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Dear NSU Law Community:

In the midst of a stressful pandemic and economic hardship, our nation has been rocked by the heart-wrenching images and death of George Floyd. The College of Law recognizes that this spring has been a difficult one for our entire NSU community, as all of our lives have taken turns that were unimaginable just months ago. But we also recognize that we have not all been challenged in the same ways. The coronavirus pandemic, with its disproportionate impact on the health and economic status of communities of color, has revealed, once again, the deep disparities that continue to exist. And the recent acts of violence demonstrate, once again, the racism and injustice that persist in our society on the local and national levels.

As Dr. Hanbury, President of NSU shared, “NSU has a distinctive tradition of diversity in its student body, faculty, and staff for more than 50 years. Despite these credentials, it remains a work in progress to ensure continuous improvement. I understand that the university has not yet achieved all of its goals but will continue to strive to do so with your voice and engagement.”

The NSU Law faculty joins with our students in leading initiatives that turn those beliefs into action, and we urge all members of our community to be part of the solution. You have already received information about the NSU BLSA justice walkathon (5k) on June 12, 2020 at 6:00 pm and how to give your support, and we urge you to do so. In the coming days, our faculty, staff, and students will be circulating information about further engagement—additional resources, writing opportunities, townhalls, community panels and more. Now, more than ever, our community engagement and learning must be in the forefront to work together.

NSU Law stands in unity in denouncing racism, prejudice, and police brutality. I hope you will stay safe and know that everyone at NSU Law is here to support our entire community during these difficult times.

Debra Moss Vollweiler
Interim Dean
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law
Nova Southeastern University | Shepard Broad College of Law 

Community Opportunities
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We Wear the Mask | A Expressive Opportunity for Our Times
This invitation is open to all students at the NSU College of Law.

FULL DETAILS

All submissions should be emailed to Lynnette Sanchez Worthy at lworthy@nova.edu. Submissions will be accepted through July 1, 2020.

Submit an Entry

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The Fire This Time | A Writing Competition

This competition is open to all current full-time and part-time students enrolled at NSU Shepard Broad College of Law. All content must be original and previously unpublished. NSU Law will present awards to both the first and second place winners. A distinguished panel of attorneys, academics and activists will select the winning entries. The winning entries will also be published on the law school website. The first prize winner will receive $250 and a plaque; the second prize winner will receive a $100 prize. Winners will also be honored by a donation made to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in their names.

All entries must be submitted via email to Lynnette Sanchez Worthy. Letters must be 750 words or less and submitted in Word or PDF files. They must include the name, year, and email address of the participant. 

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READ ALEXIS' ESSAY

Alexis Beckford is the winner of “The Fire This Time” Essay-Writing Competition. The writing competition invited entries to address the anti-racism movement sweeping America, and to share their own reflections on this struggle. The judges chose Alexis’ entry from several strong essays received from students on every level. Dean Angela Onwuachi-Willig, the renowned legal scholar and author of the essay, “The Fire This Time,” served as the final judge on the competition. Other esteemed judges included our very own Prof. Jani Maurer and the acclaimed author Tananarive Due, who wrote the Civil Rights memoir Freedom in the Family.

We also congratulate Scott Ogiemwanye as our 2nd place winner and Richard Sena, who placed 3rd. We recognize Michelle Adams for earning an Honorable Mention for her entry. Each of the winners will also receive a small cash prize and a book by James Baldwin, author of The Fire Next Time.

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Florida’s 12 law schools propose solidarity and unified approach with new Consortium for Racial Justice.  Press Release.

 

SBA PANEL EVENT

UPGRADED CHARGES FOR DEREK CHAUVIN

Friday, June 19, 2020

6:00 pm

Join the Student Bar Association held a discussion on the upgraded charges brought against Derek Chauvin. The Zoom event was held on Friday, June 19, 2020 and moderated by Professor Megan Chaney. FULL DETAILS

Feel free to contact Camelia Craciun, SBA President, with any questions or comments. 

PANELISTS:

Rick King
: Alumni (J.D. '10), retired Police Officer, current Defense Attorney.
Danielle Dudai
: Alumni (J.D. '10), former Prosecutor, Founder of the Human Trafficking Unit at the Broward County State Attorney's Office, current Defense Attorney.
Josh Danz
: Alumni (J.D. '12), former Prosecutor, current Criminal Defense Attorney.
Andrew B. Dunkiel
: Alumni (J.D. '12), Assistant City Attorney for the City of Coral Springs, legal advisor to the Coral Springs Police Department.
Marjorie Alexis
: Alumni (J.D. '88), Chief Assistant for the Miami Dade PD Juvenile Court.

Black Law Student Association (BLSA)
Statement Release June 1, 2020

Books and Resources

BLSA Recommended Books and Resources

to Understand Systemic Racism

NSU President Hanbury, Ph.D.
Statement to NSU Family


NSU Law Faculty Anti-Bias
and Social Justice Resolution June 8, 2020

NSU BLSA will be holding a virtual justice walkathon (5k) on June 12, 2020 at 6:00 pm via the NIKE RUN CLUB APP.

$10.00 to join, and all proceeds will go towards funding the BLSA competitions team. We are equipping young black men and women with the necessary skills and knowledge they need to enter the legal workforce to battle injustice.

For questions or comments contact novalaw.blsa@gmail.com.

Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Virtual Town Hall Meeting
The Role of the Lawyer in Eradicating Racism: Rights, Responsibilities
and Resilience

On June 10, 2020, Dean Duhart and Dean Marty-Nelson led a dynamic and engaging Virtual Town Hall for more than 70 members of the NSU Law community on "The Role of the Lawyer in Eradicating Racism: Rights, Responsibilities and Resilience."

Panelists included:

Professor Areto Imoukhuede,

Professor Jane Cross,

Jordana Rostant Nunes, President, NSU Law BLSA,

Anton Marino, Staff Attorney for ACLU of Florida,

Dr. Steven Gold, Director, Trauma Resolution & Integration Program and Professor, NSU College of Psychology and

Samantha Janvier, Psychology Trainee, College of Psychology

Further Community Engagement Activities to be posted ASAP.

 

 

 

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