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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 

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