- J.D., Georgetown University Law
- LL.M., Georgetown University Law
Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Public Impact & Professor of Law Elena Maria Marty-Nelson joined the NSU Law faculty in 1992. She was promoted to full professor with tenure in 1997. She had previously taught for the Harrison Institute at Georgetown University Law Center. Before turning to teaching, she practiced law in a large law firm in Washington, D.C. Dean Marty-Nelson’s scholarship includes books published by Carolina Academic Press, BNA portfolios, book chapters, and numerous law review articles. Her writings have been cited in decisions of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the United States District Court for Western District of Virginia, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Alaska, the Oregon Supreme Court, and in several treatises. She has been selected Professor of the Year by the Law School’s student body 8 times (academic years 1995-1996, 1996-1997, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011; 2012-2013; 2016-2017 and 2018-2019). Dean Marty-Nelson is also the recipient of the “2011-2012 Shepard Broad Law Center Professor of the Year Award” conferred by the University for “Excellence in Teaching and Distinction in Scholarly Productivity.” She was chosen as the Law School’s “Advisor of the Year” for the University’s Student Life Achievement Awards (STUEY) in both 2008 and 2015 for her service as a faculty advisor to the Nova Law Review and to the Hispanic Law Students Association (HLSA). In June of 2017, Dean Marty-Nelson was elected to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) Board of Trustees. She also serves on LSAC’s Finance & Budget committee. Her election to the LSAC Board of Trustees adds to her strong record of national law school service. Dean Marty-Nelson also serves on American Bar Association (ABA) site evaluation teams and is a past Chair and member of the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Minority Groups. Her Nova Southeastern University-wide service includes membership on the College of Allopathic Medicine’s Diversity Committee and the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Committee. She teaches a wide range of courses including Property, Federal Securities Regulations, Income Tax, Wills, Trusts, Negotiating Workshop, and International Tax.
Areas of Interest
- Tax Law
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