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NSU Moot Court Team Wins National Competition

Posted on 04/02/2015

Lynn Taylor (left) and Yineth Sanchez (right) are the First Place Champions of the 27th Annual Domenick L. Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition held at Albany Law School from February 26 to 28, 2015.  Yineth Sanchez also received the award for 3rd Best Oral Advocate out of 32 competitors.  The Final Round was judged by a very distinguished panel including judges from New York Supreme Court and US District Court for Northern District of New York.

Multiple judges said that Sanchez and Taylor could argue real cases in the Appellate Court, and that they were as good as, if not better than, the attorneys they see in their courtrooms on a daily basis. 

Special thanks to Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Law, Michele Struffolino and Associate Professor Amanda Foster, who coached the team to victory and to the Moot Court students who assisted in preparing the team for this competition.

Students Eric Jackwin and Robert Talbert win Best Draft for the Seller at the 2015 Transactional Law Meet Southeast Regionals

Posted on 04/01/2015

Eric Jackwin (3L, pictured far left) and Robert Talbert (3L, pictured far right) penned the winning Seller's agreement at the 2015 Transactional Law Meet in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, February 27, 2015 at the Southeast Regional Rounds. Professors Donna Litman (pictured center) and Leslie Cooney co-coached the team.

The students represented the Seller in an M&A (Merger and Acquisition) setting and drafted the key provisions affecting the purchase price for a $65 million asset purchase agreement, with an earn-out provision for another $30 million.  The team worked diligently for over two and one-half months on their draft agreement and responsive mark-up of the buyer’s agreement in preparation for in-person negotiations.                                                         

Eric Aaronson (3L) and Kyle Roberts (3L), President and Treasurer of the Transactional Law Practice Group, and Jessica Donner (2L) and Shantanu Patel (2L) were members of the practice teams. They drafted responsive mark-ups and represented the Buyer in practice negotiations. 

The teams were fortunate to be able to consult with Matthew Miller (’97) of the Greenberg, Traurig firm and Alan Aronson and Hank Raattama of the Akerman firm.  Professor Douglas Flemons, from the Graduate School of Humanities & Social Sciences met with the travel team and practice team members to discuss team building and other strategies.

Alums Anthony Abiuso (’14) and Kenneth Louie (’13) and Susan Stephan, Director of Development and Adjunct Professor, provided invaluable feedback to the travel team and the practice teams during their practice negotiations.

Third Year Law Student Receives Equal Justice Works Fellowship Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP, and The Florida Bar Foundation

Posted on 04/01/2015

Please join us in congratulating Antoinette (Toni) Pollard, Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP, and The Florida Bar Foundation.  Pollard is the only applicant in the state of Florida to be offered the Greenberg Traurig-Florida Bar Foundation Equal Justice Works fellowship for the 2015 class.  Through the fellowship, Pollard hopes to make a positive difference in the lives of low income children in Florida who are in Medicaid and other managed care health programs, and continue the tradition of public interest work that is an important part of the Shepard Broad Law Center experience.

Pollard would like to thank Professors Michael Dale and Kathy Cerminara along with Jennifer Gordon, Director Public Interest Programs for their mentorship and support in this process.

35 Federal, State and Local Organizations Represented at Public Interest Law Day

Posted on 02/19/2015


On February 19, 2015, the NSU Shepard Broad Law Center Office of Career and Professional Development hosted its annual Public Interest Law Day in the Law Center atrium.  During this event, students met with various local, state, and federal entities to discuss pro bono, internship, fellowship and employment opportunities.

Thirty five organizations were represented:

  • 15th Judicial Circuit - Palm Beach County Office of General Counsel
  • 17th Judicial Circuit Court - Staff Attorney’s Office
  • 19th Circuit Public Defender’s Office
  • Broward Public Defender’s Office
  • Broward State Attorney’s Office
  • City of Coral Springs, City Attorney’s Office
  • City of Fort Lauderdale, City Attorney’s Office
  • City of Fort Lauderdale, Criminal Prosecutor’s Office 
  • City of Hollywood, City Attorney’s Office
  • City of West Palm Beach, City Attorney’s Office
  • Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Inc.
  • Dade Legal Aid
  • Department of Children & Families, Children’s Legal Services
  • Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Florida Legal Services - Migrant Farmworker Justice Project
  • Guardian ad Litem Program, 15th Judicial Circuit
  • Guardian ad Litem Program, 17th Judicial Circuit
  • IRS, Office of Chief Counsel
  • Lawyers to the Rescue
  • Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc.
  • Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc.
  • Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.
  • Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office
  • Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office
  • Miami-Dade County Teen Court
  • Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, Third Region
  • Palm Beach County School Board, Office of General Counsel
  • Palm Beach State Attorney’s Office
  • “Put Something Back” Pro Bono Program of the Dade County Bar
  • Side Project, Inc.
  • The School Board of Broward County
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

If your organization is interested in tabling for next year’s event, please contact Jennifer Gordon, Esq., Director of Public Interest Programs at

Photos of the event can be found on our flickr page.

Shepard Broad Law Center and BLSA host "Lawyers Tell Stories" Celebrating Black History Month

Posted on 02/19/2015


On February 18, 2015, The Shepard Broad Law Center’s Office of Career and Professional Development, in conjunction with the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) hosted their annual Black History Month event, “Lawyers Tell Stories.”  Members of the legal community came together for a night of storytelling to celebrate and honor the exceptional black men in their lives.  This year’s theme was my brother’s keeper.

Nine storytellers shared their inspiring stories with attendees.  Among the speakers were Shepard Broad Associate Professor and Director of Caribbean Law Programs Jane Cross, Litigation Attorney and Shepard Broad Alumnus Louis C. Senat, and U.S. District Judge Darrin P. Gayles.  Other presenters included Tobechuku Nwahiri, Assistant Public Defender for Broward County; Ahmad Nabil Abuznaid, Co-Founder of The Dream Defenders; Hilary Creary, Circuit Director of the Guardian ad Litem Program of the 17thJudicial Circuit; Analogy, spoken word artist; and Melba V. Pearson, Assistant Chief, Career Criminal/Robbery Unit of the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, and President of the National Black Prosecutors Association.

Special guest Peter Lange surprised attendees with a performance in spoken word.  Lange, 17, participates in the Jason Taylor Foundation - Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network, an after school spoken word poetry program available to students actively attending Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach County Schools.

Photos of the event can be found on our flickr page.

Students Collect and Donate More Than 10,000 Cans of Food to Feed Florida’s Hungry

Posted on 11/26/2014


Students from the Public Interest Law Society and Phi Alpha Delta collected and donated more than 10,000 cans of food to benefit Feeding South Florida. The cans were collected during “Canned Immunity,” a weeklong food drive held in November. As part of the food drive, law students donate cans in their classes to receive immunity. “Canned Immunity” is a Law Center tradition where students who bring in canned donations may be entitled to pass on a question if called on in class by their professor or select another student to act as “co-counsel” to help discuss a case or topic in class. The student’s primary motivation, however, was to reach out to those less fortunate and to ensure those fighting hunger in our community are well fed this Thanksgiving holiday. Competition played a role in the donation process. Classes competed to have the highest number of donations and Michael Flynn’s class received that honor with 4,652 cans.

Photo from left to right: NSU Law students Geoffrey Langbart, Sophia Mitchell, and Anna Black.

NSU Law Takes Top Honors at Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition

Posted on 11/19/2014


NSU Law students Berkin Aslan, Brandon Dinetz, Andrew Jaffe, and Ivan Rodriguez traveled to Buffalo to compete in the 11th annual Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition. The competition featured the best trial advocacy programs in the country. Law students tried both sides of a homicide case before experienced judges and trial attorneys who volunteered as judges and evaluators.  This mock trial involved a case of mayoral conspiracy and attempted murder. The NSU Law team competed against thirty-six other schools from across the nation.  NSU Law was selectively chosen to compete at this invitational and was a quarterfinalist in the competition.

Students prepared for the case during the semester before the competition and based on their performance, a team of four students was formed. The NSU Law team was coached by adjunct professor of law, Ted Daus (’91), and former Nova Trial Association president, Brian Engel (’12).

Berkin Aslan was awarded Best Advocate of the entire competition. Last year, NSU Law student Jay Dermer, was awarded Best Advocate at the same competition.  NSU Law has taken top honors, two years in a row, at this prestigious competition. Shepard Broad Law Center provides students with the widest range of opportunities to gain practical experience through moot court competitions, trial team participation, externships, clinical education, and workshops.

Intellectual Property Law Society Compete in Dade Legal Aid’s Patently Impossible Project

Posted on 11/13/2014


Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center’s Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) recently participated in the Miami Dade Legal Aid 5th Annual Patently Impossible Project at the Miami Science Museum.  The event is widely considered to be one of the top rated receptions of the year for the South Florida Intellectual Property legal community, and it certainly lived up to its reputation.  The evening consisted of a silent auction, cocktail reception and a charity race to assemble a patented invention.  Representatives of IPLS competed in the race along with teams from other law schools, judges, patent attorneys, corporate counsel, inventors, engineers, Techies and Start Ups. 

When members of IPLS were not competing or cheering on their fellow Sharks, they were networking and gaining insight from the diverse variety of attendees with backgrounds in Intellectual Property. 

With just under 100 donors to the silent auction, over 20 teams competing in the event and a great turn out from the South Florida legal and business community the fundraiser was a true success.  IPLS was proud to represent the Shepard Broad Law Center at such an exciting event and looks forward to attending next year.

Members of the IPLS pictured from left to right: Alejandro Ley (Vice President), Samantha Bowen, Shezan Mumtaz (President), Lizza Maldonado (member) and Luis Rubio (Director of Public Relations)

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