Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law | April 2017
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April12 - Bar Induction Ceremony | RSVP

April 13 - 2017 STUEY Awards | Information

April 15 - Mentoring Picnic | RSVP

April 17 - Law Exit Interviews May/July Graduates | Information

April 19 - Miami Dolphins and NSU Career In Sports Lecture Series | RSVP

May 4 - Law Day Panel Discussion | RSVP

May 5th - Leadercast Live Conference | Get Tickets

May 11 - NSU Commencement | More Information

Ian Horowitz, AIDD Clinic client
Feature Article: AIDD Clinic Roundtable & Conference

Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) Shepard Broad College of Law held its first annual community roundtable "Fitting the Pieces Together for our Adults with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities," on Thursday 23rd of March 2017 at the Panza Maurer Law Library.  The Shepard Broad College of Law Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) Law Clinic, which coordinated the roundtable, was made possible by a generous donation from The Taft Foundation. Howard Rothman, Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of The Taft Foundation in opening remarks said "one of the things you need is a strong advocate."  Read Full Press Release
Bar Induction Ceremony
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
NSU Law, Panza Maurer Law Library

Join us as we celebrate with those alumni who have passed the February 2017 Florida Bar Exam.
Local judges and NSU Alumni will perform the swearing- in ceremony, including  Hon. Robert Diaz (JD 1984);  Hon. Mindy Solomon (JD 1981); and  Hon. Kal Le Var Evans (JD 2003). |  RSVP
2017 STUEY Awards
Thursday April 13, 2017
Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center

The 19th Annual Student Life Achievement Awards, affectionately known as the '"STUEYS", is an annual celebration of NSU's best in Academic Excellence, Student Centered, Integrity, Innovation, Opportunity, Scholarship/Research, Diversity and Community. |  More information
Mentoring Picnic
Saturday, April 15, 2017 
12:00pm - 4:00pm
PLantation Heritage Park, Shelter #9
1100 S. Fig Tree Lane,
Plantation, FL 33317

Come Join CLSA, FAWL, BLSA and CLSF for a day of fun! There will be food and games! Bring business cards as this is a great opportunity to network! | More Information and to RSVP 
Law Exit Interviews for May/ July Graduates
Monday, April 17, 2017
11:30am - 1:00pm
Large Lecture Room, NSU Shepard Broad College of Law

Federal regulations require that all borrowers must complete an exit Interview. Although the exit can be completed online, it is important that you set aside time to attend the live session as important financial aid information, regarding federal loans will be provided to each graduating student. | More information

Miami Dolphins and NSU Present Career in Sports Lecture Series
Entertainment and Branding
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Large Lecture Room, Taft University Center, James and Nan Farquhar Lounge

Join NFL executives to learn about sports branding and the sports entertainment industry. | More Information and to RSVP
Law Day Panel Discussion
Thursday, May 4, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Miami-Dade College, Room 2106
300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132

The Informed Voters Project of the National Association of Women Judges in collaboration with The League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade County present Law Day Panel Discussion about the role of the judiciary in our democracy and the current issues facing judicial independence. The discussion will be moderated by Tom Hudson, WLRN and will include panelists: Chief Judge Bertila Soto, Judge Lisa Walsh and NSU's own, Judge Sarah Zabel. | RSVP
Leadercast Live Conference
Friday, May 5, 2017 | 8:15am - 4:00 pm
The Morton and Marie Morris Auditorium,
NSU College of Health Care Sciences

Leadercast is the world's largest one-day leadership conference, broadcast LIVE from Atlanta and simulcast to hundreds of locations around the world on May 5th, 2017. This year marks the seventeenth year of the annual leadership conference and the first year that Nova Southeastern University will be hosting the event at the Morton and Marie Morris Auditorium in the Healthcare Professions Division. The theme of this year's conference is, "Powered by Purpose." Purpose is what defines us, drives us, and empowers us. | Get Tickets
December 2012 graduation
NSU Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Rick Case Arena, Don Taft University Center

Commencement is a recognition and celebration of academic achievement and the lasting contributions that students have made to the university. Families, friends, and the general public are cordially invited to attend commencement. Tickets are not required but seating is limited and large groups of guests wishing to sit together should arrive early. All NSU Commencement ceremonies will also be video streamed in real time. | More Information
Defunding of Legal Services Corporation
March 16, 2017

Dean Jon Garon joined over 165 other law school deans in the United States in a statement against the potential defunding of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) by the U.S. Government. The LSC supports many low-income people and in defunding, there would be incredible losses for families, seniors, veterans and all those without advocates to protect their legal right to counsel. The Florida Bar has also taken a strong position in favor of continued LSC funding. An article posted to the LSC website (March 16, 2017), " Legal Services Corporation Confident of Bipartisan Support in Congress despite President Trump's Call to Defund" shares further information on the ramifications of the proposed agenda.
NSU Health Law
March 24, 2017

On March 24, 2017, Chrystal Robinson, Annializ Lima Hevia, and Saamia Shaikh, took the national "Best Oral Presentation" at the L. Edward Bryant, Jr. National Health Law Transactional Competition. The team members are pictured with their coach, Professor Kathy Cerminara.   The competitors are asked to enable the client to make important business decisions while complying with a complex set of health laws.
STUEY Awards Nominations
19th Annual STUEY Awards Nominations
April 13, 2017

Nominees for the 19th Annual Student Life Achievement Awards (STUEY) have been announced and we are pleased to announce the following staff members, student and corporate partners from the Shepard Broad College of Law have been nominated in their respective categories:
  • Student of the Year: Saamia Ali Shaikh
  • Executive of the Year: Lynn Acosta
  • Administrator of the Year:Rebecca Rich
  • Staff Person of the year: Karen Rose
  • Student Government of the Year: Student Bar Association
  • Graduate Organization of the Year: Moot Court Society
  • Professor of the Year:Olympia Duhart
  • Co-Curricular Advisor of the Year: Megan Chaney
  • Alumnus of the Year: The Honorable Kal Evans, (JD 2003)
  • Corporate Sponsor - Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc./Coast to Coast Legal Aid  of South Florida, Inc.
The awards will be held on April 13th 
at the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center
at Nova Southeastern University. Please join in congratulating all of the nominees on this wonderful achievement.
Faculty News
Jon Garon
Dean Jon M. Garon and Associate Dean Designate Susan Stephan
provided the luncheon keynote presentation at the Master of Jurisprudence Conference hosted by St. Mary's University School of Law and The University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law in San Antonio, Texas on March 18, 2017. They spoke on the administrative needs for providing online Masters-level legal education. 

Associate Dean Debra Moss Curtis  was awarded the Florida Bar 2017 Law Faculty Professionalism Award. This award was created to recognize a faculty member from Florida law schools who, through teaching, scholarship, and service to the profession, best supports and exemplifies their mission to promote the fundamental ideals and values of professionalism within the legal system.

Chance Meyer has accepted an offer of publication in The Mississippi Law Journal for his article, Twas the Devil: Hearing the Constitutional Infirmity of the Modern American Death Penalty in the Bygone Songs of Ozark Folkore. As an outgrowth of his death penalty scholarship, he recently received an invitation from JURIST to write an op-ed in its Academic Commentary section. You can read that op-ed, titled Sleight of Hand in Florida's New Death Penalty: Requiring, But Not Requiring, Jury Unanimity.
Professor Michael L. Richmond directed and performed in The Sisters Rosenweig, a Tony-Award winning play by Wendy Wasserstein which was produced at the Ramat Shalom Synagogue in Broward County.
Robert M. Jarvis and his co-author Hon. Louis Schiff have been awarded the Society For American Baseball Research Award (SABR) for their book, Baseball and the Law: Cases and Materials which explores jurisprudence of baseball, acquainting students with the sport and the role lawyers have played in its development.
Student News
Admitted and AAMPLE students
Admitted and AAMPLE students Reception 
February 18, 2017

On March 30, 2017, 48 students (27 Admits and 21 AAMPLE), their families, faculty and staff attended an Admissions Reception held in the Panza Maurer Law Library to welcome them to the Shepard Broad College of Law. Associate Dean of Admissions, William Perez praised the event as "the buzz of conversation and laughter told the story and the comments received from our guests as they said goodbye confirmed that they left with a terrific impression of our school". | Photos
10th Annual Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium
March 25,2017

On March 25, 2017, the Sports and Entertainment Law Society held the 10th Annual Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium at the Shepard Broad College of Law in Davie, FL. It was a successful event bringing together professionals in sports including legal members of the Miami Dolphins and Florida Panthers, prominent legal professionals specializing in intellectual property, film and television, professors at NSU Law, faculty and students pursuing this field. | Photos
2017 "Write a Letter, Change the World" MLK Day Letter Writing Competition Winner - Congratulations Matthew Glass! 

Matthew Glass is the winner of the 2017 MLK Day Letter Writing competition. Glass penned his letter with respect to the voting rights of all American citizens and progression of the United States across the years. The competition is inspired by the April 1963, 'Letter from a Birmingham Jail' written by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Each year NSU Law students are invited to honor the legacy of Dr. King by penning an entry into NSU Shepard Broad College of Law's Letter-Writing Competition by writing their own version of a letter on a social justice issue - including environmental responsibility, structural racism, human trafficking, LGBT advocacy, economic empowerment, educational reform, religious tolerance, prisoner rights or gender equality or other concerns of injustice and inequality. You can find Mr. Glass' complete letter here.

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