May 2019
NSU Law Commencement Ceremonies
JD and Masters of Science in Law
Thursday, May 9, 2019 | 2:30 p.m.
Rick Case Arena, Don Taft University Center
NSU Undergraduate Programs
Friday, May 10, 2019 | 2:30 p.m.
Rick Case Arena, Don Taft University Center
Please join us in congratulating 192 JD and 61 MS students who will graduating with their respective degrees from NSU Law. Commencement is a recognition and celebration of academic achievement and the lasting contributions that students have made to the university. In addition, NSU Law will be recognizing the three NSU Paralegal Studies and Paralegal Certificate Program students at their undergraduate commencement on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 2:30 p.m.

Members of the JD Class of 2019 provided more than 10,019 hours of pro bono service to the local community. Sixty-One candidates participated in the Pro Bono Honor Program, earning Gold (300+ hours each), Silver (125-299 hours each) and Bronze (50-124 hours each) honors. 

We welcome all family, staff, faculty and alumni to join us for this event at which Paulette Brown will be giving the commencement speech and honoring our outgoing class as they join our alumni family. Ms Brown is the Past-President of the American Bar Association and National Bar Association.
will be receiving an honorary degree from Nova Southeastern University.
Student Life Achievement Award (STUEY) Finalist Hilary Creary
NSU Law Director of Alumni Relations Karen Rose, Hilary Creary and Dean Jon M. Garon

Alumna Hilary Creary took the STUEY university-wide honor as Alumni of the Year. Hilary received her B.A. (1993) and J.D. (1997) from Nova Southeastern University. She practices in all areas of family law, and is also a Guardian ad Litem and Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator. She is currently a member of the Florida Bar Board of Governors representing the 17 th  Circuit, and has held leadership positions in multiple voluntary Bar Associations including T. J. Reddick Bar Association, and the Broward County Women Lawyers Association. She currently also serves on the Boards of the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association, the Caribbean Bar Association, and is a founding member and Legal Advisor to the Jamaican Women of Florida organization, which is dedicated to educating and empowering Jamaican Women. She also believes in supporting her larger community and received the 2018 Florida Bar President’s Award for Pro Bono Service in the 17 th  Judicial Circuit for her tireless representation of clients who could not otherwise afford legal services. In her “spare” time, Ms. Creary is the legal advisor to the Greater Pompano Beach Margate and Lighthouse Point Chamber of Commerce.     

NSU Trial Association National Champions
Michael Halpern, Sarah Schultz, Kevin DeMatteo, Fredrick Givens, Professor Chaney, Kelly DesRosiers, Stacey Marquez and Jeremiah Romano.
NSU Law students Kelly DesRosiers, Stacey Marquez and Jeremiah Romano along with coach C. Wes Byrum (JD 2017) earned the National Champion title at the Show Me Challenge Voir Dire Competition at the University of Missouri Kansas City. Jeremiah Romano earned Best Overall Advocate at the 2019 competition.

Earlier in the year the NTA South Texas Challenge team of Sarah Schultz, Kevin DeMatteo, Michael Halpern and Fredrick Givens with coaches Berkin Aslan (JD 2015) and Professor Megan Chaney earned a spot in the quarterfinals. Michael Halpern earned an outstanding advocate awards and the team was awarded the Bailey trophy for outstanding brief.
NSU Law National Health Law Competition team earns 3rd place
NSU Law students Hanna Bez, Dana Weinstein and Olestine Turenne with coaches Professor Marilyn Uzdavines and Professor Donna Litman earned Third Place overall in the 2019 Eighth Annual L. Edward Bryant, Jr. National Health Law Transactional Moot Court Competition.

The competition was held at the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. 

News and Events
NSU Law Environmental Symposium

Post – Election Environmental and Land Use Law Landscape

May 10, 2019 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
NSU Shepard Broad College of Law

The seminar will feature lawyers and other speakers from South Florida and around the state, addressing environmental law changes resulting from the November 2018 Florida Constitutional Amendments, current issues involving South Florida’s water pollution problems, recent and pending legislative, rule and policy changes coming from Washington and Tallahassee. Speakers will emphasize land use and environmental issues impacting Florida’s coasts.

CLE Credits: 6.5 General
Certification Credits
City, County and Local Government Law: 6.5 Credits
State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice: 6.5 Credits
June 27, 2019 | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Sponsored jointly by NSU Shepard Broad College of Law and Rossway Swan Tierney Barry Lacey & Oliver, PA

The annual alumni reception at The Florida Bar Annual Convention is open to all attendees of the convention and all alumni and students (whether or not attending the convention). As one of the largest gatherings of NSU Law alumni, judges, and dignitaries, this special alumni reception provides a delightful opportunity to enjoy refreshments and networking opportunities.
Bar Induction Ceremony
On Monday, April 15, 2019, NSU Shepard Broad College of Law graduates were inducted into The Florida Bar. The Honorable Robert Diaz (JD 1984) The Honorable Kal Evans (JD 2003) and The Honorable Ginger Lerner-Wren (JD 1983) joined Dean Jon Garon, faculty, staff, and family in celebrating this milestone for our alumni.
Fourth District Court of Appeal held Oral Arguments at NSU Law
The Honorable Spencer D. Levine, The Honorable Carole Y. Taylor, Presiding, and The Honorable Cymonie Rowe, Associate (JD 1997)
The Fourth DCA held oral arguments at NSU Law in the Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock Courtroom. The panel of judges for this session was The Honorable Carole Y. Taylor, presiding, The Honorable Spencer D. Levine and The Honorable Cymonie Rowe (JD 1997). The panel of judges followed up Oral Arguments with a question and answer session with students and alumni in the courtroom.
3rd Annual Legal Master's Degree Conference
Shepard Broad College of Law hosted the 3rd Annual Legal Master’s Degree Conference on March 28-30, 2019. More than 75 law school deans, faculty members, and administrators from across the United States gathered for engaging and relevant discussions concerning the present and future of graduate-level legal education for non-lawyers. Topics presented included engaging faculty and students, focused learning outcomes and assessment for non-JD courses, curriculum planning, branding and digital marketing, student services, and the future of legal education. Event Information, Presentations, Photos
Navigating Social Security Medicare and Medicaid
Thad Joseph, Sharon Reich and Nick Barton with AGED, Inc. and Olga Torres, Esq. (JD 2017) Anabel Cordero (JD 2019) and Stacia Godkin (JD 2019) with the NSU AIDD Clinic
Over 90 people attended NSU Law AIDD Clinic hosted seminar sponsored by AGED, Inc. and The Foundation for Indigent Guardianship, Inc in April 2019. The topic, “Navigating Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid,” was an in-depth training designed to cover the basics of Social Security Disability, Medicare, and Medicaid and its various programs for the aging / disabled population.
Title VII, Title IX and Everything In Between
Dear Jon Garon, Professor Michael Masinter, Desmond Daniels, Laura Bennett, Scott Limmer , Esq. and Cathleen Scott, Esq.
Also in April, NSU Law hosted a panel discussion that explored sexual harassment within the educational setting and the workplace. Panelists included Laura Bennett, NSU Title IX Coordinator, Scott Limmer, Esq. (JD 1993), Cathleen Scott, Esq. and Professor Michael Masinter. The panel was moderated by Desmond Daniels, NSU Title IX Investigator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

The panel discussed the impact of Title IX and Title VII in these environments, as well as the opportunities which exist for law students and practicing legal professionals to create and sustain discrimination-free academic and workplace environments.
Student News
The Honorable Dorian Damoorgian annual visit and presentation
James Foster (JD 2019), Professor Heather Baxter, Judge Dorian Damoorgian, Dean Olympia Duhart, Professor Amanda Foster, and Joseph Hynlka.
For the seventh year in a row, the Legal Research and Writing Program and the Moot Court Society hosted Judge Dorian K. Damoorgian from Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal. Judge Damoorgian met with more than 100 students to share advice about successful oral arguments. His talk, May It Please The Court: Oral Argument Tips from Judge Dorian K. Damoorgian.
Student Publication with NITA
Marie Andrews (JD 2019), research assistant with Professor Michael Dale, was the lead author for “Cross-border Depositions in Canada: Process and Procedure” which was published in the National Institute of Trial Advocacy newsletter, The Advocate. NITA Article
Broward County Women Lawyers' Association Rising Star Scholarship Awards
Ninowtzka Mier, Samantha Gozlan (JD 2019) , Vanessa J. Alvarez (JD 2019), Ashley Ciccosanti (JD 2019) and Judge Giuseppina Miranda (JD 1999)
The Broward County Women Lawyers' Association (BCWLA) presented three NSU Law JD students with a gold (Alvarez) and silver (Gozlan and Ciccosanti) scholarship awards in the April ceremony. This scholarship is presented to 2L or 3L female or male NSU Law students that exemplify the ideals of an individual who can strike the perfect balance between their legal studies, legal practice or current career (if applicable), legal community involvement, civic involvement and familial relationships.
NSU University School Shepard Broad College of Law Fellowship Launched
The inaugural cohort of the NSU Shepard Broad College of Law Fellowship is composed of NSU University School students who share a passion for law, civil rights, and social justice. The students participated in a unique learning experience that grants them access to NSU Law Moot Court society mentors, experienced legal professionals, and the real-world applications of their classroom education.

The Law Fellows were given a Supreme Court case dealing with Constitutional Law and privacy issues and were asked to write a brief. The briefs were edited under the guidance of NSU Professor Heather Baxter (JD 2000) and the NSU Law Moot Court society mentors. After participating in information sessions on oral advocacy and argument, the Law Fellows delivered their brief during a final presentation where they argued their positions in front of the NSU Law Moot Court society.
NSU Law Spring 2019 Events
NSU Law Commencement
Speaker: Paulette Brown
May 9, 2019 | 2:30 p.m.
NSU Rick Case Arena
6.5 CLE Credits Approved
Environmental Law Symposium
May 10, 2019 | 9:00 a.m.
Sponsored by ELULS
8 CLE Credits Approved + 1 hr of Ethics
The Essentials (and more) of Music Copyright Law with Ethics
May 17, 2019 | 9:00 a.m.
Miami/Dade Alumni Chapter Gathering
May 30, 2019 | 6:00 p.m.
North Italia - Miami
4.0 CLE Credits
Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section eDiscovery CLE
May 31, 2019
CLE Credits Pending
Law Connect Plus
New Considerations in Immigration Practice
June 14, 2019
Save the Date
Florida Bar Convention
Reception honoring incoming FL Bar President John M. Stewart (JD 1997)
June 27, 2019 | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Boca Raton Resort & Club
CLE Credits Pending
How to Build a Fictional World
July 5, 2019
Florida Supercon | Miami Beach Convention Center
Save the Date
Upcoming Events - All the Details

05-10-19 NSU Law Earth Day Environmental Symposium
6.5 CLE Credits Approved
Post – Election Environmental and Land Use Law Landscape
The seminar will feature lawyers and other speakers from south Florida and around the state, addressing environmental law changes resulting from the November 2018 Florida Constitutional Amendments, current issues involving south Florida’s water pollution problems, recent and pending legislative, rule and policy changes coming from Washington and Tallahassee. Speakers will emphasize land use and environmental issues impacting Florida’s coasts.

05-10-19 Florida Pro Bono Law School Challenge
NSU Law students and alumni are near the final days for the Florida Pro Bono Matters challenge sponsored by the Florida Bar. We encourage alumni to connect with a student so that all pro bono cases and mentoring opportunities are covered. Thank you to the students and alumni for continuing to make connections. The challenge continues through May 10 so there is still time to participate.

Florida Pro Bono Law School Challenge continues through May 10, 2019.
NSU students choose Pro Bono opportunities and NSU alumni match for a Win-Win experience.

06-14-19 Law Connect Plus - New Considerations in Immigration Practice
The Program and presentations will focus on the latest changes in immigration policies and how these changes affect immigration practice. Presenters will focus on a wide range of issues relating to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), employment based petitions, family based immigrant petitions, citizenship, and refugee and asylum petitions. The program and presenters will outline the latest challenges in these areas and make recommendations on how best to handle these challenges.  
Professor Shahabudeen Khan (JD 2003)
Elizabeth Blandon, Esq.
Sonia Oliveri, Esq. (JD 2015)

06-27-19 NSU Law Florida Bar Reception
Sponsored jointly by NSU Shepard Broad College of Law and Rossway Swan Tierney Barry Lacey & Oliver, PA
Whether you are attending the 2019 Annual Florida Bar Convention or interested in mingling with your peers at the alumni reception, this is one of the largest gatherings of NSU Law alumni, judges, and dignitaries. This is a special alumni reception to enjoy healthy refreshments and networking opportunities. This event is open to students, faculty and staff as well as those in the law community.
Faculty News
Professor Jane Cross

Co-organized and participated on a panel with Professors Latisha Nixon-Jones (SULC), Teri McMurtry-Chubb (Mercer), Brenda Gibson (NCCU), Shakira Pleasant (Miami), Saleema Snow (UDC), and Tiffany Jeffers (Penn State Dickinson).

Their panel presentation took place at the fourth National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference at American University Washington College of Law (March 21-24, 2019). The panel focused on the creation of a Legal Writing Pipeline called WAR – Writing as a Resistance. The purpose of the pipeline is to foster a conducive writing environment for women of color interested in teaching Legal Writing and Skills courses. The panel also celebrated and honored the launch of the social media movement @blackandbluebook on twitter. The social media movement will highlight and provide resources for legal scholars of color.
Director of the Legal Research & Writing Program & Associate Dean for Faculty and Student Development & Professor of Law Dean Olympia Duhart

Presented “Growing Grit in the LRW Classroom,” at the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on March 16, 2019, with Professor Hugh Mundy of The John Marshall Law School.
Presented at the Fourth National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference on March 23, 2019, at American University College of Law in Washington, D.C. Duhart also served on the National Advisory Committee for the conference; she was recognized with a service award for her work.
Presented “Emotional Appraisals in the Wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Maria,” at the Cognitive Emotion and the Law Symposium held at Wake Forest University School of Law in North Carolina.
Associate Dean for Library Services & Professor of Law Vicenç Feliú

Presented “Critical Reading for Law Students – What Library, LRW and ASP Can Collectively Do to Help Hone this Indispensable Skill,” with Sara Berman at the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries Conference in Hot Springs, VA on March 23, 2019.

Professor Jessica Garcia-Brown

Presented “Social, Academic, and Dining Etiquette,” at the NSU Farquhar Honors College Workshop on March 25, 2019.
Dean Jon M. Garon

Published The Empires Strike Back: Reassertion of Territorial Regulation in Cyberspace , 3 J.L. & TECH. AT TEXAS (AUSTIN) 1 (2019) and Cyber-World War III: Origins , 7 J.L. & Cyber Warfare 1 (2018).
Presented “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society” for Broward County Bar Association Law Day on May 3, 2019.
Presented “Law, Culture, and Context for Creative Works in Emerging Media” at the Art Museum Fort Lauderdale on April 11, 2019.
Professor Richard Grosso

Was quoted in the March 12, 2019 issue of the Palm Beach Post, “Maggy Hurchalla’s $4.4 Million Appeal: Influential E-mails vs. Protected Speech.”
Professor Areto Imoukhuede

Was awarded the NPOC19 Scholarship by the Fourth National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference at American University College of Law in Washington, D.C.

Presented “Fake Equality: Affirmative Action and the Rebirth of Separate but Equal,” and “Feudalism and the Future,” at American University in Washington, DC on March 22, 2019.

Professor Robert M Jarvis

·        Gambling under the Swastika: Casinos, Horse Racing, Lotteries, and Other Forms of Betting in Nazi Germany (Carolina Academic Press, 2019).
·         A “Paucity of Details”: S.J. Crane and the Baseball Rule , 54 Tort Trial & Ins. Prac. L.J. ­69 (2019).
·         Solving a Baseball Law Mystery: Unusual Databases for Lawyers , 21 ABA TortSource 14 (Winter 2019).
·         Are Punitive Damages Available When a Seaman Sues for Unseaworthiness? , 46 Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases 26 (Mar. 18, 2019) [The Dutra Group v. Batterton, No. 18-266].

Professor Jarvis was quoted in fifteen regional and national publications relating to legal matters on constitutional issues, criminal matters, gambling, and baseball.

Professor Ishaq Kundawala

Was interviewed by Layron Livingston of Local 10 News on the topic of bankruptcy law.

Professor James Levy

Teaching the Digital Caveman: Rethinking the Use of Classroom Technology in Law School , 19 Chapman L. Rev. 241 (2016), was selected for inclusion in volume 8 of the Legal Writing Institute’s Monograph Series, which will be devoted to the intersection of legal communication and technology. The LWI Monograph Series publishes “foundational articles on subjects that are important to the teaching and study of professional legal communication.”

Professor Donna Litman

Presented “Trends and Hot Topics in Trusts,” at the Trust Boot Camp: Beyond the Basics sponsored by the Estate and Probate CLE Committee of the Palm Beach County Bar Association on March 26, 2019.

Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Public Impact & Professor of Law Elena Maria Marty-Nelson

Presented at Fourth National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference at American University Washington College of Law. The panel was titled “Intersectionality and Strengths and Challenges in Leadership.”

Presented Defining the Role of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Professional for the first annual LSAC Conference of Law School Diversity Officers, Cincinnati, Ohio in March 2019.

Professor Emeritus of Law and C. William Trout Senior Fellow in Public Interest Law Joel Mintz

Has had abstracts of his articles downloaded 18,084 times and full articles downloaded 2,326 times by SSRN subscribers. His articles on Research Gate have been read 848 times.

Associate Dean of Graduate and Online Programs Susan H. Stephan

Received the Florida Distance Learning Association’s 2019 Visionary Award for Distinguished Leadership, which was presented at the FDLA/FAMTE 2019 Conference in Altamonte Springs, Florida in February 2019.
Presented “Accessibility Laws, Regulations, and Guidelines in Online and Blended Learning,” at the 2019 Transforming the Teaching and Learning Environment Virtual Conference sponsored by the University of Idaho.

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