November 2019
News and Highlights
NSU Law National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Tournament Champions
NSU Law students Scott Simmons (JD 2020) and Wesley Wallace (JD 2020) earned the National Championship trophy in the National Criminal Procedure Tournament, hosted by the University of San Diego Law School. The team traveled to San Diego to compete against 40 other law schools from around the country. In addition to winning the entire competition, the team had the second best petitioner brief score .
Coaches Professor Mark Dobson, Professor Megan Chaney, and moot court advisor Professor Heather Baxter helped prepare Scott and Wesley for the competition. The team extends their appreciation to all the faculty, students, and members of the local legal community who assisted the team in their practice rounds.
NSU Law Buffalo-Niagara National Trial Team Competition Champions
NSU Law Kevin DeMatteo (JD 2020), Rachel Glaser (JD 2020) , Jihad Sheikha (JD 2020) , and Alexsandra Litowsky (JD 2020), bested 33 teams to become the first place national champions in the Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition. Alexsandra Litowsky won Best Advocate overall. This is the third national championship the NSU Law Advocacy Program has won in 2019. 
Coaches included Ted Daus (J.D. 1991), Brian Engel (J.D. 2012), and trial association faculty advisor, Professor Megan Chaney. This team also extends their appreciation to all the faculty, students, and members of the local legal community.
Mentoring Dinner - Journey to the Bench
Standing: Dean Debra Moss Vollweiler, Dean Jon Garon, The Honorable Melanie May (JD 1981), Dean Janice Shaw, Asst. Director Michelle Denis (JD 2016)
Seated: The Honorable Mariya Weeks (JD 2008) and The Honorable Betsy Benson (JD 1984)
The most recent mentoring dinner on October 23, 2019 was hosted by the NSU Career and Professional Development Office and attended by 80+ students, alumni mentors and guests, faculty, and staff. The distinguished alumni panel are members of the judiciary representing the Appellate, Circuit, and County Courts in the South Florida region. Moderated by Dean Jon M. Garon, the panel discussed and highlighted their unique career paths. The NSU Law alumni judges provided valuable insights into the judicial career path and the personal qualities and characteristics necessary to become a successful judge. 
NSU Law hosts ACCC 6th Insurance Symposium
NSU Law hosted the 6th Annual Insurance Law Symposium, Insurer Bad Faith: Best Practices and Litigation Trends. The symposium was presented by the American College of Coverage Counsel. The Co-Chairs of the Symposium include Marialuisa Gallozi, Hugh Lumpkin, and NSU Law Alumnus and Chair of the NSU Law Board of Governors, Doug McIntosh (JD 1981) . NSU Law Professor Amanda Foster, along with the symposium co-chairs, welcomed over 80 attorneys, NSU Law faculty, staff, alumni, and students. The Symposium consisted of a full day of panels and presentations on critical topics such as best practices in policy formation and claims handling, developing trends in insurance law, and bad faith.
Featured Events
Black Law Student Association Panel presents "When They See Us"
The Panel of faculty and attorneys will focus on the Central Park Five Jogger case. The drama miniseries titled, “When They See Us” was released in May of 2019. It sparked a nationwide discussion about the details of the case and how five innocent young men spent years fighting the convictions that were placed against them.
This panel focuses on the legal perspective from different vantage points. Attendees will learn more about the case, how the case was handled, and how relatable the pre-trial/trial process is to our justice system today.

Friday, November 15, 2019
5:00 pm Check-in & Reception
6:00 pm Panel Presentation
NSU Shepard Broad College of Law
Panelists (L-R)
Professor Megan Chaney, Professor Mark Dobson, The Honorable Ilona Maxine Holmes, (Ret.), Colonel David Holmes, Alisha Hurwood, Esq.
NSU, BCBA & PBBA Holiday Parties - Save the Date
NSU Law Students Welcome!

NSU Law Miami Dade Alumni Chapter Holiday Party - NSU Law MD RSVP LINK
December 4, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Cafe La Trova - 971 S.W. 8th Street, Miami, FL 33130
Cost: $10.00 (1 drink included)

Palm Beach Bar Association Holiday Party - PBBA RSVP LINK
December 5, 2019
Kravis Center

NSU Law Palm Beach Alumni Chapter Holiday Party - NSU Law PB RSVP LINK
December 12, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Gunster law firm - 777 South Flagler Drive Suite 500 East, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Please bring an unwrapped toy to the event to be donated to the Marine's program, Toys for Tots
RSVP email coming soon

Broward County Bar Association Holiday Party - BCBA RSVP LINK
December 12, 2019
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
Broadly Speaking Magazine
In addition to our monthly NSU Law Alumni Connections and Student Connections newsletters. NSU Law continues to publish a brief news magazine highlighting the news and events at NSU Shepard Broad College of Law. This newsletter has been created as a helpful way for you to stay connected with the law school.
Fall 2019 Issue features:
Dean Olympia Duhart, J.D. 2003
Selina Patel, J.D. 2020
Joanne Stanley, LL.M Student
Amy Ross Bradl, M.S. Student
Mason Petrosky, Paralegal Student
John Stewart, J.D., 1997, Alumni Spotlight
Jay Ziskind, J.D. 1983, Donor Spotlight
NSU Law Upcoming 2019 -2020 Events
NSU International Arbitration Society CLE
Issues in International Arbitration with Srilal M. Perera
November 22, 2019
5:00 - 7:00 pm
NSU Law Miami Dade Alumni Chapter Holiday Party
December 4, 2019
Cafe La Trova - Miami
Save The Date
NSU Law Palm Beach Alumni Chapter Holiday Party
December 12, 2019
Gunster - West Palm Beach
Save the Date
Collaborative Divorce Training
Introductory, Refresher and Advanced Collaborative Training
January 3-4, 2020
NSU Maltz Building
Law Connect Plus
Billing and Costing
January 17, 2020
7:30 - 10:00 am
Save The Date
South Florida Mentoring Picnic
February 1, 2020
CB Smith Park
Health Care Policy Discussion
Febrary 19, 2020
5:00 - 8:00 pm
NSU Panza Maurer Law Library 3rd FL
Student News
Tampa Hispanic Bar Scholarship Recipient
William Solano (JD 2022) was chosen the winner of the Emiliano Jose "E.J" Salcines, Jr scholarship sponsored by the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association. William attended the Scholarship Gala in Tampa in early November and enjoyed meeting judges from Florida's District Court of Appeals, Florida's Supreme Court, and members of the Florida Bar including alumnus, President John M. Stewart.

The Honorable Emiliano Jose "E.J" Salcines, Jr. was a founding member of the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association and has continued to serve as a mentor, advisor, and role model to all members of THBA and so many other Hispanic judges, attorneys, community leaders, and students.
William Solano (JD 2022) with FL Bar President John Stewart (JD 1997) at the Gala Event
Congratulations to NTA Zehmer Mock Trial Team
L-R: Jessica Bartel (JD 2014, Coach), Michael Halpern, Arsen Pascua, Steven Saban, Jocelyn Rosillo, H. Seth Rosenthal (JD 2014, Coach), Ryan Becker, Philip Greer, Matthew Tolzmann, Derek di Scipio, Armand Murach (JD 2009, Coach).

Please join the NSU Trial Association in congratulating the Honorable E. Earle Zehmer Memorial Mock Trial Team on an extraordinary job this past weekend. During the preliminary rounds of the competition, the following competitors were acknowledged for being  "Best Advocates"  during their respective rounds: Derek di Scipio, and Michael Halpern and Steven Saban. 

During the award ceremony it was announced that  Steven Saban  earned  "Overall Best Advocate”  and received a monetary scholarship award from the competition hosts!
Students volunteer at BCBA Bench/Bar Conference
Thank you to Tomas Robirosa, Linda Harris, Alexis Beckford and Karla Garcia, who volunteered to assist during the 2019 Broward County Bar Association Bench and Bar Conference held on October 18 at the Signature Grand. The volunteers helped with registration, set up, room monitoring and sponsor relations. It was a great opportunity to meet and greet 100's of BCBA attorneys and judges.
"The Results District" highlights Jordana Rostant-Nunes
Jordana was highlighted recently by The Results District is an online resource for black lawyers. Jordana (JD 2022) began her career in the legal field as a paralegal with Legal Aid of Broward County. She is currently vice-president of the Black Law Students Association, Treasurer for the Sports and Entertainment Society and a member of the Caribbean Law Student Association and Fashion Law Society.
Faculty News
Professor Heather Baxter

P resented, with Dean Olympia Duhart “Come Together: Successful Collaborations Between LRW, the Community and Student Organizations” at the New England Consortium of Legal Writing Professors on October 11, 2019

Presented, “Best Writing Practices: Mythological Edition,” Florida Trial Court Staff Attorneys Association Annual Conference, October 18, 2019.

Presented “Using the Musical ‘Hamilton’ to Teach Oral Argument,” Reimagining Advocacy Conference, Stetson University College of Law, November 9, 2019.

Professor Michael Dale

Presented on the subject of expert depositions to the NSU School of Psychology graduate forensic psychology class in October 2019.

Will be leading the National Institute For Trial Advocacy teacher training at the Children’s Law Center of California (CLCC) Los Angeles, CA, on November 15-16, 2019. These nine supervisors, trained using the NITA learning-by-doing method, and Professor Dale will then run a two trial skills training program for 32 CLCC staff attorneys in December 2019.

Professor Mark Dobson

Preview of Supreme Court Cases article on Kansas v. Glover, “Can Police Stop a Vehicle Just because a Computerized License Plate Check Shows its Owner Has a Suspended License?”, appeared in Preview, Issue #2, Vol.47, 11/4/2019. The article is featured on the publication’s cover and the full article begins on page 9.
Associate Dean for Faculty and Student Development And Professor of Law Olympia Duhart

Presented, with Professor Heather Baxter “Come Together: Successful Collaborations Between LRW, the Community and Student Organizations” at the New England Consortium of Legal Writing Professors on October 11, 2019.
Professor Emerita Lynn A. Epstein

Presented, “Insights from the Authors” at Books & Books in Coral Gables on October 11, 2019, with Dean Elena Maria Marty-Nelson on their book, Empowering Negotiators: Successfully Bargaining Salary Offers, Prenuptial Agreements, and Other Stressful Life Events Using the TABLE Method (Carolina Acad. Press 2019) (ISBN # 978-1-61163-842-4).

Professor Amanda Foster

Served as special host, helped organize and was the NSU Law representative at the American College of Coverage Counsel 6 th Annual Insurance Law Symposium held at NSU Law on November 1, 2019.
Professor Jessica Garcia-Brown

Served on a discussion panel for the Civil Field Placement Clinic students on Professional Relationships: Developing Effective Communication Skills and Professional Relationships as a New Attorney on October 17, 2019.
Clinic Director and Professor Steven Kass

Presented at the City of Miramar’s BizFit Workshop on legal issues for start-up businesses. NSU Law Berger Entrepreneur Clinic students, with Professor Kass, will be presenting in-depth in February 2020 to the Business Inclusion Diversity (BID) program run by the City of Miramar.
Associate Dean of International Programs & Associate Professor of Law Shahabudeen Khan

Was interviewed by the Sun Sentinel ’s Andrew Boryga in an October 21, 2019 article on stand your ground laws.
Professor Donna Litman

Will be a panelist at the December 2019 Florida Bar Business Law Section presentation of 3716 The Inc. is Finally Dry – The Update and Modernization of the Florida Business Corporation Act 2019. Alumnus Giacomo Bossa (JD 2012) is also a panelist for this presentation. 
Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Public Impact & Professor of Law Elena Maria Marty-Nelson

Cambridge University Press awarded her a contract for her book entitled Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Property Opinions (Cambridge Univ. Press forthcoming 2020) (edited with Eloisa C. Rodriguez-Dod).
The University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change accepted for publication her piece entitled Why Not Me?: Intersectionality in Law School Leadership , U. Pa. J.L. & Soc. Change (forthcoming 2020).
Her chapter was accepted for publication as Via v. Putnam—Rewritten Opinion in Feminist Judgements: Rewritten Trusts & Estate Opinions (Deborah S. Gordon et al. eds., Cambridge Univ. Press forthcoming 2020).
Presented, “Insights from the Authors” at Books & Books in Coral Gables on October 11, 2019, with Professor Emerita Lynn A. Epstein on their book, Empowering Negotiators: Successfully Bargaining Salary Offers, Prenuptial Agreements, and Other Stressful Life Events Using the TABLE Method (Carolina Acad. Press 2019) (ISBN # 978-1-61163-842-4).

Professor Kate Webber Nuñez

The peer-reviewed British Journal of American Legal Studies accepted for publication her article Persuasive or Pipe Dream? The Feminist Judgments Project’s Potential Influence on Judicial Decision Making , 9 Brit. J. Am. Legal Stud. (forthcoming 2020).
Professor Michael Richmond

Appointed to the Editorial Board of Experience, the magazine of the Senior Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association.

Associate Dean of Graduate and Online Programs & Adjunct Professor of Law Susan Stephan

Presented “Understanding and Expanding Accessibility in Online Learning Environments,” at the 28th Annual International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) World Conference on Online Learning in Dublin, Ireland on November 5, 2019.
Debra Moss Curtis 2017
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Professor of Law Debra Moss Vollweiler

Was named top 10% author by SSRN for August 2019.

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