Mark DobsonProfessor of Law
EducationJ.D., Catholic University, 1973
LL.M., Freedman Fellow Temple University, 1977
Professor of Law Mark Dobson has been a member of the Nova Southeastern University Law Center faculty since August 1980. Before coming to NSU, Professor Dobson spent three years teaching law at the University of North Dakota. While there, he re-vamped the law school's Trial Advocacy program which partially resulted in North Dakota receiving the prestigious Emil Gumpert Award from the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Professor Dobson started NSU Law's Trial Advocacy program in Spring 1981. Besides Trial Advocacy, he regularly teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence and Advanced Criminal Procedure. In the Winter semester, Professor Dobson is the professor in charge of NSU's Criminal Justice Clinic field placement program. He has also taught classes in Professional Responsibility, Advanced Trial Advocacy and Education Law at Nova.
Professor Dobson's practical experience is in both criminal and civil law. He has been a civil Legal Aid attorney in Wichita, Kansas and Philadelphia. As for criminal law, he has prosecuted in two counties in Kansas as well as both Miami and Palm Beach, Florida. He currently is assisting veterans secure increases in their VA Disability Benefits. He is licensed to practice in both Kansas and Florida.
Professor Dobson's scholarly work is in the fields of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Evidence. He is a regular contributor of articles for Preview of United States Supreme Court cases, which discuss pending cases for the United States Supreme Court. His most recent other publications are two extensive chapters on Hearsay and Hearsay Exceptions, soon to be published in Evidence in Florida, 10th edition.
Professor Dobson is an active member of the Florida Bar Criminal Law Section. Additionally he has been the Program Director since 1988 for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Basic Trial Skills Program held at NSU law school each spring. He has also taught Trial Advocacy Skills as a NITA program faculty member in programs in North Carolina, Colorado, Utah and California.
Besides teaching at NSU and North Dakota, Professor Dobson has been a visiting faculty member at Washburn University (Kansas); Willamette University (Salem, Oregon), Loyola University of Chicago and Touro University on Long Island. He regularly coaches NSU law mock trial competition teams and participates in the law school=s innovative Florida Bar Assistance Program (FBAP).
Professor Dobson has advised numerous student organizations in his career at North Dakota and Nova. These include the North Dakota Student Bar Association, North Dakota Moot Court Association, Nova Law Review, Nova Law Criminal Law Society and Nova Trial Association. In Winter 2013, he received the Nova Southeastern University Student Law Achievement Award for Co-curricular Advisor of the Year. He has been honored several times as law faculty member of the year by the student body and also served as NSU Law faculty graduation speaker.
Areas of Interest
- Criminal Law
- Juvenile Law
- Legal Education and law Students
- Professional Responsibility
- Trial Advocacy