NSU Law Student Newsletter
October 2020
NSU Law News
2020 National Pretrial Competition Champions
The NSU Law NSU Trial Association are the 2020 National Pretrial Competition champions. NTA assembles this team by handpicking members of honors organizations to be a part of a collective all advocacy team. We selected members who represented ILSA, Law Review, BLSA, Moot Court Society & NTA to showcase the overall strength of all of our student programs.  

Taylor Cowheard was named Best Advocate in the Final Round, Megan Breen was named Best Advocate in the Semi-Final round, and the NSU Law team won Best Overall Defense Brief.  

The four team members were (L-R) Richard Sean, Alexis Beckford, Taylor Cowherd, and Megan Breen. Armand Murach (J. D. 2013) is their dedicated and talented coach.
LRW 9th annual Writing and Wellness Workshop Continues Success and Engagement
The award-winning Legal Research and Writing Student Outreach Committee hosted the 9th annual Writing and Wellness Workshop for more than 70 first-year law students. Students enthusiastically participated in the discussions on health, nutrition, meditation, and wellness. A special thanks to the speakers who volunteered their time: Dr. Marilyn Gordon (nutritionist), Lubov Baugh (fitness coach and personal trainer), Dr. David Cohen (meditation expert), and Rebecca Rhew (J.D. 2010) (yoga instructor). This event helped our students reduce and manage stress as they prepare their LRW memos. We’ve already received wonderful feedback from the attendees! Thank you to Dean Olympia Duhart (J.D. 2003) and Professor Lamar Campbell who co-organized the event. Professor Joe Hnylka is the Chair of the LRW Student Outreach Committee.
"Socktober" With NSU!
Goal: Donate 5,000 Pairs of Socks
$5 = 1 Pair of Socks + Gift to the NSU Cares Fund
Be a Part of #Socktober!
Donate by October 31, 2020 and Check our Progress! tinyurl.com/NSUsocktober
NSU Law Welcomes 3 Visiting Faculty
Dean Beto Juárez, Jr., Associate Dean of International Programs and Professor of Law Shahabudeen K. Khan along with the NSU Law community welcome three visiting professors that will be teaching virtually during October and November as guest lecturers in LAW 1071 Introduction to European Union Law. LAW1071 is a pre-requisite for the dual degree program at Charles University, Roma Tre University, and the University of Barcelona. NSU Law Dual Degree Programs
Faculty Tenure Alumni Comment Request
Professor Amanda Foster is seeking tenure. If you were a student of Professor Foster, please take a moment to provide comments to assist the Committee on Retention, Promotion and Tenure. COMMENT LINK
Deadline is December 1, 2020.

Thank you for your extra time and effort.
Kenneth L. Lewis, Jr. (J.D. 2005)
Professor of Law
Chair; Contract Retention, Promotion, and Tenure Committee
Student News
Student Publication
Kahalia Solano-Johnson, 3L, has recently published her children's book "Why I Love Summer" Her story is about why a girl loves summer which includes her sharing stories about camp time, family time, and other fun-loving summer activities that all children can identify with. Kahalia, is Vice President of CLSA, Treasurer of FLA and a member of 4 additional student and national organizations. 
Introducing the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021
NSU Moot Court Society Competition Teams
Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition

Alejandra Benjumea
Maysun Salgan
National Health Law Competition

Hayley Brunner
George Dahdal
National Criminal Procedure Tournament

Zoe Ondriezek
Jamie Baboolal
Alyssa Lettman
Samantha Reynolds
National Moot Court Competition

Marie Kadlec
McKall Miller
Matthew Watson
National Online Moot Court Competition

Lekwon Imoke
Zachary Stoner
Lakshmi Apolinario
National Appellate Advocacy Competition

Lena Abdin
Matthew Watson
Kelly O'Neal
Marie Kadlec
Taylor Cowheard
Lucia Rodriguez
Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

Giulia Bollini
Gloria Contreras
Rachel Trotogott
Farida Aliyah Coronel Piriz
Oscar Cabanas
Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition

James Lilly
Sergio Molina
Michelle Pimienta
Introducing the NSU Law
2020-21 BLSA Competition Teams
Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition

Alexis J. Beckford, 
Maria Burbridge 
Linda L. Harris 
Keith Tyler Williams

Citra Joseph, Esq 
Jacarri Walker, Esq  
Ashley Morrison, Esq 
Greg Thompson, Esq
Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition

Danitza Campbell 
Edwyna Estime

Prof. linda harrison  
Nelson Mandela International Negotiations Competition

Reginald D. Jackson 
Jordana Ashley Rostant-Nunes

Prof. Jane E. Cross 
Farida Aliyah Coronel Piriz – Student Coach 
NSU Law Events
A Discussion on Women of Color in the Legal Profession
Oct. 20, 2020 5:30 PM
NSU Law welcomes Paulette Brown back to South Florida to discuss the ABA commission on Women in the profession's new report "Left Out and Left Behind: The Hurdles, Hassles, and Heartaches of Achieving Long Term Legal Careers for Women of Color.
FL Bar CLE Credits Pending
Featuring: Brooke Latta (J.D. 2013), Jerrod Forgues Schlenker and Trevor Jones.
Carving a Pathway into the Federal Government
Oct. 21, 2020 4:30 PM
The NSU Law student-led Federal Bar Association has invited three speakers to share and discuss their individual paths into the Federal Government.
NSU Law Connect Plus and the Miami-Dade Law Alumni Chapter presents a CLE event-
Virtual Staffing for Law Firms
Oct. 22, 2020 2:00 PM
Sponsored by the NSU Law Connect Plus program and the Miami-Dade Law Alumni Chapter. Enrique Fernandez, Esq. will be presenting Virtual Staffing For Law Firms.

Learn how to hire in the new remote economy!

FL Bar CLE Credits
General Credits: 2.0
Technology Credits: 2.0
Featuring: Carlos Arce (J.D. 2016), Gerald M. Morris (J.D. 1977 & NSU Law BOG), Jonathan Kroner and Adam Rogers with moderator Professor Kathy Cerminara
FBA Federal Practice Preview Series - Health Law
Nov. 5, 2020 11:15 AM
The NSU Law student-led Federal Bar Association has invited four speakers to focus on the current climate of health law and the necessary steps used through federal practice to adjust to the ever-changing atmosphere of new legislation.

FL Bar CLE Credits
General Credits: 1.5
Ethics Credits: 0.5
Certification Health Law Credits: 1.5
You're Invited!
NSU Homecoming
Law Alumni Virtual Trivia Game Night
Nov. 5, 2020 6:00 PM
Put your fins together for a weeklong list of virtual events to celebrate 2020 Homecoming and Alumni Week.

Join NSU alumni and friends for a virtual reunion on Zoom!

Get ready to test your trivia knowledge with your fellow classmates, while learning what's new at NSU Law.
Featuring Florida Senator Randolph Bracy, III as the keynote speaker
No, You Can't Touch My Hair:
The Importance, Necessity, and Controversy of the CROWN Act
Nov. 6, 2020 6:00 PM
The NSU Law BLSA welcomes six advocates, judges, attorneys, doctors and professors to discuss the CROWN Act.

FL Bar CLE Credits
General Credits: 2.0
Bias Elimination Credits: 1.0
Faculty News
Professor Timothy Canova

Presented at the Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence virtual Constitution Day symposium on “Elections Law and Election Fraud,” on September 17, 2020.
Director of Caribbean Law Programs and Professor Jane E. Cross

Interviewed and quoted in the article, “Some Older Americans Committed to Voting in Person Due to the USPS Crisis,” by ABC News published online on September 8, 2020. LINK

Published, Hassle-Free Travel: Myrie v. Barbados and Freedom of Movement in CARICOM, 8 PENN. ST. J.L. & INT’L AFF. 536 (2020). LINK

Published, Time for Greater Change: The Bar Exam in Black and White, 3 ACCESSLEX RAISING THE BAR 2 (Fall 2020). LINK

Participated in:
Association of Legal Writing Directors’ Leadership and Development Committee, Virtual Front Port on “Integrating Social Justice in the Legal Writing Classroom: Competing Demands and Challenging Conversations,” Opening and Closing Remarks on July 27, 2020.

SALT’s Social Justice in Action Virtual Series, “Incorporating Anti-Racism Frameworks into Core Law School Classes,” presentation on Lessons Learned Teaching Commercial Law on July 30, 2020.

SEALS 2020 Conference:
• Workshop on Online Education: “Developing Content for Online Courses” Tools of the Trade on July 31, 2020. 
• Writing Connections: Discussion Group: “Faculty Status - Unpacking Our Past and Envisioning Our Future” on August 5, 2020.

Training session for the Teaching Tips Series – Online Edition for NSU College of Law:
• “Live or Memorex,” with Professor Heather Baxter on July 14, 2020.
• “Better PPTs,” with Professors Elena Marty-Nelson, Heather Baxter on July 21, 2020.

Selected for:
• Member of the Governing Board of the Legal Writing Institute’s Sirico Scholars’ Workshop
• Member of the Association of Legal Writing Directors 2021 Program Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on Innovative Programming.
Professor Michael Dale

Published the op-ed, Do Black Lives Matter? Look at Florida Children in Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice, in the September 29, 2020 issue of the Sun Sentinel. LINK
Associate Dean for Faculty And Student Development & Professor of Law Olympia Duhart

Published, Pandemic Bar Exam Challenges Exacerbate Barriers for First-Generation Law Students, 3 ACCESSLEX RAISING THE BAR 2 (Fall 2020). LINK

Moderated “Engaging in Anti-Racism Work for the Long Haul: Avoiding Fatigue and Burnout,” sponsored by the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) on September 18, 2020. More than 140 people attended the event. LINK

Co-organizer for the 8th annual “Writing and Wellness” event for the LRW Student Outreach Committee on October 1, 2020 that featured strategies from experts designed to help students manage the stress related to memo-writing. Experts shared tips and instructed students on chair yoga poses, fitness, nutrition and mediation. The event was co-hosted by Professor Camille Lamar.
Professor Jessica Garcia-Brown

Presented, “Women Who Changed the Law: From the Kitchen to the Court,” to the NSU Chapter of American Association of University Women (AAUW) on September 17, 2020.
Professor Richard Grosso

Published the op-ed, Kill These 3 Toll Roads to Nowhere Before they Do Real Harm, in the September 5, 2020 issue of the Tampa Bay Times. LINK

Interviewed for the topic, Environmentalists Thought They Stopped An Airport Near The Everglades Decades Ago. Could Amazon Put It back In Play?, by WLRN Jenny Staletovich on September 30, 2020 LINK
Professor Robert M. Jarvis
Was quoted in the following:

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (8/8) in a story about Governor DeSantis’s objections to the state’s new Medicaid contract.

Gambling Compliance (8/10) in a story about how the 2020 presidential election might affect the future of gambling in the United States.

Palm Beach Post (9/10) in a story about the fight to place Judge Renatha Francis on the Florida Supreme Court.

Palm Beach Post (9/15) in a story about Governor Ron DeSantis’s decision to name Judge Jamie Grosshans to the Florida Supreme Court.

Daily Business Review (9/18) in a story about an Orlando legal malpractice lawsuit in which the law firm of Carlton Fields is seeking $80,000 in legal fees for acting as a fact witness.

Orlando Sentinel (9/20) in a story about the appointment of Judge Jaime Grosshans to the Florida Supreme Court.

Florida Bulldog (9/20) in a story about Judge Francis’s chances of being appointed to the federal bench.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (9/22) in a story about Governor Ron DeSantis’s plan to crack down on violent protesters.

Casino.org (9/23) in a story about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s gambling decisions.

Florida Record (9/23) in a story about Judge Barbara Lagoa’s chances of being appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (9/24) in a story about the rise of the Federalist Society in Florida.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (9/29) in a story about a police stand-off involving former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (9/30) in another story about Brad Parscale.

Appeared on the Canadian Broadcasting System’s nightly TV news program “The National” (7/21) in a segment on the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal. The segment can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlrbLAWqFvI (I appear at 3:54 and 7:23).

Interviewed by radio station WLRN—91.3 FM (9/24) regarding the Florida Supreme Court’s Barnett and Guttenberg opinions (both involve sovereign immunity).

Favorable Reviews for:
Constitutional law book at 94 Florida Bar Journal 51 (July/August 2020).

Florida legal malpractice book at 10 St. Mary’s Journal on Legal Malpractice and Ethics 342 (2020).

Nazi gambling book 10 UNLV Gaming Law Journal 283 (2020).
Associate Dean of International Programs & Professor Shahabudeen Khan

Presented at the Broward County Crime Commission Societal Violence Webinar on “The Emotions and Legalities of Stand your Grown and Self-Defense,” on September 20, 2020.
Professor Kenneth L. Lewis

Chaired the City of Lauderhill’s Planning and Zoning Board Meeting in September 2020. In October 2020, I reviewed and analyzed the Proposed Ordinance regarding amortization of Scrap Metal Businesses as a nonconforming use in the City of Lauderhill.

Included in Marquis Who’s Who In American 2020-2021.

Retained pro bono to and reviewed sports marketing contact between a young Florida athlete and a well-known national/international sports marketing agency.
Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Public Impact & Professor of Law Elena Maria Marty-Nelson

Spearheaded a collective response letter to the director of the Office of Management and Budget on the critical importance of diversity and inclusion training in federal agencies. The submission was signed by more than 150 law professors and Deans. LINK
Panza Maurer Law Library Assistant Director, Operations and Collections Beth Parker

Published, Law School Exams during a Pandemic – One Law School’s Experience, SSRN (WPS): 16 Law Educator: Courses, Materials & Teaching eJournal 34 (Sept 2020) LINK forthcoming in SEATTLE J. OF TECH., ENVTL & INNOVATION L., Vol. 11, Issue 1 (2020). Featured in TaxProf Blog.
Debra Moss Curtis 2017
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Professor Debra Moss Vollweiler

Published, If you Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em: Institutionally Managing Law Students as Consumers forthcoming, 40.1 PACE L.REV (Fall 2020).

Panelist for the LSAC/AALS Joint Forum on Online Bar Exams in August 2020.
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