NSU Names Debra Moss Vollweiler as Interim Dean for
Shepard Broad College of Law
NSU is pleased to announce Debra Moss Vollweiler, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, has been appointed as Interim Dean of the Shepard Broad College of Law.

Dean Vollweiler will be replacing Dean Jon M. Garon who will begin a sabbatical in 2020 returning to NSU Law as a member of the faculty. “Debra Moss Vollweiler is a proven leader who has been a part of NSU Law for 25 years,” says Dean Garon.

A member of the College of Law since 1995, Dean Moss Vollweiler was appointed to the law faculty in 2001 after having served as Director and Founder of the Public Interest Law Center. She earned tenure as full professor in 2008 and became Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 2017. Dean Vollweiler’s teaching focus is on Contracts, and the Uniform Commercial Code Articles 2 and 9.
Debra Moss Curtis 2017
She has published more than thirty works on professionalism, teaching, learning, and attorney discipline. Her latest work, entitled If you Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em: Institutionally Managing Law Students as Consumers, which is forthcoming in the Pace Law Review. She is the co-author of Legal Education at a Crossroads , an interdisciplinary book examining curricular change in law schools nationwide and advocating for databased curriculum development.

Dean Vollweiler is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching excellence and professionalism including the College of Law’s Executive of the Year for the NSU Student Life Achievements Awards (2018), NSU’s Distinguished Professor of the Year award (2017), the Florida Bar’s statewide Law Faculty Professionalism Award (2017), National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism Fellow (2016), "Professor of the Year" by the College of Law Student Bar Association (2007, 2014 & 2015), and College of Law Faculty Member of the Year for the NSU Student Life Achievement Awards (2015). She is a frequent speaker on teaching, learning and professionalism at national conferences, including the American Association of Law Schools (AALS), Southeastern Association of Law Schools, National Conference of Bar Examiners, and ABA Conferences, among others. She has served as a member of two executive committees of AALS, and serves as a site inspector and team chairperson for the ABA accreditation process. Dean Vollweiler earned degrees from Tufts University (B.A.) and Boston College Law School (J.D. cum laude).
Dean Jon M. Garon Completes his Service as Dean to Begin a Year of Speaking and Publishing
As announced in September, Dean Jon M. Garon will return to the faculty at NSU Law beginning in January 2020. In addition to remaining a tenured member of the faculty, President George Hanbury has been appointed Dean Garon to serve as the Director of the Intellectual Property, Technology and Cybersecurity Law Program for the College of Law.

Dean Garon plans an ambitious publication and public speaking agenda during his sabbatical before returning to his teaching duties. Among these, the third edition of “Entertainment Law and Practice” is scheduled for publication in 2020, his new work, “A Short and Happy Guide to Privacy and Cybersecurity” is scheduled for publication in 2021, and the “Law Professor Desk Reference,” is scheduled for 2022. Upon his return, Dean Garon will focus his teaching on Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law, Cybersecurity.
NSU Law Celebrates December 2019 Graduates
More photos of 2019 December Graduates in the Flickr Album
On Wednesday, December 11, 2019, twenty-four graduates were honored at the December Graduate Reception. Dean Jon Garon opened the ceremony with a welcome message, followed by Julie Farach as the student speaker and Professor Randolph Braccialarghe as the faculty speaker. They both were selected by the NSU Law December 2019 graduating class. The NSU law atrium welcomed more than 250 enthusiastic guests cheering on their new attorneys to be.

Dean Michele Struffolino read off the names of the twenty-four graduates as they crossed the stage to shake hands with Dean Garon. NSU Law December graduates completed 584 hours of pro-bono service with organizations, such as Americans for Immigrant Justice, Broward Legal Aid, the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Florida Immigrant Coalition. Two students received Pro Bono Honors: Joannes Raminez (Gold Level Distinction), Meagan Kelleher (Silver Level Distinction). All graduates received the sounding blocks to go with the gavels that they received when they started law school. Congratulations, good luck on the Bar Exam and cheers to a successful legal career.
Welcome to Dr. Susan D. Landrum
Assistant Dean for Academic Success and Professionalism
In January we will welcome Dr. Susan D. Landrum as our new Assistant Dean for the Academic Success and Professionalism Program. Prior to joining NSU Law, Dr. Landrum served as the Assistant Dean for Academic Achievement at St. John’s University School of Law and as Director of the Office of Academic Achievement at Savannah Law School. Before becoming a law school administrator and educator, she also practiced as an associate attorney at Zieger, Tigges & Little LLP and clerked as staff attorney for the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Full Bio
Miami-Dade & Palm Beach Alumni Chapters Celebrate the Season
NSU Law Alumni Miami and Palm Beach Chapters celebrated the holidays with cheer and donations for Toys for Tots. 80+ alumni and guests attended the events and toys were collected at each event for Big Brothers and Sisters of Broward County and for Toys for Tots. Thank you to the leadership for helping to organize the events. More photos
JD Admissions Hosts Information Sessions
NSU Law Admissions will host three Information Sessions. We welcome students interested in attending Law School to learn more about the application process and how NSU law and a J.D. can benefit their career and life goals. The sessions will be held at the NSU Shepard Broad College of Law. Please encourage any potential student you may know to attend. Thank you in advance for all your word-of-mouth praise for NSU Law.

Tuesday, December 17
Tuesday, January 21
Monday, February 24

Listen to WLRN for more information.
Canned Immunity Continues
The Public Interest Law Society and the National Security and Law Society worked together to promote, gather, and donate over 5,500 canned goods to LifeNet4Families and the Fisher House.

“Canned Immunity” is a College of Law tradition where students who donated canned goods are entitled to pass on a question if called on in class by their professor. The student’s primary motivation, however, was to reach out to those less fortunate. Competition played a role in the donation process as classes competed to have the highest number of donations. Professor Michael Flynn and Professor Michael Richmond’s section received this honor.
NSU Law Public Interest Law Society will host an online auction on January 13-17, 2020.
We will have opportunities for both students and alumni to bid on. Thank you for participating and supporting PILS and NSU Law.

January 13 - 17, 2020
Florida has been ground zero for election news regularly during the 21st century. In each election in Florida, both individual and public health issues resonate strongly due to its demographics and history. Health care policy is certain to be a key issue in this important state in the upcoming presidential primary election on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

February 19, 2020
Presented by the Sharon and Mitchell W. Berger Entrepreneur Law Clinic at the Shepard Broad College of Law, this program provides an introduction to the various approaches to crowdfunding and crowd-financing available to companies who use them to launch their enterprises and products.

February 27, 2020
Upcoming Events
Directors Roundtable - Jacksonville, FL

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
MOCA Jacksonville, FL
PILS Virtual Auction

January 13-17, 2020
Alumni Mentoring Event

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
NSU Shepard Broad College of Law
Save The Date
South Florida Legal Mentoring Picnic

Saturday, February 1, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
CB Smith Park
International Arbitration Society Presents
Issues in International Arbitration CLE

Tuesday, February 6, 2020
5:00 pm - 7:00 p.m.
CLE Credits Approved
Health Law Policy Discussion

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 p.m.
Panza Maurer Law Library
Public Interest Law Day

Thursday, February 20, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
NSU Law Atrium
Crowdfunding and Securities Regulation

Thursday, February 27, 2020
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Save The Date
SELS Symposium: Saturday, March 15, 2020

John Anderson Distinguished Visiting Chair: Paulette Brown: Wednesday March 18, 2020

ILSA Journal Symposium: Friday, March 20, 2020

AIDD Roundtable & Conference: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Environmental Law Symposium: Friday, April 3, 2020
Faculty Tenure Alumni Comment Request
Three Professors are seeking tenure with NSU Shepard Broad College of Law.

If you were a student of Professor Camille Lamar Campbell, Director of Caribbean Law Programs and Associate Professor of Law Jane E. Cross and Associate Dean of International Programs & Associate Professor of Law Shahabudeen Khan, please take a moment to provide comments to assist the Committee on Retention, Promotion and Tenure.
Deadline is Monday, January 13, 2020 12:00 noon.

Thank you for your extra time and effort.
Areto A. Imoukhuede
Professor of Law
Chair; contract Retention, Promotion, and Tenure Committee
Faculty News
Professor Tim Canova
Presented at a public forum, “Election Security & Your Vote” on December 5, 2019, at the Hollywood Beach Culture & Community Center. The non-partisan event was hosted by Canova’s community advocacy group, Progress For All, and cosponsored by Hollywood Democrats, the Broward Republican Party, Bring It Home Florida, and the Republican National Lawyers Association. The forum included leading election experts on the vulnerabilities in our election systems and discussed a number of proposals to reform future elections to ensure fairness, accuracy, and transparency.
Professor Phyllis Coleman
Professor Michael Dale
Will be program director at a National Institute for Trial Advocacy three-day trial skills program in December at the Children's Law Center of California (CLCC) in Los Angeles. In November Professor Dale teamed with a second NITA instructor, to conduct a NITA teacher training program for supervising lawyers at CLCC. Together with three other long-standing NITA teachers, they will be assisting the newly trained supervisors in conducting a three-day trial skills program for 32 relatively new CLCC attorneys.
Dean Emeritus Joseph Harbaugh
Was elected to a two-year term as Chair of the Board of Florida Humanities, the Florida affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). As Chair of the Programs Committee for the last five years, Harbaugh has supervised several million dollars of funding to support programs presented to thousands of Floridians focused on literature, history, jurisprudence, philosophy, archaeology, ethics, the environment, history and criticism of the arts, and other aspects of the social sciences, which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods. During Harbaugh’s term as Program Committee Chair, the Council developed the unique Florida Stories app, which provides free cultural, historical, and architectural walking tours of 35 communities across the state of Florida.
Professor Joel Mintz

Co-planned the next national member scholars’ meeting of the Center for Progressive Reform.

Agreed to allow the most recent edition of his book, ENFORCEMENT AT THE EPA: HIGH STAKES AND HARD CHOICES (rev. ed. 2012) to be translated into Chinese and released in China by the Chinese Environmental Press.

Professor James D. Wilets
Published Justice Scalia Got It Right, but for the Wrong Reasons: Scalia’s Recognition of the Supreme Court’s “Southern Exception” in U.S. Constitutional Jurisprudence and the Connection of “Southern Exceptionalism” to “American Exceptionalism” , 74 U. MIAMI L. REV. 109 (2019), https://repository.law.miami.edu/umlr/vol74/iss1/4/ .

Professor Wilets’ article on reparations based on both US apartheid and slavery as a violation of peremptory norms was a basis of, and was cited in, a submission to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, DC by the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center.

Student News
2020 NSU Law Summer Abroad Programs Open
NSU Law offers three summer abroad programs for NSU Law students in Granada, Spain, The Hague, Netherlands, and Cape Town, South Africa.

Spain & Netherlands programs focus on international business law and/or public international law.

South Africa program focuses on international human rights law.

Granada, Spain: June 6 - July 3, 2020
The Hague, Netherlands: July 5 - July 31, 2020
Cape Town, South Africa: July 9 - Aug 7, 2020

No foreign language skills are necessary.
Class Actions
Rafael Suarez-Rivas , City of Miami Chief Assistant City Attorney, spoke to Miami Beach High students on various topics dealing with public participation by students, and ethics in government, in commemoration of Ethical Governance Day.

Jeffrey Colbath has opened Colbath Mediation . After 27 years on the bench, including time as Chief Judge, Judge Colbath recently retired from the 15th Circuit Court and is now starting his second career as a Florida Circuit Court Mediator. 

Douglas Ede returned to Rumberger|Kirk in Miami as a partner in their commercial litigation and corporate and tax division. Ede is also a Certified Circuit Civil Mediator.  

Mario Lopez has announced that his firm has merged with another to create Farrell Patel Jomarron & Lopez with locations in Miami, Tampa, Houston, and Puerto Rico. Lopez is Senior Partner of the first and third-party insurance departments in the firm. Lopez focuses his practice in the fields of Personal Injury Litigation, Premises Liability, Construction Law, Medical Malpractice, Property Litigation, Home Litigation, and Products Liability.  

Robert Elgidely has joined the Miami office of Fox Rothschild LLP as a partner in its financial restructuring and bankruptcy department. Elgidely focuses his practice on representing court-appointed fiduciaries, including debtors, creditors, committees and liqudating trustees, in both Chapter 11 and 7 cases stemming from fraud and financial crimes.  

The Honorable Stacy Ross was recognized as the "2019 Jurist of the Year" by the Florida Association of Women Lawyers Association. This award was presented to Judge Ross on June 26, 2019 at the Florida Bar Conference in Boca Raton. The Jurist of the Year award recognizes a judge whose career exemplifies the highest standards of judicial conduct for integrity and independence. Congratulations, Judge Ross!  

John Stewart , The Florida Bar’s 71st President , visited Jacksonville to share his story of his path to leadership. Stewart, a Partner at Rossway Swan , told of his story and encouraged all local attorneys to seek leadership roles in the state Bar groups. Stewart said he will continue to pursue the Bar's initiatives related to attorney health and wellness and diversity and equality in the profession. The link to the article is found at https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/article/florida-bar-president-visits-jacksonville-shares-story-of-his-path-to-leadership . Stewart practices in the areas of alternative dispute resolution and civil and commercial litigation. He focuses his litigation and dispute resolution practice on real estate, construction and insurance disputes along with probate and trust disputes. 

Melissa Vickers is now an attorney in the Orlando office of Morgan & Morgan . Vickers is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the Florida Bar.  

Francesca Russo has joined the Miami office of GrayRobinson as a shareholder, focusing her practice on intellectual property law and litigation, commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution.  

Erin Deady of the environmental law firm of Erin L. Deady, P.A. , co-sponsored a climate change panel discussion presented by the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County.  Deady is a licensed attorney in Florida, a certified land planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners (“AICP”) and a LEED AP. Deady’s practice is primarily focused on public sector government representation but also includes numerous private sector and agricultural clients. Deady’s practice includes environmental restoration initiatives, water, energy, climate, local government, administrative law and land use issues.  

Ryan Vescio has joined the firm of Shuffield, Lowman & Wilson, P.A. in Orlando as an associate. Vescio focuses his practice on commercial, civil, and fiduciary litigation.  

Natalie Giachos , Managing Attorney at The Solution Law Firm, P.A. , had an article published in the December 2019 issue of the Broward County Bar Association Barrister. The title is ‘How Texting Can Benefit Your Firm and Client’. The article is on page 9 and the link to the article is https://www.browardbar.org/wp-content/uploads/barrister/2019/dec/2019-December-Barrister.pdf . Giachos is a civil litigation attorney in South Florida. Her practice areas include estate planning, insurance, personal injury, and trusts and estates. However, her passion is Marketing and she enjoys helping attorneys and entrepreneurs achieve success through online marketing. 

The Honorable Damary Stokes has been appointed Magistrate for the 15th Judicial Circuit of Florida.  

Michael Ehren has been promoted to partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Lash & Goldberg LLP . Ehren’s practice includes complex commercial litigation, health care litigation, real estate and construction litigation, employment litigation and consumer protection litigation.  In addition, Ehren serves as president of Debbie’s Dream Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about stomach cancer, advancing funding for research, and providing education and support internationally to patients, families, and caregivers. He was recently honored by South Florida Business & Wealth with an “Up & Comer” award. 

Nichole Segal published the ‘Member Spotlight: Jonathan Burns’ in the December issue of the Palm Beach County Bar Association Bar Bulletin. It can be found on page 15. Segal is an associate in the firm of Burlington Rockenbach, P.A.  Her practice is focused on civil appellate law and she also provides trial support. The article may be read at https://view.joomag.com/pbcba-bar-bulletins-pbcba-bulletin-dec-2019/0509284001574351894?short

Jesse Cloyd has joined Agentis as an attorney. Cloyd focuses his practice on commercial and civil litigation, bankruptcy and business law.  

Thomas P. Fabricio of Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson presented a seminar titled, “Fraud Detection and Claims Adjusting,” to insurance adjusters with North American Risk Services in Altamonte Springs.

Caryn A. Stevens was named a partner at Ward Damon in West Palm Beach. Stevens focuses her practice exclusively in the areas of marital and family law.  

Morgan Ben-David of AXS Law Group in Wynwood spoke about contracts and freelance agreements during Coaching Roundtables hosted by the Arts & Business Council of Miami at VentureCafe in Miami.

Andrew Rothstein is now an attorney in the Boca Raton office of Shendell & Pollock . Rothstein’s areas of practice are professional liability and general liability.  

Michelle Suarez of Florida Entrepreneur Law, P.A. was presented an award for Dedication and Purpose Driven Service by Paragon and Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc. Suarez presented at a Small Business Workshop on Intellectual Property and what businesses need to be aware of to develop and protect their ideas and branding.  

Joshua Lida , Partner at Lida Law, PLLC had his article ‘Vaping in Florida Update’ published in the December 2019 issue of the Broward County Bar Association Barrister. The article is found on page 17. Lida’s practice is primarily focused on criminal defense, family law, and professional license defense. The article can be read at https://www.browardbar.org/wp-content/uploads/barrister/2019/dec/2019-December-Barrister.pdf

Nicholas Bixler has joined Hinshaw & Culbertson as an associate. Bixler joins their civil lititation and insurance department and focuses his practice on civil litigation and insurance-related matters including those involving admiralty and maritime law. Bixler also works with companies and insurance carriers operating within the cannabis industry on matters of insurance and risk associated with regulatory compliance. 

Andrew Ambert has joined Hinshaw & Culbertson as an associate specializing in personal injury and property damage litigation.

Gabriela Villamizar has joined Hinshaw & Culbertson as an associate specializing in personal injury and property damage litigation.
Celebrate your Legacy with a Personally Engraved Brick
NSU Law "Paving the Way for Scholarships" program is open to alumni and students alike. For a $150 donation to the Law Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Fund, you may purchase a brick and leave your mark at Shepard Broad College of Law.

Giving to NSU Law
At NSU Law, we are able to offer opportunities for students to   realize their potential   when our generous donors give to the law school in areas including our scholarship funds, programs, and law clinics. We are grateful to our alumni, staff, faculty, and friends whose support for our students helps us to prepare them for successful careers after graduation. Please consider  making a gift  today.

To learn more about opportunities to support NSU Shepard Broad College of Law, please contact our Director of Donor Relations & Stewardship, Tiffany Garner, at 954-262-6303 or
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