NSU Shepard Broad College of Law | March 2018
Community Connections
AIDD Clinic Community Roundtable and Conference and Roundtable
Successful Transition: A Collaborative Effort
Speaker: Jonathan G. Martinis Senior
Director for Law and Policy with The Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University

Thursday, March 22, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | NSU Law

Join NSU Law as they host the second annual AIDD Clinic Roundtable and Conference. Renowned judges, legal professionals, advocates, and representatives for persons with special needs will come together again to explore best practices and assess community interests. Learn how you can make a positive impact on the community of Adults with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities. Florida Bar Ethics ~ 1.5 CLE credits pending.
Ben Hecht 2018 Distinguished Visiting Chair in Public Interest Law
On February 21, Ben Hecht presented “The 5 Drivers of Transformative Social Impact You Need to Know in 2018” to over 90 NSU Law students, faculty, staff and guests. Ben Hecht is the President & CEO of Living Cities, a collaborative of eighteen of the world’s leading foundations to work together to boldly fight poverty in America’s cities.

Hecht serves as the 2018 the John B. Anderson Distinguished Visiting Chair in Public Interest Law. Supported through the generosity of the C. William Trout Charitable Trust, this program allows the Shepard Broad College of Law to expand its teachings, projects, and research in the field of public interest law.
NSU Law students show support for Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high school students
NSU Law students, organized and presented a banner of support as well as video and photos on social media to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school students who will be returning to school this week. Photos
Public Interest Law Society Auction raises $12,000
The Public Interest Law Society (PILS) hosted the 25th annual auction on February 1, 2018. With all the generous contributions, the event raised over $12,000 for the Rebecca Knox Public Interest Law Summer Fellowship. PILS honored Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., NSU Law Alumni Lisa Goldberg, Esq., and NSU Law student Michaela Vrazdova for their continued support and dedication to our community.
If you're interested in getting involved, please feel free to contact PILS's advisor, Jennifer Gordon, Esq., Director of Public Interest Programs, at jgordon@nova.edu or (954) 262-6126.
NSU Law and community organizations host Immigration Legal Screening Clinic
On Saturday, February 24th, NSU Law, Americans for Immigrant Justice, Catholic Legal Services, and Hispanic Unity of Florida along with NSU Law student organizations ILSA, ILO, HSBA and PILS partnered to provide free legal screenings to the community. This pro bono immigration clinic offered over 60 participants the chance to learn more about how immigration law affects them and their families with Know Your Rights Presentations. Participants also had the opportunity to participate in intakes and receive a free consultation with an immigration attorney.
NSU Law News
Public Interest Law Day
NSU Law hosted 40+ federal state and local public interest organizations in the NSU Law atrium on February 15th. These employers shared their experiences and spoke to students about their work. The purpose of the event is to educate law students about opportunities in the field of public interest law and to encourage their participation in the community.
NSU Law hosts Regional Transactional LawMeet
The National Transactional LawMeet is the premier “moot court” experience for students interested in a transactional practice. NSU Law participated this year as host of a regional conference and by hosting our own competitive team.

The National Transactional LawMeet is a part of the LawMeet family of live, interactive, educational competitions designed to give law students a hands-on experience in developing and honing transactional lawyering skills. Professor Donna Litman and NSU Law coordinate the regional competition for 12 teams with over 40 team members and advisers on February 23, 2018. A special thank you to our volunteer judges: James H. Barrett, Kiyan Bigloo, Colleen M. Grady, Andrew J. Markus, John T. Murphy, Mahesh H. Nanwani, Flora R. Perez, Jay M. Rosen, Mike Segal, Zachary M. Schlichter, Erin M. Swick, Jeffrey D. Weinstock, and David Baghdassarian  

At the regional competition held in Georgia, NSU Law’s own team took home a significant honor. NSU Law students Hannah Wolinsky (2L) and Timothy Shields (3L) were Semi-Finalist for the Sellers at the University of Georgia Regional LawMeet also on February 23, 2018.
Upcoming Events 
NITA Trial Skills
Program Director: Professor Mark Dobson
March 5-10, Information
NSU Law Alumni may use discount code: NOVA
Expected CLE: 46 Credits, 2.0 Ethics
NITA offers trial skills programming taught by the best trial lawyers in the country, volunteers who donate their time and dedicate it to your professional success. 
Mentoring Breakfast - Mental Health & Wellness
Friday, March 16
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Molly Paris  - Florida Lawyers Assistance Program

Brittany Graniero, L.M.H.C, MS '15  - Private Practice

Mark Rothman, JD '91  - Founder, Orca | Emotional Intelligence
The Mentoring Program Breakfast encourages student and alumni to share private and small group conversations to further their personal and professional success. In addition, participants will take part in a discussion led by a group of distinguished panelists. 

The panel will focus on how to create and maintain a healthy mind and outlook during law school as well as a practicing attorney. Listen to our speaker's first hand experience and how they created a rewarding work life balance. Panelist Information
Washington, D.C. NSU Alumni & Friends Reception
Sunday, March 18, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar
George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., NSU president and CEO and Jon M. Garon, J.D., dean, Shepard Broad College of Law and Bruce Rogow, emeritus professor invite you to this special reception of all NSU Alumni from the DC area. Guest Speaker: Professor Stephen Wermeil, American University Washington College of Law
Adults with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) Community Roundtable and Conference
Successful Transition: A Collaborative Effort
Thursday, March 22, 2018
8:00 - 11:00 AM
NSU Law - Panza Maurer Law Library
Join NSU Law as they host the second AIDD Clinic Roundtable and Conference. Renowned judges, legal professionals, advocates, and representatives for persons with special needs will come together again to explore best practices and assess community interests. Learn how you can make a positive impact on the community of Adults with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities.
NSU Trial Association (NTA) Mark Dobson 1L Tournament
Volunteer Judges needed
Saturday/Sunday, March 24 - 25
8:30 am - 5:00 pm (2 shifts available)
This tournament offers first year law students an opportunity to experience a mock trial environment. To ensure a valuable learning experience, NTA requests members of the legal community to assist us as judges. CLE credits are pending.
LRW Oral Arguments and 1L Feinrider Moot Court Competition
Volunteer Judges needed
Saturday/Sunday, April 6, 7, 8
multiple shifts and times available
The NSU Legal Research & Writing Department and the Moot Court Society invite alumni and friends to join us as volunteer judges at our 2018 LRW/Feinrider weekend. CLE credits are pending.
Environmental Law Symposium
Environmental Issues in Changing Times
Friday, April 20, 2018
NSU Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center Facility
The conference will explore environmental law and policy shifts at the federal level under the new administration as well as at the state level after the 2018 Florida legislative session. Presenters will include practicing lawyers and academics offering a local, state and national perspective on issues such as climate change and sea level rise, energy issues, regulatory issues, sea level rise, property rights, and other issues.
Student News

Ten NSU Law students were inducted into the newly recognized Phi Kappa Phi international honors society, which focuses on recognizing students and faculty across all academic disciplines. The NSU student inductees are Veronika Balbuzanova, Johnna Ehlert, Tammy Eick, Lora Esau, Carlos Ibarcena, Jamie Nakoa, Meredith Norkus, Bethany Pandher, Anna Peterson, and Jason Smith . Dean Jon Garon was inducted as part of the founding of the chapter.

The inaugural student induction ceremony included students from all eighteen NSU colleges.

LR: President Hanbury, Tammy Eick, Veronicka Balbuzanova, Dean Garon
Congratulations to the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court team - Vanessa Alvarez, Iva Cechrakova, Sasha Kaskel, and Michaela Vrazdova , along with their coaches Professor Beharriell and Michelle Murray. The Moot Court Society is proud to announce that the team advanced to the quarter-final round and took home an award for Top 5 Memorial.
Lunch and Learn sponsored by BLSA, FGPLS and ILSC
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | 12:00 noon
Faculty Study
Guest Speaker Gordon Weekes, Jr., Executive Chief Public Defender, will discusses the Public Defender's Office and opportunities for law students and recent graduates.
Faculty and Staff News
Professor Tim Canova
Participated in the 2018 Association of American Law Schools in the Section on Socio-Economics program. He spoke on three panels: “The Great Financial Crisis Ten Years Later: Lessons Learned?”; “The Case for a Job Guarantee Program”; and “Current State of Play in Financial Services Regulation”.
Spoke on a plenary panel at the LatCrit 21st Biennial Conference on “Outsider Jurisprudence and Progressive Formations” in Orlando, Florida.
Ranked in the top 10% of all-time downloaded authors on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) academic website.
Professor Douglas Donoho
Authored, International Business Transactions, Problems, Readings, and Materials Relating to Trade in Goods and Services, Second Edition (Carolina Academic Press, 2018) (with Teacher’s Manual).
Professor Richard Grosso
Was the keynote speaker for Managing South Florida’s Growth – Using Smart Growth Principles to Transform and Connect Our Communities: Lessons from the Past for a Sustainable Future. The February 22, 2018 event was sponsored by the Smart Growth Partnership.
Spoke on two panels at the 33rd Annual Everglades Coalition Conference on January 12-13, 2018. Panels were: Power of Grassroots to Influence Growth Decision Makers, and Florida Policy on Water, Growth, and Conservation Funding.
Quoted in the January 10, 2018 South Florida Sun Sentinel Editorial article “Put Florida’s environment, elections fate in voters’ hands,” relative to a proposal before Florida’s Constitutional Revision Commission.
Professor Areto Imoukhuede
Co-Authored with Professor James Wilets, A Critique of the Uniquely Adversarial Nature of the U.S. Legal, Economic and Political System and its Implications for Reinforcing Existing Power Hierarchies, which has been published by the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change, 20 U. Pa. J.L. & Soc. Change 341 (2017).
Associate Dean of International Programs & Associate Professor of Law Shahabudeen Khan
Was interviewed by Channel 7 News, WSVN, concerning a criminal case against a defendant who shot two dogs.
Professor of Practice Chance Meyer 
Accepted an offer to publish his article Death Penalty “Trump Effect” in the Law Journal for Social Justice at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
Professor Joel Mintz
Published an opinion piece in The Hill titled “The New Tax Law is Welfare for the Wealthy.”
Accepted an invitation to write a second edition of his 2010 book, Fundamentals of Municipal Finance, for the American Bar Association.
Accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the Executive Committee of the Section on Natural Resources Law of the AALS.
Participated in two roundtable national scholars’ discussions at a scholars’ meeting of the Center for Progressive Reform at the University of San Diego School of Law. The discussion topics included, “Integrating Social Equity into Environmental Protection” and “The Future of U.S. Energy Regulation.”
Participated as a commentator/questioner in the public health impacts of sugar field burning in the Everglades agricultural area at the 33rd Annual Everglades Coalition Conference in Stuart, Florida in January 2018.
Arranged summer internships for NSU law students with staff attorneys for the Orange County Coastkeeper, in California.
Interviewed by E&E News on the effects of the Trump administration’s policies on EPA enforcement and regulation writing.
Associate Dean of Graduate and Online Programs, Susan H. Stephan
Presented “Trust-Related Privacy Factors in E-Learning Environments” and “Embracing Engagement through Technology in Online Graduate Education” at the Florida Distance Learning Association annual conference in Altamonte Springs on January 16 and 17, 2018. 
Professor James Wilets
Co-Authored with Professor Areto Imoukhuede, A Critique of the Uniquely Adversarial Nature of the U.S. Legal, Economic and Political System and its Implications for Reinforcing Existing Power Hierarchies, which has been published by the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change, 20 U. Pa. J.L. & Soc. Change 341 (2017).
Contact Us
For questions, suggestions, and to submit news for any future editions of the Student Newsletter please contact:
Lynn Acosta
Assistant Dean for Student Services
E:    lynn@nova.edu       | P: 954-262-6127