Alumni News

The Honorable Renee Goldenberg Leads Inaugural Law Center Plus Seminar - 668

Posted on 02/23/2015

On Friday, February 20, 2015, The Shepard Broad Law Center presented its inaugural Law Center Plus Seminar, The New Practice of Family Law in a Rapidly Changing Society, led by the Honorable Renee Goldenberg. Law Center Plus series provides ongoing skills training and other resources for our alumni, especially our newest members.  A series of ten seminars each year include practice skills that build confidence among new attorneys and educate all our alumni seeking to improve their knowledge and skills in a variety of areas. 

Over 80 attorneys attended the inaugural seminar, held in the newly renovated NSU Law Library and Technology Center.  During the seminar, Judge Goldenberg taught attending attorneys the practice skills needed to successfully represent clients in a variety of family law matters including dissolution proceedings, domestic violence court, paternity actions, and emergency and final hearings. “Stop practicing family law as though it’s a business,” she urged attorneys, cautioning them against filing weak motions.  Attorneys also learned how to prepare clients and cases, and gained a deeper understanding of the local rules.  In keeping with the theme of the event, Judge Goldenberg noted, “[In paternity cases] we had no rights as same-sex parents until now,” who explained that the law now treats same-sex, unmarried parents the same way it treats opposite-sex, unmarried parents.

The next Law Center Plus Seminar, Writing to Win: How Theory Meets Practice, will be held on March 13, 2015, and led by Beverly A. Pohl, Esq., Partner at Broad and Cassel, Chair of the firm's statewide Appellate Law Practice Group, and Board Certified in Appellate Practice by The Florida Bar; Shepard Broad Law Professor Olympia Duhart, Director of NSU Law's Legal Research and Writing program and Co-President of Society of American Law Teachers; and Associate Professor Camille Lamar.

Depth of expertise is the hallmark of the Law Center Plus seminar series. Judge Goldenberg is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law, a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Florida Chapter), a Certified Mediator, and the Chair of the Family Law Division in the 17th Judicial Circuit. A Circuit Judge since 1997, she is also the author of Florida Family Law and Practice, a two-volume practice guide for family law attorneys.

Seminars are held monthly on Friday mornings at the Law Center. These two-hour programs are presented free of charge for alumni in their first two years following graduation. Other alumni and attorneys may attend for a registration fee.  All attendees receive continental breakfast and CLE credits.

Photos of the event can be found on our flickr page.

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For additional questions, please contact Elena Minicucci, Director of Alumni Relations at or (954)262-6303.

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – January 2015 - 662

Posted on 02/02/2015

Kathleen Angione (JD 1999) joined McGlinchey Stafford's Fort Lauderdale, Florida office as Of Counsel. Her primary areas of practice include mortgage banking, contested foreclosure and curative title matters. 

Rebecca Bratter (JD 2003), a shareholder with Greenspoon Marder in Fort Lauderdale, FL has been appointed to a three year term to the Board of Directors of the Young At Art Museum, which provides a unique art experience for children. Bratter chairs Greenspoon's Banking & Finance Litigation group.  She also serves as the firm's Litigation Manager.

Genny A. Castellanos (JD 2008) founded De Novo Review, LLC in 2013 in Miami, FL.  The company provides solo practitioners and small law firms with appellate and trail support services.

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – January 2015 - 663

Posted on 02/02/2015

Richard Corey (JD 2012) of RC Enterprise Law in Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote an article that appeared in Broward County Bar's Barrister magazine about the revised Florida LLC Act, which requires immediate compliance by January 1, 2015. Corey's practice areas include criminal and civil litigation, entertainment and business enterprise. He released his first book "The Blueprint" that tells the reader how to use principles of mathematics and deductive reasoning to achieve one's vision for life.

Kerry Ann Cummings (JD 2007) has joined McGlinchey Stafford's Fort Lauderdale, Florida office as an Associate practicing commercial litigation. Cummings represents financial institutions in mortgage litigation, creditors' rights, real estate litigation and title issues.

Roger Fleming (JD 1982), an attorney and lobbyist in Washington, D.C. with Northfork Strategies, a firm that handles communications law and policy matters, wrote and published "Majority Rules," a fictional story that is based in part on his own experiences working as a young lawyer for a member of Congress.  The book also delves in to the majority/minority mindset that he believes precludes elected officials in Washington from addressing the most fundamental challenges facing them. 

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – January 2015 - 664

Posted on 02/02/2015

Joshua Frachtman (JD 2007) is an associate with Baker & Zimmerman in Parkland, Florida. His areas of practice include personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and nursing home neglect.

Steven Hammer (JD 1986) is an attorney with the Law Offices of Sheldon J. Schlesinger, PA in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He and his colleagues from the Schlesinger firm won a $35 million dollar verdict in a tobacco litigation case against Philip Morris USA and Liggett Group.

Patrick Krechowski (JD 1998) is Of Counsel with GrayRobinson in Jacksonville, Florida. He contributed the chapter, "Coastal Construction and Beach Renourishment in the New Climate" to the new book, "Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law: U.S. and International Perspectives." Krechowski is also an adjunct professor with Florida Coastal School of Law where he teaches Environmental Law, Ocean and Coastal Law and Environmental Law Practice and Procedure. 

Michael Olexa (JD 1980) is the director of the Agricultural Law Center with the Department of Food and Resource Economics and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. He co-authored Florida Nuisance Law and Urban Agriculture in the January 2015 issue of The Florida Bar Journal.

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – January 2015 - 665

Posted on 02/02/2015

Beatriz Osorio (JD 2011) has joined Gunster in Miami, Florida as an associate with the immigration practice group. Her areas of practice include employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant visa petitions, as well as advising employers about compliance with U.S. immigration laws.

Jessie Pulitzer (JD 2013) joined Critton, Luttier & Coleman  in West Palm Beach, Florida as an associate. Her practice areas include family law, personal injury and commercial litigation.

Jacqueline Revis (JD 2012) is an associate with Krause & Goldberg PA in Weston, Florida.  She wrote an article, "The Maybe Deed" in the January issue of the Broward County Bar Association Barrister. Revis' practice areas include real estate and business transactions.

Stephanie Valentine (JD 2004) joined The Dolman Law Group in Clearwater, Florida. Her areas of practice include personal injury, first party insurance, wrongful death actions, premises liability, trucking accidents and motorcycle injuries.

Dominique Venetsanopoulos (JD 2014) joined Laing & Weicholz in West Palm Beach, Florida. Her area of practice is family law. She is a member of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar and the Broward County Bar Association.

Todd Weicholz (JD 2001) along with his partner Chad Laing (JD 2000) expanded their firm Laing & Weicholz by hiring Dominique Venetsanopoulous (JD 2014). The firm handles Family Law, Real Estate, Commercial Litigation, Complex Business Mergers/Acquisitions, Probate, and other civil matters. Weicholz is board certified by The Florida Bar in Criminal Trial Law and will be speaking at the May 2015 Law Center Plus Seminar at the Shepard Broad Law Center. Todd's brother continues the NSU Law family tradition, and is currently a 3L at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center. 

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