Law Center News

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 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:

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

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.  


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