Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law | September  2016
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Upcoming Events 

September 23 - Mentoring Program begins

October 13-15 - NITA Presents: Deposition Skills at NSU Law

October 14 - Law Review Symposium - Regulating Innovation in Healthcare: Protecting the Public or Stifling Progress? 
Welcome From Dean Garon
Jon Garon

The beginning of the academic year ushers in a new start. Over the summer we worked through a transformation of the student services suites, classroom technology, the atrium, and the Panza Maurer Law Library. Although more work will be done, I hope you see the investment to modernize our building as a reflection of the work being done by the faculty, staff, and administration to continue modernizing all aspects of our law school community. 

The new construction is just part of the story. At the start of the school year, Shepard Broad College of Law welcomed 250 new law students, including 24 international students and students from around the United States. Orientation ended with over 100 volunteers working with public service organizations to volunteer their time and effort in the spirit of pro bono and public service.  Before school began, our Nova Trial Association worked together with our new Trial and Appellate Advocacy program to host the second annual Trial Advocacy Summer Institute, which included 65 students and two dozen faculty members for an intensive week of voluntary training. 

As you start classes and reconnect with your classmates and faculty, I also encourage you to take the time to become more involved this year. Sign up for the on-campus Mentoring Program, become involved in one of the many NSU Law student organizations, join a competition team, and earn a Dean's Certificate by participating in pro bono and other law school events. 

On behalf of all the faculty and staff at NSU, I welcome you and share my best wishes for the coming academic year.
Inaugural Position Appointed: 
Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Public Impact

Professor Elena Maria Marty-Nelson has been appointed to serve in the inaugural position of  Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Public Impact.Under the direction of Dean Jon M. Garon, Marty-Nelson will provide expertise, coordination, and support for the law school's efforts to promote and sustain an inherently inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment and to expand and support the law school's public service, public interest, and community engagement programs. Nationally, Assoc. Dean Marty-Nelson serves on the Executive Committee for the AALS Minority Group Section as well as an advisory member of the Investment Committee of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). | Read Full Press Release
Mentoring Program to Launch
for 2016 - 2017 Academic Year

Mentors and Mentees are invited to participate in group mentoring and events throughout the academic year. Unlike the traditional 1:1 mentoring models often used, the NSU Law Mentoring Program uses a group mentoring model organized by practice area. Mentees (2L and above) can meet Mentors who practice in an area of the law that interests them. A list of suggested activities by group helps Mentors and Mentees schedule meetings for learning, observing Mentors in court or at the office, and networking opportunities. A special program for 1Ls to introduce them to the program for the following academic year will be held February 24, 2017. Networking breakfasts for Mentors and Mentees include interactive learning presentations during the fall and winter semesters at NSU Shepard Broad College of Law.

Save the Dates:
-Friday, September 23, 2016
-Friday, November 4, 2016
-Friday, January 27, 2017
-Friday, February 24, 2017

Registration now open! If you participated as a Mentor or Mentee last year, please register online for 2016-2017 because the groups have been reorganized. You can update or verify your contact information and change mentoring groups if you'd like. Mentees who graduated in 2016 are encouraged to become Mentors this year. If you have any questions, please contact Alumni Relations at To register, visit
National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Presents: Deposition Skills at NSU Law

October 13-15, 2016
NITA's "learning by doing" program enables you to explore and master best practices in both taking and defending depositions. Practice and perfect your skills and learn to handle ethical issues that arise during depositions and while preparing witnesses. NSU Law Professors Michael Flynn, Kate Webber, and Jayme Cassidy will be hosting the program along with experienced NITA professors.

NITA offers a 15% discount for NSU Law alumni. Use Code NOVA at registration. | Learn More & Register Here
2016  Nova Law Review Symposium presents
Regulating Innovation in Healthcare:  Protecting or Stifling Progress?

Friday, October 14, 2016 | Panza Maurer Law Library

NSU Shepard Broad College of Law and the Nova Law Review will address the opportunity, legality, advisability, and effects of the regulation of health care. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Henry K. Beecher's 1966 article, "Ethics in clinical research" in The New England Journal of Medicine, one of the major scholarly developments giving rise to the current regulation of human-subjects research in the United States. While this symposium is intended to discuss far more than regulation of human-subjects research, the article provides a useful jumping-off point for exploring the regulation of innovation throughout the health care system.

Register now! Registration includes 7.0 CLE credit hours (all Health Law) approved by The Florida Bar. The registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, reception, and all published materials. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged, as seating is limited. Live web-streaming will be available. 

Visit for details, full registration pricing, and additional information. 
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Philanthropist Morris Broad, son of late Shepard Broad, dies at 81

The NSU Law community is deeply saddened by the passing of long-time friend and supporter,  Morris Broad. Broad was president of American Savings and Loan and ran numerous foundations to raise money for education, scientific and medical research, and projects at Bay Harbor Islands. He maintained and enhanced the legacy of support for NSU and the Shepard Broad College of Law which originated with his father, Shepard Broad. He was a great spirit and kind leader who will be missed by family, friends, and the entire community. |  Obituary
Second Annual Trial Advocacy Summer Institute (TASI) held at NSU Law

The NSU Trial Association hosted its Second Annual Trial Advocacy Summer Institute (TASI)  from August 9 - 13, 2016 at NSU College of Law. TASI is a five day course taught by NSU Law faculty and members of our litigation community. Students practiced oral advocacy, trial skills, while learning how to: (1) deliver opening statements and closing arguments, (2) conduct direct and cross examinations, and (3) apply basic evidence law in a trial setting. 

The event drew nearly double the participants as last year, with roughly sixty student participants! Several NSU Law alumni also participated in the event as volunteer judges and instructors. Thank you to all who participated! |  Press Release 
TASI 2016
TASI 2016
2016 Fall Orientation Welcomes Nearly 250 New Students

Orientation 2016
Fall orientation at NSU Law welcomed nearly 250 new students during the week of August 15-19th. Over 200 full-time students and 37 part-time students are enrolled for the 2016-2017 year, increasing our full-time enrollment numbers from last year. Orientation was a chance for students to network with their new classmates and professors; learn more about classes and extracurricular activities; and sit in on various panel discussions and preview courses. Students also participated in team building activities, such as a campus scavenger hunt and "boat-building collaboration event," in which students were required to build boats out of recyclable materials with limited time and resources. Fall 2016 has brought with it an exciting class of students and we can't wait to see how they succeed at NSU Law. 

Orientation 2016
Student Organization Fair
Panel Discussions from Alumni, including Michelle Suarez (`13), far left, and Gary Singer (`01), far right
Orientation 2016
Boat Building Collaboration Event
Student News
3L Publishes Article on National Institute for Trial Advocacy Blog

Anastasia Pallagrosi (3L and dual-degree student, Roma Tre University) published an article entitled, " Demonstrative Evidence and Demonstrative Aids: Is There Really a Distinction?" with the assistance of Professor Michael J. Dale. 
NSU Law Students Participate in Anti-Defamation League's Summer Associate Research Program

NSU Law participated in the Anti-Defamation League's Summer Associate Research Program (ADL SARP) for the first time this summer.  ADL SARP provides summer associates at some of Florida's premier law firms and south Florida law schools with the opportunity to complete pro bono legal research on cutting edge civil rights issues.  The majority of the topics researched by summer associates each year emanate from actual incidents brought to the attention of ADL regional offices throughout the country.  Summer associates are supervised by partners within their firms or professors at the law schools and consult with ADL staff attorneys throughout the summer on their research.  Their work product is a critical resource for ADL's advocacy year-round.  The memoranda completed by the students will be published by ADL. This summer, NSU Law had four students participate writing in pairs on two topics: Leah DeFilippo, Sophia Huda, Doreen Monk, and Todd Murgo.  The topics included: a criminal law reform issue and a reproductive health issue. Professor Olympia Duhart and Jennifer Gordon, director of public interest programs, aided the students.
Faculty News
New Hire: Director for Critical Skills and Academic Support

Sara Berman has been hired as the new Director for Critical Skills and Academic SupportA pioneer in online legal education, Sara has been a Professor of Law since 1998, serving on the faculties of UWLA and Concord Law School prior to becoming the Assistant Dean of Academic Support and Bar Support at Whittier Law School in California. Her courses included criminal law and procedure, torts, contracts, business associations, remedies, and community property, as well as legal analysis, writing, study skills and bar exam success.

In addition to law school teaching and academic support, Sara has lectured nationwide for commercial bar reviews for more than two decades, preparing students for both substantive and skills portions of bar exams nationwide. Sara is the author of the ABA publication Pass the Bar Exam: A Practical Guide to Achieving Academic & Professional Goals. She is currently completing a second title for the ABA on the use of performance testing in law schools. Along with UCLA Law Professor Paul Bergman, Sara co-authored The Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survive the System and Represent Yourself in Court: How to Prepare and Try a Winning Case, both published by as guides to the criminal and civil justice systems for lay people and which have become useful introductory resources for law students. 
Faculty and Staff Represent NSU Law at annual SEALS Conference

Professor Leslie Cooney presented, Incorporating Mindfulness into Legal Education; Professor Timothy T. Arcaro and Professor Olympia Duhart held a Discussion Group: Formative Assessment and Learning Outcomes: Implementing Upcoming ABA Standards Easily and Effectively; Professor Olympia Duhart presented, Identity Issues Inside and Outside the Legal Education Classroom; Dean Jon Garon held a Discussion Group: Cybersurveillance: Snowden, the NSA and Beyond; Professor and Dean Elena Langan held a Discussion Group: God Created the World Out of Nothing in Six Days; I'm Only the Academic Dean; Professor Kathy Cerminara presented, Scholarship Nuts and Bolts; Professor Kathy Cerminara and Professor Marilyn Uzdavines held a Discussion Group: Hot Topics in Health Law and Bioethics; Professor Olympia Duhart and Professor Joel Mintz held a Discussion Group: Teaching Nuggets: Takeaways for and by Law Professors; Professor Tim Arcaro held a Discussion Group: The Rise of Non-J.D. Programming in a J.D. Oriented Environment; Dean Jon Garon presented, The ABA Standards and 'Meaningful Feedback': What Exactly Does That Mean?; Professor Tim Arcaro presented, Incorporating Lab and Other Practical Components Into Substantive Courses; Professor Kathy Cerminara held a Discussion Group: Works-in-Progress Series; Professor Kathy Cerminara and Professor Jim Wilets held a Discussion Group: The Art and Science of Mentoring Law Students; Professor Joel Mintz held a Discussion Group: Writing and Publishing a Book.
Brion Blackwelder
Professor Brion Blackwelder published an editorial in the SunSentinel on August 9, 2016 entitled, Big Agriculture choking our waterways.
Professor Kathy Cerminara is spending this fall semester at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (Pitt), where she is teaching Bioethics and Law and a seminar titled Federalism in Health Policy.  Both courses are part of Pitt's health law program, which is ranked number 12 in the country by U.S. News & World Report. While there, she will also participate in activities at the university's interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics and Health Law; on September 30, she will present Intersections, Trends, and Cross-Currents in The Law Governing End-of-Life Care at the center. She will return to the law school in January, for the winter semester.

Professor Olympia Duhart had an article, Cash is King: How Market-Based Strategies Have Corrupted Classrooms and Courts in Post-Katrina New Orleans, published in 39 Seattle U. L. Rev. 1199 (2016).  The article uses the challenges poor people face in the schools and criminal justice system to critique the importation of market-based strategies in the public arena.
Professor Joel Mintz has been invited to attend the U.S. Department of Justice conference, Future of Environmental Law, on November 4, 2016, as a feature speaker. 

Professor Emerita Gail Richmond is spending fall semester at Stetson  University College of Law teaching Income Tax as a Visiting Professor. Last fall, she taught Trusts and Estates at Stetson Law. 

Professor Emeritus Marc Rohr has written a farewell essay intended for his former students. It can be found here

Community Events

Adjunct Professor Meah Rothman Tell has been appointed Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Florida Bar .
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