Faculty News

Professor Bob Jarvis Awarded Professor of the Year

Posted on 10/22/2014

Professor of Law Bob Jarvis is the recipient of the 2014 Shepard Broad Law Center Professor of the Year Award conferred by the University in recognition of his significant contributions to “Excellence in Teaching and Distinction in Scholarly Productivity.”

Jarvis came to the Law Center in 1987 and was awarded tenure in 1992. Prior to entering academia, he practiced admiralty and international law in New York City, first with Haight, Gardner, Poor & Havens (now Holland & Knight) and then with Baker & McKenzie. In addition to NSU, he has taught at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Fordham University, Saint Thomas University, Tulane University, and Yeshiva University and has served as a Bar/Bri bar review lecturer. To read more about Jarvis and his scholarship, click here.

Professor Joel Mintz on BP's Gross Negligence, an Academic Roundtable with Peruvian Prime Minister, and other Published Work

Posted on 10/22/2014

Professor Joel Mintz was recently quoted in an article by the U.S. News & World Report about the April 2010 BP explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.  The disaster killed 11 crewmen and over the course of three months lacquered water and coastlines with millions of barrels of spilled oil. 

Professor Mintz was also invited to participate in an academic roundtable event at the New York University Law School, sponsored by NYU's Guarini Center and organized at the request of the Peruvian Prime Minister of the Environment, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal.

In addition, Professor Mintz published the following: "Measuring Environmental Enforcement Success: The Elusive Search for Objectivity," 44 Environmental Law Reporter 10751 (September 2014); a chapter titled, "Shaping Next Generation Compliance at EPA: Some Lessons From the Agency's Past and Some Post-Workshop Thoughts," in Next Generation Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (Environmental Law Institute, 2014); and a book review of Thomas O. McGarity, "Freedom to Harm: the Lasting Legacy of the Laissez Faire Revival" in '64 Journal of Legal Education 136 (August, 2014)

"Restating Environmental Law " (co-authored with four other law professors), will appear in the Fall, 2014 issue of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, and an introduction to a symposium issue of the Nova Law Review that contains three articles by prominent law professors regarding Energy Law and Policy, Climate Disruption, and Sea Level Rise will also be published this fall.

If you would like to receive a copy of Professor Mintz's symposium articles and/or his introduction, please contact him via email at mintzj@nova.edu.

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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