advance online.
NSU Law Alumni Admitted to Practice Before Supreme Court of the United States

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Twelve NSU Law alumni will be sworn in to practice before the Court and watch oral argument.  The Court is also expected to release one or more decisions on April 19 concerning cases that have been argued earlier in the term.

FLBarReceptionThe Florida Bar Annual Convention Alumni Reception

June 16, 2016 | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Save the date for the Alumni Reception at The Florida Bar Annual Convention in Orlando, FL.  This year, the convention is at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Orlando, FL.  Enjoy complimentary food and drinks.  Register Online
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Health Policy Attorney Daniel Dawes to Discuss ObamaCare at NSU

Nova Southeastern University will host attorney and NSU alumnus Daniel Dawes as part of Farquhar Honors College's Distinguished Speaker Series on Wednesday, April 13. Dawes is the executive director of health policy and external affairs at the Morehouse School of Medicine and a lecturer at Morehouse's Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine. He founded and chaired the National Working Group on Health Disparities and Health Reform and is the co-founder of the Health Equity Leadership and Exchange Network. Dawes is an instrumental player in a large coalition of organizations that helped shape the Affordable Care Act (or ObamaCare), and will explain the law through a health equity lens, focusing on what it is intended to do and how it affects various groups. Free tickets are available as of Monday, April 4th. For more information, call (954) 262-8236 or email
Call for Papers: Nova Law Review 2016 Symposium
Regulating Innovation in Health Care: Protecting the Public or Stifling Progress?

Call for papers:

- Deadline for Abstracts: May 15, 2016
- Deadline for Articles: August 15, 2016
Contact Alison Barbiero, Editor-in-Chief at

Presentation Topics include:
  • New and Emerging Business Models
  • Technology, Information and IP Issues
  • FDA Issues
  • Healthcare Coverage
  • Politics & Policy
For More Info Contact NSU Law Professors and Co-Faculty Organizers:
Professor Kathy Cerminara | | 954-262-6193
Professor Marilyn Uzdavines | | 954-262-6265

Save the Date! Friday, October 14, 2016
Faculty News
Professor Randolph Braccialarghe as been appointed Vice Chair of the Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee effective July 1, 2016. 

Director of Veterans Law Clinic and Staff Attorney Jayme Cassidy was invited to appear on Dateline Health, a public service show that airs on Broward Education Communication Network (BECON). Cassidy spoke on behalf of NSU College of Law regarding veterans' services through the Veterans Law Clinic and Legal Incubator program. The episode is slated to air March 28 - April 10, 2016. Watch the show online.
Professor Debra Moss Curtis was quoted in an article in The Florida Bar News entitled, "Bar exam is focus of new dialog." Florida Bar News

Professor and Dean Jon Garon has accepted an offer of publication, Hidden Hands that Shaped the Marketplace of Ideas: Television's early transformation from Medium to Genre, 18 U. Denver Sports & Ent. L.J. __ (forthcoming 2016). Additionally, he has accepted an offer of publication, Jon. M. Garon, Seeking to Promote Security Over Privacy and Achieving Neither, 19 SMU SCI. & TECH. L. REV. __ (2016). 
Amanda Foster
Olympia Duhart and Amanda Foster Lead Presentation on LRW Pedagogy at Capital Area Legal Writing Conference

Professors Olympia Duhart and Amanda Foster presented March 12, 2016 at the Capital Area Legal Writing Conference at the University of Maryland Carey Law School. The two joined Professor Hugh Mundy (The John Marshall Law School) in a presentation about teaching methods to legal writing faculty from around the country. The talk was entitled: "It's Alive! Breathing New Life into Old Topics." The professors also shared their specific teaching tips on revitalizing common topics through the use of smart phones in the classroom, the staging of an "LRW Lounge," and the incorporation of celebrity news stories in class. 
Professor Pearl Goldman has published her book, Florida Criminal Law, through Carolina Academic Press

Professor and Dean Elena Langan published an article titled, The Elimination of Child "Custody" Litigation: Using Business Branding Techniques to Transform Social Behavior, 36:2 Pace L. Rev. 101 (2016). In addition, Elena is on a panel for the 2016 Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Workshop on Legal Education Discussion Group titled, God Created the World out of Nothing in Six Days: I'm Only the Academic Dean. Finally, she was selected to serve on the Association of American Law Schools, Associate Deans Section, Planning Committee, which is working on the 2017 AALS conference program for the section.
Professor Elena Marty-Nelson will have a chapter published in the forthcoming book Law, Religion and Health in the United States (Holly Fernandez Lynch et al. eds., Cambridge University Press forthcoming 2017) (co-authored). The article is entitled, The Intersection of Law, Religion, and Infectious Disease on the Handling and Disposition of Human RemainsHer piece honoring Professor Michael A. Olivas (currently serving as Interim President of the University of Houston) entitled The Olivas Guide: Navigating Through the Morass of In-State Residency Requirements for Higher Education was accepted for inclusion as a chapter in the upcoming book Law Professor and Accidental Historian: The Scholarship of Michael Olivas (Ediberto Roman, ed., Carolina Academic Press forthcoming 2016). She has accepted an offer of publication from Catholic University Law Review for her law review article entitled "Tears in Heaven: Religiously and Culturally Sensitive Laws for Preventing the Next Pandemic", 66 Cath. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2016-17) (co-authored).  She has submitted the manuscript for the 3rd edition of the casebook entitled Florida Wills, Trusts, and Estates: Cases and Materials (Carolina Academic Press 3d ed. forthcoming 2016) (with Rodriguez-Dod, Richmond, Litman & Maurer).
Director of the Center for the Study of Youth Policy Judge Frank Orlando was named to the 2016 University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance Alumni Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to the profession and to the children. 
Rebecca Rich has been appointed Secretary of the ACRL/IS Instructional Technologies Committee effective for one year.
Eric Young will be leaving NSU to take a position as director of the law library at the University of South Dakota. 
NSU Alumni Association Events
  • April 5: Life After NSU: Make the Right Impression Seminar Series | RSVP
  • April 6: The Power of Mindsets: Nurturing Resilience in Clients and Students | RSVP
  • April 7: Mercedes Benz Corporate Run Post Race SharkParty | RSVP
  • April 16: Sharkfest at Dave & Buster's | RSVP
  • April 18: Managing 21st Century Threats | RSVP

Visit the Alumni Event Page for Full Listing of Events

Student News
NSU Students Advance to Quarter Finals
Nelson Mandela International Negotiations Competition

The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) hosted a negotiation competition in Baltimore Maryland in March. NSU Students Mallorie Milord, Micheline Gros-Jean, Nahum Joseph, and Kristina Hornsby competed with law students from across the country. Nahum Joseph and Kristina Hornsby advance to the quarter final round.  The NSU BLSA team thanks all who assisted them, especially Professor Jane Cross and Dean Garon for their support.
NSU Health Law Students Compete at
Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Alana Cano, Sean Linder, and Georgia Nicolle Pons, represented NSU Law on March 18, 2016 in the Edward Bryant, Jr. National Health Law Transaction Competition in Chicago.  This is the fourth year the law school has participated in this competition. 

Matthew Horton (JD 2013), a health law attorney, and adjunct professor Gerald Morris (JD 1977) helped prepare our team in December by discussing "hot topics" with them. Law Professors who helped bench practice rounds include: Marilyn Uzdavines, Mark Dobson, Michael Dale, Joel Mintz, adjunct professor Gerald Morris and health law attorneys: Ira Coleman, Matthew Horton Jamaal Jones, Brett McNeal, Sylvia Reichert (nee Cobo),Amy Roskin, Maria Santi, Nicole Sauvola-LaMay, Fred Segal, and Zarinah St. Lawrence.  Faculty coaches were Kathy Cerminara and Donna Litman
Class Actions
 Valerie Barnhart, (JD 2010) a partner at Kelley Kronenberg in Fort Lauderdale, FL was featured in an article on March 4, 2016 about gender bias among attorneys.  She was also nominated for a STUEY Award for "Alumni of the Year."

Read more about Valerie and your fellow alumni who are reaching new levels of excellence in their respective fields in the PDF below.

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Director of Alumni Relations, Shepard Broad College of Law | 954-262-6303  

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