Debra Moss Curtis became a full-time member of the faculty in 2001. Her current teaching focus is on Contracts, UCC: Secured Transactions and UCC: Sales. She also has taught Law Office Management Workshop, Introduction to the 4th Amendment, and Lawyering Skills and Values. She was promoted to Full Professor with tenure in 2008, and became Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in December 2016.
Her scholarship has concentrated on the areas of areas of curriculum reform, attorney ethics and professionalism, lawyering skills, and critical reading. Her most recent work is “No Shots, No School, No Kidding: The Legal Profession needs a Vaccine to Ensure Professionalism” forthcoming in the University of Florida Journal of Law & Public Policy (2017). She is the co-author of "Legal Education at a Crossroads," a book examining curricular change in law schools nationwide.
Before joining the Shepard Broad College of Law to establish the Public Interest Law Center in 1995, she was in active small-firm practice in the State of Florida, working in the areas of family law, wills, probate, civil and commercial litigation, and appellate practice.
Professor Curtis is very active in the Florida Bar, having served one of four Chairs of “Vision 2016,” the Bar’s comprehensive three year study of the future of the legal profession. Other Florida Bar service has included chairing a subcommittee on the Florida Law Related Education Committee, served as an inaugural member and Past-Chair of the Standing Committee on Judicial Independence, and served on the Advertising Task Force, the Student Education and Bar Committee, the Professionalism Committee and as Reporter for the Hawkins Commission on Attorney Discipline.
Professor Curtis is also involved in community activities. She recently completed a two-year term as President of the Tufts Lawyers Association, a nationwide network of attorneys, and serves on the Tufts University Alumni Council. She has presented in the Bar's "Benchmarks" program promoting adult civics education, edited a statewide voters’ guide regarding merit retention of judges, and served as a national advisor to Our Courts America, dedicated to bringing adult civics education nationwide. She has also taught Law Day activities to middle school students in Palm Beach County.
She was named "Professor of the Year" by the College of Law Student Bar Association in 2015, 2014 and 2007.
Areas of Interest
- Attorney Discipline
- Commercial Lending
- Critical Reading
- Uniform Commercial Code
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