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Professors Heather Baxter, Megan Chaney, and Marilyn Uzdavines
Organized and led an experiential learning event for NSU undergraduates on Saturday, October 21, as part of the NSU ExEL program. Fourteen NSU freshman participated in a short appellate argument on a health law issue. Current NSU Law Moot Court and NTA members served as mentors to the freshman participants, and the program received excellent reviews from all students involved.

Professor Timothy Canova was a speaker at the LatCrit XXI Biennial Conference in Orlando on September 29, 2017. He spoke on a plenary panel on outsider jurisprudence and progressive formations, along with Maria Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition; Stephanie Owens, Executive Director of Florida League of Women Voters; and Aramis Ayala, State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law Debra Moss Curtis
Dean Debra Moss Curtis earned the NSU Professor of the Year Faculty Advisory Council Award for the College of Law, given out by the President and Provost at the October 2017 faculty reception at the Sherman Library.

Professor Michael Dale
Moderated a panel discussion at the Tower Club in Fort Lauderdale on Immigration: Transfusion of Talent, or Economic Burden, on November 2, 2017. Dean Jon Garon was one of the three panelists. He discussed economic implications of immigration in the United States.

Taught at the National Institute For Trial Advocacy (NITA) advanced trial skills program at the United States District Courthouse in Washington, D.C. November 7-12, 2017.

Associate Dean for Library Services & Professor of Law Vicenç Feliú
Accepted an offer to publication for his article, So Happy Together: Should the California Decision be a Basis to Recognize a Right of Public Performance in Pre-1972 Sound Recordings? with the Intellectual Property, Sports & Entertainment Law Forum at Pace University, Elisabeth Haub School of Law and the Sports and Sports and Entertainment Journal at Denver University, Sturm College of Law.

Professor Michael Flynn and Professor Michael Dale served as program directors for the 28th annual National Institute For Trial Advocacy Florida deposition program, held each year at the College of Law. Lawyers from Florida and around the country, including NSU law grads, took the course. Professor Kathleen Webber-Nuñez and Clinic Director Jayme Cassidy conducted lectures. Other faculty included attorney Richard Foster with Dario, Alabert, Metz & Eyerman, LLC, Lorena Mastrarrigo with the Broward County Public Defender’s Office, and NSU Law alumnus Daniel Forrest, with the Law Office of Daniel E. Forrest, P.A.

Professor Michael Masinter
Was recently honored and spoke at an event organized by his former clients and plaintiffs in a 1987 pro-bono class action against Palm Beach County for unlawful race discrimination in the hiring of applicants to its firefighter training program. Five of the clients, all having had successful careers as Palm Beach County firefighters as a result of the lawsuit and one of whom became a chief whose son recently joined the department, attended the event at the E. Pat Larkins Community Center in Pompano Beach. Prof. Masinter thanked them for the honor of representing them and reminded the roughly 150 audience members that, while he, as a civil rights attorney, had the means to unlock a door, it was the courage and persistence of the plaintiffs that enabled them to walk through and find success on the other side.

Instructor and Adjunct Professor Chance Meyer was quoted by the Naples Daily News in its article “Death row or not, Mesac Damas will not leave Florida prison alive” on October 27, 2017.

Professor Joel Mintz was quoted by the SunSentinel in its article “Schools blaming children for sexual abuse” on October 15, 2017.

Provided suggestions to two reporters for the Minneapolis Star Tribune as to how they should interpret data regarding the effectiveness of enforcement of environmental standards by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency against the taconite mining industry in Minnesota.

Was quoted for the fourth time in an ongoing series of articles in the Wilmington (North Carolina) Star News concerning lawsuits filed against Chemours, Inc. (a subsidiary of DuPont Chemical) to redress the company’s toxic chemical contamination of a local drinking water system.

Edited and posted an edition of the Newsletter of the Section on State and Local Government Law of the AALS for the 28th consecutive year, which included an original “editor’s note.”

Was invited to present a paper at an international conference on “Law, Regulation and Public Policy” that will be held in Singapore in June, 2018.

Professor Heather Baxter
Was a panelist on “Using Technology to Entice Students and Enhance Teaching” at the 2017 Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) conference in Boca Raton, where she demonstrated how to use the computer program Annotate PRO to help grade memos and papers.

Veterans Law Clinic Director Jayme Cassidy
Will be a panelist for the Office of Public and Professional Guardians first annual state wide training symposium hosted by the Palm Beach County Clerk of Court on September 26 and 27, 2017. NSU Law students in the Adults with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) and Veterans Law Clinic (VLC) clinics have been invited to attend the training symposium and interact with legal professionals from the Department of Elder Affairs, Department of Public and Professional Guardians, Department of Children and Families (DCF), State Attorney’s Office, and Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). This event will afford the students both a valuable educational experience as well as a fabulous networking opportunity.

Professor Megan Chaney
Was a panelist on the “Law and Humanities in the New Law School Reality” workshop at the 2017 SEALS conference in Boca Raton.

Professor Kathy Cerminara
Was the moderator in the “Becoming a Productive Scholar” workshop and mentor to Professor Chris Ogolla with the Savannah Law School new scholars workshop at the 2017 SEALS conference in Boca Raton.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law Debra Moss Curtis
Was the moderator in the “The Bar Exam’s Impact on Legal Education Curriculum” workshop at the 2017 SEALS conference in Boca Raton.

Professor Michael Dale
Blogged about the July 2017 International Consortium for Global Legal Education in the Legal Advocate, sponsored by NITA. http://blog.nita.org/2017/09/nita-faculty-facilitate-international-training-session-nova/

Professors Michael Dale and Michael Flynn
Will host the 25th Florida National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) deposition program on October 12 – 14, 2017. Also teaching in the program are Professor Kathryn Webber Nuñez, and Veterans Clinic Director Jayme Cassidy, attorney Richard Foster with Dario, Alabert, Metz & Eyerman, LLC and attorney and NSU Law alumnus Daniel Forrest, with the Law Office of Daniel E. Forrest, P.A.

Associate Dean for Faculty and Student Development & Professor of Law Olympia Duhart
and Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Public Impact and Professor of Law
Elena Maria Marty-Nelson
Co-organized a community forum at the College of Law, Hate Speech and Our Community Response. The forum was held August, 31, 2017, in the Panza Maurer Law Library. The forum addressed the events of Charlottesville, Virginia. The forum united school leaders, law students, and experts to discuss the importance of identifying and confronting racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, bigotry, and hatred. Prof. Duhart moderated the panel on the legal and historical context for the events. Professor Marty-Nelson moderated the panel exploring methods of effective community response. More than 150 people attended the event. The event was co-hosted by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Associate Dean for Faculty and Student Development & Professor of Law Olympia Duhart
Was a speaker on the “Character in the Classroom” panel, “Teaching Fundamentals II – Classroom Teaching” panel, “Applying Design Thinking Innovation to Legal Education” panel, and “Pursuing Full Citizenship in the Legal Academy” workshop and moderator for the “Methods of Formative and Summative Assessment” workshop at the 2017 SEALS conference in Boca Raton.

Professor Michael Flynn
Was a panelist in the “Teaching Fundamentals II – Classroom Teaching” discussion group at the 2017 SEALS conference in Boca Raton.

Professors Michael Flynn and Michael Dale
Will host the 25th Florida National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) deposition program on October 12 – 14, 2017. Also teaching in the program are Professor Kathryn Webber Nuñez, and veterans clinic Director Jayme Cassidy, attorney Richard Foster with Dario, Alabert, Metz & Eyerman, LLC and attorney and NSU Law alumnus Daniel Forrest with Law Office of Daniel E. Forrest, P.A.

Dean Jon M. Garon
Was a panelist in the “External Challenges Facing Law School Deans” and “Digital Pressures in the Intellectual Property Law” discussion groups at the 2017 SEALS conference in Boca Raton.

Professor Kenneth L. Lewis, Jr.
Accepted an offer of publication for his article, Peace In Israel and Palestine: Moving From Conversation to Implementation Of A Two-State Solution in the Southwestern University Journal of International Law.

Published his article, The Namibian Holocaust: Genocide Ignored, History Repeated, Yet Reparations Denied, in the University of Florida Journal of International Law in September 2017.

Has been asked to present on civil rights in America by the NSU Lifelong Learning Institute.

Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Public Impact and Professor of Law
Elena Maria Marty-Nelson and Associate Dean for Faculty and Student Development & Professor of Law Olympia Duhart
Co-organized a community forum recently at the College of Law: Hate Speech and Our Community Response was held Aug, 31, 2017, in the Panza Maurer Law Library. The forum addressed the events of Charlottesville, Virginia. The forum united school leaders, law students, and experts to discuss the importance of identifying and confronting racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, bigotry, and hatred. Prof. Duhart moderated the panel on the legal and historical context for the events. Professor Marty-Nelson moderated the panel exploring methods of effective community response. More than 150 people attended the event. The event was co-hosted by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Professor Joel Mintz
Published a new casebook, A Practical Introduction to Environmental Law (Carolina Academic Press, 2017). The book, accompanied by an online Teacher’s Manual, was co-authored with a team of environmental law professors from around the country, recruited by Prof. Mintz. The book includes numerous practice-oriented problems, as well as chapters on environmental permitting, relevant administrative law, and recent amendments to the federal Toxic Substances Control Act that cannot be found in other Environmental Law texts.

Was a panelist in the “Teaching Environmental Law and Climate Change in the Post-Trump World” workshop, “Methods of Formative and Summative Assessment” workshop, Environmental Protection and the Green Economy” workshop, and “Applying Design Thinking Innovation to Legal Education” panel, and was a moderator in the “Early Trends and Prospects for Environmental Protection in the New Administration” panel at the 2017 SEALS conference in Boca Raton.

Professor Emerita of Law Gail Richmond
Was a panelists in the “Buyouts and Retirements: What to Consider?” workshop at the 2017 SEALS conference in Boca Raton.

Professor Kathryn Webber Nuñez
Accepted an offer of publication for her article, Toxic Cultures Require a Stronger Cure: The Lessons of Fox News for Reforming Sexual Harassment Law in the Penn State Law Review, to appear in print in the Spring 2018 issue.

Assistant Professor Marilyn Uzdavines
Was a panelist in the “Recent Developments in Health Law and Public Health Ethics” discussion group at the 2017 SEALS conference in Boca Raton.

Professor Heather Baxter and Associate Dean for Faculty and Student Development & Professor Olympia Duhart presented “Grit in the LRW Classroom: Practices that Promote Passion and Perseverance” at the 2017 Biennial Conference of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, held at the University of Minnesota Law School on July 19, 2017.

Veterans Law Clinic Director Jayme Cassidy joined the Board of Florida Justice Technology Center, a nonprofit organization that increases access to civil justice in Florida.

Professor Michael Dale presented “Developing deposition skills in one hour—using the National Institute for Trial Advocacy method” to the Broward Public Defender’s Office on July 26, 2017. Professor Dale served as an instructor with Professor Kathleen Webber Nuñez, Clinic

Director Jayme Cassidy, and NITA Instructor and attorney Jim Zloch on using the NITA Model to teach millennials at the NSU Law International Consortium for Global Legal Education’s 2017 Faculty Training Workshop on July 27, 2017. Professor Dale also served as an instructor on “Advocacy In Immigration Asylum Matters for Children” at a NITA/ABA co-sponsored trial skills training program, held in Houston, Texas, August 1-5, 2017.

Associate Dean for Faculty and Student Development & Professor Olympia Duhart and Associate Dean of Graduate and Online Programs and Adjunct Professor Susan Stephan presented on “Best Practices for Active Teaching and Effective Feedback” at NSU Law’s Adjunct Faculty Training, held August 17, 2017.

Dean Jon Garon will be a panelist on “Identity Theft, Economic Crimes and Electronic Fraud” at the Broward County Crime Commission’s Psychology of Cybercrime Conference, to be held in Deerfield Beach, Florida on September 14, 2017. The panel will be moderated by NSU Law alumnus Senior Judge Joel Lazarus (J.D. 1977).

Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus Joseph D. Harbaugh, with the Practising Law Institute, received the “Best Award” from the Association for Continuing Legal Education for the Interactive Learning Center’s “Mastering Negotiations: The Significance of Planning and Preparation.” The award was presented at the Association’s Annual Meeting, held in Montreal, Canada on August 1, 2017. | Read Full Article Here

Professor Areto Imoukhuede, with former NSU Law visiting professor Vincenzo Zeno-Zencovich, presented and was a panelist at the Roma Tre University Law Department research discussion on “Gun Control and Gun Rights: Trans-Atlantic Views,” held in Rome, Italy on May 24, 2017. While on sabbatical this year, Professor Imoukhuede presented at the University of Miami, The John Marshal Law School, Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law, and many others.

Professor Robert Jarvis was quoted in the Miami Herald article Legal ruling in: Facebook ‘friends’ aren’t necessarily real friends, on August 23, 2017.

Professor Shahabudeen Khan published the featured article One Decade Later: Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law Alive and Well in the Intercultural Human Rights Law Review of St. Thomas University Law School, found at 12 Intercultural Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 115 (2017).

Professor James Levy was appointed Co-Editor in Chief for the Thomson Reuters publication Perspective: Teaching Legal Research and Writing.

Dean of Student Services and Professor of Law Michele Struffolino is serving on the planning committee for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida Committee on Professionalism Summit, to be held on September 15, 2017.

Professor Fran Tetunic accepted an offer of publication for her article The Irony of Mediator as Problem Maker: Mediator Misconduct Setting Aside Mediated Agreements in the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, to appear in print in the Fall 2017 issue.

Assistant Professor Marilyn Uzdavines accepted an offer to publish her article Dying for a Solution: The Regulation of Medical Devices Falls Short in the 21st Century Cures Act in the Nevada Law Journal. Professor Uzdavines also presented to faculty at the University of Barcelona on the future of mental health care coverage under the Trump Administration, in May 2017.

Professor Kathy Cerminara
Was honored with the Wexler/Winick Distinguished Service Award by the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence at the International Congress on Law and Mental Health (ICLMH) in Prague, Czech Republic, on July 11, 2017.

Professor Cerminara presented on Advance Directive Statutes: A Therapeutic Approach for Patients With Disorders of Consciousness at the ICLMH on July 12, 2017.

Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Public Impact and Professor of Law Elena Maria Marty-Nelson,
Was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and began her term on June 3, 2017.

Veterans Law Clinic Director Jayme Cassidy,
Joined the Board of Florida Justice Technology Center, a nonprofit organization that increases access to civil justice in Florida.

Professors Shahabudeen Khan and James Wilets,
Discussed Florida’s Stand Your Ground law with WPBT2’s YOUR SOUTH FLORIDA host Pam Giganti on July 7, 2017.

Professor Joel Mintz
Was quoted by North Carolina’s StarNews in its article CFPUA asks NC to bar GenX discharge on July 10, 2017.

Professor Kathy Cerminara
Published an article Whose Freedom? Teaching The Contraceptive Coverage Cases as a Bridge from Policy to Bioethics, in the Teaching health Law issue of the Saint Louis University Law Journal, at 61 St. Louis U. L.J. 529 (2017).

Dean Jon M. Garon
Participated in an interview for Minnesota's WCOO Radio with Jordana Green, regarding Matal v Tam. (The Slants trademark decision) on June 19, 2017.

Gave a presentation, The Role of the Florida Law Schools for Enhancing Inclusion, at the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Third Diversity Summit: Are We as Diverse as We Think?, on May 31, 2017.

Published an article, The Once and Future Profession: Autonomy, Intellectualism, and Obligation, in Toledo’s 14th Deans’ Leadership in Legal Education Symposium, at 48 U. Tol. L. Rev. 253 (2017).

Professor Robert M. Jarvis
Published a book review of Baseball Meets the Law: A Chronology of Decisions, Statutes and Other Legal Events, in the Florida Bar Journal, at 91-JUN Fla. B.J. 51 (2017).

Professor Joel Mintz
Published an op-ed, How (if ever) can Democrats reoccupy the White House?, in the Sun Sentinel, on June 23, 2017.

Professor Marc Rohr
Wrote an article, First Amendment Fora Revisited: How Many Categories Are There?, featured in the Nova Law Review Symposium, at 41 Nova L. Rev. 221 (2017).

Susan Stephan
Formerly Director of Development and Adjunct Professor of Law, has been appointed to her new role as Associate Dean of M.S. Online Programs, commencing on July 1, 2017.

Assistant Professor Marilyn Uzdavines
Co-wrote an article with Professor Kathy Cerminara, Introduction to Regulating Innovation in Healthcare: Protecting The Public Or Stifling Progress, featured in the Nova Law Review Symposium, at 41 Nova L. Rev. 305 (2017).

Professor Timothy L. Arcaro
Presented on Evidence Pitfalls in family litigation, at the 2017 Raising the Bar Seminar, presented by the Broward County Bar Association Family Law Section, on April 28, 2017.

Updated chapters for Adoption, Paternity & Other Florida Family Law Practices (12th Edition), published by the CLE division of the Florida Bar.

Provided expert testimony in two cases of the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Contributed the article Should Family Pets Receive Special Consideration in Divorce, featured in The Florida Bar Journal, at 91-JUN Fla. B.J. 22 (2017).

Professor Kathy Cerminara 
Accepted an offer to publish her article Rip Currents: Rough Water for End of Life Decision Making in The Journal of Health Care Law & Policy, at Vol. 20, Issue 2.

Professor Joel Mintz
Published an op-ed article Time for a change of course by Trump on climate in The Orlando Sentinel, on May 8, 2017.

Professor Robert M. Jarvis
Reviewed the book Baseball Meets the Law: A Chronology of Decisions, Statutes and Other Legal Events in The Florida Bar Journal, at Vol. 91, Issue 6.

Associate Director of Career and Professional Development Cynthia H. Duval, J.D.,
Presented on How to Interview for Success and Business Ethics to the Faith Center Women’s Ministry in Sunrise, Florida, on May 8, 2017.

Professor Olympia Duhart
Published the online article Why more hospitals should prioritize Cultural Competency in the Harvard Business Review, on May 26, 2017. 

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law Debra Moss Curtis
Presented as part of a panel on Professional Identity Formation in Legal Education at the American Bar Association’s 43rd National Conference on Professional Responsibility, on June 1, 2017.

Professor Tim Canova
Published an op-ed, Help us stop the Sabal Trail Pipeline, in the Miami Herald.

Posted The New Global Dis/Order in Central Banking and Public Finance, originally published in the Research Handbook on Political Economy and Law, edited by Ugo Mattei and John D. Haskell (Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, 2015).

Posted a book chapter titled The Bottom-Up Recovery: A New Deal in Banking and Public Finance, published in When Government Helped: Learning from the Successes and Failures of the New Deal (Oxford University Press, 2014).  

Professor Kathy Cerminara and Barbara Noah 
Accepted an offer of publication for their article, Removing Obstacles to a Peaceful Death, in The Elder Law Journal, to appear in print in early 2018.

Professor Michael Masinter
Was featured as part of the Faculty Development Speaker Series Master Class Reflections on 39 Years, where he shared his experiences and achievements in a Q & A, on April 6, 2017.

Professor Florence Shu-Acquaye
Her article, The African Court and Human Rights: What Lies Ahead for the Merged Court?, in the Howard Human and Civil Rights Law Review Journal was accepted for publication.

Professor Shu-Acquaye
Published her article, The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: The Evolution of Whistleblower Protections, Employment Contracts and Mandatory Arbitration Agreements, in the DePaul University Business & Commercial Law Journal, at Vol. 15, Issue 2 (2017).

Published her article, The Ebola Virus Prevention and Human Rights Implications, as a lead article in the 12th Edition of the University of Massachusetts Law Review.

Professor Robert M. Jarvis 
Was quoted in the Palm Beach Post on March 12, 2017, in an article titled Why 30% of Florida's voting is ripe for fraud.

Professor Michael Dale and Research and Teaching Assistant Federica Turetta
Co-wrote a blog piece, Handing Narrative Evidence at Trial: Not an Easy Task which was published on the National Institute of Trial Advocacy website on April 19, 2017.
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