Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law | March 2017
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Upcoming Events 

March 14 - Fourth District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida, Oral Arguments | Information

March 16 - Law & DISorder Comedy Show | Buy Tickets

March 17 - Law Center Plus: Elder Law for Beginners | Register

March 19 - "28,000 Days... Make Yours Count" Book Tour Kick Off Reception | More Information

March 25 - 10th Annual Sports and Entertainment Law Society Symposium | More Information

March 28 - Distinguished Speakers Series- Ambassador Danny Ayalon | Pick Up Tickets

April 12 - Swearing in ceremony for February Bar Takers
Sharon and Mitchel W. Berger
Gift: Sharon and Mitchell W. Berger Entrepreneur Law Clinic

Through a generous gift by Sharon and Mitchell W. Berger, NSU Law will launch the Sharon and Mitchell W. Berger Entrepreneur Law Clinic beginning the fall 2017 semester. The Berger Family Fellow will supervise the program for NSU students in the areas of intellectual property and corporate law for startups.  The Berger Entrepreneur Law Clinic will help develop both legal skills as well as entrepreneurial business skills through incubator, accelerator and similar outreach programs.  The Berger Entrepreneur Law Clinic's client base will include entrepreneurs who meet the Berger Entrepreneur Law Clinic's client criteria, such as NSU students and faculty, and business community startups, whether not-for-profit or for-profit in nature. Read Full Press Release
Fourth District Court of Appeal of
the State of Florida
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 
Session 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Q & A: 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Courtroom 1

The Fourth District Court of Appeals will be in session at NSU, hearing three appellate cases.This event is open to all students. Panel of Judges for this session is: The Honorable Melanie G. May, Presiding, The Honorable Dorian K. Damoorgian, and The Honorable Burton C. Conner.  Please note that no book bags or purses are allowed in the courtroom during session. |  Register
Law & DISorder Comedy Show
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Reception: 5:30 p.m. | NSU Law, Faculty Study
Show: 7:30 p.m. | Black Box Theater at University Center

NSU Law's Hispanic Student Bar Association (HSBA) and the Cuban American Bar Association (CABA) present: Elizardi Castro performing the show called "LAW & DISORDER" at a reduced rate for our students. The show is about his experience as a Latino prosecutor turned defense attorney and the cultural funnies of having a Latin Family in the process. This show has been reviewed and recommended by networks such as Telemundo and Univision. | Buy Tickets
Arlene Lankin, Gail Fisher
Arlene Lakin, Esq. and Gail Fisher, Esq.
Law Center Plus: "Elder Law for Beginners"
Friday, March 17, 2017 |  7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Shepard Broad College of Law

This seminar will educate attorneys to serve clients for elder law issues. Practitioners will learn the various skill sets involved: estate and incapacity planning as well as protection of assets in order to qualify for, or remain qualified for, public benefits such as Medicaid and veteran's pension with aid and attendance. This seminar offers: Florida Bar CLE Credits - General 2.0, The Florida Bar Certification Credits - Elder Law 2.0, Wills, Trusts and Estates 2.0. |  Registration
28,000 Days... Make Yours Count!
Book Tour Kick Off
Sunday, March 19, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. - 2 :00 p.m.
NSU Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship The Knight A uditorium

Come meet the author of "28,000 Days...Make Yours Count!", Kara Vaval Ferrier, Esq. as she returns to her alma mater, where she graduated from the Shepard Broad College of Law in 2008, to kick off her multi-city book tour! She will be sharing her journey and motivation for writing the book and will also be autographing copies of the book! Light Refreshments will be served. | Register Here
The Sports & Entertainment Law Society Presents: NSU's 10th Annual Sports &  Entertainment Law Symposium
Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Shepard Broad College of Law

With panels on franchises players in sports, music, film and television, and a career panel, the SELS Symposium entitled "A Decade of Legal Education" will provide a great day of cutting edge CLE.  Keynote speaker, Mr. Alanfertel, Esq., will be talking about "Lawyering in the Modern Environment". The Florida Bar has approved 9.5 General CLE credit hours for this Symposium. The Florida Bar also approved 5.5 IP Law Certification credit hours for this Symposium | More Info & Registration
Distinguished Speakers Series - Ambassador Danny Ayalon
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.
Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center

Ambassador Daniel "Danny" Ayalon is the president of Hod Ayalon Ltd., a private consulting firm for governments and international corporations. He is also the founder of The Truth About Israel, a nonprofit corporation that trains and educates the public about Israel. He is a member of the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University and the Lantos Human Rights and Justice Foundation in Washington, D.C. [...] Read More | This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for attendance. Limit two (2) tickets per person. Pick up your Tickets Today!
Bar Induction Ceremony
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 6:00 p.m.
Panza Maurer Law Library, Third Floor

Celebrate one of your greatest accomplishments! Join us as we celebrate those alumni who have passed the February 2017 Florida Bar Exam and be officially sworn in to the Florida Bar by The Honorable Robert Diaz (JD 1984), Honorable Mindy Solomon (JD 1981), and Honorable Kal Le Var Evans (JD 2003).
PILS Auction Day of Success
February 1, 2017

The Public Interest Law Society (PILS) hosted the 24th Annual Auction on February 1st, 2017.  This year, organizers hosted over 40 different company donations and over 100 total items. Attendees had the unique opportunity to bid on a variety of items such as exciting experiences with professors, sports merchandise, restaurant tours, and family friendly getaways.  With all the generous contributions, the event raised over $10,000 for the Rebecca Knox Public Interest Law Summer Fellowship.   If you're interested in getting involved, please feel free to contact PILS's advisor, Jennifer Gordon, Esq., Director of Public Interest Programs, at or (954) 262-6126. |  Photos
Mentoring Program Breakfast: 
(L to R) Judge Robert Diaz, Melanie May, and Kal Evans.
"Professionalism & Ethics in the Courtroom" 
February 24, 2017

At the final mentoring breakfast of the semester, a panel of judicial speakers, Judge Robert Diaz, Judge Melanie May and Judge Kal Evans, gave an informational and insightful discussion about how attorney's should present themselves, and their cases in a courtroom. Judge May discussed the five C's of professionalism; Courtesy, Candor, Competency, Concise, and Conciliatory.  Judge Diaz and Judge Evans discussed some basic principles of courtroom conduct. Photos
Adjunct Professor Jeremy Thompson, published an article in the Education Law eJournal this past February. The article was titled: " Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: South Florida's Approach". Harvard Law & Policy Review, Forthcoming.
Student News
Ritika Singh
NSU Law Student Wins Tittle of:
Miss Gold Coast 2017 
February 18, 2017

The local level pageant was held on Saturday, February 18 at the Dillards Performing Center for Arts. The Miss America scholarship pageant represents four pillars: scholarship, service, success, and style. Ideally, the title holders are expected to manifest each pillar that Miss America stands for. Each contestant must have a platform they wish to advocate for. Ritika chose Children's Education and Literacy as my platform because she wanted to focus on serving children who do not have the resources necessary to achieve their goals. In the end - 3 fortunate ladies were crowned titles, including Mrs. Singh. She received the title of Miss Gold Coast 2017 and will be competing in the Miss Florida pageant, which will be held in Lakeland, Florida this June. The winner of Miss Florida will advance to compete with ladies from across the country in the Miss America pageant in September.

Mrs. Singh was also recently featured in the Vogue Online Magazine, 125th Anniversary edition, featuring Miss America.  Good job Ritika!
Moot Court Society Congratulates our Family Law Team 
March 6th, 2017

Our Moot Court Society would like to congratulate Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Team consisting of Jamie Nakoa and Kristin Vara with their coaches Professor Cassidy and Dean Struffolino. Jaime and Kristin were Quarter Finalist at the National Competition held this past weekend in Albany, NY hosted by Albany Law School.  During the competition, their excellent coaching and hard work stood up to schools such as Albany Law School, Pennsylvania State University, and William and Mary Law School. 

Movie Night at the Law Library was a Success
February 28, 2017

The Black Law Student Association (BLSA), the Civil Rights Law Society (CRLS) & The Panza Maurer Law Library hosted Movie Night on February 28th at 8pm. featuring Netflix original movie "13th" and it  was a great success!  Attendance was strong, and was accompanied by Professor Cross, Professor Jim Willets, and Dean Jon Garon.  The student panel at the end of the event discussed how the prison system was portray as a business, rather than a detention center. "We hope that this movie night tradition will continue on into the future years", commented Ashanda Carter, President of BLSA.
Moot Court Society Congratulates the National Appellate Advocacy Team
March 7th, 2017

Our Moot Court Society would also like to congratulate the National Appellate Advocacy Competition team consisting of Bethany Pandher, Samantha Bowen, and Marivi Rodriguez with their coach Professor Baxter. The team advanced to the fourth round of the Regional Competition held this past weekend in Boston, MA hosted by the American Bar Association.  A big thank you to all who were involved in this effort, Professors Behariell, Brown, Baxter, Chaney. Professors Cerminara, Dale, Dobson, and Duhart. Professor Richmond, Webber, Uzdavines, and Professor Masinter.  Devika Carr, William Bromley, Esq., Lilian Guzman, Khalil Quinan, Esq., Richard Rafuls, Shirley Sharon, Ritika Singh, Brittney Henderson, Bethany Pandler, Marivi Rodriguez, Maxwell Sawyer, Aleah Shuren, and Lynn Taylor.
Faculty News
Professor Brion Blackwelder was appointed by Commissioner Furr to the Planning Council. Professor Blackwelder was previously a member of the Planning Council from 1995 to2002. He will took the oath of office on the February 23 Planning Council meeting.

Jon Garon

Dean Jon Garon's article " How to Fix the Internet, Address the Business Model, Not the First Amendment" was posted in Law 360 In-Depth online legal newspaper. 

Professor Olympia Duhart published a new blog post titled: "Women in the Legal Profession Share Challenges They Face". This is part of her podcast series "Women in the Law". Duhart served as producer for the podcasts.  The podcast is available on iTunes and at LST Radio .

Professor Joel Mintz wrote an environmental Op-Ed called: " POINT OF VIEW An inauspicious environmental start for Trump" on my Palm Beach Post online newsletter this past February.
Professor James Wilets was interviewed on early February by Pam Giganti on WPBT2 on the Trump's executive actions regarding asylum seekers, green card holders and visitors, as well as the President's attack on municipal  sanctuaries. The program aired on WPBT2 on February 3rd was rebroadcast on Sunday, February 5th. Click here to see full interview

The University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change will publish Professor Wilets' and Professor Imoukhuede's article "A Critique of the Uniquely Adversarial Nature of the U.S. Legal, Economic, and Political System and its Implications for Reinforcing Existing Power Hierarchies ".

For questions, suggestions, and to submit news please contact:
Lynn Ann Acosta
Assistant Dean for Student Services  |  954-262-6127