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Stratton Smiley (’14) Selected Speaker at 4th DCA Induction Ceremony - 627

Posted on 10/15/2014

Stratton Smiley (’14) currently serving as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Melanie G. May (’81) in Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal, received the honor of speaking on behalf of the newly inducted lawyers at the 4th DCA’s induction ceremony after having earned one of the highest scores on the Florida Bar Exam in the State and the highest in the district.  Smiley graduated at the top of his class with highest honors (Summa Cum Laude).  In law school, he was an editor of the Nova Law Review, on the Dean’s List for all semesters, received 12 book/highest grade awards in various subjects, and received numerous other awards upon graduation.  Such awards, included the Goodwin Scholarship, SBA Award for Academic Excellence, Nova Law Review, Goodwin Editor Award, ALI-ABA Scholarship and Leadership Award, American Bankruptcy Institute Award, and Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society.

Stratton Smiley received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, magna cum laude, from Florida Atlantic University, and his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University this year.  He is also a scholar athlete, and member of NSU’s co-ed cheerleading squad. His previous experience includes an internship with the 15th Judicial Circuit, and two teaching assistantships with Professor Shahabudeen Khan who teaches Lawyering Skills and Values, and Professor Michael Richmond who teaches Torts.

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – August & September 2014 - 619

Posted on 09/25/2014

Valerie B Barnhart (JD 2010) an attorney with Kelley Kronenberg in Fort Lauderdale, FL was selected as a 2014 Florida Rising Star, an honor bestowed on less than 2.5% of young lawyers in Florida based on peer-review. She handles commercial litigation and transactional matters, including shareholder disputes, contract litigation, secured transactions, and the formation and dissolution of corporations and other business entities. Valerie also coaches third-year law students at Nova Southeastern University, in preparing for the Florida Bar Exam as an adjunct professor with Nova’s Florida Bar Auxiliary Program (FBAP). To read more visit http://www.kelleykronenberg.com/

Darlene Barron (JD 2013) joined Gunster in Fort Lauderdale, FL as an associate.  Her practice areas include business litigation, intellectual property litigation, and probate litigation.  She previously held positions at APEX Telecom Services Corp., Paetec Communications and AT&T/TCG.  Read more at http://www.gunster.com/

Ashley Dillman Bruce (JD 2008), an associate with Berger Singerman in Fort Lauderdale, FL, was a panelist on Lien-Stripping in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s 19th Annual Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop in Amelia Island on July 25, 2014. She has also been elected to the Board of Directors for the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida to serve a three year term.  She spoke about Federal Clerkships at an NSU Law’s Career Café on September 23, 2014.  Ms. Bruce handles complex bankruptcy matters and business litigation disputes throughout Florida. Read more at http://www.bergersingerman.com/

Marta Colomar (JD 2007), was promoted to partner at Diaz-Reus in Miami, FL. Colomar was a dual degree graduate from the Law Center and Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat de Dret. She occasionally provides legal commentary on CNN Español.  Her practice areas include international commercial litigation and arbitration for individuals, multinational corporations and sovereign governments. Read more at http://www.diazreus.com

Sherril M. Colombo (JD 1992) joined Littler in Miami, FL as a shareholder. Colombo handles matters concerning the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and employment litigation. She is Board-certified as a specialist in labor and employment law and advises employers of all sizes across a wide range of industries. Colombo defends employers on employment-related claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Fair Labor Standards Act, 42 U.S. Code § 1981, ERISA and the Florida Civil Rights Act, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, wrongful discharge and whistleblower matters. Read more at http://www.littler.com/

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – August & September 2014 - 620

Posted on 09/25/2014

Glenn M. Cooper (JD 1998) of GrayRobinson in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida has been re-appointed to the board of directors for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and selected as the vice chair of the Government Affairs Group. Read about the Miami Chamber’s Government Affairs Group at https://www.miamichamber.com/node/28 Cooper’s law practice includes immigration, international business law, corporate, employment and labor law.  Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Michele Cummings (JD 1980), a shareholder with GrayRobinson in Fort Lauderdale, FL is listed among the 2015 Best Lawyers in America. She is Board Certified in Matrimonial Law and has been recognized numerous times as a Florida Super Lawyer.  Cummings and has also been named in the top 50 female Super Lawyers. Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Craig S Dyer (JD 1978) was appointed to the Judicial Nominating Commission by Governor Rick Scott. Dyer is the Chief Assistant at the Public Defender’s Office in the 7th Judicial Circuit in Daytona Beach, FL.

Kal Le Var Evans (JD 2003) was appointed to fill a vacancy in the Broward County Court created by the resignation of Judge Joseph Murphy.

Steven S. Farbman (JD 1985) of The Law Offices of Steven S. Farbman in Hollywood, FL, celebrated his firm’s eleventh anniversary on August 25, 2014. Farbman is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, has been awarded an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell, and is a member of the Million Dollars Advocate Forum. His practice includes all aspects of personal injury law, representing plaintiffs who have been injured due to the negligence of other people or businesses. Read more at www.farbmanlaw.com

Richard Gaines (JD 1995) opened his new firm, The Gaines Law Firm, in Coral Springs, FL.  His practice areas include family and matrimonial law, commercial, contract, business litigation, probate and trust litigation and incapacity and guardianship matters.  Read more at http://www.gaineslawfl.com/

Michael Gilden (JD 2002) is a shareholder with Kopelowitz Ostrow in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  He was selected as a 2014 Florida Rising Star, an honor bestowed on less than 2.5% of young lawyers in Florida based on peer-review.  He heads the firm’s family law practice.  Read more at http://kolawyers.com/

Bradley Gould (JD 1992), a shareholder in GrayRobinson’s  Miami, FL office is listed among the 2015 Best Lawyers in America. Gould’s practice includes eminent domain and property rights, including: takings, condemnation, inverse condemnation, regulatory takings, land use and zoning, land use litigation, and Bert J. Harris, Jr., Private Property Rights Protection Act claims. Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – August & September 2014 - 621

Posted on 09/25/2014

Kurt A. Hoffman (JD 1998) was recently promoted to the rank of Colonel with the Sarasota County (FL) Sheriff's Office.  As Colonel, he will serve as the Chief Deputy of the agency which employs over 1,000 people. Colonel Hoffman also recently graduated from the FBI National Academy at FBI headquarters on the United States Marine Corps base at Quantico, Virginia. The invitation-only program is for senior law enforcement executives and is an intensive 10 week training program in physical fitness, leadership and ethics training.  Colonel Hoffman who also obtained a graduate certificate from the University of Virginia for classes he attended while at the academy.  Colonel Hoffman, a 25 year veteran of law enforcement, also utilizes the law degree he obtained from Nova Southeastern University in his capacity as the General Counsel for the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. Read more about Colonel Hoffman's academy experience at:  Sheriff's major returns from FBI Academy

Heather Hunter Klein (JD 2000) of The Law Office of Heather R. Klein in Sparta, NC received the prestigious Citizen Lawyer Award for 2014, presented to her by The North Carolina Bar Association.  This award recognizes lawyers who exemplify the ideals of a citizen lawyer: public service in appointed and elected positions, work with non-profit charitable and political organizations, military service and volunteering with youth sports programs and with religious organizations. Klein was one of nineteen lawyers across the state selected for this award. Klein is president-elect of the Alleghany County Rotary Club; served as President and Secretary of the 23rd Judicial Bar District; was chair of the Alleghany Wellness Center, Inc. and a member of its Board of Directors since 2004; is Secretary of the Alleghany County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and a member of its Board of Directors since 2008; serves on the Board of Directors of Alleghany Community Television and volunteered with Alleghany Connections, which is a Big Brother/Big Sister type program, and is a Lawyer on the Line volunteer with Legal Aid of North Carolina. Read more at http://heatherrklein.com/

Patrick W. Krechowski (JD 1998) of GrayRobinson in Jacksonville, FL, has been elected to The Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section (ELULS) Executive Council. In addition to governmental and title insurance law, his practice focuses on environmental permitting (including sovereign submerged lands), water use permitting and planning, zoning and land use, beach nourishment projects, coastal construction and due diligence before local governments and federal/state agencies, including associated administrative and civil litigation.  Patrick is also an adjunct professor with the Florida Coastal School of Law.  Read more at www.gray-robinson.com

Diamond Litty (JD 1982) was a 2014 St. Lucie County Bar reception honoree at the St. Lucie County’s annual Law Week Reception. Litty is the Public Defender for the 19th Judicial Circuit in Stuart, FL. Read more at http://www.pd19.org/About/about.html

Christopher Neilson (JD 1984) of the Law Offices of Christopher Mark Neilson, PA in Hollywood, FL was featured in the September Broward County Bar Association’s “Barrister” publication’s “Where in the World is the Barrister” promotion.  Neilson served as BCBA President from 2008-2009. His practice areas include criminal defense, personal injury, civil litigation, and family law.  Read more at www.neilsonlaw.com

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – August & September 2014 - 622

Posted on 09/25/2014

Julie Ozier (MS in Health Law 2006) is currently the Director for the Human Research Protection Program (IRP) at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Ozier is also a certified Institutional Review Board professional through the Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research and is a Certified Professional through the Health Care Compliance Association and a site visitor for the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).  Read more at http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2014/02/ozier-to-direct-human-research-protection-efforts/

Michelle Parker (JD 2011) of Parker Law Firm, PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL is teaching Statutes and Regulations in NSU Law Center’s Masters of Science in Employment Law program, effective this fall. Parker’s firm handles employment law and bankruptcy matters. Read more at http://www.parkerlawpa.com/

Vanessa Reynolds (JD 1988), a partner with Broad and Cassel in Fort Lauderdale, FL was elected to the board of directors for the Florida Society for Healthcare Risk Management and Patient Safety (FSHRMPS). Board certified in health law by The Florida Bar, Reynolds is a member of the firm’s Health Law Practice Group and is an industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience in health law. She is certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance by the Health Care Compliance Association’s Compliance Certification Board. Read more at: http://www.broadandcassel.com/

Julia Rix (JD 2012) was accepted to the International Business and Economics Law LL.M. program at Georgetown Law School.  She began her studies in August, 2014.

Stacy Roberts (JD 2010) will be teaching law at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah as an adjunct professor. She is a mediator at Long Okura, PC and practices in the area of family law and conflict resolution. Read more at http://faculty.utah.edu/u0984163-Stacy_M_Roberts/biography/index.hml  and http://longokura.com/about/attorney-bios/

Rebecca A. Rodriguez (JD 2012) an associate in GrayRobinson’s Fort Lauderdale, FL office, was appointed by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce as a 2014-2015 HYPE Real Estate Industry Ambassador for the Chamber’s Industry Growth Group. The Chamber’s Industry Growth Group features committees designed to support the findings of One Community One Goal. The Group provides programming, education and issues management to support business development and job growth for the greater Miami area. Her practice areas include administrative and regulatory matter, government, international law, land use, litigation, and real estate.  Read more at www.gray-robinson.com

Cheryse Burgos Santos (MS in Health Law 2008) was promoted to Assistant Vice President for Managed Care, Network Development and Medical Management at Managed Care Baptist Health South Florida in Miami, FL. 

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – August & September 2014 - 623

Posted on 09/25/2014

Alison F. Smith (JD 2003) a partner with Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske in Fort Lauderdale was selected as a 2014 Florida Rising Star. Her primary areas of practice include: labor & employment, commercial litigation, appellate law, and administrative and regulatory law. See more at http://www.wsh-law.com/

Keith Sonderling (J.D., 2008) an associate at Gunster in West Palm Beach, FL, was just made Recruitment Chair for Connect Florida board of governors. Connect Florida is the statewide young professionals program of Leadership Florida. Sonderling was also recently made Vice Chair for 2014-15 of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 4th District Court of Appeals, a commission he was appointed to in 2012 by Gov. Rick Scott.  His law practice is focused on employment litigation and complex commercial litigation.  Read more at: http://www.gunster.com/press-release/leadership-florida-selects-2-gunster-attorneys-for-roles-in-young-professionals-program/

Anthony Spano, III (2013) has joined Lubell Rosen in Fort Lauderdale, FL as an associate. Spano will focus on medical malpractice defense. Visit http://www.lubellrosen.com/

George J. Taylor (JD 2012) joined Brinkley Morgan in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He is an associate in the firm’s business litigation practice. Taylor deals with commercial and business legal matters. In addition to his law practice, Taylor also serves as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee for 2-1-1 Broward; the Ambassadors Board for Nova Southeastern University, and the board of directors for Broward Health Foundation, ARC Broward, and the Salah Foundation. Read more at http://brinkleymorgan.com/

Frank Terzo (JD 1991) executive partner and chair of GrayRobinson’s bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice group in Fort Lauderdale, FL is listed among the 2015 Best Lawyers in America. His practice is devoted to a wide range of insolvency matters, including representation of corporate and consumer clients in complex workouts, bankruptcies, assignment for the benefit of creditors and receiverships. Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Charlotte Towne (JD 2008) of Charlotte Towne, PA in Dania Beach, FL, was interviewed by Tony Vinosky in the August 2008 online issue of The Local Miami. Towne is an entertainment attorney who handles trademark and copyright matters, and contracts pertaining to entertainment and intellectual property matters. Read the full interview at http://thelocalmiami.com/2014/08/candy-woolley-interview-entertainment-lawyer-charlotte-towne/  Read more about her firm at www.CharlotteTowneLaw.com

Andrew Weinstein (JD 1996) of Weinstein Law in Coral Springs, FL, has been re-elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice. The Board of Governors is the governing body of the AAJ (previously known as ATLA –the American Association of Trial Lawyers), and is charged with establishing and approving all Association policies, including the adoption of a three-year budget on an annual basis. Mr. Weinstein was also named to the Florida Super Lawyers list for 2014 for the fourth consecutive year. Andrew is a trial attorney focusing on personal injury law and insurance litigation. Read more at http://www.weinstein-law.com/

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – August & September 2014 - 624

Posted on 09/25/2014

Paul S. West (JD 1999) has been named a partner with Clayton & McCulloh in Maitland, FL. West focuses on commercial real estate leasing, buying, and selling. Read more at http://www.clayton-mcculloh.com/

Deborah Wolford (JD 1981) held a gallery opening on August 26, 2014 at Dania Beach, FL City Hall. Deborah is a fine art wildlife and nature photographer and her art work was featured for the public art project, “Enlivening Dania Beach’s Empty Storefronts.” Deborah’s art was on display through September 26, 2014 at the Dania Beach City Hall.

Sarah Zabel (JD 1993) is a Circuit Judge in the 11th Judicial Circuit for Miami-Dade County, FL.  Judge Zabel was featured in an article published August 1, 2014 in the Daily Business Review, about her recent decision declaring Florida’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional. Judge Zabel is a Circuit Judge in the Civil Division.  Read the article at: http://www.dailybusinessreview.com/home/id=1202665545223/Meet-The-Judge-In-The-Gay-Marriage-Ban-Case-She-Almost-Became-An-Actor-Instead?mcode=1202617073880&curindex=1&slreturn=20140822150709

 

 

 

 

NSU Alumni & Friends Cruise February 5 - 9, 2015 - 612

Posted on 09/17/2014

Join fellow NSU Law alumni and other NSU alumni aboard Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas, for a 4 - night, weekend cruise to Cozumel, Mexico.

Take advantage of the NSU Group Discount, but you must book your cruise by November 10, 2014. Only $100 per person to reserve cabin and eceive $50 per cabin shipboard credit. Full payment due before Thanksgiving.

NSU Group Rates per person double occupancy:

$349 per person  - Inside Cabin (M)*

$379 per person  - Promenade (PR)*

$489 per person  - Oceanview (H)*

$499 per person -  Oceanview (G)*

$529 per person -  Balcony (E1 & E2)*

$549 per person -  Superior Balcony (D3)*

*Add $74.42 per person for tax to above prices.

Royal Caribbean's prices in every category listed above currently range from $382/person (double occ. M cabin) to over $1,100/person (double occ.) plus tax of $74.42 per person.

To reserve your cabin today with NSU special rate, click here.

Price Includes:

NSU Alumni & Friends Private  Party

Private cabin & bath in every category

All meals & entertainment on board.*

Round trip travel to Cozumel, includes all port fees (shore excursions extra)

Amenities & Activities:

4 pools & 6 whirlpools, pool parties, Solarium, nightclub entertainment, live stage performances, fitness center,*  huge indoor shopping/food promenade, rock climbing wall, wave simulator, ice skating rink, activities for kids, cooking demonstrations, casino, dance the night away, luxury spa* lots of deck chairs and fun times waiting for you!  

Thirty-Five NSU Law Alumni Named Best Lawyers in America - 608

Posted on 09/12/2014

Thirty-five NSU Law alumni have been included in the 21st Edition of Best Lawyers in America, published by Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal field. To be listed in Best Lawyers® is considered a significant honor conferred on a lawyer by his/her peers by exhaustive peer-review surveys in which lawyers anonymously evaluate their professional peers. Fees for participation or inclusion are strictly prohibited. In fact, over 52,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes that make up the elite list. “For three decades, Best Lawyers® lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere,” and Corporate Counsel Magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” We congratulate our NSU alumni on this honorary achievement.

Many of the lawyers on this year’s list have been consistently placed on the list for over 6 years in a row. The NSU alumni included in the 21st Edition of the Best Lawyers in America are:

Jeffrey M. Gad (’99) listed since 2013, Tampa, FL

Julissa Rodriguez (’99) listed since 2013, Miami, FL

Tammy Knight (’98) listed since 2013, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Matthew W. Miller (’97) listed since 2011, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Travis R. Hollifield (’96) listed since 2009, Winter Park, FL

Manuel R. Valcarcel (’96) listed since 2007, Miami, FL 

Douglas S. Bell (’95) listed since 2008, Tallahassee, FL

Scott A. Forman (’95) listed since 2013, Miami, FL

Brenda L. Storey (‘94) listed since 2013, Denver, CO

Samuel M. Yaffa (’94) listed since 2013, Delray Beach, FL

Anthony A. Garganese (’93) listed since 2007, Orlando, FL

Louise McAlpin (’93) listed since 2010, Miami, FL

Neal I. Sklar (’93) listed since 2012, Miami, FL

Beverly A. Pohl (’91) listed since 2005, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Terri Meyers (’90) listed since 2008, Miami, FL

David A. Reed (’90) listed since 2014 Richmond, VA

Kevin Carmichael (’89) listed since 2010, Naples, FL

Joseph M. Goldstein (’89) listed since 2011, Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee, FL

John M. Dodig ('87) listed since 2014, Philadelphia, PA

Robert S. Glazier (’87) listed since 2012, Miami, FL

Yueh-Mei Kim Nutter (’87) listed since 2011, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Ira J. Coleman (’86) listed since 2006, Miami, FL

Scott H. Silver (’86) Miami, FL

William R. Amlong (’85) Fort Lauderdale, FL

Melinda S. Gentile (’85) listed since 2009, Miami, FL

Louis J. LaCava (’85) Tampa, FL

Gary S. Betensky (’84) listed since 2010, West Palm Beach, FL

Marie Lefere (’84) listed since 2005, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Thad D. Kirkpatrick (’83) Naples, FL

Roberta G. Stanley (’83) listed since 2006, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Mark I. Aronson (’81) listed since 2013, Miami, FL

Charles D. Wilder (’80) listed since 2009, Orlando, FL

Karen Coolman Amlong (’79) Fort Lauderdale, FL

Karen H. Curtis ('77) listed since 2012, Miami, FL

Pete L. DeMahy (’77) listed since 2013 Coral Gables, FL

Forty Four NSU Law Alumni Named to Florida Legal Elite - 603

Posted on 08/01/2014

NSU Law was among the top five law schools with the most honoree graduates selected as Florida Legal Elite this year.  For the past eleven years, Florida Legal Elite has selected attorneys for inclusion in this prestigious group, based on peer review. 

Fewer than 2% of active Florida Bar members practicing in the state are selected. These lawyers epitomize a high standard of excellence in their profession and have gained the respect of their colleagues.  Also included in the 2014 Legal Elite edition are Up and Coming and Government/ Non-Profit lawyers.

 NSU Law Alumni Legal Elite, including Up and Coming, and Government attorneys for 2014:

Legal Elite:

Adam M. Balkan (’94)

Matthew D. Bavaro (’99)

Genny Bernstein (’00)

David R. Bigney (’97)

Jeffrey L. Blostein (’96)

Laurie J. Briggs (’93)

Scott N. Brown (’03)

Marc L. Brumer (’90)

Venus A. Caruso (’04)

Joseph P. Castiglione (’02)

Gregory A. Chaires (’94)

Kenneth E. Ehrlich (’95)

Michael S. Elstein (’95)

Terry W. Forsythe (’01)

Joseph M. Goldstein (’89)

Andrea R. Gundersen (’92)

Joseph J. Huss (’81)

Carlos J. Jimenez (’02)

Robert L. Johnson (’84)

Kenneth J. Joyce (’93)

Scott L. Lampert (’96)

Michael D. Leader (’00)

Juliette E. Lippman (’93)

Joseph M. Maus (’93)

David M. Mechanik (’77)

Janet T. Munn (’85)

Timothy J. Murphy (’05)

John C. Primeau (’95)

Evan M. Rosen (’97)

Elisha D. Roy (’01)

Jonathan M. Stein (’94)

Ethan J. Wall (’07)

Jayne Weintraub (’80)

 

Up and Coming:

Scott W. Atherton (‘04)

Jason B. Blank (’06)

Scott L. Marasco (’00)

Joshua E. Polsky (’09)

S. Jordan Rappaport (’04)

Shannon J. Sagan (’04)

Stacie J. Schmerling (’10)

Keith E. Sonderling (’08)

Christopher Staller (’03)

 

Government Attorney:

Marilyn Batista-McNamara (’94)

Katherine A. Kiziah (’05)

 

 

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – July 2014 - 598

Posted on 07/30/2014

Leila A. Billings (JD 2006) joined Zebersky Payne in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Her areas of practice include personal injury, motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death, class actions, probate, and guardianship. Read more at http://www.zpllp.com

Richard Cheng (JD 2006) was recently promoted to Shareholder at Anderson Kill in Dallas, TX.  He opened the Dallas office for the New York based firm and his practice areas include the healthcare and hospitality industries, with particular concentration in the long-term care industry, serving skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, home health agencies and hospices.  He counsels clients with respect to corporate transactions, healthcare insurance recovery, and regulatory and compliance matters.  In addition, Cheng has extensive knowledge with representing clients before administrative law judges with the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals and Departmental Appeals Board, Civil Remedies Division. Read more at http://www.andersonkill.com/

Kevin Crosby (JD 1986), a shareholder at Gray Robinson in Fort Lauderdale, FL was named as a Florida Super Lawyer in June 2014.  He is Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law and is a registered patent attorney. He is the editor of the Florida Chapter of the International Trademark Association’s treatise entitled, “State Trademark and Unfair Competition Law” and litigates intellectual property matters including, copyright, trademark, and patent.  He also handles franchising & licensing, and technology licensing. Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Michele K. Cummings (JD 1980) a shareholder with Gray Robinson in Fort Lauderdale, FL was named as a Florida Super Lawyer in June 2014.  She is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Cummings serves as a Florida Bar appointee to the Judicial Qualifications Commission Committee. She is also a representative to the American Bar Association House of Delegates and was an appointee of the Florida Supreme Court to The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors where she served as president of the Foundation Board and continues as a Foundation Endowment Trustee. Read more at: http://www.gray-robinson.com/


 

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – July 2014 - 599

Posted on 07/30/2014

John E. Eckard, II (JD 2001) was made a partner at Roig Lawyers at its Orlando, FL office.  His practice area is insurance defense.  He is also a US Army Reserves Commissioned Officer.  Read more at http://www.roiglawyers.com/

Melinda S. Gentile (JD 1985) a partner at Peckar & Abramson in Miami, FL co-chaired the Groundbreaking Women in Construction Conference, which took place June 12, 2014 in New York City. She handles all aspects of construction law and construction dispute resolution, handling construction matters ranging from bid protests to contract disputes, and from construction liens to defect, impact, bond and insurance claims Read more at   http://www.pecklaw.com

Bradley Gould (JD 1992), a shareholder with Gray Robinson in Miami, FL was named as a Florida Super Lawyer in June 2014. Gould concentrates his practice in the areas of eminent domain and property rights.  He has particular experience in representing clients with issues related to government takings, condemnation, inverse condemnation, regulatory takings, land use and zoning, land use litigation, property rights and Bert J. Harris, Jr., Private Property Rights Protection Act claims. Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com

Michael K. Grife (JD 2005) of The Grife Law Firm in Boca Raton, FL was elected to the Board of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section. He practices personal injury law. Read more at www.grifelawfirm.com

Andrea R. Gundersen (JD1992), of Law Offices of Andrea R. Gundersen PA in Davie FL, was selected for the 11th annual edition of Florida Trend Magazine's "Florida Legal Elite for 2014" which names the top attorneys, statewide, who have earned the trust and endorsement of their peers. She practices in the area of marital and family law.  She is a Candidate for Broward Circuit Court Judge, Group 16.  She practices in marital and family law. Read more at http://www.gundersenlaw.com/

Jenna T. Hackman (JD 2000) was made a partner at Roig Lawyers in its Deerfield Beach, FL office. She works in the areas of insurance defense and personal injury law.  Read more at  http://www.roiglawyers.com/

Renita Henry (JD 2011) is an associate with Chorowski & Clary in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  She is a member of the 2014-15 Broward County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Section Board of Directors. Renita practices marital and family law. Read more at http://www.cclawpa.com/

Kenneth J. Joyce (JD 1993) is a partner with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He was named the Stephen R. Booher American Inns of Court Chair of the 17th Judicial Circuit’s Professionalism Panel.  His law practice is focused on commercial litigation. Read more at http://www.lewisbrisbois.com/

Cortney Kaiserman (JD 2004), a shareholder with Gray Robinson in Fort Lauderdale, FL., was named as a Florida Super Lawyer in June, 2014. Her practice areas include banking and finance, real estate, employment and labor, litigation and insurance defense.  Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – July 2014 - 600

Posted on 07/30/2014

Katherine Kiziah (JD 2005) is the South Florida Bureau Chief, Consumer Protection Division for the State of Florida Office of the Attorney General, in West Palm Beach, FL.  She was recently named by Florida Trend magazine to Florida’s Legal Elite.  As South Florida Bureau Chief, Kiziah supervises thirty employees and offices in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties, covering cases from Martin to Monroe Counties.  She also earned an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Alabama Law School in 2010.

Troy Kishbaugh (JD 1998) is a shareholder with Gray Robinson in its Orlando, FL office. He is Chair of the firm’s Health Care Practice Group in Orlando.  He was interviewed by the Orlando Sentinel about the firm’s announcement that it add a new practice area that will focus on medical marijuana.  Although Florida voters have not yet considered a broad proposal on the issue, Kishbaugh said the firm neither advocates nor opposes the issue but is poised to protect its clients should it become law. Read the July 22, 2014 article at http://touch.orlandosentinel.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-80873534/ Kishbaugh’s practice includes health care, managed care, regulated products, and health information technology.  Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Patrick Krechowski (JD 1998) joined Gray Robinson in Jacksonville, FL as Of Counsel.  He will concurrently serve as City Attorney for the City of Neptune Beach, FL. With more than 16 years of experience, he handled environmental and land use matters for the St. Johns River Water Management District and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. He is an adjunct professor of law at Florida Coastal School of Law, where he teaches courses related to Environmental Law and Ocean & Coastal Law.  Read more at: http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Lindsay Timari Massillon (JD 2011) is an associate with the Law Offices of Charles Eiss, P.L. in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Her practice area includes labor and employment law. She is a member of the 2014-15 Broward County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Section Board of Directors. Read more at http://icelawfirm.com/

Stephen G. Mellor (JD 2006) was promoted to partner at Roig Lawyers in Deerfield Beach, FL. His main areas of practice are Personal Injury Protection Litigation and Bodily Injury and Premises Liability. He handles out-of-state insurance contracts and complex cases involving Admiralty and Maritime law. Read more at www.roiglawyers.com

Yueh-Mei Kim Nutter (JD 1987) is a partner at Brinkley Morgan in Boca Raton, FL received an “Exceptional People Impacting the Community Award” from the Mental Health Association of Southeast Florida. She is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law, and is certified by the Florida Supreme Court for Family Mediation, Appellate Mediation, and Guardian ad Litem. She also practices Collaborative Family Law. Read more at http://www.brinkleymorgan.com/

Brent M. Reitman (JD 2010) is an associate with Krupnick, Campbell et. al. in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  He is a member of the 2014-15 Broward County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Section Board of Directors. Reitman handles cases involving injuries and wrongful death in nursing homes and assisted living care facilities. Read more at http://www.krupnicklaw.com/

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Rebecca A. Rodriguez (JD 2012) is an associate with Gray Robinson in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  She was appointed by the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law to its Steering Group for the Customs Law Committee. Rodriguez has served on the ABA Section of International Law’s Planning Committees for the Fall 2013 Section Meeting in London, the Spring 2014 Section Meeting in New York City, and the upcoming Fall 2014 Section Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Her law practice includes international, governmental administrative and regulatory, land use, and real estate.  Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Eric S. Rosen (JD 2007) is an attorney with Kelly Uustal PLC in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He is a member of the 2014-15 Broward County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Section Board of Directors. Rosen practices in the areas of personal injury and product liability law. Read more at http://www.justiceforall.com/

Sara M. Sandler (JD 2008) Sara is a partner with Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Sandler is a member of the 2014-15 Broward County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Section Board of Directors. Sandler’s primary area of practice involves insurance coverage and appellate law. Read more at http://www.waltonlantaff.com/

Kathleen “Kathy” Savor (JD 1997) is the new Director of Circuit Court Operations for the Clerk & Comptroller in Palm Beach County, FL.  Read more at http://www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/

Roland E. Schwartz (JD 2003), a shareholder at Gray Robinson in Fort Lauderdale, FL., was named as a Florida Super Lawyer in June, 2014. His practice areas include banking and finance, and complex civil and commercial litigation.  Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Angela Descoteau Shaw (JD 1996) joined Broad and Cassel in Orlando, FL.  She practices in the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group. Read more at http://www.broadandcassel.com/

Frank Terzo (JD 1991), a shareholder with Gray Robinson in Fort Lauderdale, FL was named as a Florida Super Lawyer in June 2014. He is the Executive Partner and Chair of Gray Robinson's Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights Practice Group. His practice is devoted to a wide range of insolvency matters, including representation of corporate and consumer clients in complex workouts, bankruptcies, assignment for the benefit of creditors and receiverships. Read more at: http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Jeffrey M. Wank (JD 2009), an associate with Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky & Abate in Fort Lauderdale, FL is the 2014-15 Broward County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Section Treasurer. His practice areas include civil litigation and personal injury. Read more at www.cftlaw.com

 

 

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Posted on 07/22/2014

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center’s Founders Day CLE will no longer be held as originally scheduled on September 6, 2014. Our next community event for law alumni in Broward is Constitution Day,  a joint event with the Broward County Bar Association, on September 17, 2014.  For our  Palm Beach law alumni, we are having a Dinner CLE on October 7, 2014 produced by the Palm Beach Chapter, please save the date.  We look forward to seeing you at Constitution Day, in Palm Beach, or at one of our upcoming law alumni programs.

If you require additional information or details on any of our upcoming alumni and community events, please contact Elena Rose Minicucci, Director of Alumni Relations, at minicucc@nova.edu or 954-262-6303.

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Posted on 07/01/2014

At the Florida Bar Annual Convention, recent graduate Yanae Barroso received the Animal Law Committee 2014 Outstanding Service Award. The Committee selected her for this honor based on her work for the Key Deer. Yanae wrote her paper on these animals for the Animal Law Legislation Seminar. She published a summary in the Animal Law Committee’s Newsletter. Congressman Joe Garcia (whose district includes the Keys) saw the piece and contacted her. She met repeatedly with members of his staff about her ideas, including posting billboards on the highway leading to the Keys. After more than a year of work, the billboards were installed in the FL Keys on March 6, 2014.

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Huda Ajlani (JD 2006), of Ajlani Law PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL is a fellow in the William Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy for 2014-15.  During a one year term, Academy Fellows follow a curriculum tailored to enhance their professional development, knowledge base, leadership skills, and experience.  Read more about the Leadership Academy at http://www.floridabar.org/leadershipacademy  Ajlani practices in the areas of immigration, criminal defense, and family law. Read more at http://ajlanilaw.com/criminal-law/

Jeffrey Backman (JD 2003) a shareholder with Greenspoon Marder in Fort Lauderdale, FL was selected as a 2014 Florida Rising Star. He handles litigation and class action defense cases for the firm.  Read more at http://www.gmlaw.com/

Thomas J. Baird (JD 1984) of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs in West Palm Beach, FL was selected as counsel to the governing board of the South Florida Water Management District. He is Board Certified as a City, County, and Local Government attorney and he is legal counsel for several municipalities in South Florida. Read more at http://www.jonesfoster.com/

Jason B. Blank (JD 2006) is a partner in the firm of Haber, Stief & Blank in Ft. Lauderdale, FL presented, “What Qualities to Look for When Voting for a Judge” at the North Broward Democratic Club and was selected as the chair of The George Washington University South Florida Alumni Network.  His practice areas include: criminal defense, civil litigation, and appeals. Read more at  http://www.hsbattorneys.com/

Rebecca Bratter (JD 2003) a shareholder at Greenspoon Marder in Fort Lauderdale, FL was selected as a 2014 Florida Rising Star. She is a member of Greenspoon Marder’s management committee and handles corporate securities, health care law, labor and employment law, and other litigation matters for the firm. Read more at http://www.gmlaw.com/

Alex Brown (JD 2004) a director with Tripp Scott in Fort Lauderdale, FL recently published an article in the Daily Business Review, “ ‘Loser Pays’ Provision May Curb Patent Troll Problem.”  In the article, Brown discusses the issue of meaningful patent reform that President Obama mentioned in his state of the union address, as well as activity in Congress to address patent reform.  Read the article (published May 13, 2014) at http://www.dailybusinessreview.com/   Brown’s practice is focused on intellectual property litigation and complex business litigation. Read more at http://www.trippscott.com/

Gary L. Brown (JD 1995) joined Arnstein & Lehr in Ft. Lauderdale, FL as a partner. Brown is Board Certified in Construction Law. He is a member of the firm’s Construction Practice Group and he handles general commercial and business litigation matters and complex construction litigation cases involving liens, bonds, construction defects, and insurance matters, among other things.  Read more at http://www.arnstein.com/

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Brandon L. Chase (JD 2011) joined Mase Lara in Miami, FL as an associate. He practices in the areas of personal injury, commercial litigation, admiralty, and maritime law. Read more at http://www.mltrial.com

Jesse Cloyd (JD 2008) joined Salazar Jackson in Miami, FL as an associate.  His practice includes bankruptcy and insolvency matters. Read more at http://www.salazarjackson.com

Glenn M. Cooper (JD 1998), a shareholder in Gray Robinson’s Miami and Fort Lauderdale, FL offices, was recently re-appointed to the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and selected as the Vice Chair of the Government Affairs Group.  He will advocate for immigration, international trade, transportation, and infrastructure improvements in the greater Miami area.  Read more at  www.gray-robinson.com

 Michael Cubbage (JD 2014) was a student in NSU Law’s Veterans Law Clinic (VLC).  A combat veteran himself, he completed a semester as a full time clinical intern during the VLC’s first semester. Prior to law school, he served in the US Army and attained the rank of First Lieutenant, Executive Officer. While at NSU Law, he was also a student writer for The Florida Public Interest Journal, a publication of The Public Interest Law Section of The Florida Bar.  His article, “Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center – Veterans Law Clinic: Student Perspective” appeared in Volume 3, Issue 2 of the Florida Public Interest Journal (Spring, 2014).  Cubbage wrote about his experience as a clinic intern, and how the opportunity to help fellow veterans with their legal issues was very fulfilling. Stating that the VLC environment, “feels more like a law firm than a class,”  he expressed appreciation for the collegial environment created by Clinic Director Jayme M. Cassidy, Esq., who was his Professor and Supervising Attorney.

Jessica M. Daley (JD 2011) joined Kelley Kronenberg in Ft. Lauderdale, FL  where she handles workers’ compensation cases.  Read more at http://www.kelleykronenberg.com/

Michael Dutko (JD 1984) of Bogenshutz Dutko & Kroll, PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Ashley Dutko (JD 2011) recently won an appeal in a highly publicized Broward case involving a young man who was found guilty of leaving the scene of an accident on I-595 in which a woman was killed.   The 4th DCA held that the evidence was so lacking in this case, it called for acquittal, and the appellate court directed the trial court to acquit the defendant.  Read the story at http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sfl-clearedx-595-20140529,0,4883798.story?page=1 Read more about Dutko’s criminal defense and appellate practice at http://www.bdkpa.com/index.php

Jamie Finizio Bascombe (JD 1993) and Judge Stacy Ross (JD 1997) were panelists in the May seminar, “Pathways to the Bench: A Panel discussion on the Judicial Nominating Process.” Jaimie Finizio-Bascombe is a partner with Finizio & Finizio, P.A. and practices in a wide range of civil matters.  Read more at  www.finiziolaw.com

Corey B. Friedman (JD 2010) of Romano Law Group in West Palm Beach, FL, focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, state and federal trucking law, and a variety of personal injury matters. In addition to being admitted to practice in Florida and California, Corey was recently admitted pro hac vice in Pennsylvania to represent The Powell Law Group in Powell Law Group versus First National Community Bank. Additionally, for the past three years, Corey has participated as a coach for law school graduates in the Law School’s Florida Bar Auxiliary Program. Read more at http://www.romanolawgroup.com/

Renee Goldenberg (JD 1984) Circuit Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County, FL will co-host a judicial panel with Judge Robin Rosenbaum on July 17, 2014 for the Women Leaders in Law series.  Judge Goldenberg will be starting a new term as Circuit Judge in November 2014 as she faced no opposition this year.  Judge Goldenberg has served as a Circuit Judge in Broward Circuit Court’s Family Division since 1996.  Judge Goldenberg is the Family Chairperson for the Unified Family Court in Broward.

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Maria C. Gonzalez (JD 1990), a partner with Young Berman Karpf & Gonzalez PA in Miami and Weston, FL is currently the Treasurer for The Florida Bar Family Law Section.  She will be the chair of the Family Law Section in the 2015-16 year. She is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law and is a Florida Supreme Court Mediator.  She handles marital and family law, mediation and guardianship matters.  Read more at www.ybkglaw.com

Sara E. Graditor (JD 2008) joined Holland & Knight in Miami, FL as an associate. She practices in the areas of corporate law, securities, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. Read more at http://www.hklaw.com/

Donna Greenspan Solomon (JD 1995) of Solomon Appeals, Mediation, & Arbitration in Fort Lauderdale, FL was selected to the 2014 Florida Super Lawyers list.  Her practice areas include state and federal appeals, litigation and trial support, mediation and arbitration.  She is Board Certified in Appellate Practice and Business Litigation.  Read more at http://solomonappeals.com/

Gerald Greenspoon (JD 1979) co-founding shareholder of Greenspoon Marder in Fort Lauderdale, FL, was selected for Power Leaders in Law and Accounting by the South Florida Business Journal.  He gained national recognition for his work in the areas of real estate development, resort and timeshare development, condominium  conversions and finance and transactions.  Read more at http://www.gmlaw.com/

Luis A. Guerra (JD 2006) is the managing partner of Guerra Saenz, PL in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  He recently became Board Certified in Immigration & Nationality Law.  His firm handles immigration and deportation defense matters.  Read more at  www.guerralegal.com

Julie Hough (JD 2004) an attorney with Polenberg Cooper in Fort Lauderdale, FL published an article, “From Lawyer to Leader” in the June 2014 issue of the Broward Barrister.  She is an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University and serves as the President of the Broward County Women’s Lawyer’s Association. She handles complex business litigation and bankruptcy matters and advises and represents small and mid-sized businesses on a variety of transactional matters.  Read more at http://www.polenbergcooper.com/

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Joseph P. Jones (JD 1999) joined Berger Singerman as a partner and member of its Business, Finance & Tax Team in the firm’s Tallahassee office. Jones has a broad background in commercial real estate development, project finance, and commercial leasing.  Read more at http://www.bergersingerman.com/

Rian Michelle Kinney (JD 2008) joined the Marinosci Law Group in Ft. Lauderdale, FL as a foreclosure litigator. Read more at http://www.mlg-defaultlaw.com/

Troy Kishbaugh (JD1998) rejoined Gray Robinson as a shareholder in its Orlando, FL office.  He is chair of the health care practice for the firm.  He has over 20 years of experience in health law and will oversee the group’s 35 attorneys and concentrate his practice in the area of health care law, which includes: corporate law issues, Medicare/Medicaid fraud and abuse, false claims, billing and reimbursement, corporate compliance, PPACA, HIPAA, EMTALA, Stark, self-disclosure and exclusions, and daily hospital operational issues. Read more at www.gray-robinson.com

Sophia Lopez (JD 2007) is a partner at FL Trusts and Estates Law Firm, LLC in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale, FL.  She is a fellow in the William Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy for 2014-15.  During a one year term, Academy Fellows follow a curriculum tailored to enhance their professional development, knowledge base, leadership skills, and experience.  Read more about the Leadership Academy at http://www.floridabar.org/leadershipacademy  Lopez practices in the areas of estate and trusts, estate planning, asset protection, partnership and business law and guardianship.  Read more at http://flplans.com/

Bret Lusskin (JD 2006) of Law Office of Brett Lusskin Attorney at Law in Aventura, FL represented a motorist who sued the City of Aventura over its red light camera program.  The Supreme Court of Florida ruled 5-2 that the City overstepped its authority when it created the red light camera program.  The Court issued its ruling June 12, 2014 on consolidated cases from Aventura and Orlando, FL.  Brett Lusskin handles a variety of privacy and consumer protection litigation matters at both the state and federal level. Read more about the red light camera decision, and about Lusskin’s firm, at www.lusskinlaw.com

Kevin A. McNeill (JD 2001) is a partner at McRae & McNeill in Lake City, FL. He is a fellow in the William Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy for 2014-15.  During a one year term, Academy Fellows follow a curriculum tailored to enhance their professional development, knowledge base, leadership skills, and experience. Read more about the Leadership Academy at http://www.floridabar.org/leadershipacademy  His practice includes personal injury law.  Read more at http://northfloridainjury.com/

Jonathan Picard (JD 2013) joined Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel in Coral Gables, FL as an associate. He will focus on community association law and commercial litigation. Read more at http://www.srhl-law.com/

Alberto Polimini (JD 2013), of Rome, Italy, one of our dual degree students from Universita Roma Tre, co-authored an article with Professor Joseph D. Harbaugh entitled, “The Costa Concordia Tragedy: A Legal Life Jacket to Avoid Drowning in International Water.”  The article was published in 2014 Travel Law Quarterly 135.   The two-part piece addresses forum selection issues and which law is likely to be applied, regardless of where the cases are litigated. 

Stacy Ross (JD 1997) is a Circuit Judge in the Juvenile Division of the 17th Judicial Circuit, Broward County, Florida.   She and Jamie Finizio Bascombe (JD 1993) recently served as a panelist in the May seminar, “Pathways to the Bench: A Panel discussion on the Judicial Nominating Process.”

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Elisha D. Roy (JD 2001) of Elisha D. Roy, PA in West Palm Beach, FL completed her term as the 2013-14 Chair of The Florida Bar Family Law Section. She is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law and handles complex family law matters.  Contact her at  www.eroylawpa.com

Kimberly M. Silverman (JD 2012) has joined Kelley Kronenberg in Ft. Lauderdale. Silverman handles the defense of general liability, personal injury, products liability, and construction defect claims. http://www.kelleykronenberg.com/

Alison F. Smith (JD 2003) is a partner with Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L., in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is also president of the Caribbean Bar Association, which co-hosted a panel discussion in May, “Pathways to the Bench: A Panel discussion on the Judicial Nominating Process.” Her primary areas of practice include: labor & employment, commercial litigation, appellate law, and administrative and regulatory law. Read more at www.wsh-law.com

Reagan South (JD 2010) joined Banyan Finance, LLC in Boca Raton, FL.  She is associate in-house counsel. Banyan Finance LLC provides casualty medical plans to reimburse medical providers for the medical treatment of uninsured and under-insured accident victims.  Read more at www.banyanfinance.com

Michelle K. Suarez (JD 2013) joined Conroy Simberg in its Hollywood, FL office as an associate.  Her practice will include PIP and general liability matters.  Read more at http://conroysimberg.com

Matthew Thibaut (JD 2001) a partner at Ciklin Lubitz Martens & O’Connell in West Palm Beach, FL, is a fellow in the William Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy for 2014-15.  During a one year term, Academy Fellows follow a curriculum tailored to enhance their professional development, knowledge base, leadership skills, and experience.  Read more about the Leadership Academy at http://www.floridabar.org/leadershipacademy   Thibaut practices in the areas of securities litigation and employment law.  Read more at http://www.ciklinlubitz.com/

Kit Van Pelt (JD 2013) joined Linda Suzzanne Griffin, P.A., in Clearwater, FL as an associate.  She will practice in the areas of trust and estate planning, and probate and trust administration matters. Read more at http://www.lawyergriffin.com/

Class Actions - News & Notes About Alumni – May 2014 - 577

Posted on 05/30/2014

 Zascha Blanco Abbott (JD 2001) of Ford Harrison in Miami, FL was selected as the “Outstanding Subcommittee Chair” for the ABA Section of Litigation.  Her practice areas include representing employers in a variety of employment law cases.  Read more at: http://www.fordharrison.com/ZaschaAbbott

José Alejandro Abusaid (JD 2003) leads the law firm of Abusaid Gomez & Associates headquartered in Bogota, Colombia. His law firm practice includes international trade, corporate law, tax planning, exchange law, and labor law. José Alejandro is a member of the International Bar Association, the Colombian American Chamber of Commerce, and is a founding member of the Colombian Society of International Law. He is also a Private Law Professor at Universidad del Rosario and was Master in International Law Professor at Universidad Sergio Arboleda, both in Bogotá, Colombia. Read more at: http://abusaidgomez.com/english/

Barry Aronin (JD 2010) of the LaBovick Law Group in Palm Beach Gardens, FL published an article on his firm’s blog, “What are Examinations Under Oath, and How Does it Affect My Insurance Benefits After a Car Accident?”  Read it at http://www.labovick.com/pip-claims-collections/what-are-examinations-under-oath-and-how-they-affect-insurance-benefits His practice includes PIP representation of persons injured in auto accidents. Read more at http://www.labovick.com/

Pamela D’Alo Balaguera (JD 2011) of The Balaguera Law Firm, P.A. in West Palm Beach, FL was the 2014 Palm Beach Bar Association winner of the Family Law Pro Bono Award for her work in the Family Law Unit of Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach, FL.  She donated over 200 hours of her time.  Pam and her husband, Brian Balaguera (JD 2006), practice together.  The firm handles criminal defense and her practice area includes marital and family law. Read more at http://www.balagueralaw.com/

Annabella Barboza (JD 2007) an associate attorney with the law firm of Phelan Hallinan, PLC, in Fort Lauderdale, FL, was appointed to serve on the Florida Probate Rules Committee for the 2014 – 2017 term. She focuses her practice in real property, probate and estate planning. Read more at www.phelanhallinan.com

Kristin Bianculli (JD 2008) of Kelley/Uustal in Fort Lauderdale, FL, is one of two attorneys who successfully obtained a one million dollar settlement for an injured client.  The article was published in the Daily Business Review. She also presented “Preparing the Expert Witness for Deposition” at the Pincus Professional Education Seminar in Miami. Read more at www.justiceforall.com

Richard Cheng (JD 2006) is a shareholder at Anderson Kill in Dallas, Texas.  He authored an article about emergency preparedness at Long Term Care (LTC) facilities.  You can read it at http://www.mcknights.com/getting-ready-for-the-unthinkable/article/337501/  He practices in the area of health care law, with particular focus on long term care.  Read more at http://www.andersonkill.com

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Glenn Cooper (JD 1998), a shareholder at Gray Robinson in its Fort Lauderdale and  Miami, FL offices, hosted an inbound trade mission from Quebec on April 11, 2014 in Miami, FL.  The purpose of the mission was to connect foreign and local businesses and enhance the economic connection between Quebec and Florida.  Cooper serves on the board of directors of the Quebec-Florida Chamber of Commerce. His practice involves advising US and foreign companies, investors, and professionals on US immigration laws. Read more at www.gray-robinson.com

Lawrence Jay Davis (JD 1985) of Lawrence Jay Davis, P.A., in Pembroke Pines, FL spoke at the Florida Public Pension Trustees Association Winter Trustees School in Jacksonville, FL on probate, estate planning, and asset protection for the pension trustee.

Michael A. Fischler (JD 1978) of Fischler & Friedman PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL was re-elected as a Board Member of the Broward County Bar Association effective June 2014.  His practice areas include marital and family law, including representing high net worth clients, and business, corporate and estate planning.  Read more at http://www.ffpa-law.com/

Kimberly A Gilmour (JD 1984) of Gilmour Law in Davie, FL is a member of the Florida Bar Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. Her practice area includes representing  corporations and small business owners in the employment law arena. She counsels clients in the areas of workforce issues, employment handbooks, manuals, policies, procedures, contracts and training. Read more at www.gilmourlaw.com

Michael K. Grife (JD 2005) formed The Grife Law Firm, P.A., in Boca Raton, FL.  His practice areas include personal injury, premises liability, wrongful death, and medical malpractice. Read more at www.thegrifelawfirm.com

Susan R Healy (JD 1984) is founding partner of Vernon Healy in Naples, FL.  She is vice chair of the Florida Bar Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. She represents individuals and businesses in cases involving financial disputes concerning business litigation, securities/investment litigation and arbitration, appellate law, and assisting investors who have suffered losses as a result of business ventures, securities transactions, and real estate deals. Read more at www.vernonhealy.com

Anne Hinds (JD 1992) an attorney with Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP in Fort Lauderdale, FL, was the 2014 Palm Beach Bar Association winner of the Juvenile Law Pro Bono Award. Her practice areas include securities litigation, shareholder derivative actions, and class actions. Read more at http://www.bsfllp.com/

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Anthony Horky (JD 1998) of Anthony J. Horky, P.A., in Boca Raton, FL is now an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State College, where he teaches business law. His law practice includes business and commercial law, and landlord-tenant. Read more at http://www.horkylaw.com/

Ken Joyce (JD 1993) is a partner with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He practices commercial litigation, employment and labor, and corporate law. Read more at http://www.lewisbrisbois.com/

Kristine Braun Lefebvre (JD 1996) is co-owner of Brand Management at LudoBites in Los Angeles, CA.  She and her husband, Chef Ludo Lefebvre, have been traveling the country for a series of six stops featuring their “pop up” restaurant concept.  The series aired on the Sundance Channel.  In 2007, she was a contestant on “The Apprentice” television show. Prior to her current endeavor, she was a sports and entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles.  Read more at http://www.kristinelefebvre.com/

Matthew Leider (JD 2010) joined the Fort Lauderdale, FL office of McGlinchey Stafford as an associate.  Leider handles commercial litigation and consumer financial services litigation. Read more at  http://www.mcglinchey.com/

Steven Marcus (JD 2000) joined McGlinchey Stafford in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  His practice includes commercial litigation.  Read more at  http://www.mcglinchey.com/

Kevin McNeill (JD 2001) is a partner at McRae and McNeill in Lake City, FL.  He is the Chair of the Florida Bar Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. The committee, formed last year when the Special Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and Equal Opportunities Law Sections merged, has several objectives, including to further the understanding and knowledge of lawyers, judges, and law students about working with diverse communities. Read more about the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion at: https://www.floridabar.org/ Read more about Kevin McNeill at: http://northfloridainjury.com/

Bram A. Maravent (JD 2006) of Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol in Ft. Lauderdale, FL moderated two panels at Nova Southeastern University Law Center’s Seventh annual Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium titled, “Social Media Rights and Communications Decency Act” and “The Sports Workplace and the Ted Wells Report.” He served as a panelist on “Intellectual Property in Video Games and O’Bannon v. NCAA.” He also presented, “The Viability of the NCAA and Consideration of Modern Governance” at the 27th Annual Sports and Recreation Law Association Conference.  His law practice includes matters concerning local government law. Read more at www.cityatty.com

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C. Cory Mauro (JD 2000) is a shareholder at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in West Palm Beach, FL. He practices in the firm’s national trial practice business litigation section. Read more at http://www.cfjblaw.com/

David R. Miller, Jr., (JD 2010) has joined Kubicki Draper in its West Palm Beach, FL office. His practice includes class action, commercial/corporate, construction defect, employment, intellectual property, premises liability, and real estate matters. Read more at: http://www.kubickidraper.com/

Nicole C. Morris (JD 2004) of The Law Offices of Nicole C. Morris, P.A., has opened an additional office in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. She practices in the areas of estate planning, probate, trust administration, and guardianship. Read more at http://www.nmorrislaw.com/

Robin Sobo Moselle (JD 1991) is Director of Client Relations at Lawcraft in Plantation, FL.  She is President-Elect of the Broward County Bar Association, effective June 2014.  Her firm handles debt collection for creditors in a variety of complex matters. Read more at www.lawcraftfirm.com

Thomas F. Mullin (JD 2004) joined Nason, Yeager, Gerson, White and Lioce, P.A. in its new Boca Raton, FL office where he practices in the areas of environmental and land use law.  Read more at http://www.nasonyeager.com/

Grace M. Murillo (JD 2006) joined Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske as an associate in its Fort Lauderdale, FL office. She practices labor and employment counseling and litigation, commercial litigation, and appellate advocacy. Read more at http://www.wsh-law.com

Steven S. Newburgh (JD 1982) joined Sachs Sax Caplan in Boca Raton, FL, as chair of the bankruptcy department. Read more at http://ssclawfirm.com/

Heather L Pattok (JD 2007) is an associate with Scott J. Sternberg & Associates, P.A. She joins Angelic R. Shakir-Kirkconnell (JD 2000) a senior associate with the firm. http://www.sternberglawoffice.com/

Howard J. Perl (JD 2000) joined Becker & Poliakoff in Ft. Lauderdale, FL as a shareholder. Perl practices in the firm’s community association law practice group. Read more at http://www.becker-poliakoff.com/

Avriel Pfost (JD 2008) is an associate and director of the southeast region office for Lydolph & Weierholt of Lehi, Utah.  She will be based in the firm’s Palm Beach, FL office and will practice real property law. Read more at http://travelingtitle.com/

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Posted on 05/30/2014

Laura K Phillips (JD 2013) and Zachary W. Phillips (JD 2013) have formed the firm of Kelk Phillips, P.A. in Wellington, FL. The firm handles real estate, wills and trusts, and equine law issues. Read more at http://www.kelkphillips.com/

Marissa Joy Pullano (JD 2008) is an associate at Brinkley Morgan in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Her area of practice includes family law.  She was named a Florida Rising Star in Super Lawyers Magazine for 2014. Read more at http://www.brinkleymorgan.com/

Brent M. Reitman (JD 2010) joined Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock & Liberman in Fort Lauderdale, FL as an associate practicing in personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice cases.  Read more at www.krupnicklaw.com

Robert Reynolds IV (JD1987) was named director of litigation at Graves Injury Law Group in Vero Beach, FL.  He is a board certified civil trial attorney and practices in the area of personal injury law.  Read more at  http://www.gravesinjury.com/

Angelic R. Shakir-Kirkconnell (JD 1997) is an associate with Scott J. Sternberg & Associates in West Palm Beach, FL.  Her practice area is workers compensation law.  Read more at http://www.sternberglawoffice.com/

Robert C. Sheres (JD 2008) is with the firm of DuBosar Navon PLLC in Boca Raton, FL.  He practices in the areas of commercial and business litigation and appellate work. http://www.dubolaw.com/Attorneys/

Matthew Shilling (JD 2006) is an associate with Bernheim & Dolinsky, LLC in Plantation, FL.  He practices personal injury law, and represents the injured.  Read more at http://www.bernheimdolinsky.com/

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Posted on 05/30/2014

R. Brian Shutt (JD 1994) has joined the firm of Glen J. Torcivia & Associates, P.A. in West Palm Beach, FL.  A former City Attorney for Delray Beach, Florida, he is board certified in City, County, & Local Government law. He has extensive experience in many facets of municipal law and he serves his clients in local government law and handles other civil litigation matters. Read more at http://www.torcivialaw.com/

Brandon Silver (JD 2013) is an associate with Eraclides, Gelman, Hall, Indek, Goodman & Waters in West Palm Beach, FL.  He practices in the area of workers compensation defense.  Read more at http://www.eraclidesjohns.com/

Sean Silverman (JD 2004) just published a book called MBE Essentials, aimed at helping law students prepare for the MBE.  He also writes a blog about the MBE at www.mbetutorial.blogspot.com

Gary M. Singer (JD 1998) of Gary M. Singer, PA in Sunrise, FL was re-elected as a Board Member of the Broward County Bar Association, effective June 2014. He is board certified in Real Property Probate and Trust Law. His practice areas include a variety of real estate matters. Read more at http://www.garysingerlaw.com/

Jennifer Shaw Snyder (JD 1997) and Melissa Groisman Steinfeld formed Snyder Groisman in Aventura. Their practice focuses on all aspects of real estate and corporate law geared toward international clients.  Read more at http://www.snydergroisman.com/

Michael S. Smith (JD 1986) has joined Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather, Keen and Littky-Rubin in West Palm Beach, FL. His areas of practice include medical malpractice, wrongful death, personal injury, legal malpractice, automobile negligence, insurance disputes, and commercial litigation. Read more at http://www.clarkfountain.com/

Jill G. Weiss (JD 2003) is a partner at Diamond Kaplan and Rothstein, PA in West Palm Beach, FL.  She is president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. Her practice areas include construction litigation, complex commercial litigation, real estate, and class actions.  Read more at www.dkrpa.com

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Posted on 04/15/2014

The Board of Editors of the Nova Law Review held their inaugural brunch for former members of Law Review on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Law Center. Editor-in-Chief of the Nova Law Review, Joseph Morgese and Michelle Nichols DeLong organized the event. There were more than 80 people who attended the brunch, including 35 former members of the Nova Law Review from various volumes.

Robert Kelley `81, of Kelley/Uustal in Fort Lauderdale was the keynote speaker. As former Editor-in-Chief, Kelley discussed the significance of Nova Law Review membership, how the organization influenced his career, and the importance of alumni relations and mentoring of students as a practicing lawyer. Kelley has been recognized by Lawyers USA as one of the Top Ten Lawyers in the United States. He has been a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by the Florida Bar for more than twenty years. Over the course of his career, Kelley has tried over 100 jury trials and has won over 25 multimillion dollar jury verdicts in a wide variety of cases.

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Posted on 04/25/2014

Zascha Blanco Abbott (JD 2001) of Ford & Harrison, LLP in Miami, FL was named American Bar Association Outstanding Subcommittee Chair on April 10, 2014. She was chosen for this distinction for her hard work during the course of her leadership year. She focuses her practice on the representation of public and private employers in labor and employment disputes. Read more at http://www.fordharrison.com/ZaschaAbbott.

Jeffrey Backman (JD 2003) was promoted to shareholder at Greenspoon Marder in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Backman focuses his practice on commercial litigation and class action defense. Read more at http://www.gmlaw.com/

Adriana Barba (JD 2012) was a dual degree student at NSU Law who is currently working in Barcelona, Spain.  She is a corporate attorney for the Investment Holding Services Unit and Trade Services Unit for AMICORP.  Her company works as a global team to provide private wealth and estate planning for its clients. Read more at www.amicorp.com

Marc Brody (JD 2005) of Gunster in West Palm Beach, FL was promoted to shareholder. Brody is a member of the corporate and technology law practice groups. Read more at www.gunster.com

Glenn Cooper (JD 1998) a shareholder in Gray-Robinson’s Miami, FL office, spoke at the NSU Huizenga Sales Institute about US immigration options for foreign nationals, focusing on students with F-1 visas. Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com

Javier Delgado (JD 2001) of the Merlin Law Group, PA., in Coral Gables, FL was appointed by the New York Eastern District Court as Liaison Counsel on all Hurricane Sandy cases filed in the Eastern District. Several articles have been written about this in the New York Law Journal, Law 360, and Harris Martin’s Superstorm Sandy Insurance Coverage Litigation Report. Read more at http://merlinlawgroup.com/

Michael L. Feinstein (JD 1986) of Michael L. Feinstein, P.A. relocated to a new office located at 200 East Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 2040, Ft. Lauderdale 33305. The firm focuses on commercial, real estate, business, and probate litigation. In addition, the firm also provides representation in real estate, commercial, and business transactions, as well as in intellectual property matters. Read more at http://www.feinsteinlaw.net/

Sandy T. Fox (JD 2004), of The Law Offices of Sandy T. Fox, PA in Aventura, FL is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law.  He moderated a seminar titled “Estate Planning for the Divorcing Client,” presented by the Family Law Section of the Dade County Bar Association.

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Posted on 04/25/2014

Daniel Klenetsky (JD 2012) is the NASCAR Public Affairs Senior Coordinator in Daytona Beach, FL.  Public Affairs handles issues relevant to NASCAR in markets where NASCAR is active, from the municipalities and states to Washington, DC. His office handles public policy efforts of NASCAR at federal, state, and local levels to advocate and promote NASCAR.  Klenetsky handles matters that relate to policy, legislative and regulatory initiatives and manages relationships with advocacy groups and assist with at-track activations supporting military programs.

Tara Kopp (JD 2009) is an associate with Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser & Zoeller, P.A., in West Palm Beach, FL. Ms. Kopp’s primary area of practice is PIP litigation. Read more at www.shw-law.com

Ava G. Mahmoudi (JD 2011) joined Kubicki Draper in Ft. Lauderdale, where she will focus on handling personal injury protection and SIU/fraud defense matters. Read more at http://www.kubickidraper.com/

Justin Parafinczuk (JD 2007) of Parafinczuk & Wolf PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL was a guest lecturer at NSU Law, where he spoke to law students in the Veterans Law Clinic and Children & Families Clinic about,“So You Are Graduating, What Next?”  He spoke about setting career goals, the realities of a job search, and developing skills and strategies for success. Read more about him at http://www.kpwlaw.com/

Alan A. Pascal (JD 1992) counsel with The Florida Bar in Sunrise, FL will lead the Fort Lauderdale branch of the Bar’s Lawyer Regulation Department. He is active in pro bono work, chairing the 17th Circuit Pro Bono Committee. He is a frequent volunteer for the Broward County Legal Aid Hotline and chairs the Broward County Bar’s Legislative Affairs Committee.

Heather L Pattok (JD 2007) is an associate with Scott J. Sternberg & Associates, P.A., in West Palm Beach, FL. Her practice area includes workers compensation law.  Read more at http://www.sternberglawoffice.com/

Stanley E. Peacock (JD 1982) of Stanley E. Peacock, PA in Panama City, FL practices in the areas of criminal defense, family law, personal injury and civil litigation.  Read more at http://www.stanpeacocklaw.com

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Posted on 04/25/2014

Stephanie Schneider (JD 1991) of Stephanie L. Schneider, PA in Plantation, FL, a Florida Bar  Board Certified Elder Law Attorney, recently published a Case Note in the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Journal entitled, “The Demise of the Defense of Marriage Act: Time of Death Still to be Determined.”  She was assisted by her law clerk, Lara Pietrzak an NSU Law 3L. The case note examines the United States v. Windsor case concerning the Defense of Marriage Act that was decided by the Supreme Court of the United States in 2013.  Schneider practices Elder Law and not only represents elderly clients but also disabled clients of all ages.  She also assists LGBT and domestic partners with estate and long term care planning. Read the article online:  http://www.naela.org  Read more about Stephanie Schneider at: http://fl-elderlaw.com

Victor R. Smith (JD 1999) opened Victor Smith Law Group, P.A., in Winter Haven. The firm focuses on civil litigation, with an emphasis on family law.

Matthew Thibaut (JD 2001) of Ciklin Lubitz Martens & O’Connell in West Palm Beach, FL hosted a webinar on March 14 that examined employment arbitration.  His practice includes employment law and securities litigation.  Read more at http://ciklinlubitz.com/

 Howard Wander (JD 1987) of Kelley Kronenberg in West Palm Beach, FL was named the Chief Operating Officer and Principal Partner. He also is the Managing Partner of the firm’s West Palm Beach office and maintains his litigation practice in insurance defense, and workers compensation.  Read more at http://www.kelleykronenberg.com/

Jeffrey M. Wank (JD 2009) is an associate in the Insurance Litigation Department at Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  His department was recently honored by the Daily Business Review as the 2014 Insurance Litigation Department of the Year for South Florida. His practice includes insurance litigation, personal injury, civil rights, and commercial litigation.  Read more at http://www.cftlaw.com/general.php?category=Firm+Overview

 Andrew J. Weinstein (JD1996), managing partner at the Weinstein Law Firm in Coral Springs, FL, was recently appointed by President Obama to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.  Weinstein is active in various community organizations, serving on the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice, and the Florida Panthers Advisory Board, and he was named among the Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine in 2011.  His practice includes personal injury, and insurance litigation. Read about his appointment at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/18/president-obama-announces-more-key-administration-posts and read more about his practice at http://www.weinstein-law.com/

 

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Posted on 04/25/2014

John R. Whittles (JD 1999) a shareholder with Richman Greer in West Palm Beach, FL. was re-elected without opposition to the Palm Beach County Bar Association Board of Directors. He is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Business Litigation.  His practice includes commercial litigation, employment law, constitutional law, and election law.  Read more at http://www.richmangreer.com

Leisa Wintz (JD 2008) is now with Solaris Law Group in Davie, FL.  Her firm handles family law, real estate, business law and bankruptcy.  Read more at www.solarislegal.com

Adam S. Woodruff (JD 2005) was named partner at Shutts & Bowen in Tampa, FL. Woodruff practices in the areas of banking law, corporate, real estate, and business transactions. Read more at http://www.shutts.com/

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Posted on 03/27/2014

George Andrews (JD 2005) was named partner at Shutts & Bowen in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Andrews is a commercial litigator representing financial institutions in cases involving the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act, the Truth in Lending Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act. Read more at http://www.shutts.com/

Eunice Baros (JD 1980) of Eunice Baros Law, LLC in Palm Beach Gardens, FL presented at the February CLE "The Yin and Yang of Mediation: The Mediator and The Attorney" presented by the Palm Beach County Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. She is a certified mediator

Pooneh Charkhian (JD 2013) an attorney with the Law Offices of Izquierdo & Marin in Fort Lauderdale, FL, was sworn in as the Vice Chair of the NExT Steering Committee for the Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida and Legal Aid Service of Broward County. Her firm handles criminal defense and immigration cases. Read more at http://www.izquierdomarin.com/

Karly E Dreker (JD 2013) joined the Law Office of Benjamin T Hodas LLC in West Palm Beach, FL. She is an associate at the firm, which handles marital and family law cases. Read more at http://www.hodaslaw.com/

Merrilee Ehrlich (JD 1979), a Circuit Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County, FL spoke about Domestic Violence court at NSU Law Alumni Association’s seminar, "Best Practices in the 17th Judicial Circuit and 4th District Court of Appeal: What Judges Want You to Know" on March 21, 2014.

Maria Del Mar Estrach Ventura (JD 2013) is with Clifford Chance, LLP in Barcelona, Spain working in the tax division.

Ellen Feld (JD 1983) a County Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County, FL spoke about civil practice in county court at NSU Law Alumni Association’s seminar, "Best Practices in the 17th Judicial Circuit and 4th District Court of Appeal: What Judges Want You to Know" on March 21, 2014.

Michael Fichtel (JD 1987) was named CEO of Kelley Kronenberg in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He will also retain his title of firm-wide Managing Partner. Read more at: http://www.kelleykronenberg.com/

Michael Gilden (JD 2002) of Kopelowitz Ostrow in Ft. Lauderdale, FL is a Board Certified attorney in Marital and Family Law and recently received certification from the Florida Supreme Court as a family mediator. Read more at http://kolawyers.com/

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Posted on 03/27/2014

Renee Goldenberg (JD 1984) a Circuit Judge in Broward’s 17th Judicial Circuit, is featured on the cover of the March 2014 Broward Barrister and presented, "What Nonfamily Lawyers Should Know About Florida Family Law and Procedure," at the West Broward Bar Association luncheon on March 27, 2014. Judge Goldenberg also spoke about family court at NSU Law Alumni Association’s seminar, "Best Practices in the 17th Judicial Circuit and 4th District Court of Appeal: What Judges Want You to Know" on March 21, 2014.

Elizabeth M (Fohl) Jones (JD 2010) joined Shutts & Bowen in West Palm Beach, FL. She is a member of the real estate practice group. Read more at http://www.shutts.com/

Jamaal Jones (JD 2010) of Zumpano, Patricios & Winker in Miami, FL regularly publishes on the topic of health care compliance. Read more at http://www.zpwlaw.com/index.html His most recent article is at https://www.pharmacompliancemonitor.com/intersection-privacy-compliance-plans/6413/.

Robert W. Kelley (JD 1981) a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and partner at Kelley Uustal in Fort Lauderdale, FL, was named to the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is the founding partner of the preeminent personal injury, products liability, and medical malpractice law firm. Read more at http://www.justiceforall.com/

Tara Lynn Kopp (JD 2009) is an associate with Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser & Zoeller in West Palm Beach, FL. Kopp’s primary area of practice is PIP litigation. Read more at http://www.shw-law.com/

Amber E. B. McMichael (JD 2004) practices with Clarfield, Okon, Salomone & Pincus in West Palm Beach, FL. She provided the welcome and opening remarks to the February CLE "The Yin and Yang of Mediation: The Mediator and The Attorney" presented by the Palm Beach County Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, where she Chairs the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. Her practice includes residential and commercial real estate, and she represents lenders in foreclosure cases. She is also a certified mediator. Read more at http://www.cosplaw.com/

Thomas F. Mullin (JD 2004) joined Nason, Yeager, Gerson, White & Lioce in Boca Raton as an associate. Mullin concentrates in the areas of environmental law, water law, and land use law. Read more at http://www.nasonyeager.com/

Marcie Oppenheimer Nolan (JD 2008) became a partner with Becker & Poliakoff. Nolan works in the firm’s Ft. Lauderdale, FL office and focuses on local government issues with a concentration on land planning projects. Read more at http://www.becker-poliakoff.com/

Christopher Pole (JD 1981) a County Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County, FL spoke about criminal practice in county court at NSU Law Alumni Association’s seminar, "Best Practices in the 17th Judicial Circuit and 4th District Court of Appeal: What Judges Want You to Know" on March 21, 2014.

Jessie Pulitzer (JD 2013) has joined the offices of Wiederhold, Moses, Kummerlen & Waronicki, P.A in West Palm Beach, FL. The firm handles personal injury, insurance, and civil rights cases. Read more at http://www.wmrfla.com/

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Posted on 02/24/2014

Alexander Brown (JD 2004) a Director at Tripp Scott in Fort Lauderdale, FL was published in Forbes Magazine in January, 2014. His article, "Does Fighting Back Work or is the Patent System Really Broken" examines the case of Soverain Software, LLC v. Newegg, Inc., a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States declined to review the decision of the Federal Circuit Court. He practices intellectual property law at Tripp Scott. Read the article at www.forbes.com Read more at www.trippscott.com

Frank Delia (JD 2005) is a shareholder with Kubicki Draper, P.A. in West Palm Beach, FL. He is a member of the Firm's Commercial Litigation Practice Group, Mr. Delia focuses his practice on creditor's rights, commercial bankruptcy, commercial law and business litigation. Mr. Delia concentrates his practice in commercial foreclosures of real property and personal property interests representing institutional lenders and individual creditors. He has acted as trustee’s counsel in complex bankruptcy cases and is a member of the Bankruptcy Bar throughout the State. Read more at http://www.kubickidraper.com/

Scott Forman (JD 1995) is the managing shareholder of Littler in Miami, FL. He was recently appointed to the firm’s Board of Directors. His practice includes many facets of employment law for employers nationwide including single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff and class action cases. Read more at www.littler.com

Michelle J. Gomez (JD 2000) is an attorney, arbitrator and mediator with the firm of Saunders, Curtis, Ginestra & Gore in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is also Vice Mayor for the City of Tamarac, FL. Read more at: http://www.tamarac.org/

Donna Greenspan Solomon (JD 1995) of Solomon Appeals, in Fort Lauderdale, FL is a Board Certified Appellate lawyer and a Certified Mediator with multiple Board Certifications. She is chairing "The Art of Objecting: A Trial Lawyer’s Guide to Preserving Error for Appeal" a CLE presented by The Florida Bar’s Appellate Practice Section on March 14, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Read more at www.solomonappeals.com

Eamonn Gunther (JD 2001) is an attorney with the Law Offices of Mary Sue Donohue in Boca Raton, FL. Her practice includes estate planning, probate, guardianship and trust administration work. She was formerly with US Trust, where she administered trusts for high net worth families and was a litigator with a commercial litigation firm. Read more at www.marysuedonohue.com

Gina Jacobs (JD 2009) was named managing attorney of the newly-opened Orlando, Florida office of Adelson, Testan, Brundo, Novell & Jimenez. She has extensive experience in the insurance industry and workers’ compensation law. She received pro bono honors for her volunteer work in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and for her work for Broward legal aid. Read more at http://www.atblaw.net/

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Posted on 02/24/2014

Arlene Lakin (JD 1991) owner of Arlene Lakin, Esq. Attorney at Law in Margate, FL received the 2014 Lifestyle Media Group Leaders in Law award in wills, trusts, and estates in January 2014. She is a Board Certified Elder Law attorney who handles a variety of legal needs for her clients. Read more at http://www.arlenelakin.com/

Matthew Nelles (JD 1994) was named Partner at Broad and Cassel in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property Practice Groups, has litigated numerous patent, copyright, and trademark cases across the USA and is a registered patent attorney with the US Patent and Trademark office. Read more at www.broadandcassel.com

Beverly A. Pohl (JD 1991) is a partner at Broad and Cassel in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is the Chair of the firm’s statewide Appellate Law Practice Group. She is Board Certified in Appellate Practice and handles a variety of appellate matters including commercial litigation, criminal defense, and cases involving constitutional issues such as First Amendment rights and police misconduct litigation. She has presented numerous seminars and CLEs, mentors law students, and often lectures at NSU Law Center. Read more at www.broadandcassel.com

Vanessa Reynolds (JD 1988) was named partner at Broad and Cassel in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is Board Certified in Health Law and a member of the firm’s Health Law Practice Group. A veteran with more than 20 years of experience in health law, she has handled many cases involving medical malpractice, complex litigation, and insurance defense. She also provides institutional and individual health care provider and multi-hospital public health care system representation. Read more at www.broadandcassel.com

David Roos (JD 1999) a stockholder in Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, PA in Fort Myers, FL was elected Chair of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Practice. He represents insurance carriers, third party administrators, and employers in the defense of workers’ compensation claims. He has authored many articles and is a frequent speaker on workers’ compensation topics to clients, human resource professionals, and business owners. He is also the Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA). Read more at http://www.henlaw.com/

Vanessa Serrano (JD 2007), an associate with Broad and Cassel in Fort Lauderdale, FL, was elected to the board of directors of PACE Center for Girls in Broward. See www.pacecenter.org Her practice areas include commercial litigation and construction law. Read more at http://www.broadandcassel.com/

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Posted on 02/24/2014

Christopher Staller (JD 2003) was named a Partner at Broad and Cassel in Miami, FL. He is a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Special Assets Practice Groups. He has extensive experience in the acquisition, disposition, financing and development of commercial and residential real estate projects including apartment projects, warehouse buildings, and shopping centers. Read more at www.broadandcassel.com

Matthew Weissing (JD 1986) a shareholder at Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, PL in Fort Lauderdale, was selected as a "Top Lawyer" and his profile will appear in the 2014 edition of the South Florida Legal Guide. A decorated former US Marine, he has won numerous awards for his legal accomplishments and he is actively involved in various charitable causes in the South Florida community. His practice includes personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death, among other areas. Read more at http://www.pathtojustice.com/

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Posted on 01/29/2014

Marisa D. Ajmo (JD 1991) has joined McGlinchey Stafford as Of Counsel in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Marisa represents clients in consumer financial services and commercial litigation. Read more at http://www.mcglinchey.com/

Jeffrey Backman (JD 2003) was promoted to shareholder at Greenspoon Marder’s downtown Fort Lauderdale office where he is a member of the firm’s Complex Business Litigation Group. His practice includes commercial litigation and class action defense cases. Read more at www.gmlaw.com

Vanessa Banni-Viñas (JD 2012) is an Assistant State Attorney in Miami, FL. Her article, "Correcting a Ballerina’s Story: The Truth Behind Makletzova v. Diaghileff", 53 American Journal of Legal History 353 (2013) was selected by the Green Bag Almanac Reader as an example of good legal writing. Read more at http://www.greenbag.org

Valerie Barton Barnhart (JD 2011) an attorney at Kelley Kronenberg in Fort Lauderdale, FL was selected as the Leader in Law Awards 2014 "Rising Star" by Lifestyle Magazine on January 21, 2014 at NSU. She was recognized for promoting excellence in law, maintaining the highest level of ethics, showing a commitment to her community, and providing leadership. She also was selected for her outstanding skills in litigation, advocacy, counseling and advancing the legal profession through public service, Bar association activities and pro bono service. Read more at http://www.kelleykronenberg.com/

Eunice Baros (JD 1980) of Eunice Baros Law in Palm Beach Gardens, FL will present a mediation seminar about Domestic Violence in February at The Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee’s program, "The Yin and Yang of Mediation: The Mediator and The Attorney". She represents clients in mediation, criminal defense, juvenile, and consumer fraud cases.

Hope Baros (JD 2013) is currently working for the Office of the State Attorney in West Palm Beach, FL.

Lucy Chernow Brown (JD 1982) is a Circuit Judge in the 15th Judicial Circuit for Palm Beach County, FL. Judge Brown and the Lawyers for Literacy Committee are hosting a volunteer reader/recorder Open House at The Learning Ally on Thursday, March 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, March 22 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. To RSVP email jmigdalmack@legalaidpbc.org for more information visit https://www.learningally.org/volunteers

Laura Jacobson Cohen (JD 2007) joined the newly formed firm of Benardo Levine LLP in Boca Raton, FL as an associate. The firm handles business, labor and employment, real estate, wills, trusts, and probate matters. Read more at www.bennardolevine.com

Colleen Colton (JD 2005 ) has joined McGlinchey Stafford as an associate in their Fort Lauderdale, FL office. Colleen’s practice includes commercial litigation and consumer financial services litigation. Read more at http://www.mcglinchey.com/

Mary D’Ambrosio (JD 1989), a Judge of Compensation Claims at the Division of Administrative Hearings in West Palm Beach, FL will be a panelist at the "Not Just Comp" CLE offered by the Palm Beach Bar Association in late February 2014.

Nathaniel Dutt (JD 2012) is an associate with Broad and Cassel in Orlando, FL. He practices with the affordable housing and tax credit practice group. Read more at http://www.broadandcassel.com

Andrew M. Fisher (JD 2004) owns Fisher Law, PA in Orlando, FL. He has been elected as a member of the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando Area Board of Directors. He is a Board Certified real estate attorney. http://fisherlawpa.com/

Jared Guberman (JD 2013) has joined GPG Law in Ft. Lauderdale as an associate. He will focus on complex commercial litigation.

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Posted on 01/29/2014

Donna Greenspan Solomon (JD 1995) of Solomon Appeals, in Fort Lauderdale, FL was a panelist on November 18, 2013, in a Florida Bar webinar entitled, "Recent Developments in Arbitration - The Revised Florida Arbitration Code and Recent Supreme Court Decisions." She is a Board Certified Appellate lawyer and a Certified Mediator with multiple Board Certifications. Read more at www.solomonappeals.com

Joshua T. Higgins (JD 2011) joined Kelley Kronenberg in Ft. Lauderdale. His practice includes workers’ compensation, civil rights violations, and correctional health care. Read more at http://www.kelleykronenberg.com/

John C. Lukacs, Sr. (JD 1981) joined Hinshaw & Culbertson in Coral Gables, FL as a partner. His practice includes complex commercial and business litigation, as well as real estate and property rights, eminent domain, and inverse condemnation. Read more at http://www.hinshawlaw.com

Giuseppina Miranda (JD 1999) was elevated from General Magistrate to the County Court for the 17th Judicial Circuit in Broward County, FL. She is a former Assistant State Attorney and served as General Magistrate in the 17th Judicial Circuit since 2007.

Jane Woodfield Morin (JD 2013) is currently employed by the Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach, FL.

Nicole Netti (JD 2013) joined Haber, Stief & Blank in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Her practice includes family law and criminal defense. Read more at http://www.hsbattorneys.com/

Orestes Perez (JD 1994) is a partner with Baker Zimmerman & Perez in Parkland, FL. His practice includes personal injury.

Jonathan P. Picard (JD 2013) Cooke & Barrett, P.L., in West Palm Beach, FL.. The firm handles general liability, professional malpractice, and commercial litigation, among other civil law matters. Read more at http://cookebarrett.com/

Shelley Punancy (JD 1986), a Judge of Compensation Claims at the Division of Administrative Hearings in West Palm Beach, FL will be a panelist at the "Not Just Comp" CLE offered by the Palm Beach Bar Association in late February 2014.

Stacy Ross (JD 1997) was elevated to the Circuit Court from the County Court in the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County, FL. She served as a Judge in the County Court from 2005 to 2013. She served as Assistant State Attorney in Broward County from 1998- 2005.

Michael Schutt (JD 2001) joined Fuentes & Berrio LLP in Deerfield Beach, FL. Michael handles personal injury, PIP, property, and construction disputes. Read more at http://fuentesberrio.com/

Zachary Sloan (JD 2012) is an associate in The Law Offices of Greenstein & Associates in Wellington, FL. The firm handles tax and estate planning, commercial and civil litigation, financial services, and equine law. Read more http://www.greenstein-law.com/

Michelle K. Suarez (JD 2013) joined the RKE Law Group in Hallandale Beach, FL. The firm handles foreclosures and bankruptcy matters. Read more at http://www.rkelawgroup.com/

Carolina Sznajderman (JD 2007) joined Gursky Ragan in Miami, FL. The firm handles community association law.

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – January 2014 - 502

Posted on 01/29/2014

Shelby Tatum (JD 2013) is an associate with Ocean Properties, Ltd., in Delray Beach, FL. She handles various corporate legal matters for the company, which is one of the largest hospitality management and real estate development companies in North America. Read more at http://www.oplhotels.com/

Greg A. Tynan (JD 1995) was elevated from County to Circuit Court for the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Orange County, (Orlando) FL by appointment from Governor Rick Scott.

Ginger Lerner-Wren (JD 1983) a Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, FL was named a finalist for the "Successful Innovation" Award presented by The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law Foundation.

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – December 2013 - 496

Posted on 12/20/2013

Bradley W. Biggs(JD 1998) announces the opening of his new law practice, Bradley W. Biggs, P.A. in Wellington, FL.  He is Board Certified in City, County and Local Government Law and also has a mediation practice. He currently represents the Village of Golf and the Town of South Palm Beach.

Amy Bloom (JD 2001) is an attorney with Beasley Hauser Kramer & Galardi, P.A. in  West Palm Beach, FL.  She handles complex commercial litigation, mass torts and product liability cases.  Read more at http://www.beasleylaw.net/

Jeffrey Colbath (JD 1982) Chief Judge of the 15th Judicial Circuit in and for Palm Beach County, FL was featured in the Florida Weekly recently.  The article was written by Eunice Baros (JD 1980) and highlights some key moments of his service on the Bench.  Read about it at
http://palmbeachgardens.floridaweekly.com/news/2013-11-21/Top_News/Chief_judge_follows_a_family_tradition_in_courtroo.html

Whitney Carroll (JD 2013) is an associate with Ciklin, Lubitz, Martens & OConnell, in West Palm Beach, FL. She practices in the areas of land use, zoning, and real property law.  Read more at http://www.ciklinlubitz.com

Brittany Chambers (JD 2011) is an associate with the Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A., in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Her practice includes personal injury, products liability, and complex litigation.  Read more at http://www.schlesingerlaw.com

Nikki Devidze (JD 2012) is an associate with the Mallory Law Group, in Jupiter, FL.  The firm handles commercial litigation, professional malpractice, and family law.  Read more at http://www.mallorylawgroup.com/

Cash Alexander Eaton (JD 2013) is an associate at The Eaton Family Law Firm, P.A. in West Palm Beach, FL.  The firm handles family law matters.

Steven J. Hammer (JD 1986) joined the Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  His practice includes medical malpractice and he recently won a $30 million verdict in Broward County. Read more at http://www.schlesingerlaw.com

Sue-Ellen Kenny (JD 1992) an attorney with Law Offices of Scott Glassman, PA in West Palm Beach, FL will provide the welcome and opening remarks in January 2014 at a CLE entitled, “Inside the Appellate Court: An Afternoon with the Judges of the Fourth DCA”, at the Boca Raton Country Club. Kenny practices in the area of family law and also handles civil and criminal appeals.  She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at NSU Law. Read more at http://glassmanlaw.net/

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – December 2013 - 497

Posted on 12/20/2013

Brian Kopelowitz (JD 1996) of Kopelowitz Ostrow in Ft. Lauderdale, FL has been appointed to the Nova Southeastern University’s Ambassadors Board.  He is co-founder of his firm, which handles real estate litigation, general commercial litigation, and corporate transactions. Read more at http://kolawyers.com/attorneys/

Grant Levine (JD 2013) an attorney with Greenberg Traurig, PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL is featured in the Florida Bar News article “Greenberg Traurig Rolls Out New Grad Residency Program.” Click here and scroll down to read the article http://www.floridabar.org/DIVCOM/JN/jnnews01.nsf Read more about the firm at www.gtlaw.com

Melanie May (JD 1981) is a Judge on the Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach, FL.Judge May will be a panelist during a moderated discussion at a January 2014CLE entitled, “Inside the Appellate Court:An Afternoon with the Judges of the Fourth DCA”, to be held at the Boca Raton Country Club.Judge May is also Chair of the Board of Governors for the NSU Shepard Broad Law Center.

Katherine McGovern (JD 2013) joined Kubicki Draper in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Her practice includes personal injury, products liability, and construction defects. Read more at http://www.kubickidraper.com

Amber E. B.McMichael (JD 2004) is an attorney with Clarfield, Okon, Salomone, & Pincus, PL in West Palm Beach, FL. She will introduce a CLE in February 2014 called, “The Yin and Yang of Mediation: The Mediator and The Attorney”, at the Palm Beach County Bar Association. She will also moderate, “Mediator Practice Tips from the Attorney Point of View.” Her practice area includes commercial and residential litigation, plaintiff foreclosures, and real estate transactions.  She is also a certified mediator.  Read more at http://www.clarfieldokon.com/

Katherine Newcomer (JD 2013) has joined Broad and Cassel in West Palm Beach in the commercial litigation practice group. Read more at http://www.broadandcassel.com

Rosemarie S. Roth (JD 1983) owns Roth Family Law in Miami, FL.  She practices collaborative family law and she was recently elected President of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Florida Board of Directors for the 2013-14 year. Visit http://collaborativecouncilflorida.com/ for more information. Read more about her at http://rothfamilylaw.com/

Andrew Rothstein (JD 2012) is an associate in De Varona Law in Boca Raton, FL. The firm practices business litigation and transactional law, wills, trusts, and probate, and appeals.  Read more at http://www.devaronalaw.com/

Leslie Rushing (JD 2012), an associate with Connolly, Geaney, Ablitt, & Willard, P.C. in West Palm Beach, FL, published an article, “Overboard and Unknown” in Travel Law Quarterly 304, which is available  through the NSU Law Library.  Her practice area includes real estate and bankruptcy.

Fausto Sanchez (JD 2010) joined Diaz Reus & Targ in Miami, FL.  His practice areas include family law, civil, and property litigation. Read more at http://www.diazreus.com/

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – December 2013 - 498

Posted on 12/20/2013

Joseph Santoro (JD 1998) is a shareholder with Gunster Law in West Palm Beach, FL. He was a member of the winning foursome from Gunster at Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County’s 13th Annual Cup of Justice Golf Classic held in October 2013.  He practices in the areas of labor and employment law for employers, including providing litigation and legal counseling to the client.Read more at www.gunster.com

Frederick Segal (JD 2007) is an associate with Broad and Cassel in Miami, FL. He recently spoke to medical residents at JFK Hospital in West Palm Beach about the “Future of Private Practice in Medicine.” He holds an LL.M in Health Law from Widener University School of Law and practices in the firm’s Health Law Practice Group.  He counsels hospitals, physicians, and medical providers on an array of issues.Read more at http://www.broadandcassel.com

Alicia Zweig (JD 2013) joined Kubicki Draper in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Her practice includes commercial litigation, corporate, and construction matters. Read more at http://www.kubickidraper.com/

Law Center News

Lambda Law Society Annual Conference Oct. 24th

Posted on 10/10/2014

The Lambda Law Society (Lambda United) has partnered with the Florida Association of LGBT Lawyers and Allies (FALLA) for their 3rd annual "Out of the Closet and In Your Office" conference on October 24, 2014 from 8:30AM to 6:00PM. This year’s conference will feature a variety of topics for LGBT lawyers and lawyers serving LGBT clients. The conference will be held at the Shepard Broad Law Center. The conference is preceded by a Happy Hour at Progress Bar on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM.

The cost of attendance for the conference is $20 for students, which includes breakfast, lunch and an evening reception with one drink ticket included. Click here to register. Currently practicing attorneys should select the government, non-profit category.

For more information, please contact Gregory Boan, President of Lambda United, at gb652@nova.edu or (786) 444-8418.

Lambda United seeks to actively promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender expression equality in the legal profession, judiciary, and community at large; to introduce individuals in the LGBT community to the use of the legal system; and to support, assist, encourage, and promote the legal community in general. To achieve these goals, Lambda Law Society will uphold the highest standard of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession, promote reform in law, and facilitate the administration of justice.

Children and Families Clinic Wins Case after 7-Day Trial

Posted on 09/19/2014

The Law Center's Children and Families Clinic recently won a complex termination of parental rights case in Miami after a 7-day trial.  Professors Michael DaleMichael Flynn ,and Brion Blackwelder worked with our dedicated clinic students, Maybel Castellon ('14), Ruby Garg ('14), Tara Gelfand ('14), and Monica Jordan ('14). The clinic represented four children in this case, and the litigation involved handling multiple pretrial motions, 7,000 pages of documents, 25 depositions, and 15 trial witnesses presented by the Florida Department of Children and Families.  The clinic will continue to represent these children because the case has now evolved into a dependency case. 

For more information about all of NSU Shepard Broad Law Center Clinics, visit our Clinical Programs page.

NSU Law Ranks Among Top 5 Law Schools for Hispanics

Posted on 09/17/2014

NSU Law ranked 5th in HispanicBusiness.com’s 2014 Annual Diversity Report as one of the Best Law Schools for Diversity Practices.  Additionally, the Law Center placed 3rd, among the top 10 schools identified in the percentage of “Hispanic graduate enrollment” and “J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics.”  NSU’s Law continues to garner top rankings nationally as a leader in providing quality legal education to diverse populations.

Read the full article, here

Call for Papers - Nova Law Review Symposium 2015 - New Media and Old Metaphors

Posted on 09/16/2014

New Media and Old Metaphors Symposium. NSU Law, in conjunction with the Nova Law Review, and NSU Sports and Entertainment Law Society will organize the 2015 annual Nova Law Symposium February 12-13, 2015. The focus of the conference is to provide an interdisciplinary review of issues involving business and industry responses to the transformative impact of new media on traditional entertainment and media, including journalism, sports, film, broadcast, gaming, music, and similar areas.

The two-day conference will feature an academic symposium of Thursday, February 12th sponsored by the Nova Law Review and a practice-oriented workshop hosted by SELS on Friday, February 13th. Thursday evening will feature a hosted event showcasing South Florida’s thriving arts, entertainment, and sports community.

Social media, new distribution models, wearable electronics, Internet-of-Things electronics, sharable 3D print programs, and other technological changes require artists, industry, courts, and legislatures to rethink the ways laws once designed for daily print newspapers and burlesque houses apply in the modern age.

The symposium is an opportunity for academics, practitioners, consultants, and students to exchange ideas and explore emerging issues of law, policy and economic enterprise. Interdisciplinary presentations are encouraged. Authors and presenters are invited to submit proposals on topics relating to the theme, which may include such topics these:

First Amendment and Defamation

Evolving Technologies

Copyright at the Crossroads

Artists, Creators, Athletes and Actors

Other Issues

Submissions & Important Dates: 

-          Please submit materials to lawreview@nsu.law.nova.edu.

-          Submission Deadline for Abstracts: October 15, 2014

-          Submission Deadline for First Draft of Manuscripts: January 15, 2015

-          Submission Deadline for Completed Articles:  February 1, 2015

-          Symposium Date: February 12, 2015

Law Review Published Article:  The Nova Law Review will review, edit, and publish papers from the symposium in the 2015 spring symposium issue. Papers are invited from scholars and practitioners across all disciplines related to the program. Please submit a title and abstract (of 500–1000 words) or draft paper for works in progress. Abstracts or drafts should be submitted by October 15, 2014. Submissions may be accepted on a rolling basis after that time until all speaking positions are filled. 

Presentations (without publication) based on Abstracts:  For speakers interested in presenting without submitting a publishable article, please submit an abstract of the proposed presentation. Abstracts should be submitted by October 15, 2014. Submissions may be accepted on a rolling basis after that time until all speaking positions are filled.  

About Nova Law Review: The Nova Law Review publishes three academic issues annually including the annual symposium issue and the annual review of Florida Law. The Nova Law Review is proudly celebrating its 39th year of publication.

About The Sports and Entertainment Law Society of Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center (SELS):  SELS is an organization devoted to exposing law students to the relevant legal, financial, and business issues in the sports and entertainment industry. SELS members organize educational and social events while networking with other law students, attorneys, and professionals across the country.”

Contact for more information:

Email: Nova Law Review lawreview@nsu.law.nova.edu, Kyle S. Roberts, Editor-in-Chief, kr885@nova.edu (954) 856-0657 or Carey Courson, administrative assistant to Dean Jon M. Garon: coursonc@nsu.law.nova.edu  (954) 262-6229.

Cynthia Duval Elected President of Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association

Posted on 07/01/2014

Cynthia Duval, Associate Director of Career and Professional Development at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, will be installed as President as President of the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association on July 10, 2014.  Formed in 1985, the association’s mission is to address the concerns of women lawyers as they relate to the social, economic, political and moral needs of the community. For more information on Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association click here

Prior to career services, Duval served two terms as a federal judicial law clerk for the United States District Court Middle District and Southern District of Florida.  She also worked in local government as Assistance City Attorney for the City of Hialeah and as an Assistant Regional Counsel for the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel.  She practiced in the areas of insurance defense, medical malpractice defense, nursing home litigation defense and employment law.  She is a graduate of University of Miami School of Law. Duval is married and has four children.

South Florida Chapter of the National Black Prosecutors Association Naming Ceremony

Posted on 06/19/2014

The National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) is a national organization dedicated to the recruitment and advancement of African American prosecutors.  In recognition of his contribution to the profession and the community, the newly established south Florida chapter will be named the Charles B. Morton Chapter in his honor.

It is most fitting that Chuck Morton be bestowed with this honor as he was the first African American prosecutor in Broward County, where he served as an exemplary prosecutor for close to four decades.In addition, he is a steady mentor to new young prosecutors as well as to senior prosecutors aspiring to the next levels in their careers.

NSU Law is proud to participate in this ceremony honoring Chuck Morton. He has been a longstanding and respected professor of trial advocacy while also providing invaluable support to the Criminal Justice Clinic.

Confirmed speakers include:

Eugene Pettis, The Florida Bar, President

Catherine Arcabascio, NSU Law, Associate Dean, International Programs & Professor of Law

Jeffrey Harris, The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Peter Weinstein, 17th Judicial Circuit Court, Chief Judge

Kathleen Cannon, United Way, Commission on Substance Abuse, President & CEO

U.S. District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas

U.S District Judge James I. Cohn

The program begins with networking and cocktails at 5:30 pm and will be held at the Executive Conference Room 3000, Huizenga Business School, on July 9, 2014.

To RSVP, click here. Please forward any questions or comments to Cynthia Henry Duval at cduval@nova.edu or 954-262-6328.

 

Beyond the LSAT: Nova Southeastern University Law Professor Receives Patent for an Alternative Admission Model Program for Legal Education

Posted on 06/02/2014

The decision to obtain a juris doctorate (J.D.) degree requires a considerable investment of time and financial support. For many applicants, that decision can be infused with additional challenges based upon Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores and undergraduate Grade Point Averages (GPA). The LSAT score and undergraduate GPA have long served as traditional indicators of an applicant’s potential to succeed in law school. As a result many have been denied access to law schools across the country because of poor test scores or a low GPA.

Joseph Harbaugh, LL.M., professor of law and dean emeritus of Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Shepard Broad Law Center is credited with securing a U.S. patent (US 20140067707 A1) for a computer-based system called AAMPLE®, the Alternative Admissions Model Program in Legal Education.AAMPLE® serves as an additional method of identifying candidates for admission to an institution’s law school.

Harbaugh and several of his colleagues realized that while LSAT scores and GPAs have some value in predicting student success, the indicators had practically no significance in determining longer-term results, such as a student’s ability to succeed in law school, pass the bar, or attain professional success. The primary purpose of AAMPLE® is to serve as an admissions predictive function – a tool for evaluating the capabilities of prospective students.

“We are elated to see this portion of the process through,” said Harbaugh. “We believe that dreams are meant to be realized. The AAMPLE program allows those involved in the admissions process, one additional avenue for providing students with the desire and commitment to attend law school, the opportunity to achieve that dream.”

AAMPLE® applicants are enrolled in two law school courses — Introduction to the 4th Amendment and Negotiable Instruments, taught by law school professors. Each course replicates an appropriate portion of an equivalent regular J.D. offering in that subject that is suitable for the abbreviated five week session in which the courses are offered. Applicants invited into the program may choose either a live, on-campus format or an on-line option utilizing distance learning technologies. The patent currently applies only to the online distance education format.

The talent payoff of this approach for NSU’s Law Center is reflected in the many success stories associated with those admitted through the AAMPLE® program. Students have or have been editors in chief and executive editors of the Nova Law Review; editors in chief and articles editors of the ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law; and winners of the upper class moot court competitions. The AAMPLE® program is also offered at various law schools across the nation.

Harbaugh served as dean of NSU’s Law Center from 1995 to 2008. He has also served in a wide range of legal education leadership positions, including the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), the Council of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, as a member and former chair of the Board of Directors of Access Group, Inc., legal education’s non-profit student loan program, and as the AALS representative in the ABA House of Delegates for 19 years.

Harbaugh was honored for securing this patent by NSU President George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., during the President’s Faculty Research & Development Grants Award Ceremony held on May 13.

Client Donates to the Veterans Law Clinic in Alumna's Honor

Posted on 05/14/2014

In appreciation of NSU Law alumna Elizabeth Ricci (’00), a client made a donation in Ricci’s honor to the Veterans Law Clinic. The funds will be used to establish a scholarship for NSU Law students. Presently, Ricci is defending Army veteran Mario Hernandez, a Cuban refugee and Florida resident who after 49 years of living in the United States, found out he was not a United States Citizen. Hernandez has not only served for the United States Army, but also worked for two state agencies and two federal agencies, including the Justice Department. He has even voted in presidential elections.

To read the full story posted by The New York Times, click here. For more on Ricci, see a profile on her here.

Nova Law Review Now Available Digitally

Posted on 04/09/2014

The Nova Law Review is now available online and for digital download. The online journal is free, and will showcase current issues in the legal community. All essays published online will only be available in e-format. The first article available for download is "Problem Solving Justice: Reducing Recidivism And Promoting Public Safety" by The Honorable Judge Ginger Lerner- Wren. To read the latest article, click here.

The Nova Law Review is published three times per year: in October, November, and March. The Review, a student-operated journal, serves judges, practitioners, scholars, and students by publishing outstanding legal scholarship and enhancing the intellectual climate of the Shepard Broad Law Center. Through its collaboration with the legal community, the Review provides timely and thought-provoking commentary from judges, legal practitioners, law professors, and select students. Generally one issue each year is devoted to survey articles and often another issue is in the form of a symposium. In addition, the Review trains its members in intensive legal research, analysis, and writing, thereby preparing them for the rigors of legal practice and public service. Every member of the Review shares the all-important work of criticizing, reconstructing, and polishing each piece until it is ready for publication. As a supplement to the routine daily class work of the Shepard Broad Law Center, the Review affords second and third year students, a means of intensive training in legal writing. One of the most enriching experiences of Review membership comes from fulfilling the Law Center’s writing requirement. To become a member of the Review, a student must write an article of publishable quality. The process of researching, writing, and rewriting an article is a unique educational experience. By composing an article, each member of the Review comes to appreciate the special value of revising his or her own submission, as well as working closely with fellow students to achieve one common goal. For more information on Nova Law Review, click here.

NSU Law Takes Trophies at the 15th Annual Student Life Achievement Awards

Posted on 04/08/2014

April 2, 2014 was a night of celebration for the NSU Law Center at the 15th Annual Student Life Achievement Awards, also known as “STUEYS.” Public Interest Law Society (PILS) won Graduate Organization of the Year, Rahysa Vargas (SBA President) won the STUEY as the Law Center’s Student of the Year, and Carisa Champion-Lippmann, a Law and College of Osteopathic Medicine student, took home the STUEY for overall Student of the Year! Nominees from the NSU Law Center included Robert Levine for Executive of the Year, Ethan Wall for Alumnus of the Year, and Suncoast Marketing for Corporate Partner of the Year.

The Student Life Achievement Awards honors those who exemplify NSU’s Core Values of Academic Excellence, Student Centered, Integrity, Innovation, Opportunity, Scholarship/Research, Diversity, and Community.

Congratulations to our winners and nominees. Everyone at NSU Law Center is very proud of you all.

To view all 2014 STUEY winners, click here.

PILS Auction Raises More Than $14,000 for Student Fellowships

Posted on 03/24/2014

On March 14, 2014, the Public Interest Law Society (PILS) raised more than $14,000 at a charity auction held at the NSU Law Center. The money raised is used to fund fellowships for students who work in public interest law during the summer. Among the items auctioned included opportunities to dine and play golf with professors, the chance to become dean and associate dean for a day, and a coveted parking spot in the faculty lot.

Law Staff Featured in ABA's Law Practice Today

Posted on 03/18/2014

Cynthia Duval, Associate Director of Career and Professional Development at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, was recently featured in Law Practice Today, the monthly webzine of the ABA Law Practice Division. The publication is the leading magazine on the business of practicing law. It offers insightful advice and practical tips on marketing, management, technology and finance.

To read the feature on her career path, click here: http://bit.ly/1if97FV

Prior to career services, Duval served two terms as a federal judicial law clerk for the United States District Court Middle District and Southern District of Florida.  She also worked in local government as Assistance City Attorney for the City of Hialeah and as an Assistant Regional Counsel for the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel.  She practiced in the areas of insurance defense, medical malpractice defense, nursing home litigation defense and employment law.  She is a graduate of University of Miami School of Law. Duval is married and has four children.

The 21st Annual Public Interest Law Society Auction- March 14

Posted on 02/26/2014

The 21st Annual Public Interest Law Society Auction will take place on Friday, March 14 from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Shepard Broad Law Center. There will be a live and silent auction. Items include: Disney Hopper tickets, Bar review courses, sporting event tickets
accommodations at domestic and all inclusive international hotels, and much more.  Enjoy networking, drinks, food, and a live jazz band. Guest speakers include: Legal Aid of Broward County and Judge Melanie May of the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal.

All proceeds will go toward fellowships awarded to law students in non-paid public interest positions.

For more information on auction or donations please email Bea Serrano at bs1094@nova.edu.

Symposium: Energy, Climate Disruption and Sea Level Rise:New Directions in Law and Policy

Posted on 02/19/2014

On February 6 & 7, 2014, NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center organized a two-day symposium “Energy, Climate Disruption and Sea Level Rise: New Directions in Law and Policy.” This was the third annual symposium. Prior symposiums have focused on hot button issues as legal representation of children in cases of neglect and abuse and veterans and active duty personnel with PTSD.  The environmental symposium focused on the legal and policy issues raised by climate disruption and sea level rise. Ongoing disruption of the world’s climate that has begun to cause significant changes in physical and social patterns in many regions of the globe. Low lying areas with large amounts of coastline—such as the state of Florida—are particularly threatened by current and future sea level rise, intense storms, and high tide events. These emerging realities raise a number of difficult legal issues and they present immense challenges to policy-makers at all levels,  with respect to both the ways that electrical energy is generated for human use and the shape and application of public policies regarding land use, development and pollution prevention.

This symposium featured expert presenters from across the United States—with significant representation from Florida—who described current (and possible future) Florida and federal regulation of energy as it is related to the impact of climatic shifts.  Scientists  provided background on the causes and projected physical and social impacts of climate disruption.  Over 80 people attended this event such as attorneys who advise local, state and federal government agencies, landowners, insurance companies, industrial clients and non-governmental organizations, policy-makers, academics from several disciplines, and interest group advocates.

Presenters pictured from left to right:

Mona Hymel, Arthur W. Andrews Professor of Law, James E. Rogers College of Law, The University of Arizona

Victor B. Flatt, J.D., Thomas F. and Elizabeth Taft Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law, University of North Carolina School of Law

David M. Driesen, M.Mus, J.D., University Professor, Syracuse University College of Law

Joel A. Mintz, J.D., LL.M., J.S.D., Professor of Law,Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center

NSU Law Celebrates Black History Month

Posted on 02/18/2014

On February 13, 2014, NSU Law celebrated Black History Month with “Being a lawyer and changing the world - celebrating the contributions of black lawyers.”  Nelson Mandela once said that “Education is the most important weapon with which you can change the world.”  Becoming a lawyer is empowering – it is becoming endowed with the tools to affect real change for individuals, families and communities. For this Black History Month event, invoking the griot tradition, NSU Law Center  partnered with local leaders presenting their “testimonials” about the people, cases, or issues that they worked on or assisted with that affirmed their decisions to become advocates.  They told stories about how they used their legal skills to change our world – one person, family or community at a time. The speakers included Eugene Pettis, Judge Patrick White, Charles Morton, Sidney Calloway, Phyllis Kotey, and alumni Mertella Burris, Hilary Creary, Nexcy De Las Rosa,  and Pascale Achille.  The program also  included video stories from U.S. Congressman Alcee Hastings and ACLU Director Nancy Abudu. Pictured from left to right: Rochelle Ramsay ('12) and Judge Patrick White - U.S. Magistrate.  

 

Student News

NSU Law Student Receives Offer of Publication in Law Journal

Posted on 09/11/2014

NSU Law student, Ryan Smith, received an offer of publication for his article, “Procedural Due Process: The Distinctions between America and Abroad” from the Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution. Smith is editor-in-chief of NSU Law’s student-run law journal, ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law. His article focuses on due process of law that should be enforced by countries around the world that are signatories to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Smith argues, “Deprivations of Procedural Due Process are as unique as they are pervasive. This issue is particularly relevant today and with the U.S. included in a myriad of countries that choose to not play by the rules in detentions similar to those at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, the human rights protections that were once motivated by history, which a worldwide initiative seeks to protect, will instead prove to be in vain.”

The Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution is a student-run law journal that publishes articles from scholars and students related to international law and dispute resolution.  First published in 1992, the publication “provides practitioners, judges, and legislators with well researched, cogent legal scholarship, and timely commentary about international legal developments to the attention of national and international readers.” The journal is listed in the Directory of Law Reviews and Scholarly Legal Periodicals, the Index to Legal Periodicals & Books, and the International Council of Environmental Law Reference.

NSU Law Students Win Animal Law Writing Competition

Posted on 09/09/2014

Two NSU Shepard Broad Law Center students were selected as winners of the second annual Florida State University Law Chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund’s (FSU SALDF) Animal Law Writing Competition. The writing competition focuses on animal issues such as animal cruelty laws. Animal rights activists Heidi Mehaffey, first place, and Alison Jane Trejo, honorable mention, were named winners of the competition. Both students demonstrated such strong writing skills that the FSU SALDF decided to create an honorable mention for Alison Jane Trejo for her entry. The contestants will be honored at the first annual Southeastern Animal Law Symposium, hosted at FSU Law in Tallahassee, Fla. on November 7, 2014.  The FSU SALDF’s Animal Law Writing competition is one of only two annual national writing contests in animal law in the U.S.

Mehaffey is currently attending NSU Law in the evening, and has been a teacher assistant at the University School for nine years. She is a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, Executive Justice for Academics, and the Environmental Law and Land Use Society. Previously, she worked for Robert N. Hartsell, P.A., Plantation, Fla., and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. Of her decision to focus on swine in her paper, A Comparative Analysis of United States and European Farming Standards: How the USA Grossly Disregards the Quality of Life for Farm Pigs, Mehaffey states, "I was inspired to focus my article on pigs because of my own little piglet, Theodore. He is intelligent, endearing, and a complex creature that loves to play his piano! Pigs are inquisitive and social animals that should be afforded the basic right to engage in natural behaviors. I truly believe that there needs to be a change in the way factory farm animals are treated, and appreciate the opportunity to have my article recognized by the Florida State University Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and Pets ad Litem." Mehaffey plans to share her winnings with Rooterville, an animal rescue site run by passionate animal rights activists that houses over 130 rescued farm animals, including pot belly pigs, who have come from situations of abuse/neglect and abandonment.

Trejo is currently attending NSU Law in the evening, and is a Law Clerk at Matt Hellman, P.A. in Plantation, Fla. She chose to write her paper, Killer Soup: The Brutality of Shark Finning and the Wildly Profitable Shark Fin Industry, because “I have always been fascinated by these magnificent creatures.  Sharks play a vital role at the top of the food chain by maintaining balance in the ocean, the most important ecosystem on the planet.” Trejo’s paper touches upon marine animal cruelty laws specifically as they relate to sharks.

Photo from left: Alison Trejo and Heidi Mehaffey

 

UPDATE: October 17, 2014

Alison Trejo and Heidi Mehaffey also entered and won (first and second place, respectively) the New York State Bar Association Student Writing Competition. Along with first place, Alison Trejo was offered publication in the state Bar Journal, which she accepted. 

 

Student Awarded 2014 Summer Fellowship with Legal Aid Service of Broward County

Posted on 07/11/2014

Law student Marlin Muller, was awarded a 2014 Summer Fellowship with Legal Aid Service of Broward County. This fellowship is awarded to an outstanding student annually and is sponsored by NeXT, the young professionals group that supports Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida.

Marlin attended the recent Bridge to Justice breakfast fundraiser and is pictured with Major General William Matz (retired), past president of the National Association for Uniformed Services (NAUS), which advocates in Congress for service members, veterans and their families.  NAUS was founded in 1968 and is the only military affiliated association that represents the entire military/veteran family. No other association provides such broad representation when dealing with Congress, the White House, and the Pentagon. NAUS represents all seven branches of the uniformed services including Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, including all components (active duty, Reserve, National Guard), veterans, their spouses, widows/widowers, and all grades and ranks – both enlisted and officer

Two Students Awarded Rising Star Scholarship

Posted on 04/25/2014

The Broward County Women Lawyers’ Association (BCWLA) presented the 2013 Rising Star Scholarship Award to two NSU Law students Carisa Champion-Lippman and Michelle Kenney.

Champion-Lippman is a second year law student, but will be graduating in May 2016 from NSU Law, because she is currently obtaining two other degrees. When she graduates, she will have a J.D., D.O. and a Masters in Public Health. Champion- Lippman developed her love for the medical field early in life. Both of her parents are nurses and she joined them on several mission trips as a teen and young adult. Through those experiences, she determined that she wanted to help people with medicine and the law. NSU was just the place in which she could combine those fields and learn more about health policy. Her goals include advocating for necessary legislation and administrative policies in the medical field. To promote that goal while in school, Champion-Lippman initiated a task force to create a student-run clinic for the local homeless population.  Since starting this project, this group has secured clinic space, volunteers, supplies, and grant proposals with an expected open date of summer.

Kenney is a second year, evening law student. She works full time as a paralegal and is mother to a teenage daughter. Growing up, she experienced her family’s struggle with the complexity of navigating and providing necessary care for developmentally disabled sibling.  Her goal is to advocate for families with children with special needs and help them obtain the skills and training to properly care for them. To help in that effort, Kenney founded a not-for-profit organization called Rainy Day Disability Resources, Inc.  This organization serves the disabled community by providing funding options along with the education and specialized resources, including trainings and low cost or no cost legal work for families that have obtained (or trying to obtain) a legal guardianship for a disabled or elder family member.  She also organized a workshop for parents of developmentally disabled parents at NSU. This event serviced over 60 families in the local community.  Because of her work in the community, Kenney was awarded the 2012 Broward Coalition on Aging Scholarship and 2013 Association of Professional Businesswomen Scholarship.

Fernanda Torres 2014 Recipient of the Honorable Charles I Kaplan Scholarship

Posted on 04/25/2014

Fernanda Torres was recently awarded the Honorable Charles I. Kaplan Scholarship for her outstanding contributions to the Law Center’s Children and Families Clinic. Torres is preparing for graduation in May and this award provided much needed financial relief as she prepares for the upcoming Bar Exam.

The Honorable Charles I Kaplan Scholarship was established in memory of Judge Kaplan `88, a juvenile court judge. Judge Kaplan was dedicated to making a difference inside and outside the courtroom.  Each year, this award honors a student who is committed to children and families as demonstrated through their hard work, integrity, competency and dedication while working in the Law Center’s Children and Families Clinic. Interim Dean Elena Langan recognized Torres for her hard work, presenting her with a plaque. Along with previous honorees, Torres’ name was added to a plaque located in the clinic.

Torres is focused on helping others, “in particular individuals going through a difficult time within the family.” She goes on to say that it was this desire and particular area of law that led her “to apply to law school and subsequently become involved in the children and families clinical program.”

The Director of the Children and Families Clinic and Associate Professor, Brion Blackwelder, nominated Torres because she “was an excellent advocate for children and families in the fall 2013 Clinic” and “she showed outstanding dedication and carried out difficult assignments with high skill.”

Student Chosen to Compete in 2014 Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition

Posted on 04/14/2014

NSU Law student Jay Dermer has been chosen as one of only 16 law students in the US to compete in the 2014 Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition being held June 4-8 at Baylor University in Texas. The competition features the best individual trial advocates. Jay was selected based on his performance at last fall's Buffalo-Niagara Criminal Trial Competition. NSU Law provides students with the widest-range of opportunities to gain practical experience: Moot Court, Trial Team, Externships, Clinical Education and the Lawyering Skills and Values Program. Congratulations Jay and wishes for the best at the Top Gun competition!

Student Wins First Place in ABA Writing Contest

Posted on 03/21/2014

Michelle DeLong, Nova Law Review Alumni Relations Editor, won first place for her article in the Mendes Hershman Writing Contest of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Business Law Education Section. DeLong's winning article is titled, "A Closer Look at the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act and Whether the Costs of a Corporation’s Independent Internal Investigations Should Be Included in a Criminal Defendant's Mandatory Restitution Order.Michelle will be recognized at the ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting in Los Angeles on April 10.

Student's Paper Helps Endangered Florida Key Deer

Posted on 03/17/2014

Yanae Barroso, fourth year evening law student, wrote her Animal Law Legislation Seminar paper on the highly endangered Key Deer. She is a Florida Keys native and is passionate about helping these animals. 

When her article was published in the Florida Bar Animal Law Committee’s Newsletter, Congressman Joe Garcia (whose district includes the Keys) read it and contacted her with an offer to assist in publicizing her ideas.  He helped her find people who were able to take her design and make her posters a reality (picture right).  After more than a year of work, her life-saving message was posted last week on several billboards in various locations on U.S. 1, the major highway that runs through the Keys. 

In addition to these signs and her piece in the newsletter, Barroso’s research has raised awareness about the problems facing the Key Deer through a story by Timothy O’Hara that appeared in the Citizen (the only daily newspaper in the Keys) as well as a recent press release from the Key Deer Refuge Center.

Jacob Herzek Receives Kaye Bender Rembaum Scholarship Award

Posted on 03/03/2014

Jacob Herzek, a Hollywood resident  was recently named the recipient of the 2013-2014 Kaye Bender Rembaum Scholarship, sponsored by the South Florida community association law firm Kaye Bender Rembaum, with offices in Pompano Beach and Palm Beach Gardens.

“Jacob’s outstanding academic accomplishments demonstrate he has the potential to become a future leader in the South Florida legal community and is well-deserving of this recognition,” said Robert L. Kaye, Esq., managing member of Kaye Bender Rembaum.

To be eligible for the award a student must be a second or third year full-time or fourth year evening student who is in good standing with a grade point average above a 3.3, demonstrate community involvement and have prepared an essay on a topic relating to community association law.

“Over the years, Kaye Bender Rembaum has provided scholarship support to Nova Southeastern University law students and hired our graduates,” said Elena Langan, Interim Dean of the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University. “The contribution of this Firm to the continued success of our students and alumni is a great compliment because it recognizes the quality of the educational opportunities at the Shepard Broad Law Center and our students’ accomplishments.”

Kaye Bender Rembaum is a full-service commercial law firm concentrating on the representation of more than 800 community associations throughout Florida. With offices in Broward and Palm Beach counties, the Firm is ranked ninth in South Florida and 62nd in the South among “Top 300 Small Businesses” by Business Leader magazine, and was awarded the 2014 Readers’ Choice Award for Legal Services by the Florida Community Association Journal

Michelle DeLong Receives Law Alumni Association's Scholarship Award

Posted on 02/07/2014

Michelle Nichols DeLong, third-year law student and recipient of the Law Alumni Association’s (LAA) Endowed Scholarship Award, was congratulated by the Vice President of the Law Alumni Association, Ethan Wall, and Director of Alumni Relations, Elena Minicucci.  DeLong wowed board members after submitting her qualifications and the required essay.  Applicants are required to submit an essay describing how they would keep alumni engaged and how they have demonstrated their own commitment to the Law Center.

While DeLong praises the Law Center for its great student organizations, she emphasizes that “the Law Center must strengthen its alumni relations through organizational outreach programs.”  She believes that “each organization must make a commitment… to reach out to former members” and encourage alums to return to their alma mater to mentor current students.  She also suggested that students, 4Ls, 3Ls, and 2Ls, be given an opportunity to mentor 1Ls because such involvement would send a strong message of the importance of building mentoring relationships early on.  DeLong says that by doing so “Nova law students will graduate with the idea that you are never too young to mentor another and never too old to benefit from the wisdom of another.”

DeLong, an Associate Editor of Nova Law Review, is actively involved with and has demonstrated her commitment to reach out to alumni.  DeLong partnered with the Editor-in-Chief of Nova Law Review, Joe Morgese, to create her current position as Alumni Relations Editor.  She actively engages alumni and encourages them to meet with students to offer guidance, share their thoughts and ideas, and pass on the lessons they have learned along the way.  She has participated in activities with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), served as a member of the Craig S.  Barnard Inns of Court, was active with Committees of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, and worked with Florida Capital Resource Center (FCRC), a non-profit organization.

The LAA and DeLong look forward to their continued commitment to alumni.  DeLong says, “Through my internal and external experiences with the Law Center, I have met numerous alumni that have made me proud and my actions have been made with the knowledge that one day I too will be an alum.”  Director, Elena Minicucci, says that “Michelle DeLong exhibits the type of initiative and creativity that lawyers need in order to be successful in their practice.  She understands that she needs to make connections now, while she is still in law school, with law alumni.  Michelle has good ideas for connecting her Law Review colleagues to law alumni who once served on Nova Law Review. I am happy to work with her to help her achieve her goals.”

 

 

 

Students Donate More Than 12,117 Cans of Food

Posted on 11/25/2013

The Public Interest Law Society and Phi Alpha Delta collected and donated more than 12,117 cans of food to benefit Feeding South Florida and the National Security and Law Society’s Annual Fisher House Thanksgiving Dinner. The cans were collected during the “Canned Immunity” food drive held in November. As part of the food drive, law students donate cans in their classes to receive immunity. “Canned Immunity” is a Law Center tradition where students may be entitled to pass if called on in class by their professor. The student’s primary motivation, however, was to reach out to those less fortunate. Competition played a role in the donation process. Classes competed to have the highest number of donations and Michael Flynn’s Torts class got that honor with 5,900 cans.

Public Interest Law Society Participates in Fall Fest at the Women in Distress Shelter

Posted on 11/12/2013

On October 24, the Public Interest Law society (PILS) participated in Fall Fest at the Women in Distress women and children’s shelter. The fall fest drive to collect toiletries and costumes for the shelter took place from October 7 - October 21. With over 70 costumes donated, PILS exceeded their goal in collecting children’s costumes with the help of an anonymous donor by the name of “The Great Pumpkin,” the Hispanic Law Student Association (HLSA), Evening Law Student Association (ELSA), Immigration Law Organization (ILO) & NSU Law students. Students also donated over 1,500 toiletries for the women living in the shelter. For more information on Women in Distress, click here.

PILS would like to thank those who contributed in making this event so successful:

Maria Santi, PILS, President

Bertha Serrano, PILS, Vice President & Auction Chair

Geoffrey Langbart, PILS, Vice-Chair of Auction

Phoebe Rosen, PILS Community Outreach Director

Ajay Dabas, Member

Jonathan Karp, Member

Landon Ray, Member

Sophie Mitchell, Member

Antionette Pollard, Member

Karen Mena, HLSA, President

William Soler, Esq, Member

Adam Benna, 1L Representative

Anna Black, 1L Representative

Gal Rosenzweig, 2L Representative

Bradley Foster, Law student (greatest benefactor of toiletries)

Alexis Ondris, Law student (greatest benefactor of toiletries)

Stephanie Candamo, Law student

Suzanne Dykus , Law student

Zachary Davis, Law student

Ashley Paxton, Volunteer

Christopher Rivero, Volunteer

Joseph Rivero, Volunteer

Steven Rivero, Volunteer 

Faculty News

Professor Phyllis Coleman Publishes Article on Online Dating

Posted on 10/15/2014

Professor of Law Phyllis Coleman published an article in the 13 Appalachian Journal of Law 147 (2014) titled, “Murderers, Rapists, and Con Artists, Oh My.” Her article discusses online dating in the 21st century, and the potential psychological and financial harm that comes with it.  “With so many people engaged in an activity that generates a great deal of emotion - and almost two billion dollars in revenue - it is not surprising that participants litigate all types of disagreements.”

Professor Coleman has been a tenured Shepard Broad faculty member since 1984.  In addition to teaching, Coleman’s passions include animal advocacy and sports.  Additionally, she is a subject matter expert in the areas of animal law, bioethics, contracts, family law, law and psychiatry, and sports law.

Dean and Professor of Law Jon M. Garon Publishes Book Entertainment Law and Practice

Posted on 09/25/2014

NSU Shepard Broad Law Center’s Dean and Professor of Law Jon M. Garon has published the second edition of his book, Entertainment Law and Practice with Carolina Academic Press.  His casebook addresses practical aspects of entertainment and the fundamental underpinning of entertainment law, and examines the major entertainment law practice areas including movies, television, music, social media and cultural arts.

Garon is a noted authority in the study of the future of legal education.  He has served as past chair of the American Bar Association’s Law School Administration Committee and Association of American Law Schools Section on Part-Time Legal Education.  His scholarship extends broadly over the field of entertainment law and the areas of emerging technologies and their impact on business, society, the practice of law and delivery of legal education.  

Professor Olympia Duhart Discussion on Paid Externships for The NYT

Posted on 09/18/2014

Professor Olympia Duhart recently contributed to a discussion in The New York Times regarding whether law student should be paid for their legal externships.  Duhart argues, “Under the current standards, law students cannot be compensated for work they do for school credit. This policy should remain in place because separating compensation and ‘study outside the classroom’ is a crucial step toward safeguarding the academic integrity of the externship. Money changes everything.”  She also states that law schools need to take more responsibility for the alarming rate of tuition increases and cost of legal education, adding that “a small paycheck will not do much to defray the high debt load most students must absorb to become lawyers.”

Olympia Duhart is a professor of law and director of the Lawyering Skills and Values (LSV) Program at the Shepard Broad Law Center.  She  is co-president of the Society of American Law Teachers, serves on the Board of Advisors for the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, the Advisory Board for the LexisNexis Publications Advisory Board, and is a member of the Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Legal Writing Directors. In addition to her other numerous academic and extracurricular contributions, she is a coach for the NSU Moot Court Society.

Law Professor Donna Litman Published for Comparative Work on Jewish and American Rules of Statutory Construction

Posted on 09/16/2014

NSU Professor of Law Donna Litman's article, "A Case on the Border between Jewish and American Rules of Statutory Construction:  A Comparative Analysis," was published in Jewish Law and its Interaction with Other Legal Systems 120-175 (Christine Hayes & Amos Israel-Vleeschhouwer, eds., Jewish Law Association Studies XXV, 2014). She teaches at NSU Law in the areas of business planning, comparative law, estate planning, and tax law.

Litman’s article, “A Case on the Border between Jewish and American Rules of Statutory Construction:  A Comparative Analysis” considers 13 principles used to interpret the Torah and compares them to general American canons of statutory construction. To facilitate the comparison, Jewish law is viewed through the lens of American law and the terminology employed in construing American statutes. This paper also considers whether the manner in which the law is constructed affects how it is construed.

Litman serves as faculty advisor for the Jewish Law Students Association and the Transactional Law Practice Group and as co-advisor to The Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Society at the Law Center. She also coaches award-winning student teams for transactional competitions, including the National Health Law Moot Court Competition and the National Transactional LawMeet.

Law Professor Shahabudeen Khan Published in Law Journal

Posted on 09/10/2014

NSU Law professor Shahabudeen Khan (’03), has accepted an offer of publication from The Cleveland State Law Review for his article, “The Threat Lives On:  How to Exclude Expectant Mothers from Prosecution for Mere Exposure of HIV to Their Fetuses and Infants.” Khan, who received several offers for publications, chose The Cleveland State Law Review due to their top 100 ranking on the Washington & Lee University law journal ranking system.  The Cleveland State Law Review, founded in 1952, is a student-run organization committed to publishing a quarterly law journal and promoting academic excellence within the legal community. Khan’s article will be published in this fall’s issue.

Khan graduated third in his law school class from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center in 2003, summa cum laude, and was also named Law Student of the Year that same year. He teaches Criminal Law and Lawyering Skills & Values and also served as the Associate Advisor for the Law Center's Moot Court Society and a Co-faculty Advisor.

To learn more about the NSU Shepard Broad Law Center’s student-run law journals and other legal resources, click here

 

Professors Participate at Annual SEALS Conference

Posted on 08/01/2014

Eight faculty members participated in the annual Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) conference held on Amelia Island, FL, August 1-7, 2014.  Professors Kathy Cerminara, Leslie Cooney, Olympia Duhart, and Athornia Steele, were speakers on panels about finance, course design, bad-faith claims, teaching, and being a law school dean, respectively, and Professor Jim Wilets moderated a panel about assessing student performance. Professor Shahabudeen Khan was the school’s New Scholar, having been selected to be on a panel specifically designed to provide individualized feedback to faculty members with six or fewer years of experience.  Professors Cerminara, Duhart, Steele, and Wilets also joined Professors Gail Richmond and Joel Mintz in participating in a total of eleven discussion groups (longer, more interactive, sessions than panels, conducted in roundtable fashion).  

Planning for next year’s conference will begin at this conference, with several members of the faculty participating in that process and more generally in SEALS governance,as follows:  Professor Cerminara, who is also vice-chair of the Mentor Committee, on the Beginning and Newer Law Teachers Workshop Committee; Professor Jane Cross on the International Committee, including the Latin American Workshop Committee; Professor and dean emeritus Joe Harbaugh on the Distance Learning Committee; Professor Richmond, who is also secretary secretary/compliance officer of the SEALS Board of Trustees, on the Program Formatting Committee; and Professor Eric Young on the Website, Technology, and Communications Committee.

Professor Recognized by U.S. Dept. of State

Posted on 07/15/2014

Professor Tim Arcaro, and associate dean for our AAMPLE and Online Programs, has been formally recognized by the U.S. Department of State for his work on the Hague Convention Attorney Network in representing left-behind parents attempting to recover abducted children from South Florida. The Department of State's Office of Children's Issues seeks lawyers who are willing to participate and assist parents involved in international family law and child abduction cases to join the "Hague Convention Attorney Network.”  The Department of State's attorney network offers attorneys the opportunity to assist a child who has been abducted, but also offers a mentor program where lawyers with limited experience in the growing field of international family law can be mentored by some of the most skilled international family law attorneys in the nation. According to the I CARE Foundation, the surging growth in the number of international child abductions and prevention cases in the United States and abroad has created a substantial need for more trained attorneys in the United States who are familiar with international family law. For more information on the program, go to: http://bit.ly/1wmRwjJ

The certificate of appreciation sent to Arcaro was issued by Beth Payne, Director, Office of Children’s Issues, United States Central Authority for the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and reads: “Thank you for your efforts as a member of the Hague Convention Attorney Network. Your generous donation of legal services has contributed to the effective operation of the Hague Convention in the United States by affording parents in Treaty-partner countries access to our justice system.”

The certificate arrived along with a written thank you issued by Patricia Hoff, Legal Assistance Coordinator for the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Central Authority for the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Arcaro is currently working on a return case to Spain along with a separate return to Greece.

Professor Duhart Addresses Link Between LSV and Experiential Learning

Posted on 06/19/2014

Elon University School of Law and the Alliance for Experiential Learning in Law hosted the second National Symposium on Experiential Education in Law June 13 – June 15 at Elon in Greensboro, N.C. Professor Olympia Duhart presented during an opening roundtable. She addressed the Legal Research and Writing community’s response to the need for experiential learning initiatives in today’s legal academy. Professor Mark Dobson also attended the symposium.

More than 150 educators from law, medicine, business and architecture participated in the symposium. A link to the event is attached here: http://www.elon.edu/e-net/article/96062

Professor Honored by American Society for Public Administration

Posted on 04/01/2014

On March 27, 2014, Professor of Law and Director of Caribbean Law Programs, Jane Cross, was honored for her academic involvement by the South Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. The event held at Jungle Island, honored outstanding women in the community as part of National Women’s History Month. Pictured is Jane Cross with president elect Glen Joseph. 

Chief Judge Damoorgian gives advice to students about oral arguments

Posted on 03/30/2014

In preparation for LSV Mandatory Oral Arguments, the Lawyering Skills and Values Program and the Moot Court Society invited Chief Judge Dorian K. Damoorgian to speak to students at the Law Center.  Judge Damoorgian, who is the Chief Judge of Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal, presented May It Please the Court: Oral Argument Tips from the Chief Judge to more than 120 students.  In his talk, Judge Damoorgian shared advice about successful oral arguments and good lawyering.  His presentation was extremely well-received and much-appreciated by the first-year students who were preparing for their first oral arguments.

The LSV Department appreciates all of the students, faculty, and staff who showed up to support the event. They would especially like to thank the LSV Student Outreach Committee (Camille Lamar, Heather Baxter, Jane Cross, and Marilyn Uzdavines) for organizing such a wonderful program, and they are extremely grateful to Dean Elena Langan for supporting the event and introducing the judge.  This was the last program of the year in what has been a very successful year for the newly-created LSV Student Outreach Committee.  

Class Actions — News & Notes About Alumni ---- March 2014

Posted on 03/27/2014

Matthew Thibaut (JD 2001) of Ciklin Lubitz Martens & O’Connell in West Palm Beach, FL hosted a webinar on March 14 that examined employment arbitration. His practice includes employment law and securities litigation. Read more at http://ciklinlubitz.com/

Howard Wander (JD 1987) of Kelley Kronenberg in West Palm Beach was named the Chief Operating Officer and Principal Partner. He also is the Managing Partner of the firm’s West Palm Beach office and maintains his litigation practice in insurance defense, and workers compensation. Read more at http://www.kelleykronenberg.com/

Adam S. Woodruff (JD 2005) was named partner at Shutts & Bowen in Tampa, FL. Woodruff practices in the areas of banking law, corporate, real estate, and business transactions. Read more at http://www.shutts.com/

Class Actions — News & Notes About Alumni ---- March 2014

Posted on 03/27/2014

Cynthia M. Pyfrom (JD 2013) opened Cynthia M. Pyfrom, P.A., in Boynton Beach, FL, and handles a wide variety of family law matters in Martin, Palm Beach, and Broward counties. Read more at http://www.pyfrompa.com/

Roberto Rodriguez (JD 2013) joined Novak Druce Connolly Bove & Quigg LLP in West Palm Beach, FL as an associate and practices in the area of patent prosecution with a focus in the areas of digital design, power distribution, cellular networks, and handsets. Read more at http://www.novakdruce.com/

Fred Segal (JD 2007) of Broad and Cassel in Miami, FL spoke at the February PULSE!! meeting concerning Physician Employment Agreements and is the Health Law Legal Eagle in every issue of the NSU College of Osteopathic Medicine's COM Outlook magazine. He has an LL.M. in Health Law from Widener University. Read more at www.broadandcassel.com and https://www.nova.edu/publications/com_outlook_2014_winter/index.html#8.

R. Brian Shutt (JD 1994) joined the Law Office of Glen J. Torcivia & Associates in West Palm Beach, Fl. He is Board Certified in City, County, and Local Government Law and practices local government law. Read more at http://torcivialaw.com/index.html

Evan J. Small (JD 2008) joined Ball Janik LLP in its new Orlando, FL office as an associate. His practice includes construction litigation. Read more at http://www.balljanik.com/

James S. Strouss (JD 1983) joined Ward Damon in West Palm Beach, FL. He practices with the real estate litigation practice group. Strouss concentrates in residential real property matters, assisting with every stage of real estate transactions, with an emphasis on title issues. Read more at http://www.warddamon.com/

Rafael Suarez-Rivas (JD 1979) of the Office of Miami City Attorney presented an "Overview of the Sunshine and Public Records Laws" at the Lorman Seminar "What You Need to Know About Public Records and Open Meetings" with Elizabeth M. Hernandez of Akerman.

Carolina Sznajderman (JD 2007) of Gursky Ragan in Miami, FL has been elected secretary of LifeNet4Families, an organization that helps hungry and needy families in South Florida. Read more at http://www.lifenet4families.org/

LSV Outreach Committee Presents "Write Right" to Help First Year Students With Writing Samples, E-mails, and Partner Relations

Posted on 03/11/2014

The Lawyering Skills and Values (“LSV”) Department partnered with the Career Development Office to host Write Right: A Special Career Café Dedicated to Helping 1Ls Get the Most out of their Summer Work Experience on March 11, 2014. This event was aimed at educating students on how to professionally present their written work product and oral communication in a law firm setting.

The members of the LSV Student Outreach Committee assembled an impressive panel who shared their expertise and answered student questions.  The program consisted of a presentation by Prof. Roma Perez on how to prepare a professional polished writing sample, a presentation by Professor Shahabadeen Khan on email etiquette in the workplace, and a presentation by Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development, Robert Levine, on how to meet with a partner and effectively manage partner expectations.  Over 90 students attended the event and many expressed their appreciation for putting together a program that was informative and relevant at this stage of their law school career.  Special thanks to Interim Dean Langan and LSV Director Olympia Duhart for supporting this event.  Thanks also to the Career Development Office for providing lunch for the students, and to the LSV Outreach Committee (Professors Camille Lamar, Heather Baxter, Jane Cross and Marilyn Uzdavines) for organizing the event.  

The Importance of Professionalism in Adversarial Legal Writing: A Judicial Roundtable Discussion at Broward County Courthouse

Posted on 02/14/2014

The Lawyering Skills and Values (“LSV”) Department hosted The Importance of Professionalism in Adversarial Legal Writing: A Judicial Roundtable Discussion on January 31, 2014. This event, held at the Broward County Courthouse, was aimed at reinforcing the importance of professionalism in persuasive legal writing.

The members of the LSV Student Outreach Committee assembled a panel of judges who shared their collective wisdom, interacted with small groups of students during break-out sessions, and answered questions.

Our panelists were:

• The Honorable Melanie G. May, Fourth District Court of Appeal

• The Honorable John J. Murphy, III, Broward County, 17th Judicial Circuit

• The Honorable Mily R. Powell, Broward County, 17th Judicial Circuit

• The Honorable Elijah H. Williams, Broward County, 17th Judicial Circuit

The students in attendance were engaged and very enthusiastic about working with the judges.  Special thanks to Interim Dean Langan for supporting this event and to the members of the LSV Outreach Committee (Professors Camille Lamar, Heather Baxter, Jane Cross and Marilyn Uzdavines) for organizing the event.  

The LSV Department hopes that this will be the first of an annual event for NSU Law and the larger legal community.

Professor Amanda M. Foster Speaks at the Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop

Posted on 12/16/2013

On December 13, 2013, Professor Foster was a presenter at the Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop held at the University of Baltimore School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland.  Foster's presentation entitled Moving from Lecture to Practice: Integrating a Negotiation Exercise into a Lawyering Skills and Values Course focused on the negotiation exercise that she created for the Lawyering Skills & Values course she teaches at Nova. This negotiation exercise centers around: (1) lecturing to students about negotiation and ethics; (2) watching a mock negotiation between the professor and another practitioner; (3) giving the students an opportunity to discuss negotiation with the practitioner through a question and answer session, and (4) providing students the opportunity to negotiate a case against one another in teams of two.  In addition to LSV, Foster teaches Civil Procedure. 

Professor Amanda M. Foster Publishes and Speaks at the 11th Circuit Legal Scholarship Forum

Posted on 11/13/2013

Professor Foster's law review article entitled Reasonable Accommodations on the Bar Exam: Leveling the Playing Field or Providing an Unfair Advantage? was accepted for publication by seven law journals.  The article will be the lead article in the Valparaiso University Law Review March 2014 issue.  The article examines the process by which law school graduates seek to obtain various reasonable accommodations for the bar examination pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments of 2008.  Specifically, the article focuses on case law that was decided prior to the 2008 Amendments to analyze whether the outcomes would have been the same or different if they had been decided after the 2008 Amendments.  In addition, the article can be found on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) and the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance Monograph Series. 

Professor Foster presented this article at the 11th Circuit Legal Scholarship Forum held at Stetson University College of Law on November 2, 2013.  This forum featured faculty from law schools in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia. 

Professor Published by Oxford University Press

Posted on 11/12/2013

Professor of Law and Public Finance Tim Canova's chapter, “The Bottom-Up Recovery: A New Deal in Banking and Public Finance,”  was recently published  by the Oxford University Press in a book entitled, When Government Helped: Learning from the Successes and Failures of the New Deal.  The book provides a comprehensive analysis of the New Deal's responses to the Great Depression and the lessons learned from them in our current Great Recession. The editors and contributors bring a wide range of expertise on the issues facing our country both then and now. Additionally, the authors offer point-by-point comparisons of the responses of Presidents Roosevelt and Obama to their respective crises. For more information regarding the book, click here.  

LSV Department holds another successful installment in its LSV Student Outreach program

Posted on 11/06/2013

The Lawyering Skills and Values (“LSV”) Department of the Law Center held another successful installment in its LSV Student Outreach program on Friday, November 1, 2013.

LSV collaborated with the Nova Law Review to host a “Bluebook Citation Session” for 1L students. This was an optional Bluebook session led by Law Review Senior Editors and supervised by Professor Camille Lamar (Chair of the LSV Student Outreach Committee).  

Approximately 75 students attended to get helpful tips on how to perfect their citations. The LSV Department is very grateful to Nova Law Review Editor-in-Chief, Joseph Morgese, and Diversity & Membership Editor, Citra Registe, who taught the workshop. Other Law Review staffers who contributed and fielded questions include Junior Associates Elen Gantner, Dax Dietiker, Ariel Deray, Fernando Franco, and Kyle Roberts. The 1L students in attendance were very receptive and engaged during the session.

The LSV Department would like to thank the wonderful members of the Nova Law Review and the LSV Student Outreach Committee for volunteering to organize this program. Professor Lamar was incredibly instrumental in making this program happen, and the Law Review staff was professional and knowledgeable.  The Department also appreciates the support of the Nova Law Review advisors, Professors Elena Marty-Nelson and Heather Baxter, and is thankful to Janet Corso for her assistance behind the scenes.  The program was a very good collaboration, and the LSV Department looks forward to working with the students again in the future.  These types of “near-peer” mentoring opportunities represent good learning experiences for everyone involved!

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Professor Amanda M. Foster Speaks at the Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop

Posted on 12/16/2013

On December 13, 2013, Professor Foster was a presenter at the Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop held at the University of Baltimore School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland.  Foster's presentation entitled Moving from Lecture to Practice: Integrating a Negotiation Exercise into a Lawyering Skills and Values Course focused on the negotiation exercise that she created for the Lawyering Skills & Values course she teaches at Nova. This negotiation exercise centers around: (1) lecturing to students about negotiation and ethics; (2) watching a mock negotiation between the professor and another practitioner; (3) giving the students an opportunity to discuss negotiation with the practitioner through a question and answer session, and (4) providing students the opportunity to negotiate a case against one another in teams of two.  In addition to LSV, Foster teaches Civil Procedure. 

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – November 2013

Posted on 11/25/2013

 Crystal Valencia (JD 2012) joined the firm of Banker Lopez Gassler in Plantation, FL.  Her practice area includes general civil and commercial litigation. Read more at  http://www.bankerlopez.com/

Chad T. Van Horn (JD 2009) owns Van Horn Law Group, PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He serves on the board of Broward County Big Brothers Big Sisters.  He recently launched Impossible Connections to help raise money for non-profit organizations. His law practice handles individual and corporate bankruptcy matters.  Read more at  http://www.bankruptcy-fortlauderdale.com/

Deborah Wolford (JD 1981) will feature her photography at the Coral Springs, FL Art Museum on December 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm. She was also awarded a grant for a public art project in Dania Beach to be completed next year.

 

 

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – November 2013

Posted on 11/25/2013

Daniel A. Espino (JD 2008) has joined Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske in Coral Gables, FL as an associate in the local government division, land use and zoning group, and government affairs and procurement group.  He also will serve as an assistant town attorney for Medley, FL. Read more at http://www.wsh-law.com/

Allesandro Giordano (JD 2011), a member of NSU’s Roma Tre program, recently passed the New York Bar Exam.  He is also a member of The Florida Bar.  He lives in Rome, Italy. 

Sara E. Graditor (JD 2008) is an associate with Roetzel & Andress in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  She presented on a panel for the Current Developments Program given by the S Corporation Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation. She has an LL.M in taxation from the University of Miami School of Law. She handles corporate law including mergers and acquisitions, securities, business financing, and venture capital organizations. Read more at http://www.ralaw.com/

Eleanor (Ellie) Halperin (JD 1980) and Jayne Regester Barkdull, announce the formation of Halperin Barkdull, P.L., in West Palm Beach, FL.  Halperin is Board Certified in Real Estate Law.  The firm represents clients in all aspects of Real Estate law, Business and Commercial Transactions, Land Use and Zoning.  Read more at www.halperinbarkdull.com

Renita F. Henry (JD 2011) has joined Chorowski & Clary in Ft. Lauderdale, FL as an associate. The firm represents clients in all aspects of marital and family law. Read more at http://www.cclawpa.com/

Ron Herman (JD 2000) of Herman Law, PA in West Palm Beach, FL gave an interactive personation to the Rotary Club of Palm Beach.  His presentation included an audience participation game based on questions found on the US citizenship test. The presentation was on behalf of The Florida Bar Law Related Education Committee. His practice areas include business litigation, personal injury, and criminal defense. Read more at http://www.rhlawfl.com/

Nicolette Kramer (JD 2009) has become a senior associate at The Association Law Firm in Orlando, FL.  Her practice area includes representing condominium and homeowner associations and other corporate law clients.  Read more at http://www.associationfirm.com/

Joseph Santoro (JD 1998,) a shareholder at Gunster Law Firm in West Palm Beach, FL, co presented “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, What You and Your Clients Need to Know about ‘Obama Care”” at a webinar earlier this month presented by the Palm Beach County Bar Association Employment Law Committee. His practice areas include business litigation and employment law.  Read more at http://www.gunster.com/

Vanessa Serrano (JD 2007) an associate at Broad and Cassel in Ft. Lauderdale, FL joined the board of directors of the Stephen R. Booher American Inn of Court.  Her law practice includes complex business and construction litigation.  Read more at  www.broadandcassel.com

Nicole Topper (JD 2001) recently became of counsel to Blank Rome in Boca Raton, FL. She practices in the areas of commercial litigation and consumer finance.  Read more at http://www.blankrome.com/

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – November 2013

Posted on 11/25/2013

Angel Arias (JD 2004) of The Arias Law Group, PA in Hollywood, FL was in the news recently.  He was asked by local NBC News reporter Willard Shepard to assist the police in talking down a suicidal man who is a Vietnam Veteran.  Traffic was halted November 11, 2013 at the intersection of the Florida Turnpike and I-595 in Broward County as the veteran, Fredy Gutierrez, threatened to jump because he was distressed over his immigration status.  An Immigration attorney, Angel Arias, spoke with Mr. Gutierrez and offered to help him sort out his immigration matter, pro bono.  Watch the news report online http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Suicidal-Veteran-Asks-Police-Negotiators-to-Speak-With-NBC-6s-Willard-Shepard-231503011.html

Rudwin Ayala (JD 2010) an associate with The Law Office of Jay Cohen, P.A., in Fort Lauderdale, FL, was named the regional VP for the Fourth District with the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida. His practice areas include medical malpractice, personal injury, and complex commercial litigation. http://jaycohenlaw.com/rudwin-ayala/

Annabella Barboza (JD 2007) a real estate attorney with the law firm of Phelan Hallinan, PLC, in Fort Lauderdale, FL, authored the article: “Code Liens Are Not Superpriority Liens: is it the End of the Debate?” which was published by The Florida Bar Journal, September/October 2013 (Vol. 87 No. 8) available online at http://www.floridabar.org.  She is a fellow member of the inaugural class of the Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy of The Florida Bar.  Read more at http://fedphe.com

David Bazerman (JD 1996) won the Purpose Prize Fellow Award for 2013 for his work representing the legal rights of children.  An attorney with Legal Aid Service of Broward County, FL, he was awarded Attorney of the Year by the Legal Aid at its annual For the Public Good banquet. He is the Director of the Tracey McPharlin Dependency Pro Bono Project.

Scott N. Brown (JD 2003) joined Bast Amron in Miami, FL as a partner.  His practice area includes creditors’ rights, bankruptcy litigation, commercial litigation, and business reorganization. http://www.bastamron.com/

Pooneh Sarah Charkhian (JD 2013) has joined the Law Office of Izquierdo & Marín in Ft. Lauderdale as an associate. Her practice includes immigration and criminal law. Read more at http://izquierdomarin.com/

Kenneth A. Cutler (JD 1985) a partner at Cutler Rader in Deerfield Beach, FL has started his 13th year as a volunteer judge for the Broward County Teen Court Program.  His practice areas include personal injury and wrongful death.  Read more at http://cutlerrader.com/

John Dodig (JD 1987) is a partner at Feldman Shepherd in Philadelphia, PA.  His firm was selected by US News as a “Best Law Firm” for 2014.  The firm also ranted in Tier 1 for medical malpractice and personal injury law.  His practice includes personal injury and medical malpractice. Read more at http://www.feldmanshepherd.com

Students Donate More Than 12,117 Cans of Food

Posted on 11/25/2013

The Public Interest Law Society and Phi Alpha Delta collected and donated more than 12,117 cans of food to benefit Feeding South Florida and the National Security and Law Society’s Annual Fisher House Thanksgiving Dinner. The cans were collected during the “Canned Immunity” food drive held in November. As part of the food drive, law students donate cans in their classes to receive immunity. “Canned Immunity” is a Law Center tradition where students may be entitled to pass if called on in class by their professor. The student’s primary motivation, however, was to reach out to those less fortunate. Competition played a role in the donation process. Classes competed to have the highest number of donations and Michael Flynn’s Torts class got that honor with 5,900 cans.

Professor Amanda M. Foster Publishes and Speaks at the 11th Circuit Legal Scholarship Forum

Posted on 11/13/2013

Professor Foster's law review article entitled Reasonable Accommodations on the Bar Exam: Leveling the Playing Field or Providing an Unfair Advantage? was accepted for publication by seven law journals.  The article will be the lead article in the Valparaiso University Law Review March 2014 issue.  The article examines the process by which law school graduates seek to obtain various reasonable accommodations for the bar examination pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments of 2008.  Specifically, the article focuses on case law that was decided prior to the 2008 Amendments to analyze whether the outcomes would have been the same or different if they had been decided after the 2008 Amendments.  In addition, the article can be found on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) and the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance Monograph Series. 

Professor Foster presented this article at the 11th Circuit Legal Scholarship Forum held at Stetson University College of Law on November 2, 2013.  This forum featured faculty from law schools in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia. 

Public Interest Law Society Participates in Fall Fest at the Women in Distress Shelter

Posted on 11/12/2013

On October 24, the Public Interest Law society (PILS) participated in Fall Fest at the Women in Distress women and children’s shelter. The fall fest drive to collect toiletries and costumes for the shelter took place from October 7 - October 21. With over 70 costumes donated, PILS exceeded their goal in collecting children’s costumes with the help of an anonymous donor by the name of “The Great Pumpkin,” the Hispanic Law Student Association (HLSA), Evening Law Student Association (ELSA), Immigration Law Organization (ILO) & NSU Law students. Students also donated over 1,500 toiletries for the women living in the shelter. For more information on Women in Distress, click here.

PILS would like to thank those who contributed in making this event so successful:

Maria Santi, PILS, President

Bertha Serrano, PILS, Vice President & Auction Chair

Geoffrey Langbart, PILS, Vice-Chair of Auction

Phoebe Rosen, PILS Community Outreach Director

Ajay Dabas, Member

Jonathan Karp, Member

Landon Ray, Member

Sophie Mitchell, Member

Antionette Pollard, Member

Karen Mena, HLSA, President

William Soler, Esq, Member

Adam Benna, 1L Representative

Anna Black, 1L Representative

Gal Rosenzweig, 2L Representative

Bradley Foster, Law student (greatest benefactor of toiletries)

Alexis Ondris, Law student (greatest benefactor of toiletries)

Stephanie Candamo, Law student

Suzanne Dykus , Law student

Zachary Davis, Law student

Ashley Paxton, Volunteer

Christopher Rivero, Volunteer

Joseph Rivero, Volunteer

Steven Rivero, Volunteer 

Professor Published by Oxford University Press

Posted on 11/12/2013

Professor of Law and Public Finance Tim Canova's chapter, “The Bottom-Up Recovery: A New Deal in Banking and Public Finance,”  was recently published  by the Oxford University Press in a book entitled, When Government Helped: Learning from the Successes and Failures of the New Deal.  The book provides a comprehensive analysis of the New Deal's responses to the Great Depression and the lessons learned from them in our current Great Recession. The editors and contributors bring a wide range of expertise on the issues facing our country both then and now. Additionally, the authors offer point-by-point comparisons of the responses of Presidents Roosevelt and Obama to their respective crises. For more information regarding the book, click here.  

LSV Department holds another successful installment in its LSV Student Outreach program

Posted on 11/06/2013

The Lawyering Skills and Values (“LSV”) Department of the Law Center held another successful installment in its LSV Student Outreach program on Friday, November 1, 2013.

LSV collaborated with the Nova Law Review to host a “Bluebook Citation Session” for 1L students. This was an optional Bluebook session led by Law Review Senior Editors and supervised by Professor Camille Lamar (Chair of the LSV Student Outreach Committee).  

Approximately 75 students attended to get helpful tips on how to perfect their citations. The LSV Department is very grateful to Nova Law Review Editor-in-Chief, Joseph Morgese, and Diversity & Membership Editor, Citra Registe, who taught the workshop. Other Law Review staffers who contributed and fielded questions include Junior Associates Elen Gantner, Dax Dietiker, Ariel Deray, Fernando Franco, and Kyle Roberts. The 1L students in attendance were very receptive and engaged during the session.

The LSV Department would like to thank the wonderful members of the Nova Law Review and the LSV Student Outreach Committee for volunteering to organize this program. Professor Lamar was incredibly instrumental in making this program happen, and the Law Review staff was professional and knowledgeable.  The Department also appreciates the support of the Nova Law Review advisors, Professors Elena Marty-Nelson and Heather Baxter, and is thankful to Janet Corso for her assistance behind the scenes.  The program was a very good collaboration, and the LSV Department looks forward to working with the students again in the future.  These types of “near-peer” mentoring opportunities represent good learning experiences for everyone involved!

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – October 2013

Posted on 10/31/2013

Raul Valero (JD 2013) is an associate with Greenspoon Marder in Fort Lauderdale, FL. His practice includes commercial litigation.  Read more at http://www.gmlaw.com/

Beverly L. Vesel (JD 1979) of Beverly  L. Vesel & Associates, P.A. of Fort Lauderdale, FL participated in a seminar presented by the NSU Law Alumni Association, “Rules in Action:  Civility” at the Broward County Bar Association’s Bench & Bar Conference on October 18, 2013.  Her practice includes marital and family law. Read more at http://bvesellaw.com/

Ethan Wall (JD 2007), an associate at Richman Greer in Coral Gables, FL is the president of the Young Lawyer’s Section of the Dade County Bar Association.  The Dade County Bar’s YLS is having its annual Bids for Kids charity event on Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm at The Stage in Miami, FL.  Proceeds will go to fund children’s civic education and development.  Enjoy funk, jazz, rock band, interactive games, food truck, an artistic performance, open bar, food and a “Taste” of Midtown’s finest restaurants & silent auction.  Tickets are only $50. RSVP & pay online at  https://dadecountybar.org/112113ylsb4k.php You may contact Ethan Wall at www.richmangreer.com

Jeffrey Wank (JD 2009) an associate with Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky & Abate in Fort Lauderdale FL chaired the Broward County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section 26th annual charity golf tournament October 19 at the Jacaranda Golf Club in Plantation, FL. This is his third year as chair of the golf tournament. Proceeds from the tournament will go to benefit HANDY (Helping Abused Neglected Disadvantaged Youth).  Read more at http://cftlaw.com/

Cindy Woodward (JD 1984), practices with Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  She and some of her colleagues at CCLA will receive the prestigious Jewish Family Services (JFS) KOLOT Coalition’s 2013 “Ending Abuse Award” for her outstanding commitment to the provision of critical legal services to those impacted by domestic violence. Read more at http://www.legalaid.org/coasttocoast/

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – October 2013

Posted on 10/31/2013

Lori Lewellen (JD 2002) is an attorney with Heath & Carcioppolo, Chartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  She presented “Medical Malpractice Talk” for the NSU Health Law Society and the Student Association of OB/GYN  in October 2013 at Nova Southeastern University.

Scott Mager (JD 1988) and the Mager Lawyers, LLC has merged  with The Arias Law Group, P.A. in Hollywood, FL. Mager joined the firm as Senior Counsel.  Read more at  http://theariaslawgroup.tumblr.com/

Kimberlee J. Otis (JD 2009) joined Special Counsel in Fort Lauderdale, FL as Attorney Search Director.  She will be recruiting lawyers for career opportunities.  Read more at www.specialcounsel.com

Kayla Riera-Gomez (JD 2009) is an associate with Fowler White Burnett in Miami, FL. She was installed on October 13, 2013 as the President of the Coral Gables (FL) Bar Association.  Her practice includes handling a variety of insurance matters including bad faith, personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability and products liability for corporations and individuals.  Read more at http://www.fowler-white.com

Rebecca Rodriguez  (JD 2013) Joined the firm Gray Robinson, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Her practice focuses on litigation and administrative matters, including international trade issues and regulatory compliance for multinational corporate clients.  Her article “FDA Issues Final Rule Defining the Term ‘Gluten Free’: What Food Manufacturers Need to Know for Product Labeling” was recently published in the November 2013 edition of Food and Drug Law Institute’s Update Magazine. Read more at http://gray-robinson.com/

Matthew Rocco (JD 2010) was inducted into the Broward College Alumni Hall of Distinction in October 2013. Matthew is a professor of business and administration at Broward College and the Vice President of Academic Affairs Department.

Daniel Santaniello (JD 1990), Managing Partner at Luks, Santaniello, Petrillo & Jones is competing in Magna Legal Services' version of the TV show "Chopped." Litigators will battle each other in a mock trial setting to raise money for CHOP (The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) during the Magna Legal Services Annual Conference November 6 & 7, 2013 at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Read more at http://www.ls-law.com/

 Audra Simovitch (JD 1992) is Of Counsel to Bogani & Robes, PLLC in Delray Beach, FL participated in a seminar presented by the NSU Law Alumni Association, “Rules in Action:  Civility” at the Broward County Bar Association’s Bench & Bar Conference on October 18, 2013.  Her practice includes tax, business, corporate and estate planning.  Read more at http://www.boganiandrobes.com/

David W. Singer (JD 1980) of David W. Singer & Associates, PA in Hollywood, FL has been re-appointed to the Nova Southeastern University’s Ambassadors Board. His practice areas include personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice, among other civil litigation matters. Read more at  http://www.1800askfree.com/

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – October 2013

Posted on 10/31/2013

Joseph Fahrendorf (JD 2012) is an associate with John S. Brooks, PA in Deerfield Beach, FL.  He participated in a seminar presented by the NSU Law Alumni Association, “Rules in Action:  Civility” at the Broward County Bar Association’s Bench & Bar Conference on October 18, 2013.

Jacqueline Fox (JD 2012) is an associate with Frank Weinberg & Black PL in Plantation, FL. , which provides a variety of civil litigation and transactional legal services to its clients.  Read more at http://www.fwblaw.net

Natalie Giachos (JD 2006) is an associate with Boyar & Freeman, PA in Coral Springs, FL. She participated in a seminar presented by the NSU Law Alumni Association, “Rules in Action:  Civility” at the Broward County Bar Association’s Bench & Bar Conference on October 18, 2013.

Lisa Goldberg (JD 1984), practices with Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  She and some of her colleagues at CCLA will receive the prestigious Jewish Family Services (JFS) KOLOT Coalition’s 2013 “Ending Abuse Award” for her outstanding commitment to the provision of critical legal services to those impacted by domestic violence. Read more at http://www.legalaid.org/coasttocoast/

Ramon Guillen, Jr. (JD 2012) is staff counsel with B.E.S.T. in Miami, FL, where he lobbies to create laws to stop human sex trafficking.  B.E.S.T. stands for “Building Empowerment by Stopping Trafficking.”  Human sex trafficking has been a big problem in Florida for years, where children are targeted and “whisked away” suddenly going missing and forced  to work in the sex trade, doing unthinkable things, said Florida Representative Dave Kerner (D-Palm Springs, FL), who has partnered with B.E.S.T. and staff attorney Guillen to raise awareness of this heinous crime. He also participated in a seminar presented by the NSU Law Alumni Association, “Rules in Action:  Civility” at the Broward County Bar Association’s Bench & Bar Conference on October 18, 2013. Read more about Ramon Guillen’s work at  http://beststoptrafficking.org/

Shannon Jones (JD 2013) is an associate with Greenspoon Marder, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale Florida. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation. Read more at http://www.gmlaw.com/

Marissa Kelley (JD 2000) a shareholder at  Stearns, Weaver, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, FL was inducted into the Broward College Alumni Hall of Distinction in October 2013. Read more at http://www.stearnsweaver.com

Arlene Lakin (JD 1991) of Lakin Law in Margate, FL co-hosted a CLE event at the Broward County Bar Association, “A View from the Agencies” in September 2013.  She is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Elder Law. Her firm handles matters concerning the elderly including Wills, Trusts, Estates,  and Guardianship.

Grant Levine (JD 2013) Joined the law firm Greenberg Traurig in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His practice focuses on corporate law.  Read more at http://www.gtlaw.com/

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – October 2013

Posted on 10/31/2013

Vanessa Banni-Vinas (JD 2012) an attorney with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office in Miami, FL, published an article, “Correcting a Ballerina’s Story: The Truth Behind Makletzova v. Diaghileff" in the American Journal of Legal History (July 2013) in Vol. 53 Issue 3, Temple University, Beasley School of Law.

Brooke M. Barnett (JD 2004) of Brooke M. Barnett & Associates, PC in Newark, NJ, is one of the stars of a new reality show, “Jersey Strong.”  http://www.pivot.tv/shows/jersey-strong/cast.  Her litigation law practice includes the areas of criminal, civil, family, and entertainment law. Read about her law practice at  http://bbarnettlaw.com/contact/

Michael Blom (JD 2011) joined Seeger Weiss, LLP in Newark, NJ as an associate.  His practice areas are:  pharmaceutical drug injury, medical device liability, and mass tort litigation.  Read more at http://www.seegerweiss.com/

Alexander Brown (JD 2004), a Director at Tripp Scott in Fort Lauderdale, FL was recently honored by the South Florida Daily Business Review as a member of  “40 Under 40”  which honors South Florida’s best young lawyers.  He wrote an article for Forbes Magazine, which you can read at http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2013/10/04/hooray-you-have-a-patent-now-the-really-hard-work-begins/.  Read more at www.trippscott.com

Amy L. Cosentino (JD 2004) recently joined the Law Offices of Paul J. Burkhart, PL in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, where she practices family law. Her article, “She Said What? What to do in Civil Domestic Violence Proceedings with Child Hearsay” was published in the September/October 2013 (Vol.87 No.8) of the Florida Bar Journal.  She also lectured on October 9, 2013 at a domestic violence CLE seminar.  Read more at http://paulburkhart.net

Mary Alice D’Ambrosio (JD 1989), an Administrative Law Judge in Palm Beach County, FL, along with attorney Nicole Hessen, met with students at S.D. Spady Elementary School in Delray Beach as part of the Justice Teaching Program. The students spent time exploring how rules and laws are written and interpreted. They were also provided with strategies for writing a good rule or law and examined what a rule or law really means.

Nexcy De La Rosa-Monroe (JD 2008) an associate with Hoffman & Hoffman in Miami, FL has been installed as president of the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers in Miami. http://gscbwla.org/officers/ .  Her practice area includes family law, probate, guardianship, and estate planning.

Marta Estevez (JD 2004), practices with Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  She and some of her colleagues at CCLA will receive the prestigious Jewish Family Services (JFS) KOLOT Coalition’s 2013 “Ending Abuse Award” for her outstanding commitment to the provision of critical legal services to those impacted by domestic violence. Read more at http://www.legalaid.org/coasttocoast/

Student Wins the National Law Review Student Legal Writing Contest

Posted on 10/29/2013

Anastasia White was the fall 2013 winner of the National Law Review Student Legal Writing contest for her article, Registered Provisional Immigrant Status: The Road to Citizenship Under Border Security, Economic Opportunity, Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744).

White was born in Russia and graduated from the Law Institute of Krasnoyarsk State University (Russia) with a degree of specialist/master of jurisprudence in International and Comparative Law. As a student, she participated in the Legal Aid Clinic of Krasnoyarsk State University.  She received an award for excellent research, writing and presentation of a thesis Legal Regulation of Electronic Commerce in International Aspect.

White is a second-year student and a Junior Associate of Nova Law Review. She is an active member of Immigration Law Organization (ILO) at NSU. She has participated in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and citizenship workshops, helping people to file applications under the supervision of practicing attorneys. Upon graduation, she plans to practice in the area of immigration law.

Her article can be read by clicking here.

LSV Student Outreach Program A Success

Posted on 10/25/2013

The Lawyering Skills and Values Program at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center hosted more than 70 students on Oct. 22, 2013 for an exciting and important event for our 1L students. “Blurred Time: Time Management Panel” was both entertaining and instructive.  Our panel of time-management experts included Professor Debra Curtis, law student Citra Registe and attorney Warren Kwavnick, an appellate partner at Cooney Trybus Kwavnik Peets (and a 1996 Nova Law alum). Each did a wonderful job. We are very grateful for their help in making this event a success. The students in attendance were quite engaged, and we all received helpful time management tips.

The members of the LSV Student Outreach Committee volunteered to organize this program. Professors Camille Lamar (Committee Chair), Heather Baxter, Jane Cross and Marilyn Uzdavines are already planning more outreach events for the students. These programs are important as LSV strives to be a stronger resource for our students.

Shepard Broad Law Center names Interim Dean

Posted on 10/02/2013

Elena B. Langan, J.D., has been appointed interim dean of NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center, succeeding Athornia Steele, J.D. The appointment was made effective September 17, 2013.
Langan served previously as an associate professor of law, associate dean of academic affairs and director of the Lawyering Skills and Values program at the Shepard Broad Law Center. She practiced law for 25 years, initially in Maryland and then in Florida, before joining NSU’s law faculty in 2007. Her teaching assignments have included Lawyering Skills and Values I & II, Law Office Management Workshop, Family Law, and Family Law Litigation Workshop, as well as courses within the Masters of Science in Health Law program.
Langan received her B.A. in political science from the Johns Hopkins University and her J.D. from the University of Maryland, School of Law.  She is a member of the Maryland and Florida bars, and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the United States District Courts for the District of Maryland and the Southern District of Florida. She has been Board Certified by The Florida Bar Division of Legal Specialization and Education as an expert in the area of marital and family law since 1994.
Langan has been actively involved in the American Inns of Court and was a founding member and past president of the First Family Law American Inn of Court in Miami-Dade County.She has served on various Florida Bar committees, including the Bench/Bar and Needs of Children Committees of the Family Law Section. She also was appointed to serve on the Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Professionalism and was a liaison to the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.

Class Actions ---- News & Notes About Alumni ---- September 2013

Posted on 09/27/2013

David W. Singer (JD 1980) of Hollywood served as host and moderator for a EyesOnNews.com panel discussion in the wake of the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case. Read more at http://www.1800askfree.com/

Scott M. Solkoff (JD 1994) of Solkoff Legal in Delray Beach spoke at the Florida Council on Aging Conference in Orlando on the "Affordable Care Act on Seniors and Persons with Disabilities." Scott also served on the Purple Ribbon Task Force detailing a state report and plan for dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia. http://www.solkoff.com/

Frank P. Terzo (JD 1991) of GrayRobinson has been invited to join the Advisory Board of the 38th Annual Alexander L. Paskay Bankruptcy Seminar. http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Christopher Vielman (JD 2011) joined Reich & Mancini, PA in Port St. Lucie, FL. He handles personal injury and other civil matters. He is bilingual English/Spanish. Read more at http://www.4injuryhelp.com/lawyers.html

Thomas Zeichman (JD 2012) an associate with Messana, P.A., in Ft. Lauderdale has been named to the Florida Atlantic University Alumni Association Board of Directors. Read at http://www.mws-law.com/

Class Actions ---- News & Notes About Alumni ---- September 2013

Posted on 09/27/2013

Susan Horovitz Maurer (JD 1980) managing Partner with Panza, Maurer & Maynard in Ft. Lauderdale was re-appointed by Governor Scott to serve an additional two-year appointment on the State of Florida Commission on Ethics. Read more at http://www.panzamaurer.com/partners.htm

Christina McKinnon (JD 2001) of The Law Office of Christina A. McKinnon, P.A., received the Dade Legal Aid Put Something Back Pro Bono Award in family law. Read more at http://www.mckinnon-legal.com/

Grace Murillo (JD 2006)an attorney with Schwarzberg & Associates, P.L. in West Palm Beach, FL is chair of the Diversity Relations Subcommittee of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. She is also the secretary of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association. http://www.schwarzberglaw.com/

Ari Porth (JD 1995), Circuit Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit in Frt Lauderdale, FL, hosted a Broward County Young Lawyers Section breakfast in August 2013.

Patyl Oflazian (JD 2010) an assistant state attorney in Broward County, FL, earned her LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University School of Law in May, 2013.  She received a public interest law scholarship and graduated with honors.  She also received the Edward D. Ohlbaum Award for Commitment to the Art of Trial Advocacy.

Robert R. Reynolds IV (JD 1987) has joined Goldstein, Schmitt, Cambron and Reynolds in Stuart as a partner. Reynolds is a board certified civil trial lawyer and focuses on personal injury law. Read more at http://www.femaleinjurylawyer.com/

Elizabeth Ricci (JD 2000) a partner at Rambana & Ricci P.L.L.C. in Tallahassee, FL fought a two-year battle to assist her client in obtaining a green card from the US Citizenship & Immigration Services. Her client was a male-to-female Dutch woman who married an American citizen. Read the story (Same Sex Marriage Loophole) at http://www.news4jax.com. She handles a variety of complex immigration matters. Read more at http://www.rambana.com/

Stacy Ross (JD 1997), recently appointed by Governor Scott to the Circuit Court in the 17th Judicial Circuit in Fort Lauderdale, FL is also a Broward County YLS judicial liaison for 2013-14.

Elisha D. Roy (JD 2001), opened the Law Offices of Elisha D. Roy, in West Palm Beach, FL, where she handles marital and family law matters. She is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law and is the Chair of the Family Law Section of The Florida Bar for 2013-2014. Read more at http://eroylawpa.com/

Vanessa Serrano (JD 2008), an associate with Broad and Cassel PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL, joined the Board of Directors of the Stephen R. Booher American Inn of Court Chapter of the American Inns of Court. She also co-chairs the mentoring committee. Her practice area includes complex business and construction litigation. She is a member of Leadership Broward Class XXXI and she volunteers at the PACE Center for Girls Broward. Read more at http://www.broadandcassel.com

Class Actions ---- News & Notes About Alumni ---- September 2013

Posted on 09/27/2013

Charles M. Greene (JD 1982), Circuit Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit in Fort Lauderdale, FL, served on a panel for the Broward County Bar Association’s CLE seminar titled, Probate Law: A View from the Bench 2013. Read more at http://cmgpa.com/content/charles-m-greene

Susan Healy (JD 1984), a founding partner of Vernon Healy in Naples, FL, was voted by her peers to be included in "The Best Lawyer in America" for 2014. Her practice area includes securities regulation, where she represents individuals and business owners locally and nationwide in cases involving financial disputes. Ms. Healy was also appointed by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers to serve as its representative to the National Association of Women’s Bar Associations. Read more at www.vernonhealy.com

Ron D. Herman (JD 2000) of Herman Law, P.A., in West Palm Beach, FL has been appointed to serve as secretary of the board of directors for Florida Community Alliance, Inc. Read more at http://www.rhlawfl.com/

Jamaal R. Jones (JD 2010) is an associate attorney with the health law firm Zumpano, Patricios & Winker, PA in Coral Gables, FL. He recently published his article, "HIPPA Omnibus Rule Compliance for Physician Practices" in the September 2013 edition of Compliance Today magazine. Read more at http://www.zpwlaw.com/profiles.html

Aaron Karger (JD 2011) has joined Kalis & Kleiman in Davie as an associate. Karger will provide counseling and litigation support in the areas of commercial and real property litigation, and with landlord/tenant and foreclosure matters, as well as in criminal defense matters. Mr. Karger recently participated in Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center’s "Professionalism Day," which took place during the first-year law student orientation. He took part in a panel discussion focusing on the ethical and professional imperatives of the legal profession. Read more at http://www.kaliskleiman.com/Aaron_Karger

Sandy Khouly (JD 2011) was admitted to the Bar of Antigua and Barbuda in July, 2013. She practices in Antigua and is also a member of The Florida Bar. Read more at www.caribarena.com/antigua

Nicolette A. Kramer (JD 2009) was promoted to senior associate attorney at The Association Law Firm in Orlando, FL. Her practice includes representation of condominium and homeowner associations throughout Florida. Read more at http://associationfirm.com

Carlos Martinez (JD 1997) Miami-Dade Public Defender, was instrumental in nominating Parker Thomson and the Hogan Lovells law firm for the Florida Public Defender Association’s L. Clayton Nance Award for 2013.

Class Actions ---- News & Notes About Alumni ---- September 2013

Posted on 09/27/2013

Steven R. Braten (JD 1994) has opened Steven R. Braten, P.A., in Boynton Beach. The firm will focus on community association law.

Michael J. Chrusch (JD 1997) is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Signature Consultants, LLC in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Signature Consultants provides IT staffing and was recently ranked among the top 25 largest IT Staffing firms in the US for the third year in a row. Chrusch handles a variety of corporate matters for the company. Read more at http://www.sigconsult.com/news/

Jessica Chiappone (JD 2011) was invited by the NAACP to speak to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva in October, 2013. Her topic is Felony Disenfranchisement as a Form of Discrimination in Violation of International Human Rights Law. Ms. Chiappone is the current Vice President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. Read more at http://www.restorerights.org/bios.html

Richard P. Corey (JD 2012) of the The Law Offices of Richard Corey, PLLC in Fort Lauderdale, FL published a book, "The Blueprint" which is about achieving your vision and purpose in life.  He is having a book release party to benefit Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation.  Meet him October 12, 2013 at 6:30 pm at Gryphon at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, FL.  Read more at www.richardcoreylaw.com

Ivonne Cuesta (JD 2001), of the 11th Judicial Circuit, and Yasir Billoo (JD 2003), an attorney with Golden & Grimes LLP in Miami, participated in the Florida Muslim Bar Association annual Ramadan iftar July 27, which is the breaking of the fast, at the home of Khurrum Wahid in Coral Springs.

Nina DiPietro (JD 2006),a partner with Florida Litigation Law Firm in Fort Lauderdale, FL, was appointed by Governor Scott to the Board of Medicine for a three year term ending in 2016. Her practice includes a variety of civil matters including medical malpractice defense. Read more at http://www.floridalitigationlawfirm.com

Lu-Ann Dominguez (JD 1996) is a Shareholder with Gunster in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She presented at a recent ABA webinar entitled, "The ABC’s of Summons Enforcement". This seminar addressed the IRS’s use of administrative summons and the role of IRS Counsel and the Tax Division. Read more at www.gunster.com

Timothy A. Dunbrack (JD 1993), managing partner with Kelley Kronenberg in Orlando, was admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States. His practice includes civil liability matters. Read more at http://www.kelleykronenberg.com/

Stephany Garcia (JD 2010) is an associate attorney with the Immigration Law Offices of Richard Hujber in Boynton Beach, FL. She was published in the Palm Beach County Bar magazine, the Bulletin. Her article, pertaining to important recent changes in immigration law, was in the summer edition. Read more at http://www.hujberlaw.com/index.php

Ricardo Gomez (JD 2003) was named managing partner at Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco in Miami, FL. His practice include civil and general business litigation. Rad more at http://www.wncwlaw.com

Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus Joseph D. Harbaugh is Elected as Board Member of the Florida Humanities Council

Posted on 09/27/2013

Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus Joseph D. Harbaugh is elected as board member of the Florida Humanities Council (FHC), a private nonprofit organization, whose mission is to develop public programs to examine Florida’s history though exploration of its heritage, literary and artistic traditions, ethics, and cultural values. FHC is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, led by twenty-five board members of the academic, public, nonprofit and corporate sectors; six of these board members are appointed by the state Governor and the others are elected by the board. All board members serve a renewable three-year term.

Harbaugh is honored and excited to serve on the FHC board, which gives back to the Florida community by providing grants to nonprofits to support public humanities and cultural programs. Examples of programs and efforts organized by FHC are workshops for K-12 teachers, heritage tours, and partnerships with libraries to provide family literacy programs and cultural exhibits. The FHC also operates a humanities speakers bureau and publishes FORUM, an award-winning magazine that provides cultural insight and historic perspective of Florida and its people.

To learn more about the FHC, visit http://www.flahum.org/.

NSU Law Ranked Among Top 10 Best Law Schools for Hispanics

Posted on 09/16/2013

The HispanicBusiness 2013 Annual Diversity Report ranked NSU Law as one of top ten law schools for Hispanics. Other ranked law schools include University of California, Los Angeles,University of Miami, and University of Texas at Austin. Total Hispanic graduate enrollment for NSU Law was 191, yielding 23.0% of the total graduate enrollment population. 18.6%, or 40 of 215 J.D. degrees were earned by Hispanics at NSU Law. NSU Law’s prime location (FortLauderdale) in South Florida makes it ideal for interactions with Hispanic business leaders, government agencies and local communities. For more information on the 2013 Best Law Schools for Hispanics, click here.

Professor of Law Bruce Rogow named Best Lawyers’ 2014 Miami Litigation – Municipal “Lawyer of the Year”

Posted on 08/30/2013

Professor Bruce Rogow was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 20th Edition of the Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of: Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Litigation–First Amendment and Litigation–Municipal. Additionally, Rogow was named as “Lawyer of the Year” for Best Lawyers’ 2014 Miami Litigation-Municipal. This honor is only given to a single lawyerin each community for each practice area.

Rogow is the only remaining member of the inaugural facult of the NSU Law Center, which began in 1974. During his tenure,he has served as acting dean and co-dean. He is an outstandingleader in the growth and development of the NSU Law Center andshares with others the credit for making this institution an excellent one for preparing lawyers.

Class Actions ---- News & Notes About Alumni ---- August 2013

Posted on 08/27/2013

Rafael Suarez-Rivas (JD 1979) is Assistant City Attorney with the City of Miami, FL. He represents the city on a variety of legal issues and he is Board Certified in City, County, & Local Government Law.

Diana Sulea (JD 2010) of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, received the Paul May Young Lawyers Section Professionalism Award at the 2013 Broward County Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in June. This award is given to lawyers who display qualities such as integrity, professionalism, and service to the community. She is a sole practitioner and handles general civil litigation and transactional work.

Frank P. Terzo (JD 1991) of Gray Robinson in Miami, FL was invited to join the Advisory Board of the 38th Annual Alexander L. Paskay Bankruptcy Seminar. The Board is comprised of individuals who are selected for their prominence in the area of insolvency law. Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com

 

Class Actions ---- News & Notes About Alumni ---- August 2013

Posted on 08/27/2013

Keith Sonderling (JD 2008) is an associate at Gunster Law Firm in West Palm Beach. He began a new term on the NSU Law Alumni Association Board of Directors where he also serves on the Professional Development Committee. He handles labor and employment and complex business litigation matters. He is also serving a four-year term on the Fourth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission. Read more at www.gunster.com

Caryn Stevens (JD 2008) joined Rudolph & Associates in West Palm Beach, FL. Her practice is focused on marital and family law. Read more at www.rudolphandassociates.com

John M. Stewart (JD 1997) a partner at Stewart Evans Stewart & Emmons, PA in Vero Beach, FL was honored by outgoing Florida Bar President Gwynne Young with the President’s Award of Merit for his work as the chair of the Program Evaluation Committee. As chair, his committee completed eight Bar program evaluations and other major accomplishments. His practice areas include real estate and business litigation, mediation and personal injury. Read more at www.stewartevans.com

 Beverly Vesel (JD 1979) of Beverly L. Vesel & Associates, PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL began a new term on the NSU Law Alumni Association Board of Directors where she also serves on the Alumni Engagement Committee. She is a member of the NSU Shepard Broad Law Center Board of Governors. Her law practice concentrates in the area of marital and family law. Read more at www.bvesellaw.com

Ethan Wall (JD 2007) an associate with Richman Greer in Coral Gables, FL began a new term on the NSU Law Alumni Association Board of Directors where he was recently elected Vice President and also serves on the Professional Development Committee. He practices in the areas of intellectual property law with a special focus on social media law. Read more at www.richmangreer.com

Meredith Chaiken-Weiss (JD 2010) an associate at Cooney Trybus Kwavnick Peets in Fort Lauderdale, FL has joined the NSU Law Alumni Association Board of Directors and also serves on the Alumni Engagement Committee. Her practice areas are litigation and appellate work. Read more at www.ctkplaw.com

Jill Goldman Weiss (JD 2003) of Sachs Sax Caplan in Boca Raton, FL was installed as President of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. She practices in the area of complex commercial and business litigation. Read more at www.ssclawfirm.com

Thomas Zeichman (JD 2012) of Messana, P.A., in Ft. Lauderdale, FL has joined the NSU Law Alumni Association Board of Directors and also serves on the Professional Development Committee. His practice includes bankruptcy and insolvency matters. Read more at www.mws-law.com

Class Actions ---- News & Notes About Alumni ---- August 2013

Posted on 08/26/2013

Anita Paoli (JD 1990) owns the Law Offices of A Paoli, PA in Hollywood, FL, and is a member of the 2013-2014 Broward County Bar Association Board of Directors. She started a new term on the NSU Law Alumni Association Board of Directors where she chairs the Professional Development Committee. Her law practice includes real estate, wills, trust, and probate matters and she is a certified mediator. Read more at www.apaoli.com

Gabriela A Phillingane (JD 2013) joined the law firm of Hightower, Stratton Wilhelm in Miami, FL. The firm handles a variety of civil matters and corporate defense cases. Read more at www.hightowerlaw.net

Mark Popolizio (JD 1995) of Aventura, FL wrote "SMART Act Update CMS to Release Proposed SMART Act Regulations this Fall" which was published in the August 2013 Broward County Bar Association Barrister.

Marissa Pullano (JD 2008) of Brinkley Morgan in Ft. Lauderdale has been elected president of the Young Lawyers Section of the Broward County Bar. Her practice area is focused on marital and family law. Read more at www.brinkleymorgan.com

Stacy Ross (JD 1997) is being elevated to the Circuit Court of the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County, FL by Governor Rick Scott. Judge Ross previously served as County Judge in the same Circuit.

Brad Rossway (JD 1986) managing director of Rossway Moore Swan of Vero Beach, FL is very civic-minded. His law firm has participated in Florida’s Adopt-A-Highway Program since 1999, when the firm adopted a two-mile section of State Road 60 from Indian River Boulevard to A-1-A along Beachland Boulevard. His firm handles a variety of civil matters for businesses and individuals, while his practice area is focused on marital and family law. Read more at http://www.rosswaymooretaylorswan.comwww.verobeachlawyers.com

Audra Simovitch (JD 1992) a solo practitioner in Boca Raton, FL has joined the NSU Law Alumni Association Board of Directors where she also serves on the Professional Development Committee. She holds an LL.M. in taxation and an LL.M. in banking, corporate, finance and securities both from Boston University School of Law. Her practice areas include tax, estate planning, banking, bankruptcy and appellate work. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish and Hebrew. She is licensed to practice law in Florida and Massachusetts.

David W. Singer (JD 1980) of Law Offices of David W. Singer & Associates PA in Hollywood, FL has been re-elected vice chair of the Nova Southeastern University Law Board of Governors. His practice areas include personal injury, professional malpractice, cruise ship liability, and nursing home cases.

Gary M. Singer (JD 2001) of Gary M. Singer, PA in Sunrise, FL is a member of the 2013-2014 Broward County Bar Association Board of Directors. He is Board Certified in Real Property Probate & Trust Law. Read more at www.garysingerlaw.com

 

 

Class Actions ---- News & Notes About Alumni ---- August 2013

Posted on 08/26/2013

Michael D. Leader (JD 2000) is a partner at Leader & Leader, PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He is a member of the 2013-2014 Broward County Bar Association Board of Directors. His practice includes criminal defense matters from misdemeanors to felonies. Read more at www.criminallawleader.com

Ellen Leesfield (JD 1978) formerly a Circuit Judge in the 11th Judicial Circuit for Miami-Dade County, FL for 19 years, joined the law firm of Sanchez-Medina, Gonzalez, Quesada, Lage, Crespo, Gomez, Machado & Preira LLP in Coral Gables, FL. Judge Leesfield is the managing partner in the firm’s newly formed alternative dispute resolution group. Through the years, Judge Leesfield has won numerous awards and accolades for her integrity and community service. Read more at www.smgqlaw.com

Adam M. Ludwin (JD 2010) joined the firm of Mark A. Kaufman & Associates in Fort Lauderdale, FL. His practice areas include personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and product liability litigation. Read more at http://www.makaufman.com/

Tory Tombs Mangel (JD 2012) an associate with Ellis Ged & Bodden PA in Boca Raton, FL joined the NSU Law Alumni Association Board of Directors and also serves on the Student Engagement Committee. She handles plaintiff PIP law and represents hospitals and medical providers. Read more at www.ellisandged.com

Matthew D. Martin (JD 2009) joined Rudolph & Associates in West Palm Beach, FL. His practice is focused on marital and family law. Read more at www.rudolphandassociates.com

Melanie G. May (JD 1981) a Judge at the 4th District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach, FL has been re-elected chair of the Nova Southeastern University Law Board of Governors. Judge May served as Chief Judge at the 4th DCA from July 2011 to June 2013. Read more at http://www.4dca.org/judges/May

Robin Sobo Moselle (JD 1991) a partner at Jacobson, Sobo & Moselle in Plantation, FL is the Convention Co-Chairperson for the Broward County Bar Association’s Bench and Bar Convention to be held on October 18, 2013. She is also the Treasurer of BCBA for the 2013-2014 Board of Directors. Her law practice is focused on state-wide debt collection and can handle claims that arise in all phases of litigation or outside of litigation. Read more at www.floridacollections.com

Steven S. Newburgh (JD 1982) has joined The Ticktin Law Group in Deerfield Beach, FL as its bankruptcy division chair. Read more at www.legalbrains.com

Class Actions ---- News & Notes About Alumni ---- August 2013

Posted on 08/26/2013

Roberto Gutierrez (JD 1993) was appointed to the Federal Judiciary as a US Administrative Law Judge with the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals in Miami, FL. Prior to working with OMHA, Judge Gutierrez was in private practice for 18 years.

Andrew T. Hendrix (JD 2012) joined Hightower, Stratton and Wilheim in West Palm Beach, FL. His practice areas include civil litigation involving negligence, insurance coverage and contract issues, among other civil areas. Read more at www.hightowerlaw.net

Anthony J. Horky (JD 1998) of Anthony J. Horky, P.A., in Boca Raton, FL was elected to the Board of Directors for Florida Atlantic University National Alumni Association. His firm handles real estate, and commercial and civil litigation matters. Read more at www.horkylaw.com

Robert Karpeles (JD 2009) is now Associate Counsel for the Florida Panthers professional hockey team and the BB&T Center Arena, where they play.

Edwina Kessler (JD 1994), of Carti, Holton, Kessler & Kessler of Fort Lauderdale, FL received the Committee Chairperson Award (Publicity and Publications) at the 2013 Broward County Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in June and is a member of the 2013-2014 Broward County Bar Association’s Board of Directors. Read more at www.chkklaw.com

Joel Lazarus (JD 1977) a Senior Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit, Broward County, Florida was honored with the Florida Law Related Education Associations’s 2013 Outstanding Service Award. He was recognized for his many years dedicated to educating Florida’s youth. The award is given to someone who advances and promotes law related education and provides leadership in Florida high school mock trial programs. Judge Lazarus has been active throughout his career in many community education programs and initiatives both locally and statewide. Read more at http://www.17th.flcourts.org/index.php/announcements

Luz R. Landa (JD 2011) was recently promoted to in-house counsel for Columbus Communications, Inc., in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Columbus is a diversified telecommunications company whose core business is providing cable television services‚ digital video, high speed internet access‚ digital telephony and corporate data services and telecom capacity and IP services in the greater Caribbean. Ms. Landa began working for Columbus’ sister company Columbus Networks USA, Inc., during law school. Her work initially involved contract drafting and negotiation in foreign and U.S. markets in both English and Spanish, and now involves general oversight of all legal affairs. Read more at www.columbuscommunications.com

Carrie E. Lademan (JD 1997) joined Hahn Loeser & Parks in Naples, FL. Lademan is of counsel to the firm and she focuses her practice in real estate and corporate law. Read more at www.hahnloeser.com

Class Actions ---- News & Notes About Alumni ---- August 2013

Posted on 08/26/2013

Angela M. Crandall (JD 2001) of Angela M. Crandall, PA in Boca Raton just completed her term as President of the NSU Law Alumni Association and is now Immediate Past President. Her practice includes estate and trust administration, guardianship, and elder care law.

Steven Farbman (JD 1985) of the Law Offices of Steven S. Farbman, PA in Hollywood, FL started a new term on the NSU Law Alumni Association Board of Directors where he serves on the Alumni Engagement Committee. His law practice includes personal injury and wrongful death as well as professional malpractice. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial attorney. Read more at www.farbmanlaw.com

Michael A Fischler (JD 1978) is a partner at Fischler & Friedman, PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He is a member of the 2013-2014 Broward County Bar Association’s Board of Directors. His law practice includes criminal defense and a variety of civil litigation and transactional matters. Read more at www.ffpa-law.com

Michael T. Fraser (JD 2009) joined Saxon, Gilmore, Carraway & Gibbons in Tampa, FL as an associate. Fraser represents individuals, businesses, and governmental entities in a wide range of complex litigation including commercial litigation, professional liability, and construction law. Read more at www.saxongilmore.com

Holly Gayle Gershon (JD 1982) of Holly Gayle Gershon, P.A., in Boca Raton, FL is a member of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association Board of Directors. Her practice area is family law and she is Board Certified in Marital & Family Law in marital and family law. Read more at www.hollygershonlaw.com

Natalie Giachos (JD 2006) an attorney with Boyar & Freeman PA, in Coral Springs, FL, started a new term on the NSU Law Alumni Association Board of Directors where she was also elected President and serves as the Chair of the Alumni Engagement Committee. Her law practice includes personal injury and civil litigation matters and she is fluent in English and Spanish.

Lisa Goldberg (JD 1984) supervising staff attorney in the Family Law Unit at Coast to Coast Legal Aid in Fort Lauderdale, FL is being honored with the prestigious "Commitment to Justice Award" on September 27, 2013 at the For the Public Good banquet. She has worked in public interest law her entire career, starting as the only family law attorney for Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc. She also supervises the domestic violence unit. Read more at http://www.legalaid.org/coasttocoast/news-events-cc/events

Renee Goldenberg (JD 1984) is a Circuit Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit in Broward County, FL. Judge Goldenberg will be the Keynote Breakfast Speaker at the Broward County Bar’s 2013 Bench and Bar Convention and the will present "Top Ten Societal Shifts that Affect Legal Ethics and Professionalism."

Class Actions ---- News & Notes About Alumni ---- August 2013

Posted on 08/26/2013

Patricia Alexander (JD 1995) of the Law Offices of Patricia Alexander, PA in Boca Raton, FL is the new secretary for the South Palm Beach County Bar Association which recently held its 52nd Annual Installation Gala in Boca Raton.

Heather P. Baxter (JD 2000), Associate Professor of Law at NSU Shepard Broad Law Center, started a new term on the NSU Law Alumni Association Board of Directors where she also serves as the Chair of the Student Engagement Committee. Read more at www.nsulaw.nova.edu/faculty

David Bazerman (JD 1996) is the Director of the Tracey McPharlin Pro Bono Dependency Initiative at Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc., in Plantation, FL, He will be honored on September 27, 2013 at the For the Public Good banquet. Read more at http://www.legalaid.org/coasttocoast/news-events-cc/events

Caroline Brown (JD 2001), of counsel to Fisher & Phillips LLP in Atlanta, GA, started a new term on the NSU Law Alumni Association Board of Directors where she also serves on the Alumni Engagement Committee. Her law practice area includes labor and employment law, especially relating to wage and hour laws and wage payment laws. Read more at www.laborlawyers.com

Jessica Garcia-Brown (JD 1999) is an Associate Professor at NSU in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, where she is Chair of the Paralegal Studies program. She is also a Broward County Traffic Hearing Officer and serves on the Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee of The Florida Bar. She started a new term on the NSU Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, where she was recently elected as Secretary/Treasurer and serves on the Student Engagement Committee. Read more at www.fcas.nova.edu/faculty

Meghan Maroney Clary (JD 2006) has been made a partner in her firm and the firm has changed its name to Chorowski & Clary, PA, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Her practice is focused on matrimonial and family law.

Tana R. Sachs Copple (JD 1997) and Ryan S. Copple (JD 1998) have formed the law firm of Copple Sachs Copple in Jupiter, FL. The firm’s practice areas include marital and family law litigation, community association law, and real estate and civil litigation matters.

Kenneth A. Cutler (JD 1986) and Andrew J. Rader have formed Cutler Rader, PL, in Deerfield Beach, FL. The firm concentrates in the areas of plaintiff’s personal injury, premises liability, business law and wrongful death claims. Read more at www.cutlerrader.com

Professor Named Secretary/Compliance Officer of SEALS

Posted on 08/22/2013

At the annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), professor of law, Gail Richmond, was elected to another 5-year term as Secretary/Compliance Officer.

Professors Speak at 88th National Bar Association Annual Convention

Posted on 08/19/2013

On July 30, 2013, Professors Jane Cross and Olympia Duhart participated in a panel discussion at the 88th Annual Convention of the National Bar Association (NBA). The presentation entitled “How to Become a Law Professor” was co-sponsored by the NBA Law Professors and Judicial Council Divisions. With more than 200 attorneys in attendance, Professors Cross and Duhart shared their own paths to teaching law. Professor Cross addressed the challenges and opportunities available to professors teaching in legal writing programs and working with special institutes.  Professor Duhart encouraged the audience to explore alternative admissions routes to teaching law, presented data about law teaching and discussed misconceptions about working in the academy. Both also stressed the special social obligations that attach to law teachers, especially among professors of color. Other contributing panelists were Professor D. Wendy Greene, Director of Faculty Development at Cumberland School of Law, Professors Osamudia James and Charlton Copeland, from the University of Miami.  Notable program attendees and supporters included Beverly McQueary Smith, Past NBA President (1998) and Professor Emeritus of Advocacy at Touro Law Center; Alfreda Robinson, Chair of the Law Professors Division and Associate Dean for Trial Advocacy at George Washington University; Everett Bellamy, Professor of Law and former Senior Assistant Dean at Georgetown Law; Rachel Anderson, Professor Law at University of Law Vegas Law School; and Camille Lamar, Professor of Law at NSU Law Center. The National Bar Association is world’s largest and oldest organization of predominately African-Americans attorneys and judges. This year’s convention explored the theme “the Power of Us!” and took place from July 27 to August 1, 2013 at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach.

NSU Law Graduate Ethan Wall is Elected President of Dade County Bar Association YLS

Posted on 08/08/2013

NSU Law Graduate, Ethan Wall (’07), was elected as President of Dade County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section (YLS). Wall was sworn in for a one year term by the Honorable Robert N. Scola Jr. Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida. He also serves as Vice President for the NSU Law Alumni Association.

The Dade County Bar Association is a local voluntary bar association incorporated in 1920 to enhance attorney professionalism, promote the administration of justice, and foster valuable relationships among all members of the Bar. For more information on the Dade County Bar Association, click here.

Class Actions ---- News & Notes About Alumni ---- July 2013

Posted on 07/24/2013

Melinda S. Gentile (JD 1985) is a partner with Peckar & Abramson, PC in Miami, FL. Her practice is focused on construction litigation and dispute resolution ranging from bid protests to contract disputes, liens and defect, impact, bond and insurance claims. She is certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Circuit Civil Mediator and is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Real Property Probate and Trust Law. She has also served as a Broward County Magistrate. Recently, her firm was selected by Chambers & Partners as the nation’s top construction law firm. Read more at www.pecklaw.com

Cindy Guerra (JD 1990) was named the chief operating officer of courts and official records of the Clerk & Comptroller of Palm Beach County, FL.

Leanne M. Innet (JD 2005) proudly announces the opening of the Law Office of Leanne M. Innet, LLC, in North Charleston, SC. She has a general practice focused on counseling and representing individuals and companies who seek or hold national security clearances. Read more at www.InnetLawOffice.com.

Liliana Rincon Jurado (JD 2004) was sworn in as President of the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association. She practices in Pompano Beach, FL in the areas of criminal, family, immigration, and personal injury. She is also fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.

Abigail Langweiler (JD 2009) is an attorney with the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Keith Ligori (JD 2000) is a partner at Ligori & Cappy in Tampa, FL. His practice is focused on personal injury, wrongful death, and workers compensation matters. His firm also handles criminal defense, social security disability, and family law cases. Read more at www.ligoricappylaw.com

Juliette Lippman (JD 1993) is a partner at Kirschbaum, Birnbaum, Lippman and Gregoire, PLLC in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She was reappointed to a three-year term with The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization that provides leadership and funding for justice in Florida. Her law practice is devoted to family and matrimonial law, and she has been actively involved with various legal and charitable organizations in the South Florida area for many years. Read more at www.kblglaw.com

Louis Reinstein (JD 2006) an attorney at Bunnell & Woulfe in Fort Lauderdale, FL was recently appointed by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners to the Affordable Housing Authority Committee. His practice areas encompass a broad variety of civil litigation matters. Read more at www.bunnellwoulfe.com

Class Actions ---- News & Notes About Alumni ---- July 2013

Posted on 07/24/2013

Rodney Romano (JD 1986) is founder and owner of Matrix Mediation in West Palm Beach, FL, a full service dispute resolution firm. He published "How Mediators Can Help Instill Civility and Professionalism" in the May/June issue of American Inns of Court Bencher. Read more at http://matrixmediation.com/

David Salomon (JD 2001) is a partner at Salomon Bravo in Plantation, FL. He was recently named President-Elect of the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association. His practice areas include personal injury, insurance claims, bankruptcy, and criminal defense. Read more at www.salomonbravo.com

Ronald E. Smith (JD 1981) owns The Smith Group, Ronald Ehlbert Smith, Attorney at Law in Atlanta, GA. His practice includes a wide variety of legal services, both criminal and civil in nature. Read more at http://lawsmithgroup.com/Home.php

John M. Stewart (JD 1993) is a shareholder with Stewart & Emmons in Vero Beach, FL. He was honored with the President’s Award of Merit by outgoing Florida Bar President Gwynne Young during the General Assembly at the Bar’s annual convention. His practice areas include real estate litigation, mediation, personal injury, and business litigation. Read more at www.st-ev.com

 

 

Class Actions ---- News & Notes About Alumni ---- July 2013

Posted on 07/24/2013

Jason Chodos (JD 2006) is an associate with Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He was selected as a Rising Star for 2013 by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine for the field of Insurance Coverage. Read more at www.moundcotton.com

Laurie Stilwell Cohen (JD 1995) is the new Village Attorney for the Village of Wellington, FL. She formerly served on the Village Council for Wellington (2003-2008) and has extensive civil litigation experience in many areas, including complex business and commercial litigation, real estate, government law and appellate law. She is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator.

Pete D’Alessandro (JD 1994) was named general manager of the Sacramento Kings basketball team. He spent the past three seasons as VP of basketball operations for the Denver Nuggets. A basketball fan his whole life, Pete is living a childhood dream of being involved with the NBA.

Brian Engel (JD 2012) joined McIntosh, Sawran & Cartaya in Fort Lauderdale, FL as an associate in the insurance defense litigation department. Read more at http://www.mscesq.com/

Lauren Fallick (JD 2006) is a business and commercial litigator with Leopold Law, PA in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. She was appointed to the Board of Governors for Connect Florida, where she will serve as Co-Chair of the Statewide Leadership Institute for the 2013-2014 term. Connect Florida is a program of Leadership Florida, which was developed to assist young leaders in making a positive impact on Florida. She focuses her civil litigation practice on product liability and construction defect litigation. Read more at www.leopold-law.com

Victoria Tampone Felden (JD 1984) is a partner at Felden & Felden in Jacksonville, FL. Her practice is focused on bankruptcy law. Read more at www.feldenandfelden.com

Sandy T. Fox (JD 2004) of Sandy T. Fox, PA in Aventura, FL became Board Certified in Marital and Family Law on June 1, 2013. His practice is a full service family and matrimonial law one that can help clients with pre-nuptial, dissolution, post-dissolution, adoption, and many other legal issues faced by families. Read more at http://www.sandytfox.com

Molly Maguire Gaussa (JD 2002) owns Gaussa Law Office, PC in Pittsburgh, PA. She handles criminal defense, landlord tenant, wills and estates and other areas. Read more at www.gaussalaw.com

Class Actions ---- News & Notes About Alumni ---- July 2013

Posted on 07/24/2013

Annabella Barboza (JD 2007) practices with Phelan Hallinan PLC in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She was selected as a Fellow to The Florida Bar’s Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy, which began its inaugural year in 2013. The Leadership Academy’s goal is to train younger lawyers to be leaders in their profession and their community. She was also recently named as the Treasurer of the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association. Her practice areas include real estate, probate and wills, and civil litigation.

Eunice Baros (JD 1980) of Eunice Baros Law, LLC in Palm Beach Gardens, FL was elected as director of the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s North County Section. Read more at http://www.eunicebaroslaw.com

Leon M. Biegalski (JD 1993) was named the Director of the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation in Tallahassee, FL. His division is charged with the regulation of Florida’s pari-mutuel, cardroom, and slot gaming industries as authorized by Chapters 550, 551, and 849, Fla.Stat. Read more at http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pmw

Leila Billings (JD 2006) was recently named co-director of the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association. She is a partner at Russo, Billings and Rosen in Weston, FL. Her practice areas include personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death cases. Read more at www.therussofirm.com

Tattiana Brenes-Stahl (JD 2004) is an associate with Greenberg Traurig in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She was selected as a Fellow to The Florida Bar’s Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy, which began its inaugural year in 2013. The Leadership Academy’s goal is to train younger lawyers to be leaders in their profession and their community. She practices in the areas of probate, trust and guardianship litigation. Read more at www.gtlaw.com

Anna Mae Walsh Burke (JD 1987) published her fifteenth book in March 2013 called, "Small Town Boy." The book is a collection of short stories about her husband’s experience of growing up between the Depression and World War II. Her books are available on various online book sites.

Lisa Callahan (JD 2011) of Lighthouse Point, FL will be honored on September 27, 2013 by Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc as Volunteer of the Year. She provides counsel to qualified clients on the Legal Aid Hotline. Read more about the banquet and register to attend at http://www.legalaid.org/broward/get-involved-bc/events/

Students Advocate at the Army Reserve 724th Military Police Battalion

Posted on 07/19/2013

Students in NSU Law’s Veterans Clinic recently presented at the Army Reserve 724th Military Police Battalion. Jayme Cassidy, staff attorney for the Veterans Law Clinic, and pro bono honor students Zarinah St. Lawrence, Michelle Avis, Leer Glogler, Sara Mammarella, Patrick Zalman, and Lauren Taylor Clifton dedicated 4.5 hours of counseling and legal education to approximately 35 Army Reservists on the topic of “Removing Legal Barriers to Employment.” Cassidy stated that “This was a great opportunity for the students to execute and develop further their practice ready skills and give back to the community.”

Student Sworn-In as Florida Bar Law Student Division President

Posted on 07/08/2013

Danielle Kaye, a third year law student, was recently sworn-in by Justice Quince of The Florida Supreme Court as the President of the Florida Bar Law Student Division 2013-2014 year. She will be representing and working with Governors of all 12 law schools across the State of Florida. The Florida Bar Law Student Division, founded in 2007, focuses each year in facilitating the transition from law school to the practice of law for many Florida law students. Each year they provide law students with networking, mentoring, legal education, and community service opportunities with already established attorneys. One of Kaye’s goals for the 2013-2014 year is to expand the mentoring program across all 12 law school chapters and to work with the Center for Professionalism to teach Florida Law students on the importance of professionalism though various events. To read a personal message from Kaye, click here.

Professor Named Pro Bono Champion

Posted on 06/25/2013

The American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) has named Professor Kathy Cerminara as one of its 2012 Pro Bono Champions for her work in helping educate those representing veterans about post-traumatic stress disorder through February's symposium, Wounds of War:  Meeting the Needs of Active-Duty Military Personnel and Veterans With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  This is the second year the AHLA has named Pro Bono Champions to recognize service and education provided by its members.  Professor Cerminara was one of 31 members honored this year.

AHLA’s 2012 Pro Bono Champions are listed in the June print issue of AHLA Connections, a print magazine with a circulation of more than 11,000 members. In addition, each Champion’s story is included in the online version of the magazine, which can be accessed here.

Professor Cerminara only regrets the her symposium co-organizer, Professor Olympia Duhart, is not a member of AHLA and thus was not eligible to be included with her among the list of Champions.  Professor Cerminara is also deeply thankful to Professor Donna Litman, who nominated her for this honor.

Professor Jani Maurer Honored for 25 Years of Service and Dedication

Posted on 06/24/2013

The Craig S. Barnard Chapter of the American Inns of Court recently honored Professor Jani Maurer for 25 years of service and dedication to the Inn. She was honored at the Historic Courthouse in West Palm Beach, and was recognized in front of more than 200 members of the local bar and judiciary. Maurer’s work with the Inn has been instrumental to the success of our students, who have the opportunity to be mentored by attorneys and judges from South Florida. Her work has also been incredibly helpful to NSU Law’s LSV Oral Arguments; Maurer’s connection with the Inn hashelped in placing students with dozens of lawyers and judges. All of us at NSU Law are very proud to have such a dedicated person working at the Law Center.

Professor Debra Moss Curtis Appointed to Leadership of Florida Bar Commission

Posted on 06/21/2013

President-elect of the Florida Bar Eugene Pettis has set up a special commission to spend the next three years studying the future practice of law called “Commission 2016: Comprehensive Study of the Future Practice of Law.” 

The commission has four committees to look at specific issues:

* Technology: a study of technology in every possible fashion from the impact of the cloud, privacy issues, to client expectations, an interaction with courts.

* Legal education: Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad Law Center Professor Debra Moss Curtis will serve as vice-chair of this committee studying among other areas, the three-year model of law school, accreditation standards, different levels of accreditation, ways to decrease the costs of law school, and the proliferation of law schools.

* Bar admission: This committee will examine reciprocity, pro hac vice, licensing of nonlawyers to do some things now considered legal work, and national and international firms that want to practice in Florida. 

* Pro bono and legal services: This committee will explore solutions to long term problems and solutions in these areas.

Professor Curtis has previously served on a Presidental Bar Commission when in 2011-2012 she was the Reporter for the Hawkins Commission on Attorney Discipline. She has also served as Chair and Vice-Chair of standing committees for the Florida Bar.

Class Actions — News & Notes About Alumni — June 2013

Posted on 06/19/2013

Scott Mitchell Klein (JD 2010) is an attorney with Ernst & Young in its tax section. He co-authored an article in the ABA Tax Section News Quarterly entitled, "International Tax: A Quest to Resolve Overlap Between Foreign Base Company Sales and Foreign Base Company Services" (Spring 2013). He is also on the tax out-bound committee of the Tax Law Section of The Florida Bar. Klein also has an LL.M from Georgetown Law.

Leslie Carson Marlowe (JD 1985) is President of Lacar Writes, Inc., in Reno, NV. Her firm performs research and writing for attorneys in the Reno-Carson City Nevada area. http://www.lacarwriters.com

Christopher P. Meier (JD 2004) an attorney with Greenspoon Marder in Fort Lauderdale, FL practices in the area of regulatory compliance. He hosted a Voice One Webinar, "Modernized Debt Collection Communication & How to Do it Compliantly" in June, 2013. Read more at www.gmlaw.com

H. Michael Muniz (JD 1999) is appellate counsel for Kahane & Associates, PA in Plantation, FL. He is Board Certified in Appellate Practice. Read more at www.kahaneandassociates.com

Bonnie Navin (JD 2000) an attorney at Kelley Uustal in Fort Lauderdale, FL obtained a $38.5 million dollar verdict for a client who sustained severe brain injuries as a result of medical malpractice. The jury assessed career-damaging "strikes" against two doctors involved in the procedure that led to the suit. Her practice includes representing plaintiffs in professional malpractice cases. Read more at www.justiceforall.com

Marissa Pullano (JD 2008) is an attorney with Brinkley Morgan in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She will be sworn in as the new president of the Broward County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section in June. Her practice areas include marital and family law. She is licensed to practice in Florida and New York. Read more at www.brinkleymorgan.com

Jackie Rose (JD 1998) is the new executive director of the Dutchess County SPCA in Hyde Park, NY. Read more at www.dcspca.org

Stacie J. Schmerling (JD 2010) is an associate with Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky Abate & Webb in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She and firm partners Howard Talenfeld and Joel Fass, were successful in obtaining a settlement for their clients in a culpable negligence case against ChildNet, Inc., and the Florida Department of Children and Family Services. She represented the grandparents of two young girls who were sexually abused while the state attempted reunification with the birth mother. Read more at www.cftlaw.com

Amanda Sejba (JD 2013) was awarded a two-year postgraduate fellowship by Equal Justice Works, the national public interest law organization dedicated to mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice. She will continue her work with the VALOR project at Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida where she will be addressing the legal needs of veterans and active duty service members. At commencement, she received the Dean’s Award for leadership and service to the community.

Carolina Y. Sznajderman (JD 2007) is an associate at Egozi & Bennett, PA in Aventura, FL. The firm handles commercial litigation with emphasis on real estate matters. She was recently selected as secretary of the North Dade Bar Association and is on the board of directors of LifeNet 4 Families, a community-based program that helps needy families in Broward County, FL. Read more at www.egozilaw.com

David Weiss (JD 1986) is with uVu Technologies in Boca Raton, FL. The company’s headquarters in Boca Raton is LEED-certified and includes electric vehicle charging stations in its parking lot. Weiss announced that, in April, 2013, uVu Technologies was awarded a new US utility patent for container closure functionality that is suited for use with state-of-the-art polypropylene and HDPE olefin ecologically preferred resins.

Denise A. Welter (JD 2002) is an attorney with the Shiner Law Group in Boca Raton, FL. Her practice areas include Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts and Probate. Read more at www.incourt.com

 

 

Class Actions — News & Notes About Alumni — June 2013

Posted on 06/19/2013

John Dodig (JD 1987) is a trial attorney and partner at Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig LLP, in Philadelphia, PA. He represents plaintiffs in a variety of complex litigation matters including medical negligence, products liability, construction accidents and consumer class actions. He recently won a $31 million verdict on behalf of someone injured in an accident due to a dangerous highway. He handles catastrophic cases nationwide and PI cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and he has won http://www.feldmanshepherd.comnumerous professional accolades. He and his father John Dodig, Sr (decd.), were inducted on May 4, 2013 into the Saugerties Sports Hall of Fame Club in NY. Read more at www.feldmanshepherd.com

Michael K. Grife (JD 2005) of Glick & Grife, in Boca Raton, FL was selected as a 2013 Super Lawyers Florida Rising Star. He represents those seriously injured due to the negligence of others. Read more at www.floridainjuryattorneys.com

 

Michael Harris (JD 2007) of Harris Law, PA in Miami, FL became Board Certified in Immigration & Nationality Law. His law practice concentrates on various areas of immigration such as investment immigration, business visas, permanent residency, family immigration, deportation defense, other visas, consular processing and citizenship. Read more at www.harrislawpa.com

T.J. Heinemann (JD 1997) joined The Karp Law Firm in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. His practice is focused on estate planning, business succession planning, and probate and trust law. He also holds an LL.M in estate tax from the University of Miami Law. Read more at www.karplaw.com

Robert W. Kelley (JD 1981) partner at Kelley Uustal in Fort Lauderdale, FL obtained a $38.5 million dollar verdict for a client who sustained severe brain injuries as a result of medical malpractice. The jury assessed career-damaging "strikes" against two doctors involved in the procedure that led to the suit. Firm attorney Bonnie Navin (see below) represented the plaintiff. Read more at www.justiceforall.com

Martin David Kiar (JD 2002) was elected in 2012 as a County Commissioner for Broward County, FL. He serves District 1 in Broward County, which includes part of Davie, Weston, Sunrise, Plantation, Lauderhill & Tamarac, FL. Previously he served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2006-2012. He is in private practice with his father at the Law Offices of Monroe D. Kiar in Davie, FL.

Jeremy Kissel (JD 2003) is general counsel for GC Pivotal LLC in Chicago, IL, a telecommunications information and logistics company. A member of the company’s executive management team, he is responsible for all legal and compliance functions for GC Pivotal. He previously worked for a boutique communications law firm in Washington, DC where he represented clients before federal government agencies and Congress. He served on the Federal Communication Commission’s Media Bureau.

Class Actions — News & Notes About Alumni — June 2013

Posted on 06/19/2013

Karina Arzumanova (JD 2010) is owner of the Law Office of Karina Arzumanova, PA in Boca Raton, FL, where she practices in the areas of family law and immigration law. She is fluent in Russian and Spanish. Read more at www.attorneyinbocaraton.net

Katrina Workman Berger (JD 1993) was recently promoted to Deputy Assistant Director for Domestic Operations for the US Department of Homeland Security, Immigration & Customs Enforcement in Washington, DC.

Rachel Brothers (JD 2013) joined Calevoso Law in Coral Gables, FL. The firm is a boutique entertainment, arts and business law firm serving South Florida. Ms. Brothers is a US Navy veteran. Read more at www.calevosolaw.com

Jennifer Chapkin (JD 2008) has joined McGlinchey Stafford in Fort Lauderdale, FL as an associate. She represents clients in commercial litigation, commercial consumer financial services litigation, real estate, RESPA, TILA and CDCPA claims as well as bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. Read more at www.mcglinchey.com

Sheri Polster Chappell (JD 1987) was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate as a US District Judge for Florida’s Middle District. The ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary gave her a unanimous "qualified" rating. The district covers Fort Myers to Jacksonville and includes Tampa and Orlando and ranked 18/94 for the number of cases filed between September 2011 and September 2012. Prior to being confirmed, Judge Chappell was a US Magistrate Judge in the Middle District since 2003 and she served as a County Court Judge in Lee County, Florida from 2000-2003. She was also a prosecutor in Florida’s 20th Judicial Circuit from 1987-2000.

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Sean Collin (JD 2003) is a partner at Lyons, Snyder & Collin PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL. His practice is focused on marital and family law. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and has won numerous awards, including the Super Lawyers "Rising Star" award. Read more at www.lyonssnyder.com

Robert F. Diaz (JD 1984) is a County Court Judge in Broward County, FL. Judge Diaz was featured in the Broward Daily Business Review (May 3, 2013) in its Judiciary Weekly Profile. He spoke about how he struggled to find the right career path but learned that he enjoyed "fighting for the underdog" and decided to go to law school so he could help others. Prior to taking the bench in 1992, Judge Diaz was an assistant public defender in Broward County from 1984 to 1992. Judge Diaz has also been an adjunct professor of law at Nova for many years teaching a variety of classes including trial advocacy.

Veterans Law Clinic Hosted Removing Legal Barriers to Employment Workshop

Posted on 06/18/2013

The Shepard Broad Law Center’s Veterans Law Clinic hosted its first event,Removing Legal Barriers to Employment Workshop, on Saturday June 15. Nineteen veterans received one on one legal consultation regarding the removal of employment barriers and were offered advice on how to overcome the same. Some clients will receive follow up services through the Veterans Law Clinic. The veterans that received legal assistance at the workshop will be able to confidently move forward towards stable employment.

“The legal workshop was a great success thanks to the eleven phenomenal Pro Bono Honor Law Students who dedicated 5.5 hours each to provide direct legal services to veteran clients,” said Jayme Cassidy, Staff Attorney for the Veterans Law Clinic. “Based upon the extraordinary response from the Pro Bono Honor Law Students I know this will be the first of many successful projects that the NSU Veterans Law Clinic will facilitate.”

Sharon Booth, Director of Public Interest Programs & Disability Services, assisted with coordination of the Pro Bono Honor Law Students.

The following students dedicated their time to help our local heroes:

Jessika Jackson

Bea Serrano

Leer Gloger

Carlos Prieto

Renata Alves

Kiran Garcia

Michelle Avis

Sara Mammarella

Patrick Zalman

Lauren Taylor Clifton

Zarinah St. Lawrence

NSU Law Student Amanda Sejba Awarded Equal Justice Works Fellowship

Posted on 06/03/2013

NSU Law student Amanda Sejba has been selected as a 2013 Equal Justice Works Fellow.Founded by law students in 1986, Equal Justice Works (EJW) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing equal access to justice and quality legal representation to the poorest and most vulnerable among us. To achieve this, EJW offers a continuum of opportunities for the next generation of law students and lawyers that provide the training and skills that enable them to provide effective representation to under-served communities and causes.

This fall, Sejba will be one of 57 outstanding lawyers launching projects across the country that address some of our nation’s most pressing social issues. Her host organization is Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Inc. and her project is being sponsored by The Florida Bar Foundation and Greenberg Traurig LLP. At Coast to Coast, Sejba will work as an attorney in the VALOR Project. “VALOR” Veteran Advocates Legal Outreach & Representation is a Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) with the Sunrise Veterans Affairs (VA) Outpatient Clinic that provides direct legal representation to low income veterans. She will facilitate the MLP and focus on providing legal representation that will assist veterans with economic stability. Sejba will advocate on veterans' behalf affording access to public benefits including Social Security and VA Benefits. She will also conduct education and outreach to Broward County veterans.

Sejba is a twelve year Army veteran and a current Army reservist. She recently was accepted into the Judge Advocate General program for the Army Reserves.

The EJW Class of 2013 comes from 36 law schools and will be working at 51 nonprofit organizations in 11 states and the District of Columbia beginning in the fall.

Ryan Tyre `13 Receives the GlantzLaw Professionalism Award

Posted on 05/30/2013

 

In 2012, The GlantzLaw Professionalism Award was established to recognize Shepard Broad Law Center students who demonstrate the highest standards of professional conduct in and out of the classroom. Ronald Glantz `80, member of the Law Center’s Board of Governors, and Wendy Newman Glantz `82, and their daughter Lindsey Glantz `11 recognized recipient, Ryan Tyre `13, at a ceremony held at the firm’s office.

The Glantzes are committed to professionalism in their practice and personal lives and want to promote their values in the legal community, recognizing that they can have the most impact by beginning with law students. The award is gifted to graduating students as they transition from student to practitioner.  Ryan shares his view about his commitment to professionalism, “Throughout law school I have committed myself to achieving this goal by working with and eventually directing the Inter-American Center for Human Rights.  As the Director of the               Inter-American Center for Human Rights, I strived to set an example for the other members by exhibiting the highest level of professionalism in all our tasks.”

When asked what professionalism means to the Glantzes and why they chose to establish this endowment, Ron explains, "Wendy and I look for meaningful projects to support. As we believe that it is incumbent on all lawyers to work toward improving the public’s negative perception of attorneys, we are doing our part in sponsoring the professionalism award which recognizes young professionals who the public can see as role models for us all. We are confident that our efforts at the Law Center will lead to an appreciation for the good that those young professionals and the legal community as a whole contribute every day.”

“The Standing Committee on Professionalism of the Florida Bar and the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is strongly committed to increasing professionalism among law students, lawyers and judges and the faculty and staff of the Law Center is fully committed to this effort,” states Dean Steele. “It is important that there be full partnership of the bench and bar and the Law Center to raise the bar of professionalism in the Profession. The commitment by the Glantzes is a great example of that partnership.”

Broward County Jury Awards $38.5 Million Dollars to a Client of NSU Law Alumni

Posted on 05/29/2013

Jurors in Broward County awarded $38.5 million dollars to a client of Robert Kelley (81’) and Bonnie Navin (97’) of Kelley Uustal. The client suffered from severe brain injuries due to malpractice. The jury f found “clear and convincing evidence” to assess “strikes” to anesthesiologists involved in the case.

In 2008 the client underwent a Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA) and never woke up. During cross-examination, the anesthesiologists involved admitted that he should have not performed the procedure on the client. The jury assessed “strikes” to the anesthesiologists as a result of Florida Amendment 8, also known as the “Three Strikes” Amendment, which specifies that if found guilty of three medical malpractices, doctors could lose their medical licenses. Kelly will present the jury’s findings to the Florida Board of Medicine.

Class Actions — News & Notes About Alumni — May 2013

Posted on 05/29/2013

Mark Bain (JD 2004) has his own practice, Mark Bain, PA in Hallandale, FL. His practice areas are Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts Administration and Litigation, Guardianship Administration and Litigation, Family Law and Entertainment Law.

Abigail Beebe (JD 2006) won the Palm Beach County Legal Aid family law pro bono award May 18, 2013. She represented 5 different clients in 2012 and provided over 100 hours or pro bono service to them. She is an associate with Sasser, Cestero & Sasser, PA in West Palm Beach FL where her practice concentrates on family law. Read more at www.sasserlaw.com

Glenn Cooper (JD 1998) a shareholder at Gray Robinson in Miami, FL, recently brought the "Voice of Business in South Florida" to Washington, D.C., when he met with members of Congress to discuss immigration reform. As Chair of the Public Policy Committee in the Government Affairs Group of the Miami Chamber of Commerce, Cooper led discussion on behalf of his organization and the Miami business community. Read more at www.gray-robinson.com

Michele Cummings (JD 1980) a shareholder at Gray Robinson in Fort Lauderdale, FL has served Broward Lawyers Care for over 20 years, providing low cost legal services to the community. Her dedication and efforts to this program were a factor in the firm’s being awarded "Law Firm of the Year" by Broward Legal Aid. Read more at www.gray-robinson.com

Curtis Davis (JD 2012) is an attorney with Green, Murphy & Murphy, PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL where he practices civil litigation. Read more at www.gmm-law.com

Jennifer C. Erdelyi (JD 2005) is of counsel to Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She was selected as Attorney of the Month by Broward Lawyers Care, a pro bono project of Legal Aid Service of Broward and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida. She has been a tireless advocate for pro bono projects, her most recent of which is representing the interest of children in the foster care system. Her law practice includes insurance compliance, handling corporate matters, and commercial transactions. Read more at www.cftlaw.com

Class Actions — News & Notes About Alumni — May 2013

Posted on 05/29/2013

Elizabeth Fisher (JD 2012) is an associate with Asnis, Srebnick & Kaufman, in Sunrise, FL. Her practice area includes workers compensation and personal injury law. Read more at www.askalawyerforhelp.com

Mark D. Friedman (JD 2004) was promoted to shareholder at Becker & Poliakoff in West Palm Beach, FL. His practice is focused on representing community associations throughout Palm Beach County and he writes a monthly newspaper column on condominium law. Read more at www.becker-poliakoff.com

Cortney Kaiserman (JD 2004) a shareholder with Gray Robinson in Fort Lauderdale, FL assisted with the "Advice & Counsel Hotline" for legal aid, providing many hours of pro bono assistance to its low income clients. She practices in the area of civil litigation, handling corporate and insurance matters, among other areas. Read more at www.gray-robinson.com

Allison Sinclair Lovelady (JD 2009) is an attorney with Thomas & LoCicero in Wilton Manors. FL. She is an intellectual property litigation attorney who also counsels clients in media relations, licensing and entertainment matters. Read more at www.tlolawfirm.com

Tory Tombs Mangel (JD 2011) is an associate attorney at the Law Offices of Evan M. Rosen, P.A. Her practice areas include foreclosure defense and debtor defense, and she is also launching the firm’s Family Law practice. She became certified as a Guardian Ad Litem for the 17th Judicial Circuit, Broward, County, FL. Read more at www.evanmrosen.com

Marissa Pullano (JD 2008) is an associate with Brinkley Morgan in Fort Lauderdale, FL, where she practices family law. She will be sworn in as President of the Young Lawyers Division of the Broward County Bar on June 20, 2013. Read more at www.brinkleymorgan.com

Israel U. Reyes (JD 1994) former Circuit Court Judge and Founder, and Managing Partner, of The Reyes Law Firm, PA in Miami, FL was recently appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission. He has also recently been appointed to the Florida Bar Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee. The Reyes Law Firm, PA offers legal services in a wide-range of practice areas, and provides extensive alternative dispute resolution services including Mediation, Arbitration, Special Magistrate, Private Judges, and Insurance Umpires. Read more at www.reyeslawfirmpa.com"

Class Actions — News & Notes About Alumni — May 2013

Posted on 05/29/2013

Nicole B. Robertson (JD 2005) is a supervising attorney for the Guardian Ad Litem Program in the 11th Circuit, Miami, FL.

Scott Sheffron (JD 1997) has his own practice, Sheffron Law Firm, PA, in Hendersonville, NC. His firm practice areas include criminal defense, personal injury, family law and estate planning. Read more at www.sheffronlawfirm.net

Barbra A. Stern (JD 2001) was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Florida Elections Commission. She practices with the Law Offices of Bohdan Neswiacheny in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Read more at www.bnlaw.com

Richard Taub (JD 1993) is President and Managing Partner of Taub & Taub in Sherman Oaks, CA. His practice areas include Criminal Defense, Family Law, Personal Injury and Business Law. Read more at www.taublawyers.com

Robyn Vines (JD 1998) a shareholder at Gray Robinson in Fort Lauderdale, FL was recently appointed by The Florida Bar to the Family Law Rules Committee, where she previously served as Chair and Vice Chair. She also continues to serve on the legislation committee for The Florida Bar Family Law Section. Read more at www.gray-robinson.com

Ethan Wall (JD 2007) an associate at Richman Greer in Coral Gables, FL will be sworn in on June 1, 2013 as President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Dade County Bar, Miami, FL. He was also selected as the 2013 IT Law Rising Star of the Year in Florida by Corporate INTL Magazine in London. Corporate INTL’s Annual Awards mark excellence for the World’s leading advisers and financiers in an array of countries and continents globally (www.corp-intl.com). He was also recently elected Vice President of the NSU Shepard Broad Law Center's Alumni Board. His practice concentrates on complex commercial and intellectual property litigation with an emphasis on social media law. He writes a blog called "Social Media Law & Order" which surveys the effect of social media on the law and provides insightful commentary on this rapidly changing landscape. He has also lectured extensively on the topic of social media and the law. Read more at http://www.richmangreer.com

Students Receive Bar Gift Award

Posted on 05/07/2013

NSU Law Center students Jennifer Palacio and Alexander Annunziato were this year’s recipients of the Bar Gift Award. Funded through generous contributions of alumni and faculty member donors, the Bar Gift Award provides monetary assistance to graduates during their 10 weeks of preparation for The Florida Bar Exam. The award enables recipients to concentrate fully on their studies. Eligible graduates must have a qualifying grade point average, demonstrate need, agree to forgo employment between graduation and the Bar exam, and commit to supporting the Bar Gift fund in the future.

NSU Law Alumnus Wins His First Case at the Supreme Court of the United States

Posted on 05/06/2013

When NSU Law alumnus, Angel L. Arias (JD 2004), joined his fellow NSU Law alumni in April 2012 to be sworn in to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, his timing could not have been better. On October 10, 2012, he sat second chair during oral argument before the Supreme Court.His client, Adrian Moncrieffe, is a legal alien originally from Jamaica. Moncrieffe faced deportation after being convicted under Georgia law for possession of 1.3 grams of marijuana with intent to distribute. On April 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States decided the case of Moncrieffe v. Holder, in favor of Arias’ client when it reversed and remanded the case back to the 5th Circuit. Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote the majority opinion. The Court’s holding: “If a noncitizen’s conviction for a marijuana distribution offense fails to establish that the offense involved either remuneration or more than a small amount of marijuana, it is not an aggravated felony under the [Immigration and Nationality Act] INA.” Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Samuel Alito wrote dissenting opinions. See, Moncrieffe v. Holder (2013 WL 1729220).

Professors Present at Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference

Posted on 04/30/2013

Law Center Professors Amanda Foster and Michele Struffolino were presenters at the Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference on April 27, 2013, at the Savannah Law School in Savannah, Georgia.  The conference featured legal writing professors from across the country who presented on topics ranging from legal writing scholarship to legal writing across the curriculum and teaching techniques.  Foster and Struffolino’s presentation entitled, “A View from Both Sides: Addressing Student Inability, or Reluctance, to Transfer Skills from LRW Classes to Doctrinal Classes and Vice Versa”, focused on the exposure to and introduction of skills in their doctrinal courses and the feedback they gathered from students regarding how, if at all, the students believed they were using skills learned in LSV in their doctrinal courses.  Foster and Struffolino both teach Lawyering Skills & Values I and II.  In addition, Foster teaches Civil Procedure and Struffolino teaches Property.

Students Volunteer Over 23,000 Hours of Legal Work

Posted on 04/29/2013

The graduating class of 2013 participated in the Pro Bono Honor Program and volunteered 23,041 hours of pro bono legal work while in law school, an all-time record. This is an impressive volunteer effort, and its impact on the community is beyond measure.
From the class of 2013, 93 students qualified for recognition by performing at least 50 hours of pro bono service. The total number of hours is the equivalent of over 460 work weeks (at 50 hours per week) or almost 9 years of service (at 50 work weeks per year). The top three levels in terms of number of students volunteering and the total number of hours were Bronze (50-124 hours), Silver (125-299), and Gold (300+ hours). In addition, 18 graduates received summer and/or academic year fellowships for a total of 3,300 volunteer hours.

Alumni Win Big and Named "Most Effective Lawyers"

Posted on 04/24/2013

NSU Law alumni Peter Herman ‘82 and Alex Brown ’04 of the firm Tripp Scott were named “Most Effective Lawyers 2012” by the Daily Business Review for the Member Services v. Security Mutual Life Insurance case, which resulted in a jury decision of $26 million in compensatory and punitive damages. Herman and Brown pursued fraud claims in Binghamton, New York, for an insurance software program developed by Member Services. This software aimed to “sign up employees at Lowe’s home improvement stores for payroll deductions on life insurance.” This program would provide a paperless system by connecting Lowe’s, the credit union and the insurance company. According to Herman, Security Mutual Life Insurance ‘took the computer system back to New York, essentially copied it and shared it with other agents.’

This case makes Herman and Brown’s second time being named by Daily Business Review as“Most Effective Lawyers.” In 2010, both collaborated with another NSU Law alumnus Scott Smiley ‘03 of Concept Law Group in the Powell v. Home Depot trial, where a Miami jury granted $24 million to Herman’s client.

For more information, visit http://trippscott.audionewsletter.com/dbr011013/

Student Receives 2013 Rising Star Scholarship Award

Posted on 04/24/2013

The Broward County Women Lawyers' Association (BCWLA) presented the 2013 Rising Star Scholarship Award to NSU Law Student Jennifer Aguila.  Expecting to graduate in May 2014, she has balanced her time between being a wife and mother, while working full time for the U.S. Attorney's office as a legal assistant in the Public Integrity, National Security and Civil Rights Section.  As a granddaughter of Cuban immigrants, Jennifer credits her grandfather for her determination to succeed, as she has become the first in her family to graduate from high school, college, and law school. 
 
A Dean's List recipient for the 2011 and 2012 Winter semesters, Jennifer received the James and Beatrice Salah Scholarship, and is a member of the Nova Trial Association and Senior Staff Member of the International Citator & Research Guide.  In addition to her extracurricular activities at NSU, she also makes time to give back to her community by volunteering for Big Brother/Big Sisters and participating in two community improvement programs through the U.S. Attorney's Office (Hispanic Heritage Committee and the Outreach Program).  Jennifer's ultimate goal is to continue with the U.S. Attorney's office and be assigned to the unit devoted to combat child exploitation and victimization.
 
The BCWLA have also given an honorable mention to fellow NSU Law Student Sylvia Cano, who will be graduating this May.  Moving from Peru with her parents when she was 11 years old, her parents' struggle to become U.S. citizens inspired her desire to become an attorney.  Volunteering hundreds of hours with Legal Aid in their Immigration Unit, Sylvia has been involved in programs such as the Naturalization Outreach, the Dream Act Outreach, the Citizenship Day Clinic, and the Deferred Action and Childhood Arrivals Clinic.    
 
In addition to her pro bono work, Sylvia is also the Bilingual Editor for the ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law.  Among her accomplishments, Sylvia has been the recipient of the Florida Bar Foundation Fellowship and the NSU Juvenile Mediation Program Fellowship. She has also received a scholarship to attend the American Immigration Lawyers Association's South Florida Conference.

David Fry (2L) Named First ABOTA Scholarship Recipient

Posted on 04/24/2013

David Fry (2L) is the first recipient to receive a scholarship award from the Fort Lauderdale Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).  Chapter President Diana Santa Maria presented the award at ABOTA’s Annual Judge’s Night and Installation dinner held January 18 at B Ocean Hotel.  Also in attendance were Beverly Vesel  (`79),  member of Shepard Broad Law Center’s  Board of Governors and Law Alumni Association and Mitchell Chester (`79), ABOTA Treasurer.   

David was selected for his essay, “A Reflection on the Independent Judiciary.”  David, a native of New Jersey, served as a policy aide to the Mayor of Miami and interned for the Governor of Florida while earning his undergraduate degree in International Relations and a graduate degree in Education.  He taught history and U. S. Government at a Miami high school for three years and he now looks forward to a career in law. “After nearly two years of law classes, I recognize how fortunate I am to have the opportunity to become a member of a community of professionals, and the decision to switch careers was the best choice for me and my family.” David lives in Broward County with his wife and infant son.

Class Actions — News & Notes About Alumni — April 2013

Posted on 04/23/2013

David C. Barnett (JD 1990), managing partner of Barnett, Lerner & Karsen, PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL recently published an article in the Loyola Maritime Law Journal. His article, "Psychiatric Claims Under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act" was published in the Journal’s Fall 2012 publication. Read more at http://www.injuredoverseas.com

Vijay Brijbasi (JD 2011) is an associate with Roetzel & Andress in Fort Lauderdale, FL where his practice includes complex commercial litigation. Prior to joining Roetzel, he was Senior Staff Attorney with the Office of the Chief Justice’s Central Staff at the Florida Supreme Court. Read more about him at www.ralaw.com

Dwayne Buckner (JD 2007) is running for re-election as city councilman in Walterboro, SC. He practices law in South Carolina and is licensed in Florida as well. He has served on the South Carolina Commission of the Blind and the Lowcountry Council of Governments Board. He is an attorney with the Maree Law Firm, PA in Walterboro, SC where he practices Personal Injury law. Read more about him at www.mareelaw.com

Danielle Dudai (JD 2010) is an Assistant State Attorney in Broward County, FL. She was featured in a Sun Sentinel news article on March 4, 2013 discussing proposed legislation by Florida Senator Jeremy Ring (D-Parkland) that would provide financial assistance to public interest lawyers to enable them to repay law school loans.

Liza Escapa Lima (JD 2012) is an associate at Barnett, Lerner & Larsen, PA, in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Her practice focuses on claims arising under the Longshore Harbor and Workers’ Compensation Act and Defense Base Act. Read more about her at: http://www.injuredoverseas.com

Kevin Grim (JD 2012) is a member of the Florida and New Jersey Bar and is an associate with Corradino & Papa in NJ. His practice includes Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and PIP. Read more at www.corradinoandpapa.com

Janice Law (JD 1979), a former Broward prosecutor and Texas judge, celebrated the first anniversary (Feb 14) of the opening of a museum she founded in Washington, D.C., called American Women Writers National Museum. The museum showcases America’s premier women writers, both historical and contemporary. Whether you live in the DC area or plan to visit there, you may want to check out this museum. If you would like to be on the listserv for free and attend AWWNM events at the National Press Club, please e-mail Janice Law at AWWNM1@gmail.com. Also, check out the website at www.americanwomenwritersnationalmuseum.org.

Maria Duffy Lumb (JD 1999) joined her long time mentor to establish Bailey & Lumb, PC, an employee benefits law firm with offices in Maryland and Virginia. Maria practices in the areas of employee benefits, executive compensation and ERISA. Prior to forming Bailey & Lumb, she was an attorney for the Internal Revenue Service’s Chief Counsel, specializing in employee benefits where she drafted regulations and participated in public hearings. She also collaborated with the Department of Labor, Department of Justice and treasure Department on employee benefit issues. She also spent 11 years with Holland & Knight LLP practicing employee benefits law. She received her LL.M in Taxation from NYU in 2000. Read more about her at www.baileylumb.com

Marni Sachs (JD 2010) is of counsel to Mayersohn Law Group, Fort Lauderdale, FL where her practice areas include real estate and civil litigation. Read more about her at www.mayersohnlaw.com

Professor Publishes and Speaks on a Variety of Health Law Topics

Posted on 04/23/2013

Professor Kathy Cerminara has published the 2014 supplement of The Right to Die:  The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking, the nationally known treatise on end-of-life law.  The supplement, which she co-authors with her mentor and colleague Professor Alan Meisel from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, appeared in January 2013.  With Professor Meisel, Professor Cerminara is also co-authoring an entry titled Right to Die Policy and Law in the fourth edition of The Encyclopedia of Bioethics (forthcoming, 2014, Macmillan Reference).

Over the past year, Professor Cerminara’s scholarly presentations included:  one week of evening lectures on The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law (invited mini-course), June 11-15, 2012; Advance Directives and Other Subjects in End-of-Life Decisionmaking, Parkinson’s Support Group meeting at NSU’s Health Professions Division (part of the NSU Caregiver Alliance efforts), July 18, 2012; POLST and the Possibilities in Florida,  NSU’s Geriatrics Education Center faculty and student education session,  July 19, 2012; The Affordable Care Act:  The Supreme Court’s Decision and Implications for Florida, Palm Beach County Health Department Residency Program, July 23, 2012; Southeastern Association of Law Schools Health Law Workshop discussant, Implementing Health Care Reform –What the Headlines Missed, July 29, 2012; Health Law 2013-2014, University of Nevada Las Vegas, February 11, 2013; Health Care Reform:  A Look Back and a Look Forward, Palm Beach County Health Department Public Health Seminar, February 14, 2013; and Decoding the ACA for Interprofessional Practice, NSU’s Interprofessional Program, College of Osteopathic Medicine, February 28, 2013.

Professor Cerminara’s media appearances this academic year have included an appearance on local public television’s newsmagazine, Issues, on WPBT2 on July 6, 2012, regarding health care reform.  During the fall election season, she was featured on a number of news outlets commenting on health law issues as addressed during Florida’s only U.S. Senatorial debate, which was held on the NSU campus.  She also was quoted in Scientific American magazine on health care reform and end-of-life care.

Faculty News: Imoukhuede Presentations

Posted on 04/20/2013

Professor Areto A. Imoukhuede made the following local and national presentations.

Guest Speaker:  Race, Gender, Oppression and the Law (March 27, 2013)

Fortis Nursing College, Cutler Bay, FL.

-          Professor Imoukhuede lectured the entire faculty and the students of the Fortis Nursing College on Race, Gender, and Oppression in U.S. law.

-          He led a discussion on the need for nurses and other medical professionals to address unconscious bias in their profession.

Law and Policy Expert:  Gun Safety Town Hall Meeting (February 22, 2013)

Miami-Dade Democratic Party, Miami, FL.

-          Professor Imoukhuede presented on the Constitutional law and policy issues surrounding the current gun debate.

-          He led a discussion on the roles political parties and interest groups play in shaping law in the wake of the Newton Massacre and related tragedies.

U.S. Constitutional Law Expert:  Congresswoman Lois Frankel’s Roundtable on Reducing Gun Violence (February 1, 2013)

Congresswoman Lois Frankel and Broward Sheriff’s Office, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

-          Professor Imoukhuede served as the Constitutional Law expert for this roundtable discussion that was led by Congresswoman Frankel regarding proposed legislation to reduce gun violence.

-          Other roundtable participants included the Broward County Sheriff, a member of the state senate, the state house, and education and mental health experts.                                                                                              

Third Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, IL  (November 2, 2012).

Presentation:  Education Rights and The New Due Process

Panel:  Education

Professor Imoukhuede presented his forthcoming article, Education Rights and The New Due Process, at Loyola’s Third Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium.   This article is his third in his fundamental rights as duties series.  His presentation advanced his broader project's thesis that education ought to be regarded as a fundamental duty of government and focused on the liberty and democracy-based concerns that together make education an essential component to human dignity and therefore a fundamental right.

2012 Society of American Law Teachers (SALT)-LatCrit Teaching Conference, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD  (October 5, 2012).

Panel:  On Professionalism & Balance: Academic and Personal Success

Professor Imoukhuede was invited by the conference organizers to speak on this panel regarding professionalism and balance in the legal academy.  As a panelist, he discussed pedagogical innovations and strategies for incorporating scholarship and theory in the classroom.  The panel also addressed strategies for connecting service and community involvement with a scholarly agenda in order to further academic and personal success.  

Law Center Takes Trophies at NSU’s 14th Annual Student Life Achievement Awards

Posted on 04/19/2013

April 16, 2013 was a night of celebration for the Law Center at NSU’s 14th Annual Student Life Achievement Awards, also known as the “STUEYS.” Third-year Law Center student and Student Bar Association president, Brooke Latta, won Overall Student of the Year Award out of 14 student nominees . Professor of Law Mark Dobson won the Co-Curricular Advisor of the Year Award. Nominees for the STUEYS from the NSU Law Center included Michael Greenberg (JD 2000) for Alumnus of the Year, Student Bar Association for Student Government of the Year, and the Nova Trial Association for the Graduate Organization of the Year.

The STUEYS honors those who exemplify NSU’s Core Values of Academic Excellence, Student Centered, Integrity, Innovation, Opportunity, Scholarship/Research, Diversity, and Community. All of us at the Law Center are proud of our winners and nominees. 

Student's Article Published in Equine Veterinarian magazine

Posted on 04/18/2013

NSU Law student Lisa Boswell recently co-authored an article regarding equine sport veterinarians that was published in the The Equine Veterinarian magazine.  In a topic that deals with equestrian sports and treatment, the article examines some of the provisions and exemptions of the Veterinary Medical Practice Act and related rules that pertain to licensure in the state of Florida.  To read the full article on page 8, click here.

Professor Named Vice Chair of Florida Bar Journal Board

Posted on 04/15/2013

The President-Elect of The Florida Bar has appointed Professor Pearl Goldman to serve as Vice Chair of the Florida Bar Journal & News Editorial Board for the 2013-2014 term.

Health Law Students Distribute Vital Information at NSU Health Fair

Posted on 04/11/2013

Members of NSU's Health Law Student Society, PULSE!, participated in the Boomers & Beyond Health Fair at NSU’s Health Professions Division on Sunday, April 7, 2013. In addition to educating the local community about the tools available under Florida law to memorialize end-of-life wishes, the students discussed with attendees the importance of communicating such advance directives with health care practioners and loved ones before any documentation is prepared.
 
Due to the translation efforts of former NSU Law students Lydia Charles and Martavis Clarke, versions of Florida's living will and health care surrogate designation forms were made available in English, Spanish, and Creole.  For more information regarding PULSE! click here.

Nova Trial Association Team Wins Second Place at ABA Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition

Posted on 04/08/2013

The Nova Trial Association Team of NSU Law students Jessica Bartell (2L), Ryan Mosher (3L), Andrew Sando (3L) and John Tolley (2L) recently competed in the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association’s Annual Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition hosted by The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. The top trial advocacy programs were invited to compete. This year’s competition included Stetson University College of Law, Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law, South Texas College of Law, Georgetown University Law Center and Harvard Law School. NSU Law defeated Harvard Law School in the semifinals. The NSU Law team then went on to compete in the finals against Loyola University Chicago School of Law where they won Second Place. Everyone at NSU Law as well as coaches Erin Veit, H. Dohn Williams, and Gary Sheres, are very proud of this great achievement.

Student’s Article Published in Florida Bar’s Animal Law Committee Newsletter

Posted on 04/01/2013

NSU Law student Yanae Barroso recently had her article regarding the Florida Key Deer published in the Florida Bar's Animal Law Committee newsletter. In an effort to educate residents and visitors about the endangered species, the article brings attention to the current concerns and efforts to help protect the Key Deer. The piece also discusses the human behavior factors, such as illegal feeding and associated traffic collisions, that still put the Key Deer at risk. Click on the link below to read the full article: Article

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – March 2013

Posted on 03/29/2013

Valerie Barton Barnhart (JD 2006) was elected to The Florida Bar Board of Governors Young Lawyers Division for a 2-Year Term beginning June 28, 2013, representing the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit. She is an attorney with Kelley, Kronenberg, et al., in Fort Lauderdale, FL where she practices in the area of commercial litigation. Read more about her at http://www.kelleykronenberg.com

David Bazerman (JD 1996) of Legal Aid Service of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, FL was recently honored for his work with the Tracey McPharlin Pro Bono Dependency project.

Jason B. Blank (JD 2006) left the Broward Public Defender’s Office after 7 years to become the founding partner at Haber, Stief & Blank, LLP in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He was recently nominated for the NSU Law Student Bar Association’s, "Larry Kalevitch Service Award" for his service to NSU and the local law community. His practice includes criminal defense and civil trial work and the firm also handles appellate litigation. Read more about him at www.hsbattorneys.com

Alexander Brown (JD 2004), and Peter Herman (JD 1982) intellectual property attorneys and directors at Tripp Scott in Fort Lauderdale, FL were featured recently in an article in the Daily Business Review for obtaining two huge multimillion dollar verdicts for their clients. They earned the title, "Most Effective Lawyer" from the Daily Business Review. The Herman-Brown team are gaining a national reputation for successfully representing "David" against "Goliath" first by winning Powell v. Home Depot in 2010, which resulted in a $24 million judgment against Home Depot for willful infringement. The case was affirmed on appeal in 2012. Then, only 18 months later, the Herman-Brown team obtained a $26 million dollar verdict in Binghampton NY against Security Mutual Life Insurance Company, involving fraudulent use of software belonging to Tripp Scott’s client, Member Services, Inc. Read the article at http://trippscott.audionewsletter.com/dbr011013/ Read more about Brown and Herman at www.trippscott.com

Jeffrey Colbath (JD 1982), a Palm Beach County Circuit Judge since 2002, has been elected Chief Judge of the 15th Judicial Circuit in Palm Beach effective July 1, 2013. Judge Colbath was most recently on the criminal bench where he presided over high-profile trials such as the murder solicitation trial of Boynton Beach newlywed Dalia Dippolito and the DUI manslaughter case of Wellington polo club founder, John Goodman.

Bruce Epperson (JD 2004) of Hollywood, FL published Peddling Bicycles to America. The book details the history of the American bicycle industry from before WWI. He is one of America’s leading authorities on the history of cycling, and has participated in conferences around the world. His book is available on www.bookfinder.com or www.mcfarlandbooks.com

Andrea R. Gundersen (JD 1992) owner of the Law Offices of Andrea R. Gundersen, PA in Davie, FL was selected as one of the "Florida Legal Elite for 2013" for her high level of ability, integrity and professionalism and she will be featured in the July 2013 issue of Florida Trend Magazine. Her practice is devoted to family law litigation, she is a Certified Family Mediator. Read more about her at www.gundersenlaw.com

T.J. Heinemann (JD 1997) joined The Karp Law Firm, PA, in Boynton Beach, FL. His practice includes estate planning, elder law, tax planning, business succession planning, probate and trust administration. Read more about him at www.karplaw.com

Julia Ingle (JD 2006) was named partner at Lubell & Rosen, Fort Lauderdale FL. She has a litigation practice where she represents physicians in medical malpractice defense, Department of Health/Board of Medicine investigations, and Medicare/Medicaid audits. Read more about her at www.lubellrosen.com

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – March 2013

Posted on 03/29/2013

Leanne M. Innet (JD 2005) opened the Law Office of Leanne M. Innet in North Charleston, SC, where her practice includes handling national security clearance issues. Read more about her at www.innetlawoffice.com

Robert W. "Bob" Kelley, (JD 1981) a partner at Kelley Uustal in Fort Lauderdale, FL received a Certificate of Appreciation from Diveheart for the "Putting Something Back-Scuba Style" program. Kelley is the founder of The Dive Bar, an Underwater Bar Association that includes SCUBA certified attorneys and other people dedicated to preserving our coral reefs and marine environment in the Florida Keys and Bahamas. Read more about The Dive Bar at www.thedivebar.org. Read more about Bob Kelley at www.justiceforall.com

Tammy Knight (JD 1998), a partner with Holland & Knight in Fort Lauderdale, FL was elected to the law firm’s Directors Committee. The Director’s Committee is composed of 24 partners from across the firm, and she will serve a 3 year term. She also serves as chair of Holland & Knight's national Women's Initiative. She practices in the areas of corporate, securities and franchise law and is recognized in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in America guide. In 2012, she was named one of South Florida's Most Influential Business Women by the South Florida Business Journal. Read more about her at www.hklaw.com

Elizabeth Mabry (JD 2010) is an associate with Katz Barron Squitero Faust in Fort Lauderdale, FL where her practice areas include commercial transactions, and intellectual property (trademark and licensing). Read more about her at www.katzbarron.com

London Ott (JD 2011) has been the law clerk for the Honorable Melanie G. May, Chief Judge of the 4th District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach, FL since graduating from NSU Law. Effective this summer, she will become the law clerk for Federal Magistrate Judge William Matthewman of the US District Court, Southern District of Florida, at the West Palm Beach, FL location.

Israel U. Reyes (JD 1995) was appointed to the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Committee. He was a Circuit Judge in the 11th Judicial Circuit Miami-Dade County for 7 years. He opened The Reyes Law Firm, PA in Miami, FL in 2012 where his practice includes civil and criminal litigation. He is also a Special Magistrate and mediator.

Frederick D. Segal (JD 2007) is an associate with Broad & Cassel in Miami, FL. He received his LL.M in Health Law from Widener University School of Law in 2008 and he provides a broad spectrum of legal representation to health care providers and organizations. Last month at NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, he spoke to an audience of aspiring doctors and other health care professionals about employment agreements. Read more about him at www.broadandcassel.com

Robert Sparks (JD 2005) was made partner at Givens Divorce Law Group in Tampa, FL. The firm is now known as Givens Givens Sparks. His practice areas include family law, personal injury and malpractice. Read more about him at www.familylawfirmflorida.com

Daniel F. Tordella (JD 1993) of Fort Lauderdale, FL has become certifies by the Florida Suprene Court as a family law mediator. He owns the Law Office of Daniel F. Tordella in Fort Lauderdale, FL where his practice is concentrated in the area of Family Law. Read more about him at www.tordellalaw.com

Jessica S. Vitale (JD 2012) is an Assistant State Attorney with the 12th Judicial Circuit (Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto Counties, FL).

Ethan Wall (JD 2007) practices intellectual property law with Richman Greer in Coral Gables, FL. He recently spoke on "Emerging Technologies and E-Discovery" and ethics at the Center for Professional Development’s E-Discovery and Information Governance National Institute at Stetson University. Read more about him at www.richmangreer.com

NSU Law Student Wins the 5th Annual Closing Argument “Mock Madness” Competition

Posted on 03/29/2013

On March 16th, the Nova Trial Association hosted the 5th Annual Closing Argument “Mock Madness” Competition held at NSU Law Center. Forty students from Florida Coastal, St. Thomas University, and NSU Law Center competed in the tournament. Lawyers from the local bench and bar helped judge the competition.

NSU Law students Jason Abitbol and Jamie Adler advanced to the top 16 round. Jamie Adler advanced to the final round where he defeated a law student from St. Thomas University in a 3-0 decision to be named the Tournament Champion. This was the first time that an NSU Law student has be named the Tournament Champion.

Law Student Co-Authors Book

Posted on 03/20/2013

NSU Law student, Matthew Botkin (2L) co-authored the book "Achieve Financial Freedom – Big Time." Botkin is a CPA, CFP Candidate, MSFP (Masters in Financial Planning), and became a Master Tax Preparer for H&R Block.  He was an intern for the IRS and FDIC, and worked as a Tax and Staff Accountant for prestigious accounting firms in Maryland. Matthew is an Investment Advisor Representive of HD Vest Financial Services. 

 

PAD Hosts Dodging for Wishes Dodgeball Tournament- April 7th

Posted on 03/15/2013

The Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) Fleming Chapter of the Law Center will host Dodging For Wishes fundraiser to benefit Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida in its efforts to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. PAD will be giving 100% of the event net proceeds to this outstanding cause.

Sunday, April 7, 2013 
9:30am
NSU RecPlex Tennis Courts
For the first time, PAD is teaming up with Make-A-Wish Southern Florida in hopes of raising enough money to grant at least one child’s wish. Along with this goal, we hope to encourage and inspire more members of our community to join in supporting this amazing foundation.
Dodging For Wishes 2013 will be an all-day dodgeball tournament hosted by the members of Phi Alpha Delta, Fleming Chapter. To register your team, sponsor the event or for more information, contact Abbie Waxman at (786) 877-9307 or by email at aw828@nova.edu. The last day to register is March 29th!
 

 

Students Compete at National Appellate Advocacy Competition

Posted on 03/13/2013

Law Center students Rachel Bausch, Vanessa Seblano, and Kit Van Pelt advanced to the fourth round of the New York Regional of the American Bar Association (ABA) National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC).  Thirty-nine schools competed and the NSU team defeated Seton Hall, Charlotte, and SUNY-Buffalo. Additionally, the NSU team was awarded a Best Brief Award for achieving the third highest brief score.

While Professors Baxter and Lamar coached the team, many professors helped prepare the team, including: Professors Blackwelder, Dale, Webber, Young, Jarvis, Masinter, Struffolino, Brown, Richmond, and Wisotsky.

Inter-American Center for Human Rights Petition Accepted by the Inter-American Commission

Posted on 03/11/2013

The Inter-American Center for Human Rights (IACHR) at the Law Center filed a petition with the Inter-American Organization of American States (OAS) regarding Jamaica’s sodomy laws.  That petition is now in the second step having been forwarded by the Inter-American Commission of the OAS to the Jamaican government. Jamaica will now have to respond to the petition. The IACHR views this work as part of its core mission, which is to involve students in human rights work that has a meaningful impact on the world.  The IACHR at the Law Center involves students in human rights work and is one way students can use the law to effect actual change in the world.  For more information about the Law Center’s Inter-American Center for Human Rights, click here.

20th Annual Public Interest Auction, Friday, March 15th

Posted on 03/05/2013

The Public Interest Law Society (PILS) invites you to attend its 20th annual Public Interest Auction on Friday, March 15. The auction will be held at the Law Center in the atrium on NSU’s main campus. The auction will begin at 6:00 p.m. In addition to both a silent and live auction, there will be food and entertainment. All proceeds will go to summer fellowships for students who will volunteer at Legal Aid to assist low-income clients who would otherwise not have legal representation.

For more information, please contact Sharon Booth, Director of Public Interest Programs & Disability Services, at (954) 262.6126 or boothsh@nsu.law.nova.edu

Students Place Third at National Mock Trial Competition

Posted on 03/05/2013

The Law Center's Black Law Student Association (BLSA) team of Alberto Polimeni, Ashley Dixon-Rolston, Citra Registe and Sharita Young recently won won third place during BLSA's National Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial National Competition held in Atlanta. 

The national competition consisted of 19 teams from six regions across the country.  The competition went from 19 teams, to 18 teams, to 4.  The team went into their third preliminary round as the higher seeded team and advanced out of the prelims into the semi-finals with a 3-0 record having defeated Wake Forest, Tulsa and Duquesne.  The team suffered one loss in 10 rounds of the tournament to Michigan State University in the semi-finals. The team then went on to defeat Texas Southern University for Third Place.
 
Earlier in the month, the team won the Southeast region of the BLSA Regional Mock Trial Competition held in Nashville, Tennessee.  They took first place with an undefeated record and will advance to the BLSA National Competition in Atlanta.  The tournament consisted of 19 teams from around the southeast.  The Law Center's team defeated Emory, University of Miami, University of Florida, Wake Forest, and Florida State University.  Professors of Law Tania Williams and Florence Shu-Acquaye along with Nikeisha Williams '11 helped coach the team.

Alumni Return for Public Interest Law Day

Posted on 03/05/2013

Public Interest Law Day is an annual event that provides opportunities for our law students to learn more about working in the area of public interest law.  Sharon Booth, Director of Public Interest Programs at the Law Center, organized the event.  Students interested in working with one of the many public interest organizations at the federal, county, or local level were able to meet representatives from such organizations and learn about summer programs  and job opportunities.

The following NSU Law Alumni returned to the Law Center on February 21, 2013 to represent their respective employers for Public Interest Law Day:

 Sarah Barker (JD 2008) - Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida

Mertella Burris (JD 1999) - Legal Aid Service of Broward County

D’Aun Clark (JD 2001) - Internal Revenue Service

Robert Coppel (JD 1983) - Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office

Amy Daumit (JD 2010) - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Susan Dechovitz (JD 1978) - Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office

Melissa Donoho (JD 1992) - Office of Criminal Conflict & Civil Regional Counsel

Andrew Dunkiel (JD 2012) - Coral Springs City Attorney’s Office

Andrew Feigenbaum (JD 1012) - Florida Department of Children & Families

Dina Kaizen (JD 1999) - City of Fort Lauderdale City Attorney’s Office

Susan Porter (JD 1981) - Broward County Public Defender’s Office

Lauren Robinette (JD 2008) - Broward County Public Defender’s Office

Gary Sheres (JD 2005) - Broward County Public Defender’s Office

Sherry Whitacre (JD 2005) - Coral Springs City Attorney’s Office

Students Win Best Draft at the 2013 Transactional Law Southeast Regional Meet

Posted on 02/18/2013

NSU Law students Jessica Williams (3L), Brian Taft (2L),  and Erica Alberino (2L) were awarded Best Draft for the Seller at the 2013 Transactional Law Meet  in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, February 15th  for the Southeast Regional Rounds.  This is the second year the law school has participated in this meet. Professor Donna Litman served as the Faculty Coach for the team.  

The students represented the seller in an M&A setting and drafted an amendment to a stock purchase agreement.  They met with three different teams of students who represented the buyer to negotiate the terms of the amendment.  

Prior to the meet, the students consulted with Robert C. White, Jr., a business, corporate and technology attorney with The Gunster Firm, and Scott Smiley, an adjunct professor and patent attorney with ConceptLaw.  Professors of  Law  Joe Harbaugh and  Leslie Cooney also provided insights on negotiating strategies. 

Six of our students, Darlene Bedley Baron (3L), Jared Guberman (3L), Matthew Botkin (2L), Jordan Greenberg (2L), Kevin Koushel (2L), and Jason Thomassy (2L), represented the buyer in practice negotiations.

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – January & February 2013

Posted on 02/15/2013

Valerie Barton Barnhart (JD 2006) is an attorney with Kelley, Kronenberg, et al., in Fort Lauderdale, FL where she practices in the area of commercial litigation. She is running for a seat on the Young Lawyers Division of the Board of Governors in the 17th Judicial Circuit in Broward County. If elected, she hopes to offer more opportunities for young lawyers to improve their practice and marketing skills. Read more about her at http://www.kelleykronenberg.com

Pamela D’Alo Balaguera (JD 2011) joined the Balaguera Law Firm in West Palm Beach FL in October 2012. Her practice includes immigration, family law, debt defense, personal injury, criminal and DUI. Read more at www.balagueralaw.com

Laurie Stilwell Cohen (JD 1995) just opened her own law practice, Laurie Cohen, PA in Wellington, Florida. She is an experienced civil litigation attorney who focuses on business, commercial litigation and land use/government law. She also handles property disputes, consumer law, construction, and community association law.

Glenn M. Cooper (JD 1998) a shareholder in both the Miami and Fort Lauderdale offices of Gray Robinson, PA was recently appointed to chair the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Florida Brazil Partnership. At the partnership, he will lead efforts to promote the free flow of trade and investment between Florida and Brazil. Cooper’s law practice includes employment and labor, immigration, and international law. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce where he is chair of public policy for the government affairs group. He was also recently appointed to chair the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance’s International Action Team – a joint effort between the organization and the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development to promote direct foreign investment and international trade in the local area. Read more at www.gray-robinson.com

Michele K. Cummings (JD 1980) is a shareholder in Gray Robinson’s Fort Lauderdale, FL office. She is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law and was recently recognized as a "Top Lawyer" in the 2013 South Florida Legal Guide for her high level of ability, professionalism, and integrity. Cummings’ practice area is focused on complex family law litigation and she is a certified family law mediator. Read more about her long list of accomplishments at www.gray-robinson.com

Adam Diaz (JD 2012) is an associate with Grumer & Macaluso, PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The firm handles real estate, corporate, and civil litigation matters. Read more at http://www.grumerlaw.com/

Cindy Diez (JD 2011) is an associate with Feldman & Getz in Boca Raton, FL where her practice includes plaintiff’s personal injury litigation. She is running for a seat on the Young Lawyers Division of the Board of Governors in the 15th Judicial Circuit in Palm Beach County. If elected, she plans to offer more opportunities for young lawyers to gain practice skills and to get involved with charitable endeavors in their community. Read more about her firm at www.feldmangetz.com

Meaghan Edelstein (JD 2009) is a social media consultant who develops campaigns for businesses, lectures and writes articles on social media and business. She was featured in a South Florida Sun Sentinel news article published on 2/3/2013 about her successful battle with cancer, winning the 2009 Cancer Fighter Award for the southern region, and her successful public relations career.

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – January & February 2013

Posted on 02/15/2013

Merrilee Ehrlich (JD 1979) has been a Circuit Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County, FL since 2009 and presides over juvenile delinquency cases. She was an assistant state attorney in Broward before opening her own criminal defense practice prior to taking the bench. She is known for her unorthodox approach to handling juvenile cases, such as requiring them to write and read poetry in order to reduce their time providing community service hours. She was featured in an article in the Miami Daily Business Review on November 19, 2012.

Leland E. Garvin

(JD 2006) joined his father Jeff Garvin to form the Garvin Law Firm in Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers, FL. Leland was named one of the Top Young Lawyers by Florida Super Lawyers in 2010. His practice includes personal injury, wrongful death, and criminal defense. Read more at www.garvinlegal.com

Ronald Houchins

(JD 1977) is the president of Homeowner’s Education & Defense Coalition, Inc., a non- profit organization based in Woodstock, Georgia (Atlanta area) that assists homeowners in defending their homes against wrongful foreclosure and predatory lending practices.

Jamaal Jones

(JD 2010) published an article, "The Impact of ACOs on our Healthcare System" in the South Florida Legal Guide. Jones practices with the Coral Gables, FL firm of Zumpano, Patricios, & Winker, PA in the area of health law. Read his article at http://issuu.com/sflg/docs/

Kathleen McHugh

(JD 1994) became a County Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County, FL and was robed on January 18, 2013. She presides over domestic violence cases. Prior to taking the bench, she was a Public Defender in Broward County and also had a civil and commercial litigation practice.

Steven W. Marcus

(JD 1999) a shareholder with Fowler White Boggs PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL received The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award (17th Judicial Circuit- Broward County) for his work on behalf of Holocaust survivors. He represents survivors in connection with obtaining monthly pensions from the German government as part of the German reparations program for Holocaust survivors. Marcus also mentors other attorneys in obtaining the same relief for their clients. Additionally, he was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Great Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. His law practice includes intellectual property law, banking, and real estate. Read more at www.fowlerwhite.com

Robin Moselle

(JD 1991) presented "What’s Supp? An Introduction to Proceedings Supplementary & How to Collect the Uncollectible Judgment" in Fort Lauderdale to the National Association of Credit Managers. She is a partner at Jacobson Sobo & Moselle in Plantation, FL. Her firm handles collections for a variety of clients throughout Florida. Robin is also a member of the Board of Governors for the Shepard Broad Law Center. Read more at www.floridacollections.com

Christopher Pole

(JD 1980) was appointed by Governor Rick Scott as a County Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County, FL and was robed on January 18, 2013. He presides over criminal cases. He is an adjunct professor of law at NSU, he is Board Certified in Criminal Law and practiced in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury and civil commitment defense prior to taking the bench.

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – January & February 2013

Posted on 02/15/2013

Ari A. Porth (JD 1995) became a Circuit Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County, FL and was robed on January 18, 2013. He presides over the mental health/drug court. He is an adjunct professor of law at NSU. He was previously a prosecutor with the Broward State Attorney’s Office and a member of the Florida House of Representatives from Coral Springs, FL.

John Riordan

(JD 2002) is a partner with Kelley Kronenberg, and heads the firm’s criminal defense division in Palm Beach office. In 2012 he was named a Florida Super Lawyer Rising Star. Read more at www.kelleykronenberg.com

Michael I. Rothschild

(JD 2000) became a Circuit Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County, FL and was robed on January 18, 2013. He presides over criminal cases. Prior to taking the bench, he was a criminal defense attorney and handled a variety of civil litigation matters.

Payal Salsburg

(JD 2008) is an intellectual property litigation attorney with Proskauer Rose, LLP. She handles cases involving patent infringement, contract disputes and general business litigation. Read more at www.proskauer.com

Frederick Segal

(JD 2007) is an attorney with Broad & Cassel in Miami, FL. He received his LL.M in Health Law in 2008 and his practice includes health care transactions and advising health care providers and facilities. Read more at www.broadandcassel.com

Franchesco Soto (JD 2002)

joined the Law Offices of David B. Haber, PA in Miami FL as a senior associate in commercial litigation, securities and international litigation and arbitration. Read more at www.dhaberlaw.com

Frank Terzo (JD 1991)

is an attorney with Gray Robinson in Fort Lauderdale, FL where he is the Chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group. He was recognized as a "Top Lawyer" by the 2013 South Florida Legal Guide for his high level of ability, professionalism, and integrity. His practice includes complex bankruptcy litigation. Read more about his accomplishments at www.gray-robinson.com

Michael R. Whitt

(JD 1987) is the vice chair of the business litigation practice group for Becker & Poliakoff in Fort Myers, FL. His practice areas include eminent domain, business and real estate disputes. He has extensive trial experience handling complex litigation representing developers and handling zoning and land use matters, among other areas of real estate law. Read more at www.becker-poliakoff.com

National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) 2013 Mid-Year Meeting

Posted on 01/22/2013

NSU Law Alumni Association is pleased to co-sponsor the NAWL 2013 Mid-Year Meeting in Orlando at Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort, February 14-16, 2013. If you are a member of NAWL and you are an NSU Law alumnus, you are eligible for a 10% discount to attend this meeting. Contact Elena Rose Minicucci, Director of Alumni Relations, for the discount code: minicuccie@nsulaw,nova.,edu.

NAWL will present CLE seminars focused on achieving balance in your personal and professional life. Topics include: You Can Be a Rainmaker, How You Can Build Coalitions of Support, Healthy Relationships for High Achievers, and What Every Woman Needs to Know about How Men Think in the Workplace.

This year, NAWL will honor the Honorable Rosemary Barkett, United States Circuit Judge, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, with the 2013 Leadership Award. This award is presented annually to individuals whose personal contributions have helped advance women lawyers and promote diversity in the legal profession. NAWL honors Judge Barkett’s many accomplishments and leadership through the years.

For more information about this meeting, and to register to attend, please go to: http://www.nawl.org/mid-year.

 

NITA "Building Trial Skills" Program at NSU March 2- March 9, 2013 Alumni Discount

Posted on 01/15/2013

March 2 - March 9, 2013 - The Law Center is hosting the NITA "Building Trial Skills" program for Florida.  This 8 day program is a learn-by-doing method to practice and perfect your skills in the challenging art of trial advocacy and persuasion. This program also qualifies as one of the 15 required trials for applicants to the Florida Trial Lawyer Certification.  This year, NITA is offering a 15% discount to all Nova Law alumni.  Read more about the program below and enter the code NOVA at this link to receive your alumni discount. 

  

 

Upcoming NSU Law Alumni Seminars

Posted on 01/09/2013

E-Filing in Broward County - FEBRUARY 15, 2013 (Friday)

NSU-Shepard Broad Law Center
Atrium
3305 College Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale FL

Check in - 2:30 pm in Atrium
Course time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm


The Florida Rules of Judicial Administration (RJC) requires electronic filing of court documents by April 1, 2013 for Probate, Civil, Family, and Small Claims cases. Learn how to comply with these new rules at a seminar presented by Christin Gallardo, Esq. former staff attorney at Broward 17th Judicial Circuit, who has been training attorneys in these two procedures. Registration includes course materials, plus 2.5 CLE hours (general) for members of The Florida Bar, and social reception with food and drink after the CLE.  Registration is open to NSU Law Alumni, non-Alumni attorneys, and NSU Law Faculty.

Cost:
$20.00 Early Registration (by 2/1/13))
$25.00 Regular Registration (by 2/14/13)
NSU Law Faculty Free but must pre-register to reserve a seat

https://touchnet.nova.edu/ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=3072

Professor Debra Moss Curtis Candidate for Florida Bar Board of Governors

Posted on 01/08/2013

Professor Debra Moss Curtis is in a contested race to represent the 17th Judicial Circuit on the Florida Bar Board of Governors. Professor Curtis has extensive experience working with the Florida Bar.

From 1997-2000, she was a member of the Public Interest Law Section Executive Council, and served as editor of that section’s newsletter for one year.  In 2004, she was appointed to the Advertising Task Force charged with reviewing the Advertising Rules, and also served on the Student Education and Admissions to the Bar Committee. In 2006, she served on the Committee on Professionalism. From 2005-2011, she became a founding member of the Judicial Independence Committee, charged with ensuring the preservation and protection of a fair, impartial and independent judiciary.  Her last year eligible to serve on the now titled Constitutional Judiciary Committee, she was named Chair, and also  served as Vice-Chair (two years). She has been actively involved in developing and teaching in the Benchmarks program, bringing adult civics education statewide.

Additionally, she has ties to this work nationally, as a member of Our Courts America, seeking to expand and tie together adult civics education opportunities from various Bar Associations and courts around the country.

 In 2012, she served as the Reporter for the Hawkins Commission on Attorney Discipline. I currently serve on the Florida Law Related Education Committee, heading up several projects including the Legal Guide for New Adults and the YouTube video contest for high school students.

 As a full-time member of a law faculty she hopes to bring a unique perspective to the Board of Governors -- helping to bridge the concerns of future lawyers with those of the Bar membership today. 

Class Actions --- News & Notes About Alumni ---- December 2012

Posted on 12/18/2012

Eunice Baros (JD 1980) announces the opening of her law office concentrating on mediation, criminal defense, juvenile and consumer/travel fraud in Palm Beach Gardens.  A member of the Board of the Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, she is a former Assistant Public Defender in Palm Beach County, former Senior Attorney with Holland & Knight in West Palm Beach, and former Florida Assistant Attorney General in the Miami Consumer Fraud Unit. She is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator. She was the Nova Southeastern University Alum of the Year in 2008. She is the founder and first president of the NSU Law School Alumni Association Palm Beach Chapter and served as president from 2004-2007. Her new office is at 11380 Prosperity Farms Road, Suite 204, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. Phone: 561 855-4809. Email:  eunicebaroslaw@gmail.com

Kristin Bianculli ( 2008) of Kelley Uustal in Fort Lauderdale, FL was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers of America. She practices in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, nursing home neglect and abuse, and corporate and product liability.  Read more at www.justiceforall.com

Ed Brodsky (JD 1992) was elected State Attorney for the 12th Judicial Circuit in and for Manatee, Sarasota & DeSoto Counties, Florida.  A Board Certified Criminal Trial attorney, Brodsky was a career prosecutor for over 20 years in Sarasota, FL. 

Glenn M. Cooper (JD 1998), a shareholder with Gray Robinson, Miami, FL, was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the French American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, and the Quebec Florida Chamber of Commerce.  Read more at www.gray-robinson.com

Julissa Diaz (JD 2012) is an associate with the firm of Leiter & Belsky, PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL., where she practices business law.

Russell Dombrow (JD 2007) co-edited The ABA Guide to International Bar Admissions, published by the ABA Section of International Law and the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.  He is owner of the Dombrow Law Firm in Syracuse, NY and is also of counsel to the McCann Law Group, LLP.

Wes Friedman (JD 2012) passed the Illinois Bar and was sworn in to practice.  He worked for the Tampa Bay Storm and Arena Football League (AFL) while a law student at Nova.  He served his clinic with the AFL and now lives and works in Chicago as the AFL’s staff attorney.    

Ron D. Herman (JD 2000) has opened Herman Law, PA in West Palm Beach, FL.  He practices criminal defense, business litigation and personal injury law.  Read more at www.RHLawFL.com

Christopher Hoertz (JD 2012) published Part One of his article, “A Comparative Analysis of United States and European Airline Overbooking Policies” in Travel Law Quarterly. Part Two will be published in March 2013.

Robert Kelley (JD 1981) founding partner of Kelley Uustal in Fort Lauderdale, FL was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers of America, an honor he has received several times over the years.  His firm is well-known for their work in the area of plaintiff’s product liability litigation.  Read more at www.justiceforall.com

Bennett Lessman (JD 2011) wrote the lead article in Vol 31 of Broward Legacy, the journal of the Broward County Historical Commission.  The article details the legal wrangling over the SS Arauca, a German cargo ship that became trapped in Port Everglades when WWII broke out.  Read the article at www. broward.org.  Lessman is an associate with  Wolf and Pravato in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Todd McPharlin (JD 1997) of Kelley Uustal in Fort Lauderdale, FL was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.  He has obtained several multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for his personal injury clients. His practice also includes medical malpractice, unsafe workplace, and insurance coverage disputes, among other areas.  Read more at www.justiceforall.com

Eric Rosen (JD 2007) of Kelley Uustal in Fort Lauderdale, FL was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.  He was also named by Florida Trend Magazine as a “Florida Legal Elite Up and Comer.” He has obtained several multi-million dollar verdicts for his personal injury clients. Read more at www.justiceforall.com

 

REFLECTIONS: A Brief Review of Alumni Events in 2012

Posted on 12/18/2012

SECOND QUARTER EVENTS:

Posted on 12/18/2012

April, 2012:

Twenty Three Law Alumni were sworn in to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C.  We were joined by NSU President George L. Hanbury, II, Ph.D, and Law Dean Athornia Steele and Professors Bruce Rogow and Tim O’Brien.  Associate Dean Leslie Cooney, Professor Raul Ruiz, and Sharon Booth, Director of Public Interest Law, also were sworn in.  Local NSU Alumni from DC Metro joined us at a reception.

May, 2012:

Palm Beach Chapter of the Law Alumni Association had a CLE seminar on the high-profile case, “The State v. John Goodman.”  NSU Alums Nellie L. King, Gregg Lerman, and Ron D. Herman presented, along with Alumni friend, Scott B. Smith.

Graduation: Over 300 law students became our newest members of the Law Alumni Association.

THIRD QUARTER EVENTS:

Posted on 12/18/2012

July, 2012

Our new Tampa Bay Chapter held a Meet & Greet featuring our Alumnus, The Honorable Nick Nazaretian,  Hillsborough Circuit Judge.  The Chapter president, Dominic Fariello also welcomed alumni and friends.

August, 2012

A CLE Seminar on domestic violence was held at the Law Center.  NSU Alums:  Marta Estevez, G. Yasmin Jacob, The Honorable Michael Kaplan, Broward Circuit Judge, and Alumni friend, Bridget Schneiderman, victim advocate at Miramar Police Department, all presented.  A social reception followed.

September, 2012

A CLE Seminar “ Law Practice 2.0” was held at the Law Center.  The seminar explored using social media,  the internet, and technology to market your law practice and be more efficient.  NSU Alums: Ethan Wall, Alexander Brown, Richard Sierra, and Alumni friend Heidi Armstrong Porritt presented.  NSU Assistant Dean and Director of the Law Library Technology Center, Eric Young, produced a hands-on segment that allowed seminar participants to learn about various online legal research tools and helpful websites.  Law librarians Alison Rosenberg, Becka Rich, Rob Beharriell presented.  Jason Rosenberg and Chad Moulder from IT assisted with production.  A social reception followed.

An interactive skills CLE involving alumni, alumni friends, and law students was held in the atrium.  Dale Carnegie Training VP Robert Kelly presented  “Building Professional Relationships for Business and Career Development.”   Lawyers, judges, professors and law students met each other and participated in a “speed networking” segment to learn better communication skills.  A social networking reception followed.

FOURTH QUARTER EVENTS:

Posted on 12/18/2012

 

October, 2012

The Central Florida Chapter of the Law Alumni Association was formed.  Justin Seekamp is the president.

The Palm Beach Chapter held a book signing and Meet & Greet for Alumna Denise Marie Nieman, author of “Rock the World Rehab” a funny and serious self-help book about detoxifying your mind, body, and spirit.

November, 2012

A CLE Seminar on E-Filing in Broward Circuit Court (Civil) was presented by Alumni friend, Christin Gallardo of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit.

A CLE Seminar on “Dispute Resolution: Various Ways to Resolve a Dispute in American and Jewish Law” was presented at NSU Law by the South Florida Center for Jewish Ethics. Attorney Peter L. Wechsler, a member of our Board of Governors, and Rabbi Dovid Schoen presented. 

The Law Alumni Engagement Committee and Student Engagement Committee hosted a social event at Tap 42 in Fort Lauderdale for law students and alumni to meet in a casual social setting.  Over 60 people attended.

The annual Law Alumni holiday party for south Florida was held at the NSU Don Taft University Center Arena. Almost 200 alumni attended this event.


December, 2012

The Tampa Bay Chapter held a holiday party at the Law Offices of Dominic Fariello.  Chapter President Dominic Fariello generously donated space for the event. 

The Palm Beach Chapter held a holiday party at Gunster Law Firm in West Palm Beach.  Chapter President Donna Greenspan Solomon welcomed alumni and friends.  Alumna Cynthia Spall generously donated space and valet parking at Gunster, while Catherine S. Eaton, Esq., PA and Solomon Mediation helped sponsor the event. Alumna Eunice Baros arranged for alumni book donations to the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County.

December graduation:  42 law students became the newest members of the Alumni Association.

Class Actions ---- October 2012 ---- News & Notes About Alumni

Posted on 11/01/2012

Eric Arckey (JD 2012) is an Assistant State Attorney in Orange County, FL.  He is also a member of the NSU Law Alumni Association new Central Florida Chapter.

Eunice Baros (JD 1980) was featured in the Palm Beach Post recently.  She is an Assistant Public Defender in Palm Beach County who is retiring after serving 13 years.  She is a mediator in state and federal courts and will continue to mediate and practice criminal defense law.  She serves on the board of the Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a founding member and past president of the Palm Beach Chapter of the Nova Law Alumni Association.  She has worked tirelessly over the years to bring events to the law alumni in Palm Beach County.  Read more at www.palmbeachpost.com (Oct.7, 2012).

Ted Booras (JD 1986) is a County Court Judge in Palm Beach County.  A former US Marine, he was an Assistant State Attorney for many years and also was in private practice as a criminal defense attorney.  A judge since 2007, he helped establish the Veterans Court in Palm Beach County and he splits his time there and in the civil division.  Read more about him in the Palm Beach Daily Business Review, (September 17, 2012).

Curtis Disque (JD 1990), became a County Court Judge in Martin County, Florida.  Judge Disque was formerly a Martin County Magistrate and was in private practice in Martin County.

Peter A. Dyson (JD 2007), a partner with Metnick, Levy & Dyson in Delray Beach, FL recently obtained a $5 million dollar verdict for a father whose son died in a 2007 private airplane crash.  Dyson practices in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, and insurance cases.  He was made partner at the firm in 2012 and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a prestigious nationwide organization designated solely for attorneys who have won million dollar cases. Read more at www.metnickandlevy.com

Michael L. Feinstein (JD 1986) recently celebrated his firm’s 25th anniversary.  Michael L. Feinstein, P.A. is located in Fort Lauderdale. The AV rated firm handles various civil litigation matters. Read more at www.feinsteinlaw.net.

Marc Gold (JD 1981), a Circuit Judge in Broward’s 17th Judicial Circuit, was featured in the October 1, 2012 edition of the Daily Business Review.  After practicing as a civil trial lawyer for fifteen years, he ran for Judge in 1997 and became a circuit judge in the criminal division.  Three years ago, Judge Gold transferred into the circuit court civil division where he currently presides.  Judge Gold is married to fellow law alumna, Barbara Heyer  (JD 1981), who is a private practice trial attorney in Broward.

Jay Koren (JD 1978) joined Akerman Senterfitt as a shareholder in its Miami office.  He was previously with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC where he was a partner.  He has represented more than 125 of the Fortune 500 companies in Florida. His practice concentrates on federal, state, and local tax law. His clients include banking, brokerage, retail, telecommunications, insurance, and manufacturing. Read more at www.ackerman.com

Daniel Martell (JD 2002), was chosen as the new president and CEO of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County.  For the past five years, Martell was vice president of Florida Crystals, a sugar company in West Palm Beach.  He starts his new job on November 15, 2012.  The Economic Council is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization established in 1975 to provide guidance on various issues facing the county.  Read more at www.economiccouncilpbc.org.

Diego Pol Longo (JD 2011) is an associate with Baker & McKenzie, S.L.P. in Barcelona, Spain.  He recently published an article, “Are We Bad Samaritans?  A Comparative Analysis of Duty to Rescue Legislation and Cadaveric Organ Donation Systems in Spain and the United States,”  at 39 Syracuse J.Int’l L. & Com. 55.  Read more at www.bakermckenzie.com/Spain

Cathy L. Purvis Lively (JD 1994) has been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.  Ms. Lively focuses her practice in family law.  She has two offices in Palm Beach County:  Wellington/Lake Worth and Palm Beach.  Ms. Lively is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator and Qualified Parenting Coordinator.  Read more at www.livelylawfl.com

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Nicholas Roselli (JD 2012) is an associate with Roselli & McNelis, PA in Boca Raton, FL.  The firm handles personal injury and medical malpractice.  Read more at www.rosellimcnelis.com

Michael I. Rothschild (JD 2000) was elected as a judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit in Broward County Florida in August 2012.  Rothschild practiced criminal law and civil rights litigation and was a former Public Defender before taking the bench.  He is married to Melisa McNeill (JD 2000), Assistant Public Defender, homicide division, Broward County, FL. 

Justin Seekamp (JD 2011) is an associate with the Kramer Law Firm in Altamonte Springs, FL.  His practice includes family law and civil litigation.  He is also the president of the newly formed Central Florida Chapter of the NSU Law Alumni Association. Read more at www.mykramerlawfirm.com

Matthew Shafran (JD 2012) is an Assistant State Attorney at the Office of the State Attorney for the 15th Judicial Circuit in Palm Beach County. 

Keith Sonderling (JD 2008) was appointed by the Florida Governor to the Fourth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission for a 4 year term beginning in 2012 and ending in 2016.  Sonderling is an associate with Gunster Law Firm in West Palm Beach, where he practices in the areas of labor and employment and business and complex commercial litigation. He is also on the Board of Directors for the NSU Law Alumni Association.  Read more at www.gunster.com

Harry Tapias, (JD 2012) is an officer with the Underwater Bar/Dive Bar in Fort Lauderdale.  He is vice president of marine and environmental awareness and education for that organization.

Brent Trapana (JD 2012) is an associate with Brinkley Morgan in Fort Lauderdale, where he practices in the commercial litigation area.  Read more at www.brinkleymorgan.com

John Uribe, (JD 1992), is managing partner of Uribe Law in Los Angeles, CA.  His practice areas include civil and criminal defense, family and probate.  Read more at www.uribelaw.com

Ayla Marie Walker (JD 2012) is an associate with Edward J. Jennings, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale.  She practices in the areas of family, civil, commercial litigation and real estate.

Justin Weinstein (JD 2012) is an associate at Landau Phillips in Boca Raton, FL., where he handles personal injury work. See www.landauphillipsfl.com

Thomas Zeichman (JD 2012) is an associate with Messana PA in Fort Lauderdale.  The firm handles commercial litigation and bankruptcy matters.

Tara Hopper Zeltner (JD 2011) was just named Director of Regulatory & Governmental Affairs for The Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers in Framingham, MA.  Zeltner earned an LL.M in Health Law and Public Policy from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2012.  She has an extensive background in government regulation and human services. Read more at www.addp.org

 

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