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The Office of Recruitment Marketing, Communications, and Publications seeks to promote NSU College of Law through the use of internal and external communication. NSU Law’s programs, services, activities, and achievements are publicized through the website, monthly newsletters, external news sources, and special events.

For media inquiries, please contact Julie Spechler, Director of Public Affairs, at 954-262-5348 (office), 954-591-3361 (cell), or email The Office of Public Affairs connects journalists with NSU Law’s faculty and staff who can provide their legal knowledge on a wide range of inquiries. 

NSU Law Shepard Broad College of Law Leo Goodwin, Sr. Hall - Award-winning educational designed building.

The NSU Law Leo Goodwin, Sr. Hall's renovation and modernization have been selected to appear as outstanding designs in the 2017 American School & University Architectural Portfolio. The portfolio is the premier showcase celebrating the best in education design. This architectural distinction ranks NSU Law as a top 100 educational facility.

Gallo Herbert Architects—Deerfield Beach, Florida Associated Firms: Kamm Consulting, Bryntesen Structural Engineers, H3 Design

NSU Law ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law recognized with ABA student division award.

NSU Law ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law has been awarded the 2017 Judy M. Weightman Memorial Public Interest Award at the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Law Student Division. The award recognizes the efforts of the NSU Shepard Broad College of Law International Law Students Association (ILSA) Journal of International and Comparative Law, and its Bilingual component comprised of members who are fluent in two languages. | Read Full Press Release

NSU Law Professor Harbaugh, with PLI, awarded ACLEA's Best Award

The Association for Continuing Legal Education presented Practising Law Institute with the ACLEA's "Best Award" for the Interactive Learning Center's "Mastering Negotiations: The Significance of Planning and Preparation" program in Montreal, Canada on August 1, 2017. Joseph D. Harbaugh, Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus, NSU Shepard Broad College of Law, a long-time PLI faculty member created the program content - negotiation concepts and the realistic case study. | Read Full Article Here | Video

NSU College of Law hosts annual International Faculty Training Workshop - Educating Millennials and Beyond

The workshop will be held July 25, through Friday, July 28, and will focus on what educators can do to understand our audience and to effectively educate this generation of students and the one that follows. Law educators from around the world will come together to expand their knowledge of teaching law students, as well as to share their experiences. | Read Full Article Here

NSU College of Law Professor Kathy Cerminara, co-winner of first Wexler/Winick Distinguished Service Award in Prague, Czech Republic

Kathy Cerminara and Amy T. Campbell were co-winners of the first Wexler/Winick Distinguished Service Awards for their extraordinary service to the therapeutic jurisprudence community. Professor Cerminara received the award by the board of trustees of the new International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence in Prague, Czech Republic, at the International Congress on Law and Mental Health on July 11, 2017. Photo - Amy T. Campbell, David Yamada, and Kathy Cerminara.

NSU College of Law Veterans Law Clinic Director Jayme Cassidy on Board of The Florida Justice Technology Center

NSU College of Law Veterans Law Clinic Director Jayme Cassidy on Board of The Florida Justice Technology Center. The Florida Justice Technology Center (FJTC) is a new statewide nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to justice through the innovative use of technology. FJTC works with legal aid and pro bono programs but also with the judiciary and the court system, clerks of court, lawyers, law schools, corporations, community partners, and others to develop technology products and services that will expand access to justice for those confronting civil legal issues such as divorce, child custody, foreclosure, landlord-tenant disputes, home ownership, veterans benefits and elder affairs.


NSU College of Law Professors Wilets and Khan on WPBT2's YOUR SOUTH FLORIDA

NSU Shepard Broad College of Law Professors Shahahbudeen Khan and James Wilets discussed Florida's Stand Your Ground law with WPBT2’s YOUR SOUTH FLORIDA host Pam Giganti. The program aired on WPBT2 on Friday July 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM


Raising the Bar: Young Woman Reunites with Stranger Who Inspired HerCynthia Duval reunites with young girl

NSU Law Associate Director of Career and Professional Development, Cynthia Duval J.D. recently surprised a young woman she inspired fourteen years ago on her graduation day, surrounded by the promising lawyer’s family and friends. It all started when Ahjane Bowman was 15 and stopped by the U.S Court of Appeals in Miami to visit her father, who worked there as a security guard. She noticed a woman and was completely drawn to her and asked her father to make an introduction. The woman was discovered to be Assoc. Dir. Duval (pictured inset). Although they only spoke for a few moments, that chance meeting changed Ahjane’s future. Through all of these years, Dir. Duval has been Ahjane’s inspiration to go to law school and become an attorney which she fulfilled this last week. | Read Full Article here

Professor Olympia Duhart, former SALT Co-President, named Associate Dean for Faculty and Student DevelopmentOlympiaDuhart

Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) is pleased to announce that Professor Olympia Duhart, former Co-President at the Society for American Law Teacher's (SALT), has been named as the new Associate Dean for Faculty and Student Development for the Shepard Broad College of Law. Professor Duhart joined the College of Law faculty in 2005. She has served as Director of the Legal Research and Writing program since 2012 and in 2016 added the duties of Director of Faculty Development to her responsibilities. | Read Full Article Here

NSU Law Professor honored with Scholars Award at Celebration of Innovation and Social Justice kcerminaraheadshot

NSU Professor of Law, Kathy Cerminara will be honored with a 'Scholars Award' at the "Celebration of Court Innovation and Social Justice" to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Broward's Mental Health Court. Professor Cerminara is being recognized for her scholarship and enduring support of the Courts which has been vital to its success in diverting over 20,000 people with mental illness and intellectual disabilities out of Broward's jail system, with dignity and access to care by choice.

Nova Law Review Symposium | Entrepreneurship 2.0: Legal, Regulatory and Economic Challenges to the Innovation Economy


Nova Law Review (NSU) and Shepard Broad College of Law have begun accepting proposals for the 2017 Annual Law Review Symposium. This year’s symposium, entitled “Entrepreneurship 2.0: Legal, Regulatory, and Economic Challenges to the Innovation Economy,” will focus on the changes facing the global economy, including workforce transformations, entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence, regulation, privacy, and security concerns brought on by the changes in technology and the legal regimes that govern these sectors.

The symposium will be held Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 at Shepard Broad College of Law. The program will provide an interdisciplinary approach to law, business, science, and innovation as it focuses on new technologies, ethics, and regulation. The symposium is supported in part, through the Sharon and Mitchell W. Berger Entrepreneur Law Clinic, which is dedicated to expanding both direct legal services to entrepreneur and to enhancing entrepreneurial education in law, business and science. Faculty members and experienced professionals in law and business are encouraged to submit proposals for paper presentations and panel discussions.| Read Full Press Release

Support a Fellow Alumna - Roxy's Road to Recoveryroxymessagofundme

Please consider supporting Roxanna Messa, a JD alumnus from the class of 2003, who has suffered a series of severe medical circumstances and needs the help of many towards her road to recovery.

Please visit Roxanna's dedicated campaign page to learn more about her unfortunate situation at GoFundMe.

We encourage all alumni, faculty and staff to support and donate to Roxy's Recovery Campaign. | Donate here

Congratulations to the May 2017 NSU Law Graduating Classnsulawgrad

On Thursday, May 11, we celebrated the success and achievements of our NSU Law graduating students. Commencement is a day of recognition and celebration of academic achievement and the lasting contributions that students have made to the university.

Joined by staff, faculty, family and friends, we celebrated and honored our outgoing class as they join our Alumni family. Justice James E.C. Perry, Retired Supreme Court Justice, who was appointed as the 85th Justice to the Florida Supreme Court by Governor Charlie Crist and took office there on March 11, 2009, gave a wonderful and captivating commencement speech, whilst graduating student, Maxwell Sawyer was the elected Student Graduate Speaker for the 2017 May outgoing class. | Photos

2017 Honors and Recognition BanquetHonsandRecBanquet

On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, NSU Law held its 2017 Annual Honors and Recognition Banquet at the Signature Grand in Davie, FL. Honored students were joined by family, friends, faculty, staff and coaches to celebrate their success and achievements, including the Dean's Professionalism Award and the Order of the Barristers.

Many of our students have actively been involved in organizations such as the Pro Bono Honor Program, Nova Law Review, ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law, NSU Trial Association, Moot Court Society, Black Law Student Association (BLSA), PULSE! and the Hispanic Law Student Association. Students involved in these organizations have participated in pro bono programs within their community, contributed to publications and represented NSU Law at national and international competitions in their fields. | Photos

Forbes Magazine Highlights NSU Shepard Broad College of Law for Innovation in Online Education     

May 2nd, 2017

Forbes Magazine has highlighted NSU Shepard Broad College of Law for its innovation in providing online education across both the JD and MS Degrees. Online education provides mobility and flexibility, while "traditional students are able to take a subset of their courses online, which makes the student experience more convenient for them by cutting out commuting time and costs and also allows Nova to serve more part-time students," states Horn. An expert on disruptive innovation, NSU Law's, Dean Jon Garon, is featured in this article, noting "that a critical skill set students need, is the ability to run their own law practices". NSU Law provides a course on "strategic management for lawyers, as well as a course to help lawyers manage technology in the firm. The idea is to build options for students to learn how to control their own practice amidst disruption," writes Horn. | Read Full Article here 

Congratulations Matthew Glass! MLK Day Letter Writing Competition Winner

April 1st, 2017

Matthew Glass is the winner of the 2017 MLK Day Letter Writing competition. Glass penned his letter with respect to the voting rights of all American citizens and progression of the United States across the years. The competition is inspired by the April 1963, ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’ written by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Each year NSU Law students are invited to honor the legacy of Dr. King by penning an entry into NSU Shepard Broad College of Law’s Letter-Writing Competition by writing their own version of a letter on a social justice issue – including environmental responsibility, structural racism, human trafficking, LGBT advocacy, economic empowerment, educational reform, religious tolerance, prisoner rights or gender equality or other concerns of injustice and inequality . You can find Mr. Glass’ complete letter here.

Professor Debra Moss Curtis is the recipient of the 2017 Law Faculty Professionalism Award

April 4, 2017

Associate Dean Debra Moss Curtis was awarded the Florida Bar 2017 Law Faculty Professionalism Award. This award was created to recognize a faculty member from Florida law schools who, through teaching, scholarship, and service to the profession, best supports and exemplifies their mission to promote the fundamental ideals and values of professionalism within the legal system.

Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) Roundtable & Conference

March 23, 2017

Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) Shepard Broad College of Law held its first Shepard Broad College of Law AIDD Clinic roundtable annual community roundtable "Fitting the Pieces Together for our Adults with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities”. | Read Full Press Release

Dean Garon published in LAW360 Protecting Freedom of Speech

February 23, 2017

Dean Jon Garon's article How To Fix The Internet, Address the Business Model, Not the 1st Amendment was published in LAW360. Recent calls to stop ISIS, internet trolls, and hate speech agree on the common theme that it is time to limit free speech on the internet. During the recent presidential campaign, both parties supported some action. | Read Full Article

Professor Duhart Produces Women in the Law Podcast Docu-Series

February 22, 2017

Professor Olympia Duhart served as a Producer for a recently released podcast docu-series that examines gender bias in the legal profession. Women in the Law -- available on iTunes and LST Radio--  features first-person narratives from working women in the legal profession who share their professional and personal struggles. The six-episode series features personal stories, synthesizes social science research, and explores solutions related to women and the practice of law. Professor Duhart produced three episodes: “In The Media,” which explores how women lawyers are portrayed in film and media; “Multiple Identities,” which examines intersectional challenges in the legal profession and “Solutions,” which highlights rules, sanctions and awareness. Other episodes were produced by producer Kimber Russell and executive producer Kyle McEntee. The podcast series is free, and available here:  The show is produced by Law School Transparency, and supported by several sponsors from the academy and legal profession.

NSU To Hold Feb. 23 Workshop on Guardianship for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

February 17, 2017

Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Shepard Broad College of Law will offer a workshop open to the public on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. on the various legal options available to those considering a guardianship for adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The workshop, “Guardianship: Is It The Right Fit?,” will be conducted by the AIDD Clinic Director and students from NSU’s College of Law Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Law Clinic (AIDD)... | Read Full Article

NSU Establishes Sharon and Mitchell W. Berger Entrepreneur Law Clinic

February 8, 2017

Nova Southeastern University is pleased to announce that the Sharon and Mitchell W. Berger Entrepreneur Law Clinic is being established at its Shepard Broad College of Law. The clinic is made possible thanks to funds donated by NSU Trustee Mitchell Berger and his wife Sharon. | Read Full Article

NSU Law Professor Wilets interview with WIOD and WPBT2 concerning Executive Actions

February 8, 2017

NSU Law Professor James D. Wilets interviewed on both on WIOD Radio on hearing by 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and WPBT2 on President's executive actions regarding asylum seekers, green card holders and visitors.

Nova Southeastern University Law Professor comments on WIOD radio on pending Supreme Court nomination

February 1, 2017

NSU Shepard Broad College of Law Professor Michael Masinter comments on WIOD NewsRadio 610 in Miami, FL about the pending Supreme Court nomination.

Nova Southeastern University Law Professor Jayme Cassidy meets with ABA President concerning Veterans

February 1, 2017

Staff Attorney Jayme Cassidy has been invited by the Miami VA to meet with ABA President Linda Klein, to discuss the NSU Veterans Law Clinic and Legal Incubator programs housed at the College of Law.  The Miami VA selected only two legal services programs to have this opportunity. Ms. Cassidy will also be presenting to the ABA Access to Legal Services Committee Members about the NSU College of Law Legal Incubator program, the nation’s first Legal Incubator program targeting the Veterans community.

Nova Southeastern University Law Adjunct interview with WLRN

January 24, 2017

WLRN Topical Currents interviews Nova Southeastern University Social Media and the Law professor, Ethan Wall. The upsurge in social media use by professionals generates legal and ethical questions, which require care and consideration when promoting products and services. | Read Full Article

Nova Southeastern University Names Associate Dean for Library Services in the Shepard Broad College of Law

Vicenç F. Feliú

January 20, 2017

Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) is pleased to announce that Vicenç Feliú has been named Associate Dean and Professor of Law at its Shepard Broad College of Law. | Read Full Article

NSU Director of Legal Research and Writing Program & Professor of Law, Olympia Duhart, writes an article for the Miami Herald

Olympia Duhart

January 17, 2017

As the days of President Obama’s tenure run down, civil-rights advocates hope that he will add one more accomplishment to his legacy: a posthumous pardon for Marcus Garvey.

Garvey, one of the earliest leaders of the American civil-rights movement, was an early 20th century advocate for political and economic independence for people of African descent all over the world. He founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and the African Communities League. [...] | Read Full Article

NSU Law Professor quoted in Vanity Fair's article, "Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Celebrity-Divorce Secret Weapon, Explained"

Fran Tetunic

January 12, 2017

"As the days of President Obama’s tenure run down, civil-rights advocates hope that he will add one more accomplishment to his legacy: a posthumous pardon for Marcus Garvey.

Garvey, one of the earliest leaders of the American civil-rights movement, was an early 20th century advocate for political and economic independence for people of African descent all over the world. [...] | Read Full Article

NSU Health Law Program joins International Academy of Medical Ethics & Public Health

Kathy Cerminara

December 5, 2016

“Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU’s) Health Law Program has joined the International Academy of Medical Ethics and Public Health,” according to Law Professor Kathy Cerminara, J.D., LL.M., J.S.D. Professor Cerminara noted, “Biomedical research inspires more and more ethical controversies while advancing our knowledge base. Those combine with the international reach of research protocols to increase the need for cultural competency in both research and treatment, and overlaid on it all are increasingly globalized disease patterns.” | Read Full Article

Shepard Broad College of Law Launches New Concentrations in Health Law and Education Law in Master's Programs

November 30, 2016

Healthcare and education are two of the most rapidly changing fields in the U.S. economy. Demographic shifts, fiscal turmoil, and constantly evolving federal regulations have required professionals in these fields to manage significant change and at the same time stay abreast of powerful social and economic forces. To help professionals address these changing needs, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Shepard Broad College of Law has developed a series of new concentrations for its four online Master of Science degree programs for non-lawyers... | Read Full Article

Shepard Broad College of Law Launches Cybersecurity Law Concentration in Master's Program

October 25, 2016

In an era often defined by cybersecurity threats to internal communications, massive privacy invasions, and a greatly enhance obligation to protect customer information, working professional outside of IT need much greater education and training in cybersecurity regulations and defensive strategies.

To respond to this need, Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Shepard Broad College of Law has develop a new cybersecurity law concentration for its four online Master of Science degree programs for non-lawyers... | Read Full Article

Nova Southeastern University: NSU Law Grows Entering Class, Clinics, and International Opportunities

SouthFloridaLegalGuideOctober 2016

On August 19 and 20, 100 NSU Shepard Broad College of Law students, staff, and faculty members volunteered at regional public service organizations to mark the end of new law student orientation, celebrate the new academic year, and continue a long-standing commitment to the local community. The community public service event capped off a week of orientation for the 240 new law students. The entering class was five percent larger than the prior year. While most are from the South Florida region, students enrolled from across the U.S. and abroad. Ten percent of the new students are foreign lawyers or part of dual degree programs with foreign law schools... Read Full Article | View Digital PDF

Shepard Broad College of Law Partners with Hebrew University in New International Programs

September 13, 2016

In an expansion of the international reach of its already-recognized global consortium, the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Shepard Broad College of Law has announced two new exciting educational initiatives with Israeli educators. The College of Law is partnering with the Hebrew University (HU) Faculty of Law to provide a student exchange program, conducted at HU Law’s Mount Scopus campus in Israel. Under a memorandum of Understanding, NSU will recognize the credits its students receive there and count them toward completion of the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree... NSU also has appointed Rifat Azam, LL.D., as an Adjunct Professor of Law and Scholar in Residence... | Read Full Article

NSU’s Shepard Broad College of Law Appoints Inaugural Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Public Impact

Elena Maria Marty-Nelson

September 7, 2016

In furtherance of its community sensitivity, outreach and awareness, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Shepard Broad College of Law has appointed Professor Elena Maria Marty-Nelson to a newly created position as Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Public Impact. Under the direction of the Dean of the Law School, Jon M. Garon, the new Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Public Impact will provide expertise, coordination, and support for all aspects of the law school's efforts... | Read Full Article

College of Law Hosted Trial Advocacy Summer Institute

August 19, 2016

In Major League Baseball, it’s called Spring Training. For the National Football League, it’s called “preseason.” At Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Shepard Broad College of Law, students recently had the opportunity to be “primed” for their work as litigating attorneys at the second annual Trial Advocacy Summer Institute (TASI). The five-day seminar... | Read Full Article

NSU Leads College of Law Alumni to Supreme Court

May 16, 2016

Twelve alumni from NSU’s Shepard Broad College of Law Center recently went to the U.S. Supreme Court to be sworn in as lawyers who can practice before the highest court in the land. Leading the group were NSU President Dr. George L. Hanbury; Jon Garon, dean of the Shepard Broad College of Law; Martin Press, member, NSU Board of Trustees... | Read Full Article

NSU Shepard Broad College of Law Second in Florida Bar Passage Rate

April 13, 2016

The Florida Bar passage rate for first time test takers was announced on Monday, April 11, 2016 and Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Shepard Broad College of Law (SBCL) graduates came in second in the state for the February 2016 test. NSU’s pass rate was 75 percent placing the college just behind Florida International University and far ahead of the 58.4 percent state average for the exam... | Read Full Article 


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