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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 julies@nova.edu. 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. 

Passing of Professor Emeritus John B. Anderson
Wednesday 12/06/17

NSU Law emeritus faculty member John B. Anderson (on right with Dean Jon Garon) passed away on Sunday, December 3 in Washington D.C. John was a former U.S. Representative from Illinois and joined the faculty at NSU in 1987 as a Distinguished Visiting Law Professor teaching Constitutional Decision Making and the Law of the Electoral Process. John was a statesman and leader as well as an excellent educator and generous donor and active supporter of the law school.

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Steven Kass appointed new Director of the Sharon and Mitchell W. Berger Entrepreneur Law Clinic
Tuesday 10/31/17

Steven Kass will be joining Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law, as the Berger Family Fellow and Director of the Sharon and Mitchell W. Berger Entrepreneur Law Clinic. Mr. Kass is currently a Shareholder of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A. He received his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law, graduating magna cum laude. In addition to his client-facing responsibilities, Mr. Kass served in the roles of Administrative Partner and Chief Financial Officer for Jorden Burt LLP, a seventy-lawyer, multi-office law firm, from 2004 to 2013, before that firm’s merger with Carlton Fields.  Today, Steve provides pro bono services through Legal Aid Service of Broward County, and he has previously served as the President of his synagogue and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Broward County. Steve is the proud father of a 2014 NSU Law School graduate, Lisa S. Kass.


NSU Law Shepard Broad College of Law All Alumni Reunion
Friday 10/27/17

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Shepard Broad College of Law will welcome alumni and friends back to campus on Saturday, Nov. 4 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the charter graduating class of 1977 through 2017. The law school will take this opportunity to recognize the more than 100 of alumni who have served as members of the judiciary.

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NSU Law Shepard Broad College of Law Leo Goodwin, Sr. Hall - Award-winning educational designed building.
Thursday 10/26/17

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 College of Law Veterans Law Clinic Director Jayme Cassidy on Board of The Florida Justice Technology Center
Tuesday 10/10/17

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.

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NSU Law ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law recognized with ABA student division award.
Tuesday 08/29/17

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.

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NSU Law Professor Harbaugh, with PLI, awarded ACLEA's Best Award
Wednesday 08/02/17

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. Watch video at http://www.pli.edu/Content/OnDemand/Mastering_Negotiations_The_Significance_of/_/N-4nZ1z10kax?ID=301610

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NSU College of Law hosts annual International Faculty Training Workshop - Educating Millennials and Beyond
Wednesday 07/26/17

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.

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NSU College of Law Professor Kathy Cerminara, co-winner of first Wexler/Winick Distinguished Service Award in Prague, Czech Republic
Tuesday 07/11/17

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 Professors Wilets and Khan on WPBT2's YOUR SOUTH FLORIDA
Friday 07/07/17

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

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Professor Olympia Duhart, former SALT Co-President, named Associate Dean for Faculty and Student Development
Friday 06/09/17

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.

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Raising the Bar: Young Woman Reunites with Stranger Who Inspired Her
Wednesday 06/07/17

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.

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NSU Law Professor honored with Scholars Award at Celebration of Innovation and Social Justice
Tuesday 06/06/17

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
Tuesday 05/23/17

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.

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Support a Fellow Alumna - Roxy's Road to Recovery
Friday 05/12/17

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.

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Congratulations to the May 2017 NSU Law Graduating Class
Thursday 05/11/17

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.

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2017 Honors and Recognition Banquet
Wednesday 05/10/17

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.

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Forbes Magazine Highlights NSU Shepard Broad College of Law for Innovation in Online Education
Tuesday 05/02/17

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.

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Professor Debra Moss Curtis is the recipient of the 2017 Law Faculty Professionalism Award
Tuesday 04/04/17

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.


Congratulations Matthew Glass! MLK Day Letter Writing Competition Winner
Saturday 04/01/17

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.

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Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) Roundtable & Conference
Thursday 03/23/17

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”.

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Dean Garon published in LAW360 Protecting Freedom of Speech
Thursday 02/23/17

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.

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Professor Duhart Produces Women in the Law Podcast Docu-Series
Wednesday 02/22/17

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: http://www.lstradio.com/women/#theshow. The show is produced by Law School Transparency, and supported by several sponsors from the academy and legal profession.

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NSU To Hold Feb. 23 Workshop on Guardianship for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Friday 02/17/17

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)

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NSU Establishes Sharon and Mitchell W. Berger Entrepreneur Law Clinic
Wednesday 02/08/17

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.

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