Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law | February 2017
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Upcoming Events 

February 10 - Law Center Plus | RSVP

February 12 - I Care I Cure... I Run, | Register

February 12 - ABA Accreditation Site Visit

February 17 - NSU Law's Entrepreneur Simulator | RSVP

February 20 - Distinguished Speakers Series- A Conversation with Seth M. Siegel, J.D. | Get Tickets

February 21 - Summer Judicial Internships/Field Placement Opportunities

February 24 - Mentoring Breakfast | RSVP
ABA Accreditation Site Visit
February 12-15, 2017

The Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association is responsible for the accreditation of programs leading to the J.D. degree in the United States. ABA Standards require a site visit for every fully accredited law school every seventh year, and the NSU College of Law will be visited this Winter semester, from February 12-15, 2017. The visit, by a team of seven Deans, Professors and Lawyers, will include site inspectors visiting classes, hosting open meetings with students, and inspecting the building. Please welcome them when you see them on campus during these dates!
Student News
Members of BLSA
Black Lawyer Student Association's (BLSA) team placed #1
February 4-5, 2017

Last weekend in Atlanta, the Black Lawyer Student Association mock trial team comprised of Jeschamma Augustin, Raymon Burns, Alexander Mendez & Jacqarri Walker placed number 1 in their regional competition and will advance to Nationals in Houston, Texas this March. They beat University of Florida to take top honors.  They were coached by several dedicated alums - Niki Williams Pryor, Harold Pryor, Citra Registe, and Ashley Dixon with support from their faculty advisor, Professor Jane Cross.  To learn more about the BLSA and how to get involved, click here.
Lili Guzman & Aleah Shuren
Tax Law Moot  Court Team wins Runner Up
at  National Competition

February 4-5,  2017

The NSU Moot Court Society just announced that the National Tax Law Moot Court Team consisting of Lilian Guzman and Aleah Shuren and their coaches Professor Maurer and Professor Richmond, were Runner Up at the National Competition held this past weekend in St. Petersburg Beach, FL hosted by the Tax Section of the Florida Bar.

During the Moot Court Society's inaugural showing in this competition, the team's excellent coaching and hard work stood up to schools such as University of Florida (UF), Alabama, New England Law, and University of Baltimore. In the final round, the team was only defeated by Charleston School of Law, the winners of this competition for the last five years. The NSU Law Team represented NSU College of Law and the Moot Court Society exceptionally well in such a specialized field. Their final round was judged by a distinguished panel consisting of: Judge Carluzzo, Judge Dean and Judge Guy, all of whom presided or are presiding in the Tax Court. The Tax Court judges were so impressed with the performance of our students, that they personally awarded a two volume book on the history of the Tax Court, something that is unprecedented in this competition. Congratulations Lili, Aleah, coaches, and Moot Court team! To learn more about the NSU Moot Court Society and/or to get involved, click here.
Shlomo Nizahon
NSU Law student shines during International Internship at the Israeli Law Center
Sholomo NIzahon, 2L

This past summer, Shlomo completed an internship in the Israeli Law Center, also called "Shurat Hadin". Prior to being accepted, Shlomo took full advantage of the many resources available at our Career & Professional Department (CPD) office: resume review, interview preparedness, attire advice, interview questions and answers, etc..

Sholomo's interest in International law motivated him to apply for this particular internship. The Shurat Hadin firm typically files landmark cases allowing law student an unparalleled international experience. Some of the cases that student Nihazon was able to work on were: the Kidnapping of the 3 teenager students in Israel by terrorists, and the $1 Billion Lawsuit against Facebook. The internship also included a field trip to the Israel Supreme Court, to the IDF military courts, and the Knesset (Israeli Parliament). The internship also included lectures from former Israeli Ambassadors, High Ranking Police Officers (Legal Department) all of which discussed the complexity of the Law in Israel, the Territories, and the International Community.

To learn more about law student resources available at our Career & Professional Development Office,  click here.
Yale Sanford (2L), speaks to the workshop attendees
NSU Trial Association launches: Workshops
January 20 & 27, 2017

Open to all members, last month's NSU Trial Association workshops highlighted different aspects of the trial allowing for participants to get on their feet and start advocating. The goal of this hands-on approach was to provide members with an opportunity to hone their litigation skills in an environment that fosters confidence and the ability to apply critique on the spot. The two workshops which focused on the basic elements of a trial were held on consecutive Fridays in January (January 20 & 27). The first Friday highlighted opening statements and closing arguments. The second workshop focused on direct and cross examinations. Participants were split up into groups of three or four and were instructed by a member of the NSU Trial Association. To learn more about NTA and how to get involved, click here.
(L to R) Elgin Polo, CPA,  Joyce Julian, Esq., and Mark Sawicki, Esq.
Law Center Plus: "Follow the Money:
Forensic Accounting and Mandatory
Disclosure in Family Law"
Friday, February 10, 2017 |  7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Shepard Broad College of Law, Classroom 1

This particular seminar is designed to educate students on how to better understand the purposes of Florida Rule 12.285 (commonly known as mandatory disclosure) encompassing the procedural history, scope, practical application, and its usefulness in Family Law litigation, and how a forensic accountant ties into mandatory disclosure by clients. Our guest speakers will be: Mark E. Sawicki, ESQ.  of Mark E. Sawicki, P.A; Joyce A. Julian, ESQ. of Joyce A. Julian, P.A.; and Elgin Polo, CPA,CVA, ABV of Kbat, Schertzer, De LaTorre, Taraboulos, & CO. More  Information & Registration
Join the NSU Law Team running for
I Care I Cure... I Run, 10th Anniversary
Sunday, February 12, 2017 | 6:30 a.m - 11:00 a.m.
Nova Southeastern University

I Care I Cure will host the 10th Anniversary of the I Care I Cure...I Run 5K, Mile Run of Color Fun, Family Fun Day and Corporate Challenge on Sunday, February 12, 2017. This Foundation raises money to fund the search for cancer cures designed for children. It has a particular connection to the College of Law. It was founded by Beth Besner who was a counselor in our Career Services Office and her husband Brad. Their son Ian was a student at NSU's University School when he was stricken with leukemia. He survived the cancer, but not the cure. Thus, Beth and her husband Brad discovered the dire need for the development of cancer cures that were specifically designed for children, hence the creation of I CARE I CURE. The College of Law will have a team running and walking. Please join us to show support for the great cause. |  Registration |
2017 Public Interest Law Day
February 16, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Shepard Broad College of Law, Atrium

Meet with various federal, state, and local public interest organizations, and learn about pro bono, internship, fellowship, clinical, and employment opportunities. Bring copies of your resume. Business casual or professional attire recommended. So far, 37* federal, state, and local public service organizations will be represented. Some of them are: 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, 15th Judicial Circuit - Office of General Counsel, 17th Judicial Circuit Court - Judicial Staff Attorney's Office, Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, and More . For more information contact Jennifer Gordon at NSU Shepard Broad College of Law (954) 262-6126.
NSU Law's Entrepreneur Simulator
Business Startups from the
Attorney-Client Perspective
Friday, February 17, 2017 | 12:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Panza Maurer Law Library

NSU Law's Entrepreneur Simulator is an educational experience for attorneys and students interested in learning the legal complexities involved in starting up and operating a business. The Simulator focuses on an "entrepreneur timeline" from the conception of a business to its operation as a fully­-functioning business. During this timeline, legal professionals illustrate and discuss common legal and financial scenarios and best practices. | Registration |
Distinguished Speakers Series -
A Conversation with Seth M. Siegel, J.D. 
Friday, February 20, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.
Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center

This event is co-hosted by NSU's Farquhar Honors College, Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, Shepard Broad College of Law, and College of Engineering and Computing. Siegel is the Daniel M. Soref Senior Water Policy Fellow at the University of Wisconsin's School of Freshwater Sciences, as well as the co-founder of several companies, including Beanstalk, the world's leading trademark brand extension company, which he sold to Ford Motor Company. [...] Read More | This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for attendance. Limit two (2) tickets per person. Get your tickets today.
Summer Judicial Internships/Field
Placement Opportunities
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
NSU Law Faculty Study
Presented by:
The Honorable Robert F. Diaz and Professor Heather Baxter
Learn About: 1. What judicial internships entail, 2. The benefits of a judicial internship, 3. What judicial interns do, 4. How to apply for a judicial internship/field placement, 5. The personal experiences of last year's student interns, and much more.  For more information, contact:
The Office of Career and Professional Development at (954)262-6124.
Mentoring Program Last Session of 2016-2017:
Professionalism & Ethics in the Courtroom
Friday, February 24, 2017 | 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Panza Maurer Law Library (3rd floor)

This will be the final Mentoring Breakfast of the semester, all law students including 1Ls are encouraged to attend.  The panel of judges who will be speaking are: The Honorable Melanie May, The Honorable Robert Diaz, and The Honorable Kal Evans.  Students and alumni will hear firsthand what judges expect from attorneys in the courtroom and how to react to any given situation while staying professional. If you have any questions, please contact Alumni Relations at | RSVP |
FSU Fifth Annual Animal Law  Writing Competition
Deadline: July 17, 2017

The FSU College of Law's Student Animal Legal Defense Fund is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Animal Law Writing Competition. The purpose of this competition is to generate interest and recognition of this rapidly growing field. All articles must be postmarked no later than July 17, 2017.  Click here for further details | Competition Rules |
Implicit Bias, Explicit Justice: Fairness & Diversity Insights from the Bench, Fairness and Diversity Panel
January 17, 2017

On Tuesday, Jan. 17th, the Florida Supreme Court's Fairness and Diversity Committee brought state judges to campus for programs on implicit bias. Around 9:00 in the morning, judges were able to met informally with students and student groups for questions and answers. The program began at 11 a.m. at the Panza Maurer Law Library, 3d floor and ran until 1 in the afternoon. |  Photos |
Mentoring Program Breakfast, No. 3: 
(L to R) Michelle Suarez, Natalie Giachos, and The Honorable Giuseppina Miranda
"Work Life Balance: Keeping it in Perspective." 
January 27, 2017

With about 40 alumni and students in attendance, the third mentoring breakfast of the year was well received and informative.  The Honorable Giuseppina Miranda, 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, Michelle K. Suarez, Attorney at Odroniec Suarez, P.A., and Natalie Giachos, Attorney at Boyar & Freeman, P.A. were the panel speakers for the breakfast who gave tips and best practices on "Work Life Balance: Keeping it in Perspective."  | Photos  |
Faculty News
Professor Tim Canova comments in story for the Counter Punch Online Magazine named How to Cut Infrastructure Costs in Half. To read the full article, click here.

Staff Attorney Jayme Cassidy, has been invited by the
Miami VA to  meet with ABA President Linda Klein, to discuss the NSU Veterans Law Clinic and Legal Incubator programs housed at the NSU College of Law.  The Miami VA selected only two legal services programs to have this opportunity. Ms. Cassidy will also be presenting to the ABA Access to Legal Services Committee Members about the NSU College of Law Legal Incubator program, the nation's first Legal Incubator program targeting the Veterans community.

Professor Olympia Duhart published an Op Ed in The Miami Herald on Jan. 17, 2017 advocating for President Obama to grant a posthumous pardon to civil rights activist Marcus Garvey. Read the editorial here.

Professor Olympia Duhart also participated in a panel on Diversity and the Law School Culture at the AALS meeting in San Francisco Jan. 5, 2017. She served as moderator for a panel that examined the challenges of creating a law school culture that embraces student and faculty diversity. In addition, Professor Olympia Duhart completed her work on a podcast mini-series examining gender bias in the legal profession. Duhart served as producer for three units - In the Media, Multiple Identities and Solutions - in the series. The podcast is available on iTunes and at LST Radio.

Heather Baxter and Olympia Duhart, professor of Law and LRW - Executed a successful LRW Student Outreach Event. On Friday, January 13, Heather and Olympia hosted the fourth annual judicial workshop, titled The Importance of Professionalism in Adversarial Legal Writing: A Judicial Roundtable Discussion. This event, held in the Jury Assembly Room at the Broward County Courthouse, was aimed at reinforcing the importance of professionalism in persuasive legal writing.  The panel of Judges who participated were The Honorable Melanie G. May, Fourth District Court of Appeal of Florida, The Honorable Carlos A. Rodriguez, 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida, The Honorable Elijah H. Williams, 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida, and The Honorable Robert F. Diaz, Broward County Court. Click Here to see the Photo album.
Professor Vicenç Feliú, has been named Associate Dean and Professor of Law for Library Services of the Panza Maurer Law Library. He will be responsible for setting the strategic direction of the law library, in conjunction with Jon M. Garon, the Dean of the College of Law, and working closely with the Alvin Sherman Library, a public-private partnership between NSU and Broward County. See full press release.

Elena Rose Minicucci, (JD 1996) Co-Chaired the Alumni Track Program for the Institutional Advancement (IA) Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) during its conference in San Francisco January 4-8, 2017.  Minicucci, and her co-chair, produced three programs during the conference. The topics included, "Alumni Advisory Boards: Use Them or Lose Them," "Making the Case for Alumni Relations: How Do You Measure Success?" and "Reunions, Big Events, and Volunteer Management." Over 250 members of IA Section were at the conference.  Minicucci was director of alumni relations (2011-2016) and now teaches in the Critical Skills Program at NSU Law.
Fran Tetunic Professor of Law and Director of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic, was quoted in an article of the January issue of Vanity Fair. Fran explained the difference in outcome for a high profile celebrity when using a public judge verse private judge and the impact it can have on one's reputation and image. 

Professor Michael Masinter was interviewed by WIOD radio regarding the "pending Supreme Court nomination. Clip is available here

Professor Joel Mintz submitted a 912 page (550 words/page) manuscript of a new casebook, A Practical Introduction to Environmental Law. Co-authored with four other law professors and one contributing author, the book contains numerous "practice problems" designed to introduce law students to the challenges faced by environmental practitioners. It is scheduled to be published by Carolina Academic Press in June, 2017. Professor Mintz was a commentator and questioner at a panel on "Environmental Law in the New Administration" at the AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco. He also participated in national scholars' roundtable discussions on "The Coming Assault on Our Safeguards," and "Trump's Infrastructure Agenda and Public Health and Environmental Policy," at a Center for Progressive Reform member scholars' meeting at UC Hastings law school in San Francisco;

Professor Mintz published a blog piece, "Environmental Enforcement in the Crosshairs," discussing the vulnerability of EPA's enforcement program during the Trump administration and the 110th Congress. He was quoted repeatedly in a discussion of the prospects for EPA enforcement in "2017 Outlook," an annual publication of the Bloomberg/BNA Environment Reporter and spoke with a reporter for Inside Climate News regarding the prospects for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline and interpretation of the National Environmental Policy Act under the Trump administration.
Adjunct Professor Ethan Wall was interviewed in WLRN Miami, South Florida. The tittle of the interview was "At Your Service: Social Media and the Law". To listen to the entire interview, please click here.

For questions, suggestions, and to submit news please contact:
Lynn Ann Acosta
Assistant Dean for Student Services  |  954-262-6127