Heather Baxter

As a current professor and active alumna, Baxter brings a unique perspective to the board of directors.

Giving Back Through Service and Teaching

Heather Baxter joined the NSU Law Center faculty in 2007 and was recently promoted to associate professor of law. She teaches Lawyering Skills and Values I and II, as well as Criminal Procedure. Before joining the Law Center, Baxter was a judicial law clerk for Janet Stumbo, justice of the Supreme Court of Kentucky, and a trial court staff attorney in Broward County’s Seventeenth Judicial Circuit. In both positions, Baxter prepared numerous legal opinions and orders. Baxter also practiced in the area of labor and employment law.

Baxter graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1996 with a B.A. in English. In 2000, she obtained her J.D., magna cum laude, from Nova Southeastern University, where she served as executive editor of the Nova Law Review. Baxter is a member of both the Kentucky and Florida bars.

As an NSU alumna, Baxter feels strongly about connecting with fellow alumni and was elected to serve on the NSU Law Alumni Board of Directors to help accomplish this goal. She enjoys serving on the board and listening to the concerns and hopes of fellow alumni. As a current professor and active alumna, Baxter brings a unique perspective to the board of directors.

Baxter chose to come back and teach at NSU because of the strong tie she feels to the university. She was grateful for the wonderful professors who gave so much of their time and knowledge, and she wanted to give her students that same benefit. To that end, Baxter is involved in student life at NSU. She serves as the faculty adviser to both the Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL) and the Nova Law Review. Baxter also volunteers as a coach for NSU’s Moot Court Society. She recently traveled to New York with her Moot Court team to compete in the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition.

Student appreciation for Baxter’s dedication was exemplified this year when she won the Stephanie Aleong Impact Award. This award consists of two parts. First, Law Center faculty members select one student each year who is well-rounded and who exemplifies compassion, involvement in school and community activities, hard work, and dedication. Then, that student selects the faculty member who had the greatest impact on the student during his or her law school career. This year, faculty members selected Jeremy Singer, editor in chief of the Nova Law Review. Singer, in turn, selected Baxter as the recipient.

Baxter is also an accomplished scholar. Her recent article, “Gideon’s Ghost: Providing the Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel in Times of Budgetary Crisis,” was published in the Michigan State Law Review. This article, which has been a top 10 download on the Social Science Research Network, discusses the impact budget cuts are having on those who represent the indigent in our country. Currently, she is working on a follow-up piece to that article in which she will discuss the ethical implications faced by public defenders due to the budget crises of many states.

When she’s not writing, teaching, or helping students, Baxter enjoys reading urban fantasy novels on her Kindle and spending time with her husband, John; her six-year-old son, Jacob; her four-year-old daughter, Grace; and her vampire-slaying golden retriever, Buffy.

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