NSU Law Alumni Newsletter
November 2020
NSU Law News
International Audience viewed the Discussion for "Left Out and Left Behind. The Hurdles, Hassles, and Heartaches of Achieving Long-Term Legal Careers for Women of Color.”
L-R: Paulette Brown, Dean Beto Juárez, Dean Elena Marty-Nelson, Dean Olympia Duhart., Ashley Gantt, Janice Haywood, and Rohan Kelley.
More than 95 guests from the US, Puerto Rico and the Netherlands attended and participated in the presentation by our 2020 John B. Anderson Distinguished Visiting Chair in Public Interest Law, Paulette Brown. The fireside chat with Paulette Brown included topics on mentoring and sponsorship for women of color, courageous conversations with your peers, and the effects of bias and stereotyping in the legal profession. The full video and more information on Ms. Brown and the ABA study are available through the link below.

Special guests Ashley Gantt, Janice Haywood and Rohan Kelley provided insightful questions for Ms. Brown. Dean Beto Juárez introduced the discussion and Deans Olympia Duhart and Elena Marty-Nelson organized the session and served as moderators.
FL Bar CLE Credits
2 General CLE Credits
1 Bias Elimination Credit
Save The Date for NSU Giving Tuesday

NSU will once again participate in Giving Tuesday on December 1, 2020. This year, NSU’s goal is to fundraise $100,000 and reach at least 1,000 donors in 24 hours. While funds can support any college, program, or area at NSU, there will be a focus on fundraising for the COVID-19 Student Support Fund, Mental Health Awareness, and Suicide and Violence Prevention. READ MORE
Welcome Laura Varela, Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development
NSU Law welcomes Laura Varela as the Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development. Laura received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Florida. Laura has extensive litigation experience at firms in Miami, Gainesville, Boca Raton, and in Broward County. She was a partner at Berman, Kean & Riguera, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, as well as at Phillips, Cantor & Shalek in Hollywood. Laura is a member of the Florida Bar, and is certified to practice in the Florida federal district courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and in numerous bankruptcy courts. In 2016 she brought this extensive professional experience to assist law students at St. Thomas University School of Law as a Private Sector Career Counselor; she has also served there as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator/Investigator. In the midst of all of these professional activities, she found time to teach agency law at NSU.
Upcoming Events
Bar Admittance Celebration
On Friday, November 20, 2020, NSU Law will host two virtual bar admittance ceremonies with the help of alumni judges. Following the two online group presentations and the taking of the oath of new attorney, each judge, with a NSU Law faculty/staff representative, will host a virtual meeting with our new admittees to verify the identity of each student and to wish them well. 

Alumni, family, faculty, staff, and students are welcome to join us. More information will be emailed directly to NSU Law Alumni Class of 2020 and Class of 2019 and posted on NSU Law social media pages.

Thank you in advance to Dean José R. (Beto) Juárez, Jr., all the alumni, faculty, and staff in planning this event.
Faculty Tenure Comment Request
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.

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
"The Fire This Time" Essay-Writing Competition Winner.
We are pleased to announce that Alexis Beckford (left) is the winner of “The Fire This Time” Essay-Writing Competition. The writing competition invited entries to address the anti-racism movement sweeping America, and to share their own reflections on this struggle. The judges chose Alexis’ entry from several strong essays received from students on every level. Dean Angela Onwuachi-Willig, the renowned legal scholar and author of the essay, “The Fire This Time,” served as the final judge on the competition.
Other esteemed judges included our very own Prof. Jani Maurer and the acclaimed author Tananarive Due, who wrote the Civil Rights memoir Freedom in the Family. Alexis earned FIRST PLACE in this competition. Her powerful piece will be published on the College of Law’s Social Justice website and she will receive a $250 cash prize and a plaque. A donation to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund will also be made in her name.

We also congratulate Scott Ogiemwanye as our 2nd place winner and Richard Sena, who placed 3rd. We recognize Michelle Adams for earning an Honorable Mention for her entry. Each of the winners will also receive a small cash prize and a book by James Baldwin, author of The Fire Next Time. We are very proud of our students for their thoughtful engagement on a critical subject. Congratulations!
Blue Book Interactive Citation Workshop Continues
The Legal Research and Writing Student Outreach Committee and Nova Law Review co-hosted the Bluebook Citation Interactive Workshop for 85 first-year law students. The students enjoyed answering Bluebook questions online, and their responses were immediately scored. Correct answers were explained by members of Nova Law Review Richard Sena (Editor-in Chief) and Zachary Stoner (Lead Technical Editor).  
NSU Law student organizations continue to engage and connect with the legal community locally and nationally with a variety of Zoom Meetings and Zoom Webinars. Some of the most recent events include:
Sports & Entertainment Law Society
October 9, 2020

How athletes have used their platforms to protest social issues for decades and now in the age of social media, mass consumerism and political divide, how their protests either help or harm the movement.
NSU Federal Bar Association
October 21, 2020

Three attorneys shared their successes, failures, networking sources and experiences as members of state and national federal agencies.
November 5, 2020
In partnership with the Federal Bar Association Broward County Chapter.

FL Bar CLE Credits
1.5 General CLE Credits
0.5 Ethics Credit
1.5 Health Law Certification Credits

Focused 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.
Black Law Student Association
November 6, 2020

FL Bar CLE Credits
2 General CLE Credits
1 Bias Elimination Credit

In partnership with the Urban League of Broward county Young Professionals Network and the TJ Reddick Bar Association.
Caribbean Law Student Association & Nova Fashion Law Association
November 13, 2020

FL Bar Approved CLE Credits
2.5 General Credits
2.5 Business Litigation Certification Credits

This program focused on Caribbean music works with entertainment attorneys discussing intellectual property law, entertainment law, and copyright law.
Video Link available ASAP
Faculty News
Professor Tim Canova

Was a panelist on a live online town hall in support of public banking in Florida, hosted by the Public Banking Institute on October 8, 2020.
Professor Kathy Cerminara

Published, Cruzan’s Legacy in Autonomy, 73 SMU L. REV. 27 (2020) LINK

Moderated the Federal Practice Preview Series, “NSU Federal Bar Association Health Law & Ethics in 2020,” on November 5, 2020.
Associate Dean for Faculty And Student Development & Professor of Law Olympia Duhart

Partnered with Dean Elena Maria Marty-Nelson to host and moderate the presentation by Paulette Brown, “Left Out and Left Behind: The Hurdles, Hassles, and Heartaches of Achieving Long-Term Legal Careers for Women of Color,” on October 10, 2020 via Zoom. Video Link
Professor Jon M. Garon

Presented at the 5th Academic Days on Open Government and Digital Challenges at Panthéon Sorbonne University, Paris, “Media Bias & Social Media Regulation: Governmental Approaches to Content Integrity,” on November 4, 2020. 
Professor Areto A. Imoukhuede

Presented as a guest lecturer at Barry University in Miami, FL, “Constitutional Structure, Rights and the Athlete,” October 27, 2020.
Professor Ishaq Kundawala

Interviewed by Dean Olympia Duhart for a Society of American Law Teachers podcast on teaching social justice in the classroom. The podcast, “Using Data to Teach Social Justice,” is available HERE and talks about teaching bankruptcy, student misconceptions about consumer bankruptcy, and the value of using objective data to highlight social justice issues in the classroom.
Professor Kenneth L. Lewis, Jr.

Published, International Diamond Laws and Africa: Purportedly Helping African Nations By Preventing Them From Exporting Precious Natural Resources, 2 CTS. & JUST. L.J. 171 (2020). LINK
Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Public Impact & Professor of Law Elena Maria Marty-Nelson

As part of her national service, in October and early November, Associate Dean Marty-Nelson served as the Site Team Chair for a comprehensive law school site evaluation visit. The site team is responsible for submitting to the Council of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section on Legal Education a complete report that addresses the factual information relevant to each of the ABA Standards so the Council can determine whether a law school is in compliance with the Standards.

Partnered with Dean Olympia Duhart to host and moderate the presentation by Paulette Brown, “Left Out and Left Behind: The Hurdles, Hassles, and Heartaches of Achieving Long-Term Legal Careers for Women of Color,” on October 10, 2020 via Zoom. Video Link
Contact Us
For questions, suggestions, and to submit news for any future editions of the Student Newsletter please contact:
Lynn Acosta
Assistant Dean for Student Services
E: lynn@nova.edu | P: 954-262-6127

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