September 2019
News and Highlights
NSU Bar Induction Ceremony Monday, September 16, 2019
Monday, September 16, 2019
6:00 pm | Reception to follow
NSU Rick Case Arena - North Court
at The Don Taft University Center

Join us as we celebrate those alumni who have passed the July 2018 Florida Bar Exam. NSU alumni judges will perform the swearing-in ceremony.

Alumni, Family and Friends, Faculty, and Staff are invited.
Successful 2nd annual Sharon and Mitchell W. Berger Entrepreneur Bootcamp
Over 250 people attended in-person and online the 2019 Sharon and Mitchell W. Berger Entrepreneur Boot Camp. Engagement between attendees at the reception and the two-day event was dynamic and enriching. The video presentation was viewed by over 125 people from Massachusetts to Washington state.

Details, including speakers, PowerPoints, and course materials, are be available on the  NSU Berger Bootcamp webpage. Videos of the 15 hours of programming will be posted soon.

“The Berger Entrepreneur Bootcamp provides one of the most impactful programs at the law school to help people create new businesses and build their livelihoods,” said Jon M. Garon, Dean of the Shepard Broad College of Law. “Through the generous support of Sharon and Mitchell Berger, we are making a difference in the future of our students and neighbors that will last a lifetime.”
Than you to our Berger Bootcamp Sponsors
City of Miramar Business Inclusion Diversity Program
Broward County Office of Economic & Small Business Development
Florida Light and Power
5th NSU Trial Advocacy Summer Institute
Presiding Judges - The Honorables:
(standing) Florence Taylor Barner, Dennis Bailey, Kal Evans, Frank Ledee, Christopher W. Pole, Natasha DePrimo
(seated) Yael Gamm, Mariya Weekes, Corey Amanda Cawthon, Phoebee Francois

Thank you also to Judge Robert F. Diaz, Judge Mindy F. Solomon, Judge Kim Theresa Mollica and Judge Jennifer Hilal.
In early August, over 90 NSU Law alumni and local attorneys including 14 judges from the 17 th Judicial Circuit participated with more than 40 NSU Law students and the NSU Trial Association leadership in the 5 th Annual Trial Advocacy Summer Institute (TASI). TASI includes a four day training culminating in a final trial event held this year at the Broward County Central Courthouse. 39 judges and attorneys served as instructors during the week at NSU Law.

The NSU Trial Association executive board was assisted by Professor Megan Chaney , NSU Law alumna Yineth Sanchez Aslan (JD 2016) and Michelle Denis (JD 2016 & Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development) with additional support from Judge Robert F. Diaz, Judge Mindy F. Solomon, Judge Kim Theresa Mollica and Judge Jennifer Hilal. Photo Gallery
NSU International Arbitration Society panel
(L-R) Fernando Alvarez-Perez, Ryan Reetz, Luis O'Naughten and William Hill
The NSU International Arbitration Society collaborated with the ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law and the Foreign Lawyers Association at NSU with four major firms to host a panel of four attorneys and members of the Miami International Arbitration Society. Over 40 guests and students attended the August 23rd panel moderated by Associate Professor and Director of the Caribbean Law Program, Jane Cross.
Dean Jon M. Garon's debut novel, Burn Rate , is available on As he explains, “I wrote the novel to introduce the public to some of the more critical issues in cybersecurity law and national security law using a format that might be a bit more interesting than another law review.”
About the book:
An entrepreneur who recently brought his company public and became a paper billionaire, is prevented from delivering the keynote presentation at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas by a professional hit man.

Emma Davis, a law professor, former dean, and sophisticated trouble-shooter with experience taking down corporate corruption, agrees to help with the murder investigation.
Student News
E. Earl Zehmer National Workers' Compensation Team - Quarter Finalists & Finalists
Monica Besbris (3L), Michael Halpern (3L), Megan Breen (2L) and McKall Miller (2L), along with their coach  Brody Shulman , traveled to Orlando, FL to compete against 24 other law schools from around the country.

Breen & Miller placed 2nd in the overall competition and Bresbris and Halpern placed 8th.
The Team, Coaches, and the Moot Court Society would like to thank everyone who assisted in preparing for the competition. Without your time and feedback our teams would not be able to accomplish as much as we have.
Francella Guido J.D. 2020
Francella was summer judicial intern with The Honorable Judge Yvonne Colodny and the 11th circuit division.
"It has been nothing short of a privilege to intern for the Honorable Judge Colodny and the 11th Judicial Circuit’s Probate Division. This internship provided the opportunity to get invaluable hands-on experience and allowed me to build on my foundational knowledge of the law. To emulate all that I have learned from Judge Colodny would be the highest measure of success in my legal profession moving forward."
Francella is a 3L and treasurer for the Family Law Society

Featured Events
NSU Law Mentor Program for all NSU Law Students
In a series of four sessions, students meet with lawyers, engage with speakers, and develop important relationships with practicing attorneys in our community. Join NSU by attending the series and making a difference in the preparation of our law students.

Attending the Mentoring Program breakfasts is one of the Pillars of Professionalism required for the NSU Law Dean's Certificate of Professionalism.
Join us for this exciting program featuring distinguished alumni panelists from the aviation, healthcare and technology industries who will discuss their experience working as in-house attorneys.
Mentoring Breakfast
In-House Counsel Legal Career Panel
September 20, 2019 | 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Doretta Knoerr (J.D. 1984), Associate General Counsel, Ultimate Software
Rebecca Farmer (J.D. 2006), Associate General Counsel, Memorial Healthcare System
Daniel Camejo (J.D. 2004), Senior Director, Legal Counsel & Asst. Secretary, Spirit Airlines
Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 - October 15, 2019
On Thursday, October 3, 2019, the Shepard Broad College of Law’s Hispanic Student Bar Association, and the Cuban American Bar Association, will host a celebration of Hispanic culture, music and family.

During the evening, students and attorneys will network, enjoy refreshments and be entertained by dancers performing traditional Hispanic dances. Location: Flight Deck, Taft University Center, Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus.
NSU Alvin Sherman Library will have a wide range of events centered on Hispanic Heritage Month, including Art, Film, Music and a Speaker Series.
First Do No Harm: A Patient-Driven Approach to Navigating the Health Law, Intellectual Property, and Technology Maze
Friday, October 11, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
NSU Shepard Broad College of Law | Panza Maurer Law Library, 3rd Floor
The Florida Bar Certification Credits Pending

Two of the fastest growing areas in the modern economy are health care and technology. In the race to provide innovations in health care and technology, however, the patient and caregiver are often left out of the conversation. Consequently, some technologies, intellectual property rules, health care options, and health policy decisions are replete with unintended consequences.

Panels include:

  • What Would a Medical Data Information Commons Look Like, and how Would it Be Governed?
  • Patient Protection or Caveat Emptor? (Some) Risks Posed By High-Tech, Data-Driven Medicine
  • Will Human Gene Editing Improve Health, Promote Eugenics, Or Both?

The link below has details on the 10 diverse and engaging presenters.
Immigration Legal Screening Clinic Saturday, October 19, 2019
NSU Law, Americans for Immigrant Justice, Catholic Legal Services, and Hispanic Unity of Florida Legal Aid Services of Broward County and the Florida Immigrant Coalition are partnering to provide free legal screenings to the community.  

With the help of partnering organizations, this pro bono immigration clinic will offer participants the chance to learn more about how immigration law affects them and their families with Know Your Rights presentations.
6th Annual Insurance Law Symposium Friday, November 1, 2019
Insurer Bad Faith: Best Practices and Litigation Trends
The American College of Coverage Counsel (ACCC) will host its 6th annual Insurance Law Symposium at NSU Law on Friday, November 1, 2019.

The ACCC brings together pre-eminent lawyers representing the interests of both insurers and policyholders to improve the quality of the practice of insurance law and to increase civility and professionalism in our field.

Our mission includes educating all sectors involved in insurance disputes—including the judiciary, law students, legal and insurance professionals, and businesses—on critical topics such as best practices in policy formation and claims handling, developing trends in insurance law, and bad faith.
(Open to NSU Law Students - Free but RSVP is required)
NSU Law Fall 2019 Events
Bar Induction Ceremony
September 16, 2019
NSU Don Taft Arena
Mentoring Breakfast
In-House Counsel Legal Career Panel
September 20, 2019 | 7:30 a.m.
Moot Court Society Upperclassman Competition
(Sold Out)
September 21-22, 2019
Nova Law Review Symposium
First Do No Harm: A Patient-Driven Approach to Navigating the Health Law, Intellectual Property, and Technology Maze
October 11, 2019
NITA Deposition Skills Training
October 11-13, 2019
Professor Flynn & Professor Dale
Broward County Bench and Bar Conference
Visit the NSU Law Booth
October 18, 2019
Immigration Legal Screening Clinic
Volunteers Needed
October 19, 2019
ACCC Insurance Law Symposium
November 1, 2019
Faculty News
Professor Heather Baxter

Presented, “Knowing (and Interpreting) the Rules of the Game” at American University, Washington College of Law 2019 Coaches and Competitions Clinic.
Professor Timothy A. Canova

Testified to the Florida Advisory Committee of the United States Commission on Civil Rights at a July 23rd hearing in Fort Lauderdale on the disenfranchisement of Florida voters.

Published an Op-Ed on his testimony in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel entitled, “Count every vote and count them all by hand,” proposing a system of public hand-counting of paper ballots.
Professor Megan Chaney

Organized and coordinated the NSU Trial Association 5th Annual Trial Advocacy Summer Institute at NSU Law during the week of August 5-9, 2019.
Professor Kenneth Lewis, Jr.

Was featured on ABC Local 10 News’ “Leave it to Layron” on HOA private property concerns.

Presented, “Sports Law” in May 2019 at the Universitat de Barcelona , in Barcelona, Spain.

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

Drafted and submitted a 2019 Update to his treatise, State and Local Government Environmental Liability that is scheduled to be released in October 2019.

Accepted an invitation to serve as a Paper Commentator at a January, 2020 symposium sponsored by the Texas Law Review on “Remedies in Complex Litigation.”

Agreed to serve as an advisor to an NGO, Quiet Communities, which advocates for regulation of noise pollution.

Met with members of the “scoping committee” of the Environmental Protection Network (EPN)—an NGO composed of former EPA officials—to help them plan an EPN report to the next administration on revitalizing EPA following the Trump era.
Professor Emeritus Marc Rohr

Published Parallel Doctrinal Bars: The Unexplained Relationship Between Facial Overbreadth and “Scrutiny” Analysis in the Law of Freedom of Speech , 11 Elon L. Rev. 95 (2019)
Associate Dean of Graduate and Online Programs Susan Stephan

Published, Behavioral Advertising and Disclosures , in The Law of Artificial Intelligence and Smart Machines: Understanding A.I. and the Legal Impact 93 (Theodore F. Claypoole ed., ABA Publ’g 2019).
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