Debra Moss Vollweiler is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a tenured Professor of Law at Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She is a graduate of Boston College Law School and Tufts University and began her work in legal education by establishing the Public Interest Law Center at the NSU College of Law.
Her teaching focus is on Contracts, UCC: Secured Transactions, and UCC: Sales, and Corporations. She has published more than thirty works on professionalism, teaching, learning, and attorney discipline. Her latest works, entitled,
If you Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em (Virtually): Institutionally Managing Law Students as Consumers in a COVID World and If you Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em: Institutionally Managing Law Students as Consumers, are published in the Pace Law Review.
She is the co-author of "Legal Education at a Crossroads," a book examining curricular change in law schools nationwide and advocating for data based curriculum development.
In 2016, she was named a fellow for the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism, presenting on the inclusion of professional identity and other professionalism learning outcomes in the law school curriculum. In 2017, she received NSU’s Distinguished Professor of the Year award for the College of Law and the Florida Bar’s statewide Law Faculty Professionalism award. She was named "Professor of the Year" by the College of Law Student Bar Association in 2007, 2014, and 2015. In both 2019 and 2021, she was the NSU College of Law Executive of the Year.
Dean Vollweiler is a member of two executive committees of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS), both the Teaching Methods section and the Section on Associate Deans for Academic Affairs and Research. She serves as a site inspector for the ABA accreditation process and has spoken nationally on teaching, learning, and professionalism at the AALS, Southeastern Association of Law Schools, and ABA Conferences, among others.
Prior to working for the NSU Shepard Broad College of Law, Dean Vollweiler was in small and medium firm practice in Florida. She has been 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 serving as an inaugural member and Past-Chair of the Standing Committee on Judicial Independence, and serving on the Advertising Task Force, the Student Education and Bar Committee, the Professionalism Committee and as Reporter for the Hawkins Commission on Attorney Discipline.
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