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

July 15 - Law Center Plus CLE - "Probate A to Z: Guiding You Through the Statutes, Rules, and Procedures" | Register Now

July 18-21 - Global Law Education Conference

August 9-13 - Trial Advocacy Summer Institute (TASI)
Global Law Education Conference

July 18-21, 2016 | H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business, Carl DeSantis Building 

NSU Law's International Consortium for Global Legal Education will present its first annual Faculty Training Workshop. Twenty- three law professors from Argentina, the Bahamas, China, England, Jamaica, India, Lebanon, Trinidad and Tobago will be attending. The sessions, all led by NSU Law professors, will focus on active learning methodologies, including the National Institute for Trial Advocacy's "Learning by Doing" methodology, experiential learning and teaching, collaborative learning techniques, and the use of rubrics. The four-day training will be live-streamed.

About the Consortium: The mission of the International Consortium for Global Legal Education is to promote and foster a diverse global community of legal educators, to develop best practices in legal education, and to encourage research and collaboration through free membership. | Learn More


Friday, July 15, 2016 | 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM | NSU Shepard Broad College of Law 

NSU Law presents a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar program on probate. Participants will understand probate statutes, rules & procedures (FL); how probate impacts other areas: real estate, family law, debtor/creditor; handling special challenges in probate cases; and recent procedural changes in Broward & Miami-Dade. 

The Florida Bar approved 2.0 CLE credit hours (general) or 2.0 CLE hours for those Board Certified in Elder Law or Wills, Trusts & Estates. Live web streaming is available. 
August 9-13, 2016 | NSU College of Law

The NSU Trial Association is proud to host the Second Annual Trial Advocacy Summer Institute (TASI) August 9 - 13, 2016 at NSU College of Law. TASI is a five day course taught by NSU Law faculty and members of our litigation community. Students will practice oral advocacy, trial skills, while learning how to: (1) deliver opening statements and closing arguments, (2) conduct direct and cross examinations, and (3) apply basic evidence law in a trial setting. Registration for students is open.

The trial association is seeking attorneys and judges with extensive trial experience to serve as faculty members from Tuesday to Friday, and act as evaluators and judges on Saturday afternoon for the students' final trials. CLE credit will be available. If interested, please contact Professor Megan Chaney at
In Memoriam: The Honorable Mark Polen, NSU Adjunct Professor

Mark Polen, age 71, passed away on June 21, 2016.   Judge Polen served as a Circuit Judge from 1979 to 1988 in the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County where he presided in the Juvenile, Civil, and Criminal Divisions.  He was appointed to the 4th District Court of Appeal in 1989 where he served until his retirement in 2013. Since retiring, Judge Polen served as a senior judge in the 15th Judicial Circuit for Palm Beach County, FL on occasion. He was known for being smart and hard-working.  Judge Polen was an adjunct professor at NSU Law where he co-taught Family Law Litigation Workshop with Judge Renee Goldenberg (JD 1984). | Read More 
NSU Law Advocate: Highlighting Innovation
Introducing NSU Law's 2016 Alumni Magazine

NSU College of Law announces its 2016 alumni magazine, NSU Law Advocate. This special edition features articles showcasing NSU Law's innovative programs such as the Legal Incubator Program, Global Law Leadership Initiative, and Mentoring Programs, among others. Stay updated on the latest accomplishments of faculty, staff, students, and alumni in this annual publication.

NSU Law Incubator Program Assists Alumna in Launching Her Solo Practice
The NSU Law Legal Incubator Program was launched in April 2016 under the direction of Staff Attorney Jayme Cassidy. This post-graduate program enables NSU College of Law graduates to start their own solo, small firm, or non-profit practices while serving the veteran community and low and moderate income individuals. Recent graduates are carefully selected to participate in the program, and are given the infrastructure and basic training needed to get their practices up and running, while also providing the local community legal assistance at an affordable cost. 

As part of the incubator's mission to help our recent graduates gain success, we are pleased to support Chaya Posner (2012) as she successfully completes the launch of her solo practice. Chaya's practice will focus in the areas of: long term planning for children and adults with disabilities including education and benefits provisions, Wills, Trusts, and Probate. 

Ms. Posner is accepting pro-bono cases in those areas via the NSU Law Clinical Programs legal hotline: 954-262-6492. 
Judge Renee Goldenberg & Steven Goldenberg

NSU Law hosted an Alumni Reception June 16 in Orlando at The Florida Bar Convention. Alumni, Faculty Judges and members of The Florida Bar leadership enjoyed the reception.  Dean Jon M. Garon spoke briefly about the many new programs at NSU Law and our students and alumni who were receiving awards for their achievements during the Convention. Thanks to all who attended!
Find Fellow Alumni with New Online Directory

Join NSU Connect to network with fellow alumni, register for events, find jobs, and advance your career.  Sign up for this interactive community today, using your LinkedIn or Facebook account.  

It's easy to get started! Sign up at
Update of Law Alumni Directory Underway

During July and August 2016, NSU Law alumni will be contacted by NSU and our partner vendor Publishing Concepts, L.P. to collect and update contact information to assist in the creation of "Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law Alumni Directory 2017", a printed directory filled with information on our 9000+ living alumni. This project is sanctioned and approved by the Office of Alumni Relations. The information collected is used to update the University's records to ensure that we are able to share accurate information with you about alumni events and NSU news. The contact information collected will also enable you to search for former classmates and acquaintances.

This directory is only published once every 10 years and is one of the many benefits provided to you as an NSU Law alumnus. You may place an order for this useful networking tool when you update your contact information.

For questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or (954) 262-6295.
Faculty News
Professor Heather Baxter has earned promotion to Full Professor.

Professor Randolph Braccialarghe was appointed  to the Uniform Law Commission for 2016-2017 and will serve on the Criminal Justice Reform Committee. 
Professors Ron Brown and Joe Grohman
accepted an offer of publication in the Real Estate Law Journal for their article, Letters of Intent: There Ought To Be A Law, A Uniform Law!. The journal is peer-reviewed and published by Thompson/Reuters, and the article will appear in the December 2016 book.
Professor Megan Chaney has earned tenure and promotion to Full Professor.

Professor Debra Curtis has been selected as one of eight fellows internationally to attend the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism (NIFTEP) workshop at Mercer University School of Law in October 2016. Part of the workshop is takes place in conjunction with the 17th Annual Georgia Symposium on Professionalism and Ethics sponsored on October 6-7 at Mercer University Law School by Mercer's Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism.  The workshop is co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism 
Jon Garon
Dean Jon Garon accepted an offer of publication for The Lawyer's Role in Promoting the Use of Fair Use, with the Journal of International Media & Entertainment Law published by the Biederman Institute at Southwestern Law School in association with the ABA Forum on Communication Law and Forum on
 the Entertainment and Sports Industries.

Professor Camille Lamar has earned promotion to Full Professor.
Professor and Dean Elena Langan has earned promotion to Full Professor.

Professor and Dean Michelle Struffolino has earned promotion to Full Professor.
Professor Jim Wilets was interviewed by NBC-6 on June 20, 2016 about gun control in Congress. 
Student News
Jared Rosenstein, a rising 2L part time student, was a recipient of the Florida Bar Animal Law Committee's Outstanding Service Award for a Law Student.  Jared received his award at the Florida Bar annual meeting in Orlando for "further[ing] the purpose and goals of the Animal Law Committee" in both his professional and personal life.  

Currently the legislative assistant for another animal advocate and NSU law graduate, Representative Moskowitz, the two have teamed up to propose many animal-protection bills.  Governor Rick Scott recently signed this important law that Jared authored and shepherded through the legislative process.  It provides immunity from civil liability for people who rescue a "domestic animal from a motor vehicle." In drafting the bill, Jared demonstrated the analytical and writing skills of an experienced attorney rather than a first year student.
Tereza Horakova, a dual-degree student, published her second blog article in the NITA Advocate, "An Overview of the 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure."
Khadijah Charles accepted a full-time teaching position at Sunrise Middle, teaching English and Debate while also coaching their mock trial team. She will be teaching at the same school she interned with during her Street Law class she took last year with Judge Diaz. Khadijah will start in August and continue her legal studies part-time. 
Class Actions
Alumni Assume Leadership Roles for 2016-2017 Broward County Bar Association
  • Officers: Edwina V. Kessler (1994, Treasurer), Michael A. Fischler (1978, Secretary), Robin Moselle (1991, Past President)
  • Directors: Jamie Finizio-Bascombe (1993), Kimberly A, Gilmour (1985), Michelle J. Gomez (2000), Kenneth J. Joyce (1993), Michael D. Leader, Anita Paoli (1990), Alison F. Smith (2003)
  • Young Lawyers Officers: Sara M. Sandler (2008, President-Elect) Jeffrey M. Wank (2009, Past President), Brent M. Reitman (2010, Treasurer), Lindsay M. Massillon (2011, Secretary)
  • Young Lawyers Directors: Omar A. Giraldo (2011), Harold F. Pryor (2012), Nikeisha Pryor (2012), Eric S. Rosen (2007), H. Seth Rosenthal (2014)
  • Young Lawyers Judicial Representatives: The Hon. Robert F. Diaz (1984), The Hon. Kal L. Evans (2003), and The Hon. Stephen J. Zaccor (1998)
Jared Moskowitz (JD 2008), received the 2016 Leadership Award from The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section for his work 
in the Florida legislature.

The Honorable Sheri Polster Chappell with the US Middle District of Florida Court received this years William M Hoeveler Judicial Professionalism Award at the FL Bar Convention in June 2016. The award is presented to one who carries out Judge Hoeveler's "ideal of professionalism: character, competence, commitment, and civility."

In this issue of Class Actions: Sandy Karlan, Rafael Suarez-Rivas, Cherri F. Goudreau, Claudia Jo, Juliette E. Lippman, Michael Patrick McDaniel, John C. Primeau, Maureen Martinez, Jane West, Francesca Russo, Steven W. Marcus, Alison F. Smith, Sandy T. Fox, Jennifer C. Erdelyi, Louis Reinstein, Marvis Jenkins, Meochia Clayton, Valerie B. Barnhart, Eric Arckey, Tomas Jodar Cobo, George L. Metcalfe, Jr., Joseph Natiello, Harold Pryor, Rebecca A. Rodriguez, Jonathan W. Chambers, Cristina Cossio, Michelle K. Saurez, Tamara C. Chen-See, Derek Betts

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

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