February 2019
NSU Law Dominates the Florida Pro Bono Law School Challenge
NSU Law's consistent history of student and alumni pro bono volunteering is evident in our leadership in the Florida Bar Foundation Pro Bono Law School Challenge. We encourage alumni to connect with a student so that all pro bono cases and mentoring opportunities are covered. NSU Law was in the lead for the entire month of January and we are only narrowly in 2nd place. Thank you to the students and alumni for continuing to make connections.

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.
Heather Lee O'Keefe 2019 Miss Miami

On Saturday, January 26, Heather Lee O’Keefe was crowned Miss Miami 2019. Heather is a 1L at NSU Law.

As Miss Miami, O’Keefe is now a candidate for title of Miss Florida. The 2019 Miss Florida pageant will be held in late June in Lakeland, Florida. The Miss Florida winner will then go on to compete for the title of Miss America.

Congratulations to Ms. O'Keefe!
Rebecca Spitzmiller interview and participating in Retake Roma cleanup
NSU Law Alumna Honored with Knighthood in Italy
Rebecca Spitzmiller (JD 1985) , College of Law visiting professor and coordinator of the Roma Tre, Rome, Italy international program will be honored for her volunteer organization, Retake Roma.
Professor Spitzmiller will be presented with an officer of the order of merit of the Italian republic by the President, Sergio Mattarella, in February 2019. In 2009, with support from friends, the international community in Rome, and the American Embassy, Spitzmiller founded Retake Roma to promote clean-up activities across the city.
 Retake Roma has grown to more than 80 neighborhood groups in Rome, and into some 40 cities and towns throughout the Italian peninsula. Facebook Site
Meagan Kelleher published in NITA blog

Meagan Kelleher (JD 2019) with Professor Michael Dale has published " Coping with Hearsay Evidence in Immigration Proceedings " in the January 16, 2019 issue of the NITA blog.

Meagan is also currently an LLM candidate at Charles University in Prague, the Czech Republic.
James Foster earns 2nd place in writing competition.

James Foster, (JD 2019) placed 2nd in the American College of Legal Medicine's 2019 Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine & Bioethics. His paper, " A Need to Disconnect: How Technology Has Exacerbated Mental Health Issues in the Legal Profession " will be considered for publication in a future issue of the Journal of Legal Medicine
NSU Law Summer Fellowships
NSU Shepard Broad College of Law Summer Fellowships provide law students with an opportunity to earn compensation for dedicating their summer to public service. NSU Shepard Broad College of Law offers six different summer fellowship funding sources to students who wish to work with a public interest or government organization:

1.      The Christopher T. Byrd Environmental Law Fellowship;
2.      The Ferroli Family Public Interest Law Fellowship;
3.      The Martin A. Feinrider Summer Fellowship for International Human Rights;
4.      The Ovid and Clare Lewis Public Interest Fellowship;
5.      The Public Service Summer Fellowship; and
6.      The Rebecca Knox Public Interest Law Summer Fellowship. 
Please visit the Public Interest Programs web page for more information on fellowship eligibility, application requirements, application, and responsibilities of a fellow.
T o Apply: Submit the Fellowship Application to Jennifer Gordon, Esq., Director of Public Interest Programs, by Friday, April 5 , 201 9 at 5 pm.
NSU Law Alumni gathered at World of Beer in Plantation, FL for networking and trivia fun
NSU Law Alumni Association Broward chapter hosts networking and trivia night
NSU alumni, colleagues and friends enjoyed an evening of trivia and networking at World of Beer in Plantation in January 2019. The event was sponsored by the NSU Law Alumni Broward Chapter with generous underwriting from Neptune Impact Windows . We look forward to hosting more Alumni Association events.
NSU Law Connect Plus
Two alumni, Brent Reitman (JD 2010) and Sean Thompson (JD 2004) joined Professor Michael Flynn to present “Caps on Medical Malpractice Negligence Claims...Where do we go from here?” in January 2019 for an engaging and informative CLE.

Law Connect Plus is hosted by NSU Law each month to benefit our legal community and recent NSU Law alumni. Students may attend for free.

The next Law Connect Plus will be presented on Friday, February 15, 2019 titled "Using Social Media to Grow Your Law Firm in the Digital Age" Panelists are Natalie Giachos (JD 2006), Rahysa Vargas (JD 2014), and Wendi Weiner. More Information and RSVP
NSU Law Mentoring continues successful programing
Mentoring Breakfast
NSU Law Alumni (L-R) Carlos Prieto (JD 2014), Michelle Suarez (JD 2013) and Carlos Carmona, Jr. (JD 2006) volunteered to lead the mentoring panel in January 2019 moderated by Janice Shaw, Assistant Dean, NSU Law Office of Career Services and Professional Development. Their experience starting their own law firms continues the curriculum and goals of NSU Law Leadership Academy courses designed specifically to master the business of lawyering. The mastery of these skills, which include finance, business, management, leadership, technology, and client engagement, are essential for lawyers to navigate the complex business of delivering legal services and achieving professional success.

NSU Law Mentoring Dinner – February 19, 2019 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Attorneys regularly attend sit down dinners and networking receptions for recruiting and client development purposes. Business etiquette is an essential skill for professional success. Join Sharon Abrahams (Ed.D 1998), Director of Professional Development at Foley & Lardner, for an interactive workshop on dining, networking and business etiquette. The evening will consist of a buffet dinner with etiquette training and networking. Attire is business casual.  Space is limited, RSVP required .  
NSU Law Winter 2019 Events
Law Connect Plus
Using Social Media to Grow Your Law Firm in the Digital Age
February 15, 2019 | 7:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Mentoring Dinner
February 19, 2019 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
NSU Law Faculty Study
Public Interest Law Day
February 21, 2019 |11:00 a.m.
John B. Anderson Visiting Chair: Ronald Long
Presentation and Q&A
February 21, 2019 | 5:30 pm
SELS Symposium
February 23, 2019 | 9:00 a.m.
FL Bar Exam Lunch
For All NSU alumni taking the bar February bar exam
February 26 & 27, 2019 | 12:00 p.m.
Embassy Suites by Hilton
NITA Florida Basic Trial Skills
March 4-9, 2019
Use Discount code: ALUM15
Public Interest Law Auction
Lights, Camera, Auction
March 14, 2019 | 6:00 p.m.
AIDD Roundtable
Guardianship and All That Jazz
March 15, 2019 | 9:00 am
ILSA Journal Conference
Governmental Responses to Gun Violence Across the Globe and the Regulatory Effect on Society
March 22, 2019
3 rd Annual Legal Masters Degree Conference
March 29-30, 2019
Immigration Legal Screening Clinic
March 30, 2019 | 10:00 a.m.
Sexual Assault Title IX Presentation
April 2, 2019
Save the Date
AGED, Inc. Seminar
April 5, 2019 | 9:00 a.m.
Save The Date
NSU Law Commencement
May 9, 2019 | 2:30 p.m.
NSU Rick Case Arena
Save the Date
Environmental Law Symposium
(updated date and location)
May 10, 2019 | 9:00 a.m .
Sponsored by ELULS
Upcoming Events - All the Details
02-15-19 NSU Law Connect Plus CLE: Using Social Media to Grow Your Law Firm in the Digital Age
This program will focus on setting yourself apart using social media and video, learning how to utilize social media for networking and referrals, and leveraging your personal branding and legal skills using LinkedIn.

02-19-19 NSU Law Mentoring Dinner
Attorneys regularly attend sit down dinners and networking receptions for recruiting and client development purposes. Business etiquette is an essential skill for professional success. Join Sharon Abrahams (Ed.D ’98), Director of Professional Development at Foley & Lardner, for an interactive workshop on dining, networking and business etiquette. The evening will consist of a buffet dinner with etiquette training and networking. Attire is business casual.  Space is limited.

02-21-19 Public Interest Law Day
Public Interest Law Day provides law students with information regarding the pro bono, internship, fellowship, clinical, and employment opportunities in legal aid organizations and services. Participation is free for both employers and students. Please contact Jennifer Gordon for more information.

02-21-19 John B. Anderson Visiting Chair: Ronald Long
"Law and Emotion – The Financial Industry and the Fight Against Elder Financial Abuse"
Ronald Long is the Director of Elder Client Initiatives with the WIM Control Group - Wells Fargo Advisors. He received the Barbara McGinity Service to Seniors Award in 2017 for excellence in elder financial protection from the National Institute on Financial Exploitation (NIEFE), an arm of the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA).

02-23-19 SELS Symposium
Topics to include:
Exploring Mechanical Licensing and Music Modernization
Student-Athlete Advocacy/NCAA and the Law
Exploring the Entertainment Industry and its Future via New Mediums of Streaming and Technology Advancement
Breaking into the Industry

03-04-19 through 03-09-19 NITA Florida Basic Trial Skills program
Are you ready to step into a courtroom with the ease and composure of a lawyer with countless wins at trial? What about walking into a tense negotiation showing so much confidence that opposing counsel settles the case rather than risk facing you in the courtroom?
Use Discount Code: ALUM15 for a 15% reduction in tuition for NSU Law alumni.

03-14-19 PILS Auction- Lights, Camera, Auction
Enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while shopping our collection of incredible auction items. Proceeds benefit the Rebecca Knox Public Interest Law Summer Fellowship for students who choose to take non-paying public interest positions at legal aid organizations/services during the summer. Also, there will be a photo booth and a cash bar for your entertainment. More Information & RSVP

03-15-19 AIDD Roundtable – Guardianship and All That Jazz
The roundtable brings together stakeholders in the AIDD community to network, learn, and plan strategic responses to address the legal needs of AIDD persons. This year the roundtable will include a CLE opportunity with confirmed speakers from the local bench and bar. This interdisciplinary event will explore the procedural and substantive aspects of Florida guardianship law. Moderators and Panelists include:
  • The Honorable Mark A. Speiser
  • The Honorable Charles M. Greene (tentative)
  • The Honorable Yves P. Laventure
  • The Honorable Claudette Vanni
  • Edward O’Sheehan, Partner at Shutts & Bowen and the Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee
  • Deborah Chin, M.A., The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation Transition and Adult Programs
  • Susan Hofstetter, Assistant General Counsel for The School Board of Broward County
  • Dr. Andrea Horbey, NSU Director of Medical Education, Bethesda Health, Inc.
  • Susan Kabot, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, Executive Director, the Autism Institute
  • Felicia Jordan, Attorney at Disability Rights Florida.

03-22-19 ILSA Journal Conference
The NSU Law ILSA Journal will host its 2nd Annual Conference this Spring on the topic of Global Responses to Gun Violence and its Regulatory Effect on Society. This relevant topic will bring attorneys and community members together from South Florida to discuss the positive and negative effects of regulatory responses to gun violence.

03-29-19 3rd Annual Legal Master’s Degree Conference
NSU Law will host the 3rd Annual Legal Master's Degree Conference. This event will bring together law school deans, administrators, program managers, and faculty to explore the present and future of graduate-level legal education for non-lawyers.

03-30-19 Immigration Legal Screening Clinic
NSU Law, Americans for Immigrant Justice, Catholic Legal Services, Hispanic Unity of Florida, NSU Law student organizations, PILS, ILSA, ILO and HSBA are partnering to provide free legal screenings to the community.

04-02-19 Sexual Assault Title IX presentation
The NSU community will be hosting a Sexual Assault Title IX presentation that will cover the perspectives on sexual harassment in the legal profession and the role of Title IX in maintaining harassment-free law schools. Panelists include law school faculty and practicing attorneys. In addition, NSU’s Title IX staff will also be available to share NSU’s approach to Title IX compliance and sexual harassment prevention. They will also be available to answer questions. 
04-05-19 AGED, Inc. Seminar
NSU Law will be hosting a seminar sponsored by AGED, Inc. The topic, “Navigating Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid”, will include training on government benefits and pooled special needs trusts for professionals, supplemental security income and Medicaid, Medicaid programs for persons with disabilities and ABLE accounts. Save the Date

05-10-19 NSU Law Earth Day Environmental Symposium
Red Tide, Green Algae, Drilling Bans and More: 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.
Faculty News
Professor Michael Dale

Taught a National Institute For Trial Advocacy (NITA) in a two-day trial skills program over the January 12-13, 2019 weekend in Orlando for Florida legal services attorneys
Director of the Legal Research & Writing Program & Associate Dean for Faculty and Student Development & Professor of Law Dean Olympia Duhart

Participation at the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA in January 2019

Panelist on “Building a Better Mentor: Creating High-Impact Mentoring Programs for Law Students of Color”

Organized the 2019 Cover Workshop for the Society of American Law Teachers and the American Constitution Society titled “The Possibilities and Potential of SCOTUS Reform.” The workshop was held at AALS in New Orleans in January 2019.
Professor Jessica Garcia-Brown

Completed the experiential education workshops offered by the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) to earn Experiential Education Academy Certification. The certification program provides foundational knowledge in the theory and practice of experiential education.

Dean Jon M. Garon

Published a book chapter, Reordering the chaos of the virtual arena: harmonizing law and framing collective bargaining for avatar actors and digital athletes , in The Law of Virtual and Augmented Reality (Edward Elgar Publishing 2018).

Had accepted for publication, The Empires Strike Back: Reassertion of Territorial Regulation in Cyberspace in the Journal of Law and Technology at Texas.

Presented, Avoiding the Singularity through Distance Education, Florida Distance Learning Association (January 2019).

Served as a panelist on the Legal Issues in Technology/Delivery of Distance Education Panel, Florida Distance Learning Association (January 2019).

Presented, The Empires Strike Back – Cyberspace Year in Review, American Bar Association, Business Law Section Cyberspace Law Committee, Cyberspace Law Institute (January 2019).
Professor Pearl Goldman

Published the commentary, Ireland’s Vote to Remove Blasphemy from its Constitution and the Case of Asia Bibi in the December 2018 issue of JURIST Legal News & Research.
Professor Robert Jarvis

Published Flying Baseballs, Injured Fans, Uncertain Liability: Why Legislative Action is Needed in the Sunshine State in the January/February 2019 issue of The Florida Bar Journal.
Assistant Dean of Academic Success and Professionalism and Professor of Practice Chance Meyer

Presented at the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA in January 2019.
“Professionalism Education and the Road to Bar Passage” (co-presented with Dean Debra Moss Vollweiler).
Professor Emeritus of Law and C. William Trout Senior Fellow in Public Interest Law Joel Mintz

Participated as a questioner in two panel discussions on “Disaster Response, Recovery and Relief in Minority Communities” at the AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

Participated in roundtable scholars’ discussions on “Implications of the 2018 Midterm Elections for Environmental Protection” and “Center for Progressive Reform (CPR) Strategic Plans” at the Semi-Annual CPR Scholars’ Meeting at Loyola University of New Orleans.
Professor James B. Levy

As Editor-in-Chief of Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing, participated in a live webinar sponsored by the American Association of Law Libraries on December 12 to discuss publishing and scholarship opportunities for law librarians. The webinar was attended by more than 100 law librarians from around the country.
Professor Kenneth Lewis, Jr.

Presented the keynote speech at the United States Citizens and Immigration Services for newly naturalized citizens.

To see and hear Professor Lewis' speech. Click Here
Debra Moss Curtis 2017
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law Debra Moss Vollweiler

Presented at the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA in January 2019.

”Professionalism Education and the Road to Bar Passage” (co-presented with Chance Meyer).

“Bridging the Divisions with Professional Identity Learning Outcomes that Encourage Cultural Competency in the Profession.”

Was appointed to the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Teaching Methods. Her term began in January 2019.

Was appointed to the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Empirical Study of Legal Education and the Legal Profession. Her term began in January 2019.
Contact Us
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Lynn Acosta
Assistant Dean for Student Services
E:               lynn@nova.edu                  | P: 954-262-6127