Olympia Duhart studies teaching, learning, and vulnerable populations. As a full-time faculty member at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Shepard Broad College of Law, Professor Duhart teaches Legal Research and Writing, Constitutional Law, First Amendment Law and Current Constitutional Issues Seminar. She is a tenured Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Development. From 2012-2021, she served as Director of the nationally-ranked Legal Research & Writing Program at NSU. Dean Duhart also taught a short-course on American Constitutional Law for the Universitat de Barcelona in Summer 2020. In addition, she served as a 2021 Visiting Professor in the Lawyering Skills Program at the University of California Irvine School of Law.
Dean Duhart currently serves as Co-President of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), a post she also held from 2014-2016. She continues to volunteer with several professional organizations, including the Legal Writing Institute, the Association of American Law Schools, the Southeastern Association of Law Schools and the National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference. She is also an elected Board Member for the Association of Legal Writing Directors. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Florida Humanities, which was established by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Before joining NSU, Dean Duhart worked as a litigation associate with Ruden McClosky and volunteered with the Florida Innocence Project. She also taught English and Creative Writing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. In addition, Dean Duhart has worked as a staff reporter for The Miami Herald. She is a co-author (with Camille Lamar Campbell) of Persuasive Legal Writing: A Storytelling Approach. She is also a producer for the “SALT Teaching Social Justice Podcast.” Dean Duhart’ s work has appeared in the Wake Forest Law Review, the Gonzaga Journal of International Law, the Journal of Legal Education, the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy, Harvard Business Review, USA Today and The New York Times. She has received numerous awards for her teaching, scholarship and service. She most recently received the prestigious Mary. S. Lawrence Award, conferred by the Legal Writing Institute for pioneering scholarship and innovative curricular design.
Dean Duhart graduated magna cum laude from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law, where she was a Goodwin Scholar. She is a proud First Generation Law Student. She earned her B.A. in English, cum laude, from the University of Miami. Dean Duhart has conducted presentations on teaching methods for law professors at conferences hosted by the the Society of American Law Teachers, the Legal Writing Institute, the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, the National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference and the American Caribbean Law Institute, among others. She has also trained law faculty on teaching methods at schools throughout the country.
Dean Duhart was born and raised in Miami.
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