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Kathy Cerminara

Kathy Cerminara

Professor of Law


Professor Kathy Cerminara bridges the medical and legal professions with her work on patients’ rights in the end-of-life decision-making arena.  She co-authors the nationally known treatise, The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking, and is a reviewer for several medical and medical-legal journals.  Her scholarship most recently has focused on the intersection between end-of-life care, palliative care, and health care coverage policy.  At the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law, she is a full professor and serves as Director of Faculty Development.

Professor Cerminara teaches Torts, Health Policy, Bioethics & Quality of Care, Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, and other health-law-related courses.  She also created and was the initial director of the online Master of Science in Health Law program for graduate students.

Since 2012, she has been a member of the International Scientific Committee for the International Academy of Law & Mental Health, based in Montreal, Canada.  In that position, she has co-organized the stream of therapeutic jurisprudence presentations for two of the Academy’s bi-annual Congresses:  one in Amsterdam in 2013 and one in Vienna in 2015.

Prior to joining the College of Law faculty, Professor Cerminara taught at St. Thomas University School of Law and the University of Miami School of Law, clerked in the Western District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and practiced law with Reed Smith Shaw & McClay in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Professor Cerminara received her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh and her LL.M. and J.S.D. from Columbia University.  She is an affiliate member of the Health Law and Tort Trial and Insurance sections of The Florida Bar, a retired member of the Pennsylvania Bar, and a member of organizations such as the American Bar Association; the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics; the American Health Lawyers Association; and the Florida Bioethics Network.

Areas of Interest

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American Health Lawyers Association

Master of Science in Health Law (M.S.H.L.) Program

American College of Legal Medicine

American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics

National Health Law Moot Court Competition

TIPS Standing Committee on Law Students

NSU Shepard Broad College of Law Health Law Students and Alumni Facebook Group

ABA Student Health Law Section

Schiavo Case Resources

The Eluana Englaro Case

PULSE! (NSU Health Law Students' Society) Facebook Group

L. Edward Bryant National Health Law Transactional Competition