Kathy Cerminara

Kathy Cerminara

Professor of Law


B.S., Ohio University, 1983
J.D., magna cum laude University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1987
LL.M., Columbia University School of Law, 1996
J.S.D., Columbia University School of Law, 2002


Professor Kathy Cerminara bridges the medical and legal professions with her work on patients’ rights in the end-of-life decision-making arena.  She co-authors the nationally known treatise, The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking, and is a reviewer for several medical and medical-legal journals.  Her scholarship most recently has focused on the intersection between end-of-life care, palliative care, and health care coverage policy.  At the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, she is a full professor and serves as Director of Faculty Development.

Professor Cerminara teaches Torts, Health Policy, Bioethics & Quality of Care, Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, and other health-law-related courses.  She also created and was the initial director of the online Master of Science in Health Law program for graduate students.

Since 2012, she has been a member of the International Scientific Committee for the International Academy of Law & Mental Health, based in Montreal, Canada.  In that position, she has co-organized the stream of therapeutic jurisprudence presentations for two of the Academy’s bi-annual Congresses:  one in Amsterdam in 2013 and one in Vienna in 2015 (currently being planned).

Prior to joining the Law Center faculty, Professor Cerminara taught at St. Thomas University School of Law and the University of Miami School of Law, clerked in the Western District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and practiced law with Reed Smith Shaw & McClay in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Professor Cerminara received her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh and her LL.M. and J.S.D. from Columbia University.  She is an affiliate member of the Health Law and Tort Trial and Insurance sections of The Florida Bar, a retired member of the Pennsylvania Bar, and a member of organizations such as the American Bar Association, the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics and the American Health Lawyers Association.

Areas of Interest

  • Bioethics Law
  • Elder Law
  • Health Law
  • Patients’ Rights in the Managed Health Care System
  • Right to Die
  • Torts

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