Fall 2016 Welcome Letter
This August, we welcomed the class of 2019-20 to the Shepard Broad College of Law for orientation. 250 students – including 24 international students – selected NSU Law as their academic home and their future alma mater. These students come from a wide array of universities and continue NSU Law's strength as a vibrant, highly diverse community of learners dedicated to justice and civic engagement. With new and returning students filling our classrooms, the atmosphere is truly electrifying. The class size was also ten percent higher than our goals and our last year class!
Over the summer we worked through a transformation of the student services suites, classroom technology, the atrium, and the Panza Maurer Law Library. We added ten small group study rooms and began replacing every desk and chair in the library suite. Although more work will be done and additional new furniture is still on order, this investment to modernize our building is a reflection of the work being done by the faculty, staff, and administration to continue modernizing all aspects of our law school community.
The modernization of the library facility has been supplemented by a substantial new investment in both our print and electronic collection. As faculty scholarship and student research have grown, we made the decision to invest in our library’s collection and student spaces to assure that the library remains a centerpiece for the law school. It enables us to put our faculty scholarship, public speakers, student journals, NSU Law Trial & Appellate Advocacy Program, alongside student study spaces and community legal resources. The work is returning the library to the heart of NSU.
As I begin my third year at NSU, I am more thankful that I have become part of this community than ever before. We have now partnered with the Broward County Bar Association to work on issues like climate change, problems that have a profound global and local impact. We were honored to have the president of the Florida Bar, Ramón Abadin, to serve as our graduation speaker.
The Shepard Broad College of Law also continues to expand its partnership with other colleges at NSU. Our most recent dual-degree program allows students to complete a JD and Master’s degree in Public Health which deepens the Health Law concentration and prepares our graduates to serve the public. With the NSU launch of the College of Engineering and Computing, the law school will be growing additional courses and dual degree options for new technology, security, and innovation-based courses.
Perhaps the most interesting addition to the law school is the new Legal Incubator program. For recent graduates, the law school has a unique program to help them develop the skills, training, and supervision needed to launch their own practice while providing pro bono service through our Veterans Law Clinic. This partnership – combining legal service to those in need with high quality training and support – creates a unique opportunity for those attorneys ready to take control over their practice while making a difference in their community.
These efforts would not be possible without the generous support of our donors and alumni. For all you do for our students, we are deeply grateful. For the next year's students joining us, we are enthusiastic that they will continue to receive the support of our faculty, staff, alumni, and legal community.
I look forward to continuing our partnership with you to further NSU Shepard Broad College of Law, and making a difference in the lives of our students and the clients they serve. Please join me in welcoming our newest students to NSU Shepard Broad College of Law and welcoming back our 2L, 3L, and 4L classes. We are thrilled to be back in class.
Jon M. Garon
Dean and Professor of Law