March 2019
AIDD Clinic Community Roundtable and Conference
Guardianship and All That Jazz: Law, Science, and Community Building

Friday, March 15, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm. Includes Live Jazz Luncheon

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 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
  • Rita Castor, Regional Operations Manager, Agency for Persons with Disabilities
Broward County honors three NSU Law Judges
Judge Renee Goldenberg, Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren, Judge Melanie May
The Honorable Renee Goldenberg (JD 1984) will be inducted into the Broward County Women's Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is hosted by the Broward County Women's History Coalition, will be held on Sunday, March 31, 2019. RSVP

The Honorable Ginger Lerner-Wren (JD 1983) will be honored at A Celebration of Women in the Legal Community, Broward’s Women Pioneers International Women’s Day event on Friday, March 8, 2019. This honor is being given to her as the Founder of the Broward County Mental Health Court, the first mental health court in the nation.     RSVP

The Honorable Melanie G. May (JD 1981) will be honored at A Celebration of Women in the Legal Community, Broward’s Women Pioneers International Women’s Day event on Friday, March 8, 2019. This honor is given to her as the first female judge to preside over the Broward County Drug Court, and the first and only drug court judge to be on the board of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.   RSVP
Ronald C. Long 2019 Distinguished Visiting Chair in Public Interest Law
Professor Barbara Atwell, Dean Elena Marie Marty-Nelson, Ronald C. Long, Dean Jon M. Garon
On February 21, Ronald Long presented “Law and Emotion - The Financial Industry and the Fight Against Elder Financial Abuse” to over 80 NSU Law students, faculty, staff, and guests. Ronald C. Long is currently the Director of Regulatory Affairs and Elder Client Initiatives, reporting to the Chief Compliance Officer of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. In addition to his presentation, Mr. Long attended and spoke at a variety of NSU Law classes during his week-long visit.

Long serves as the 2019 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.

Earlier in the week, Barbara Atwell, Professor of Law and Director of Diversity Initiatives at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University gave a special presentation on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and focused specifically on the Medicaid expansion piece of the ACA.
40+ Public Interest Legal Organizations meet with NSU Law Students
NSU Law hosted 40+ federal, state, and local public interest organizations in the Leo Goodwin Sr. Building on February 21. 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.
News and Events
Jessup Moot Court Team finished as Quarter-Finalists
The team of Sheena Kelly, Cecilia Ferrari, Vanessa Alvarez, Diana Mateo, and Alec Taylor, coached by Michelle Murray, Michael Richmond, and Rob Beharriell competed in Chicago, IL at the 2019 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

In addition, Vanessa Alvarez won 7th best overall advocate.
4th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter-Writing Competition – Write a Letter, Change the World
1st place Faedrah Mahotiere (JD 2021) with Dean Michele Struffolino
2nd place Deniz Ozaltin (JD 2021) with Dean Michele Struffolino

Congratulations to all of the students who entered; we received many outstanding letters. The entries addressed several important topics including Islamophobia, structural racism, and homophobia.
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.
To Apply: Submit the Fellowship Application to Jennifer Gordon, Esq., Director of Public Interest Programs, by Friday, April 5, 2019 at 5 pm.
NSU Law Connect Plus - Social Media
Natalie Giachos, Esq. (J.D., 2006), Wendi Weiner, Esq. and Rahysa Vargas, Esq. (J.D., 2014)
Natalie Giachos, Esq. (J.D., 2006) and Rahysa Vargas, Esq. (J.D., 2014) and Wendi Weiner, Esq. Offered timely advice in the most recent Law Connect Plus, in a program entitled "Using Social Media to Grow Your Law Firm in the Digital Age" for a dynamic and relevant CLE.
Law Connect Plus is hosted by NSU Law each month to benefit our legal community and recent NSU Law alumni.
April 2, 2019 Law Connect Plus - Sexual Assault Awareness Title IX
The next Law Connect Plus will be presented on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, Sexual Assault Awareness Title IX & NSU Law Panel 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.
More Information and RSVP.
Mentoring Dinner: Business Etiquette Training
Sharon Abrahams (Ed.D. 1998) with Assistant Dean Janice Shaw and Assistant Director Michelle Denis.
Sharon Abrahams (Ed.D. 1998) guided a business etiquette workshop to over 50 NSU Law alumni and students in February 2019. Dr. Abrahams discussed the importance of first impressions, listening and eye contact, and the priorities of networking. She also demystified the protocols of eating and drinking with colleagues in a dinner or networking event.
Developing Interview Skills through the Practice Interview Program
Matt Botkin (J.D., 2014), April Martindale (J.D., 2015), Christina Hero (J.D., 2016), Brooke Latta (J.D., 2013)
The Office of Career Services and Professional Development held an inaugural Practice Interview Program on February 12, 2019. Five alumni interviewers performed practice interviews for 20 students who registered to participate in the Spring On-Campus Interview program. The interviewers met with each student for 30 minutes and provided verbal feedback. Special thanks to our alumni volunteers: Matt Botkin (J.D., 2014), April Martindale (J.D., 2015), Christina Hero (J.D., 2016), Brooke Latta (J.D., 2013), and Damary Valle Stokes (J.D., 2006).
Sports and Entertainment Law Society Symposium
L-R Sophie Labarge (J.D., 2020), Kelly Ann desRosiers (J.D., 2019), Kristin Campbell (J.D., 2007), Dustin Hammonds (J.D., 2020), Nicole Jaeger (J.D., 2020) and Hernan Bater (J.D., 2020)

On February 23, 2019, the Sports and Entertainment Law Society held the 12th Annual Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium at the Shepard Broad College of Law. The conference brought together professionals in sports including members of the Miami Marlins, prominent legal professionals specializing in intellectual property, film and television, professors at NSU Law, faculty, and students pursuing this field.
NSU Law Winter 2019 Events
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.
3.0 CLE Credits Approved
AIDD Roundtable
Guardianship and All That Jazz
March 15, 2019 | 9:00 am
Poetry Night - Law and Literature Seminar
hosted by Professor Richmond
March 16, 2019 | 7:00 p.m.
3.5 CLE Credits Approved
ILSA Journal Symposium
Governmental Responses to Gun Violence Across the Globe and the Regulatory Effect on Society
March 22, 2019 | 8:00 a.m.
3 rd Annual Legal Masters Degree Conference
March 29-30, 2019 | 6:00 p.m.
Immigration Legal Screening Clinic
March 30, 2019 | 10:00 a.m.
CLE Credits Pending
Sexual Harassment, Title IX, and the Legal Profession
April 2, 2019 | 5:30 p.m.
NSU Law Dean at Art Museum
April 4, 2019 |
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
Save The Date
CLE Credits Pending
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
CLE Credits Pending
Environmental Law Symposium
May 10, 2019 | 9:00 a.m .
Sponsored by ELULS
Upcoming Events - All the Details
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 - CLE Credits Pending

03-22-19 ILSA Journal Conference - CLE Credits Approved
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 Harassment, Title IX, and the Legal Profession - CLE Credits Pending
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 - CLE Credits Pending
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 & Research and Reference Services Librarian Rob Beharriell

Was appointed Vice-Chair for the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting Grant Awards Jury for 2019-2020. He will be chair for 2020-2021.
Professor Michael Flynn

Served as a panelist at the NSU Law Connect Plus program titled “Caps on Medical Malpractice Negligence Claims . . . Where Do We Go from Here?” along with NSU Law alumni Brent Reitman (J.D., 2010) and Sean Thompson (J.D., 2004) in February 2019.
Professor James D. Wilets

Had accepted for publication, "Justice Scalia Got it Right, but for the Wrong Reasons: Scalia’s Recognition of the Supreme Court’s “Southern Exception” in U.S. Constitutional Jurisprudence" in the University of Miami Law Review.
Contact Us
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Lynn Acosta
Assistant Dean for Student Services
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