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Michael J. Rocque

Michael Rocque
Adjunct Professor of Law
JD Program
rocque@nova.edu

Education:

  • J.D., Nova Southeastern University, 1987

Professor Rocque has been teaching at Nova University since 1987.  He was brought on as an adjunct faculty member to teach the Street Law Program in 1987 after being Professor Steve Friedland’s assistant while in his third year at the law school.

Professor Rocque currently teaches the Street Law course with Broward County Court Judge Robert Diaz, who joined Professor Rocque in 1989 to team teach the program. Professor Rocque also taught the Dependency Workshop/Guardian Ad Litem Program for over 25 years. The courses were developed to engage law students in the function of the dependency courts to help save children who experience abuse, abandonment, or neglect.

Professor Rocque, while attending Nova University Law School, served as a certified legal intern with the Broward County State Attorney’s Office and upon graduating served as a Broward County Assistant Public Defender from 1987 through 1993 when he opened his own law firm.  He has tried hundreds of jury trials and his firm handles criminal and civil cases, in both State and Federal Court.  Professor Rocque has represented clients in various civil and administrative cases along with criminal matters ranging from misdemeanors through First Degree Murder charges. He has appeared in the news on high profile cases, including a CNN story in 1994 about the plight of the mentally ill in the criminal justice system. The case eventually led to the development of the first mental health court in the country, which was created by the Honorable Mark Speiser, Honorable Ginger Lerner-Wren, Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein, and Broward County State Attorney Michael Satz.

In 1992 Professor Rocque, along with the Honorable Judge Robert Fogan and Nova Law Professor Steven Wisotsky, drafted the Florida drug court legislation.  The bill was sponsored by former Senator Judge Peter Weinstein, and former Representative and Broward County Clerk of Court Howard Forman.  The law was passed in 1993 by a unanimous Senate vote, and the legislation creating the first therapeutic drug court by statute in the state of Florida was enacted.  The law saves countless lives and millions of dollars in the state of Florida and was instrumental in the development and creation of therapeutic courts in the state of Florida and throughout the country. The drug court program was influential in the therapeutic juris prudence movement in the United States throughout the last quarter century.

In 2010, Professor Rocque, along with the Honorable Mindy Solomon, received the adjunct professor of the year award.
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