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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. 

Florida Legal Aid Services Welcomed Trial Lawyers for Seminar at NSU Law
Monday 04/23/18

NSU Law hosted five Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), who conducted a day-long trial skills training program for Civil Legal Aid Lawyers. The ACTL is a Fellowship of the most preeminent trial lawyers in America and Canada. Gordon James III, an experienced Fort Lauderdale trial attorney, who also serves as a member of the NSU Shepard Broad College of Law Board of Governors and as an ACTL Fellow, worked with Florida Legal Services attorney, Kathy Grunewald, to organize the training.

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NSU Law Professor Flynn on WPBT's YOUR SOUTH FLORIDA
Thursday 04/12/18

Guest host Sandra Esquivel NBC6 journalist interviewed NSU Shepard Broad College of Law Professor Michael Flynn on the Broward County and Palm Beach County opioids lawsuit and why Palm Beach County filed with the State vs. Federal courts. The program will air Friday, April 13, 2018 @7:30, Sunday April 15, 2018 @Noon on WPBT2 South Florida PBS - and Sunday April 15, 2018 @ 6:30 PM on WXEL - South Florida PBS


NSU Law JD Concentration Intellectual Property, Technology and Cybersecurity Law
Thursday 03/29/18

NSU Law has developed a new concentration in “Intellectual Property, Technology and Cybersecurity Law” for students completing the juris doctor degree. The new concentration capitalizes on the College of Law’s significant teaching and curriculum strengths in the field of intellectual property, matching these strengths to the current substantial market need for intellectual property specialists. The College of Law offers a concentration in Cybersecurity Law for graduate students in its Master of Science of Laws program, designed specifically for non-lawyers.

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NSU Law Professor Areto Imoukhuede guest on WPBT's YOUR SOUTH FLORIDA
Friday 03/02/18

Areto Imoukhuede was a guest on PBS station WPBT YOUR SOUTH FLORIDA. The program will air on WPBT2 on Friday March 2 at 7:30 PM, Sunday, March 4 at 12 noon and on WXEL on Sunday March 4 at 6:30 PM. Topic - Pros and Cons of the state legislature response to the Stoneman Douglas shooting.


NSU Law Professor Shahabudeen Khan interviewed by 7 News Miami
Monday 02/05/18

Associate Dean of International Programs & Associate Professor of Law Shahabudeen Khan interviewed by 7 News Miami concerning the death of two dogs. Professor Khan provided a review of the case.

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Professor Jane Cross Top Black Educator of 2017
Saturday 01/27/18

It comes as no surprise to the NSU community when one of our faculty members is recognized for excellence in teaching. The university prides itself on giving students access to educators who are subject-matter experts, many of whom are still practicing in their chosen fields. As such, Legacy Miami and Legacy South Florida honored Shepard Broad College of Law associate professor, Jane E. Cross, as one of the Top Educators of 2017. Cross, who is also director of NSU’s Caribbean Law Program, was recognized at a reception on January 27, 2018. Broward County Commissioner Dr. Barbara Sharief served as keynote speaker. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Cross is the faculty advisor to NSU’s Black Law Students’ Association, the Caribbean Law Students’ Association and the NSU Human Rights Organization. She serves as president, executive committee member and Advisory Board member for the American and Caribbean Law Initiative (ACLI), while also working as treasurer and board member of the Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference. Legacy Miami is distributed in the Miami Herald and Legacy South Florida is distributed in the Sun Sentinel.

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NSU Law alumnus John M. Stewart, president-elect designate of the Florida Bar
Wednesday 01/17/18

John M. Stewart (JD 1997) has become the president-elect designate of The Florida Bar and is the first NSU Law alumnus to hold this honor. Stewart will be sworn in as president-elect in June 2018 and take office for the 2019-2020 Bar year. Stewart practices with his father, and the team of William Stewart and Rossway Swan Tierney Barry Lacey & Oliver, P.L., in Vero Beach, Florida. In addition to other committees and organizations, Stewart led The Florida Bar Technology Subcommittee and the Board of Governors Technology committee that oversaw the recommendation to add a technology CLE requirement for bar members. Other friends of NSU Law that have held The Florida Bar president position include James Fox Miller, a member of the NSU Law Board of Governors 1990, and NSU Chancellor Ray Ferrero, Jr., who held the position in 1987.


SCOTUS May Allow Expansion of Sports Betting
Tuesday 12/12/17

New Jersey is challenging a federal law that bars states from authorizing sports betting and gambling. The Supreme Court is taking up this case and if it strikes down the law, sports betting could become widely available. In a recent interview with First News with Jim Cefalo, Robert M. Jarvis, J.D., professor of law, NSU’s Shepard Broad College of Law, talked about the implications of this law and if allowing sports betting hurts the integrity of the games.

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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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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