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Professor Jim Levy wins “Blawggie” Award for Best Law Professor Blog

Posted on 01/14/2015

Jim Levy

On December 22nd, 2014, the Eleventh Edition of Dennis Kennedy’s annual Best of Law-related Blogging Awards known as the “Blawggies” was released.  The Blawggies honor the best law-related blogs in categories such as Best Overall Law-Related Blog, Best Legal Podcast, and Best New Blawg, to name a few.

The award for Best Law Professor Blog was given to NSU Shepard Broad Law Professor Jim Levy, and co-editor Louis J. Sirico, Jr., Professor of Law at Villanova University School of Law for their blog, “Legal Skills Prof Blog.”  Of the blog, Kennedy writes, “As the debate about the future of legal education blossomed and took on a sense of urgency in 2014, the “practical skills” approach in law school programming started to get a lot of attention. This blog’s coverage of those issues was excellent and it’s a great place to keep up-to-date on discussions about the future of legal education, analysis of current trends, and generally helpful links and information.”

This is the second year in a row that Legal Skills Prof Blog won the Blawggie Law Professor Blog top honors.

Professor Levy has taught legal research, writing and practical skills training courses at Shepard Broad since 2003, and he has been very active in national organizations devoted to legal education.

Follow the link for a full list of the 2014 Blawggies.

Professor Joel Mintz, "Time for a Restatement"

Posted on 12/22/2014

Joel Mintz

Professor Joel Mintz recently published a co-authored article in the January/February issue of the Environmental Forum, a publication of the Environmental Law Institute that is widely read by both legal scholars and practitioners. The article, “Time for a Restatement,” makes the case for the publication of an American Law Institute Restatement of Environmental Law.  He also published a 2014-2015 cumulative supplement to his treatise, “State and Local Government Environmental Liability” (West Publishing, 1994).

In addition, Professor Mintz edited a 23-page newsletter for the Association of American law Schools Section on State and Local Government Law, which was distributed to over 300 U.S. law professors.

Professor Joel Mintz is a national Environmental Law Scholar of the Month for the University of North Carolina’s Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation and Resources (CLEAR).

Dean Garon and Professor Cross Speak at DITAS

Posted on 11/06/2014


The Zambrano Foundation held a two-day symposium, Democracy in the Americas Symposium (DITAS), November 6-7, 2014, hosted by Miami-Dade College.  The symposium was a dynamic gathering of world dignitaries, multi-national corporate leaders, prominent scholars, students, and social innovators whose mission is to preserve democracy by presenting innovative trends in policy, trade, technology, social innovation and economic developments in an effort to transform these ideas into action.  Topics for the symposium included:

  • *E-Democracy: Using Technology & Communications for Social Change
  • *Rule of Law: How Governance & Security Impact Society
  • *New Generations in Democracy: Innovative Ideas for the Future
  • *The Orange Economy: Innovative Trade Platform in Latin America
  • *Vision & Leadership: Expectations & Resources for Future Leaders
  • *Venezuela: Case Study – Discussion on Human Rights, Economic Development & Rule of Law
  • *President’s Panel: Pragmatism & Idealism – Tension among Ethical Values and Practical Resolutions of Governmental Issues

NSU Shepard Broad Dean and Professor of Law Jon M. Garon welcomed the panel of speakers for the Rule of Law: Governance & Security topic.  Professor Jane Ellen Cross is part of that panel.

Follow the events of the symposium on Twitter, using #DITAS14

Professor Coleman Publishes Article in FL Bar Journal

Posted on 11/03/2014

Professor Phyllis Coleman’s article, Dog Bites Human:  Why Florida Lawyers Should Care and What They Need to Know, has been published in 88 Fla. Bar J. 26 (Nov. 2014).  As the only founding member still active in the Florida Bar Animal Law Committee, Coleman wrote the piece for the Journal’s special issue, celebrating 10 years since the founders created the group.

The article discusses the general legal principles involved in dog bites for both plaintiffs and defendants, and alerts practitioners to potential pitfalls in the Florida statutes and case law.

Coleman writes, “Florida recently recorded the highest average amount ($38,400) per dog bite insurance claim in the country, with 146 payments totaling $5.6 million. While the number of claims nationwide vacillates, the average value of each has climbed higher every year with the aggregate topping $489.7 million in 2012.”

Professor Bob Jarvis Awarded Professor of the Year

Posted on 10/22/2014


Professor of Law Bob Jarvis is the recipient of the 2014 Shepard Broad Law Center Professor of the Year Award conferred by the University in recognition of his significant contributions to “Excellence in Teaching and Distinction in Scholarly Productivity.”

Jarvis came to the Law Center in 1987 and was awarded tenure in 1992. Prior to entering academia, he practiced admiralty and international law in New York City, first with Haight, Gardner, Poor & Havens (now Holland & Knight) and then with Baker & McKenzie. In addition to NSU, he has taught at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Fordham University, Saint Thomas University, Tulane University, and Yeshiva University and has served as a Bar/Bri bar review lecturer. To read more about Jarvis and his scholarship, click here.

Professor Joel Mintz on BP's Gross Negligence, an Academic Roundtable with Peruvian Prime Minister, and other Published Work

Posted on 10/22/2014

Joel Mintz

Professor Joel Mintz was recently quoted in an article by the U.S. News & World Report about the April 2010 BP explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.  The disaster killed 11 crewmen and over the course of three months lacquered water and coastlines with millions of barrels of spilled oil. 

Professor Mintz was also invited to participate in an academic roundtable event at the New York University Law School, sponsored by NYU's Guarini Center and organized at the request of the Peruvian Prime Minister of the Environment, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal.

In addition, Professor Mintz published the following: "Measuring Environmental Enforcement Success: The Elusive Search for Objectivity," 44 Environmental Law Reporter 10751 (September 2014); a chapter titled, "Shaping Next Generation Compliance at EPA: Some Lessons From the Agency's Past and Some Post-Workshop Thoughts," in Next Generation Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (Environmental Law Institute, 2014); and a book review of Thomas O. McGarity, "Freedom to Harm: the Lasting Legacy of the Laissez Faire Revival" in '64 Journal of Legal Education 136 (August, 2014)

"Restating Environmental Law " (co-authored with four other law professors), will appear in the Fall, 2014 issue of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, and an introduction to a symposium issue of the Nova Law Review that contains three articles by prominent law professors regarding Energy Law and Policy, Climate Disruption, and Sea Level Rise will also be published this fall.

If you would like to receive a copy of Professor Mintz's symposium articles and/or his introduction, please contact him via email at

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