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Students Collect and Donate More Than 10,000 Cans of Food to Feed Florida’s Hungry

Posted on 11/26/2014

Students from the Public Interest Law Society and Phi Alpha Delta collected and donated more than 10,000 cans of food to benefit Feeding South Florida. The cans were collected during “Canned Immunity,” a weeklong 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 who bring in canned donations may be entitled to pass on a question if called on in class by their professor or select another student to act as “co-counsel” to help discuss a case or topic in class. The student’s primary motivation, however, was to reach out to those less fortunate and to ensure those fighting hunger in our community are well fed this Thanksgiving holiday. Competition played a role in the donation process. Classes competed to have the highest number of donations and Michael Flynn’s class received that honor with 4,652 cans.

Photo from left to right: NSU Law students Geoffrey Langbart, Sophia Mitchell, and Anna Black.

NSU Law Takes Top Honors at Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition

Posted on 11/19/2014

NSU Law students Berkin Aslan, Brandon Dinetz, Andrew Jaffe, and Ivan Rodriguez traveled to Buffalo to compete in the 11th annual Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition. The competition featured the best trial advocacy programs in the country. Law students tried both sides of a homicide case before experienced judges and trial attorneys who volunteered as judges and evaluators.  This mock trial involved a case of mayoral conspiracy and attempted murder. The NSU Law team competed against thirty-six other schools from across the nation.  NSU Law was selectively chosen to compete at this invitational and was a quarterfinalist in the competition.

Students prepared for the case during the semester before the competition and based on their performance, a team of four students was formed. The NSU Law team was coached by adjunct professor of law, Ted Daus (’91), and former Nova Trial Association president, Brian Engel (’12).

Berkin Aslan was awarded Best Advocate of the entire competition. Last year, NSU Law student Jay Dermer, was awarded Best Advocate at the same competition.  NSU Law has taken top honors, two years in a row, at this prestigious competition. Shepard Broad Law Center provides students with the widest range of opportunities to gain practical experience through moot court competitions, trial team participation, externships, clinical education, and workshops.

William Dandy Middle School Students Participate in Mock Trial at NSU Law

Posted on 11/19/2014

NSU Shepard Broad Law Center hosted students from Broward County’s William Dandy Middle School on November 17, 2014. The students participated in a mock trial activity to learn some of the key elements of being an effective advocate. The mock trial  was presented by law students from the Black Law Student Association, adjunct professor of law Charles (Chuck) B. Morton, Jr., and professor and director of paralegal studies, Jessica Garcia-Brown (’99). The Law Center provided students with information on how to get into law school and what they can do with a law degree, a question and answer session,  and a visit to the Law Center’s courtroom.  Through this program, Shepard Broad Law Center aims to inspire these students to continue on the path of higher education and ultimately, consider a career in law.  

Intellectual Property Law Society Compete in Dade Legal Aid’s Patently Impossible Project

Posted on 11/13/2014

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center’s Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) recently participated in the Miami Dade Legal Aid 5th Annual Patently Impossible Project at the Miami Science Museum.  The event is widely considered to be one of the top rated receptions of the year for the South Florida Intellectual Property legal community, and it certainly lived up to its reputation.  The evening consisted of a silent auction, cocktail reception and a charity race to assemble a patented invention.  Representatives of IPLS competed in the race along with teams from other law schools, judges, patent attorneys, corporate counsel, inventors, engineers, Techies and Start Ups. 

When members of IPLS were not competing or cheering on their fellow Sharks, they were networking and gaining insight from the diverse variety of attendees with backgrounds in Intellectual Property. 

With just under 100 donors to the silent auction, over 20 teams competing in the event and a great turn out from the South Florida legal and business community the fundraiser was a true success.  IPLS was proud to represent the Shepard Broad Law Center at such an exciting event and looks forward to attending next year.

Members of the IPLS pictured from left to right: Alejandro Ley (Vice President), Samantha Bowen, Shezan Mumtaz (President), Lizza Maldonado (member) and Luis Rubio (Director of Public Relations)

 

4th DCA Hold Oral Arguments at NSU Shepard Broad

Posted on 11/13/2014

On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, the Fourth District Court of Appeal of Florida held oral arguments at NSU Shepard Broad Law Center’s main courtroom.  Traveling oral arguments take the Fourth District Court of Appeal across Florida to help the public and law students learn more about the judiciary’s indispensable role in Florida government.  Following the arguments, Hon. Dorian K. Damoorgian, Chief Judge, Hon. Robert M. Gross, and Hon. Melanie G. May (’81), ex officio member of NSU’s Board of Trustees and chair of the Law Center’s Board of Governors, held a Q&A session with law students.  Dean Garon also hosted lunch for students, attorneys, and judges.  Photos of the event can be found here.

Photo from left to right: , Hon. Robert M. Gross, Hon. Dorian K. Damoorgian, Chief Judge, and Hon. Melanie G. May (’81).

Dean Garon and Professor Cross Speak at DITAS

Posted on 11/06/2014

The Zambrano Foundation held a two-day symposium, Democracy in the Americas Symposium (DITAS), November 6-7, 2014, hosted by Miami-Dade College.  The symposium was a dynamic gathering of world dignitaries, multi-national corporate leaders, prominent scholars, students, and social innovators whose mission is to preserve democracy by presenting innovative trends in policy, trade, technology, social innovation and economic developments in an effort to transform these ideas into action.  Topics for the symposium included:

  • *E-Democracy: Using Technology & Communications for Social Change
  • *Rule of Law: How Governance & Security Impact Society
  • *New Generations in Democracy: Innovative Ideas for the Future
  • *The Orange Economy: Innovative Trade Platform in Latin America
  • *Vision & Leadership: Expectations & Resources for Future Leaders
  • *Venezuela: Case Study – Discussion on Human Rights, Economic Development & Rule of Law
  • *President’s Panel: Pragmatism & Idealism – Tension among Ethical Values and Practical Resolutions of Governmental Issues

NSU Shepard Broad Dean and Professor of Law Jon M. Garon welcomed the panel of speakers for the Rule of Law: Governance & Security topic.  Professor Jane Ellen Cross is part of that panel.

Follow the events of the symposium on Twitter, using #DITAS14

Law Center Lecture Dinner with Attorney Nir Lahav

Posted on 11/05/2014

On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, Dean and Professor of Law Jon M. Garon hosted a private dinner for close friends and faculty on the NSU campus as part of our growing international law program which emphasizes student education, international engagement, scholarship, and capacity building fostered under the rule of law. 

Nir Lahav, an Israeli attorney and entrepreneur, was the honored guest speaker.  Lahav holds academic degrees from Tel Aviv University Law School in Israel and Pomona College in California. He also studied at the Mandel School of Educational Leadership in Jerusalem, focusing on the areas of unemployment and youth. Lahav, who is part of the “Start-Up Nation” ethos in Israel, has been actively involved in building economic infrastructure for impoverished communities around the world. In 2011, he launched Project Ten, a global initiative that brings together young Jewish adults and encourages volunteer efforts with vulnerable populations in multiple locations around the world. These efforts include teaching English and computer skills, running day camps, developing sustainable agriculture practices, and enhancing local infrastructure.

 

Photos of the event can be found on the Law Center’s flickr account.

Professor Coleman Publishes Article in FL Bar Journal

Posted on 11/03/2014

Professor Phyllis Coleman’s article, Dog Bites Human:  Why Florida Lawyers Should Care and What They Need to Know, has been published in 88 Fla. Bar J. 26 (Nov. 2014).  As the only founding member still active in the Florida Bar Animal Law Committee, Coleman wrote the piece for the Journal’s special issue, celebrating 10 years since the founders created the group.

The article discusses the general legal principles involved in dog bites for both plaintiffs and defendants, and alerts practitioners to potential pitfalls in the Florida statutes and case law.

Coleman writes, “Florida recently recorded the highest average amount ($38,400) per dog bite insurance claim in the country, with 146 payments totaling $5.6 million. While the number of claims nationwide vacillates, the average value of each has climbed higher every year with the aggregate topping $489.7 million in 2012.”

Princeton Review Names Shepard Broad Law Center a “Best” Law School

Posted on 10/30/2014

Shepard Broad Law Center is one of the nation's most outstanding law schools, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2015 edition of its annual book, "The Best 169 Law Schools.”

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP-Publisher, "We recommend Shepard Broad Law Center as one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn a law school degree. We chose the 169 schools we profile in this book based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicited and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools who reported on their experiences at their schools on our 80-question student survey for the book."

“It’s gratifying to be recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the country’s top law schools,” said Jon M. Garon, J.D., Dean of NSU Law Center. “We are continuing to strive for excellence in preparing our students for successful careers in law, ones that also positively impact the fabric of their communities.”

The Princeton Review survey asked 19,500 students at the 169 law schools their opinions of their school's academics, student body, and campus life as well as about themselves and their career plans. The student surveys analyzed for this edition were all completed online at http://survey.review.com and conducted during the 2013-14, 2012-13, and 2011-12 academic years. (The book is available at Random House / Princeton Review, October 7, 2014, $22.99).

The book's two-page profiles of the schools have sections reporting on their academics, student life, admissions information, and graduates' employment data. In the profile on NSU, the Princeton Review editors describe the school as "having a strong emphasis on legal writing,” and “a hands-on approach to legal education.” It also said NSU students “learn how to be a good legal practitioner.” The ranking lists in the book are posted at the Princeton Review website

Professor Bob Jarvis Awarded Professor of the Year

Posted on 10/22/2014

Professor of Law Bob Jarvis is the recipient of the 2014 Shepard Broad Law Center Professor of the Year Award conferred by the University in recognition of his significant contributions to “Excellence in Teaching and Distinction in Scholarly Productivity.”

Jarvis came to the Law Center in 1987 and was awarded tenure in 1992. Prior to entering academia, he practiced admiralty and international law in New York City, first with Haight, Gardner, Poor & Havens (now Holland & Knight) and then with Baker & McKenzie. In addition to NSU, he has taught at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Fordham University, Saint Thomas University, Tulane University, and Yeshiva University and has served as a Bar/Bri bar review lecturer. To read more about Jarvis and his scholarship, click here.

Professor Joel Mintz on BP's Gross Negligence, an Academic Roundtable with Peruvian Prime Minister, and other Published Work

Posted on 10/22/2014

Professor Joel Mintz was recently quoted in an article by the U.S. News & World Report about the April 2010 BP explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.  The disaster killed 11 crewmen and over the course of three months lacquered water and coastlines with millions of barrels of spilled oil. 

Professor Mintz was also invited to participate in an academic roundtable event at the New York University Law School, sponsored by NYU's Guarini Center and organized at the request of the Peruvian Prime Minister of the Environment, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal.

In addition, Professor Mintz published the following: "Measuring Environmental Enforcement Success: The Elusive Search for Objectivity," 44 Environmental Law Reporter 10751 (September 2014); a chapter titled, "Shaping Next Generation Compliance at EPA: Some Lessons From the Agency's Past and Some Post-Workshop Thoughts," in Next Generation Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (Environmental Law Institute, 2014); and a book review of Thomas O. McGarity, "Freedom to Harm: the Lasting Legacy of the Laissez Faire Revival" in '64 Journal of Legal Education 136 (August, 2014)

"Restating Environmental Law " (co-authored with four other law professors), will appear in the Fall, 2014 issue of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, and an introduction to a symposium issue of the Nova Law Review that contains three articles by prominent law professors regarding Energy Law and Policy, Climate Disruption, and Sea Level Rise will also be published this fall.

If you would like to receive a copy of Professor Mintz's symposium articles and/or his introduction, please contact him via email at mintzj@nova.edu.

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – October 2014

Posted on 10/21/2014

 Chris Traina (JD 2011) a partner at Garrity Traina in Coral Springs, FL wrote an article “Let’s Go Fishing” that was featured in the Broward County Bar Association’s Barrister in September. Read his article in the legal health corner at  http://www.browardbar.org/media/barristers/sept2014/Barrister-Sept-8.21.14.pdf. Traina’s practice includes patents, copyrights and trademarks. Read more at www.garritytraina.com

Angela Cohen Valdivieso (JD 1997) has joined Roig Lawyers as a senior associate.  Valdivieso’s practice areas include special investigation unit claims, civil litigation, personal injury protection, and bodily injury claims. Read more at http://www.roiglawyers.com/

Ethan Wall (JD 2007) opened Ethan Wall, PA in Miami, FL.  He founded Social Media Law and Order, a consulting company that educates and trains lawyers and business owners about social media and the law. Wall presented a seminar to NSU Alumni, faculty, and students on October 2, 2014 entitled, Should You Fire over Facebook? The seminar covered legal and HR policy issues raised when an employee posts negative comments on Facebook about his/her employer. In June 2014, Wall was awarded the 2014 Lynn Futch Most Productive Young Lawyer Award by The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division. In January 2015, Wall will teach a new course at NSU Law, Social Media and the Law. His law practice includes social media, internet, and intellectual property law. Read more at http://www.SocialMediaLawandOrder.com

Jeffrey M. Wank (JD 2009), an associate with Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky & Abate in Fort Lauderdale, FL is the 2014-15 Broward County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Section Treasurer. His practice areas include civil litigation and personal injury. Read more at www.cftlaw.com

 

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – October 2014

Posted on 10/21/2014

Keith Sonderling (JD 2008) an associate with Gunster Law in West Palm Beach, FL was named the Recruitment Chair of Connect Florida Board of Governors. Connect Florida is the statewide young professionals program of Leadership Florida. He serves on the Board of Directors of the NSU Law Alumni Association, where he is a member of the Alumni Engagement Committee. Sonderling’s practice includes labor and employment litigation and complex commercial litigation. Read more at http://www.gunster.com/

Kameelah Spence (MS Health Law 2013) is a privacy analyst at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.  Spence credits her MS in Health Law from NSU as the reason she obtained her current job. She is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring privacy-related training programs for all affected UF workforce members at all levels.  Spence is also responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring HIPAA-mandated projects for all affected UF workforce members.

Jeffrey Spiegel (JD 2006) was named partner with Gordon & Rees in New York, NY. He is a member of the Commercial Litigation, Franchise Law, Professional Liability Defense, and Intellectual Property Practice Groups. He represents clients in breach of contract actions, commercial collection and recovery, intellectual property disputes involving trademark and copyright infringement, employment disputes, and unfair competition in state and federal courts. Read more at http://www.gordonrees.com/

John Stewart (JD 1997) a partner with Stewart Evans Stewart & Emmons in Vero Beach, FL is the Chair of the Florida Courts Vision 2016 Technology Commission. Stewart’s areas of practice include mediation, real estate, and business litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and personal injury. Read more at: http://www.stewartevans.com/

Paige Stover (JD 1982) of Boston, MA co-wrote a biographical novel, Confusing the Enemy: The Cus D’Amato Story (Acanthus Publishing, 2013), with Dr. Scott Weiss. Read about it at http://www.confusingtheenemy.com/ Stover is the owner of a group of communications companies in Boston and she lectures on branding, marketing, and publishing for professionals. She has been a writer and publisher of legal, financial, and business content throughout her professional career, and practiced in the areas of corporate, banking, intellectual property, and litigation.  Read more at http://www.ictusinitiative.com/about.html and http://www.paigewrightbooks.com/

Frank Terzo (JD 1991), a shareholder with Gray Robinson in Fort Lauderdale, FL was named as a Florida Super Lawyer in June 2014. He is the Executive Partner and Chair of Gray Robinson's Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights Practice Group. His practice is devoted to a wide range of insolvency matters, including representation of corporate and consumer clients in complex workouts, bankruptcies, assignment for the benefit of creditors and receiverships. Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com/

 

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – October 2014

Posted on 10/21/2014

Kathleen “Kathy” Savor (JD 1997) is the new Director of Circuit Court Operations for the Clerk & Comptroller in Palm Beach County, FL.  Read more at http://www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/

Roland E. Schwartz (JD 2003), a shareholder at Gray Robinson in Fort Lauderdale, FL., was named as a Florida Super Lawyer in June, 2014. His practice areas include banking and finance, and complex civil and commercial litigation.  Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Angela Descoteau Shaw (JD 1996) joined Broad and Cassel in Orlando, FL.  She practices in the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group. Read more at http://www.broadandcassel.com/

Neal I. Sklar (JD 1993) of Peckar & Abramson in Miami, FL was named in Best Lawyers in America for 2015. A Board Certified Construction law attorney Sklar's primary area of practice is focused on the representation of general contractors, construction managers and infrastructure contractors in a variety of construction related matters. In his practice, Sklar employs alternative dispute resolution procedures whenever possible to solve problems and resolve disputes before crises occur. He is a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Associated General Contractors of America, the Associated Builders and Contractors and the Florida Transportation Builders Association. He has been named a Florida Super Lawyer and recognized in Chambers USA, Florida Legal Elite and The Legal 500: United States. Read more at http://www.pecklaw.com/

Alison Smith (JD 2003), a partner with Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske in Fort Lauderdale, FL, was honored at the 2014 Daily Business Review Rising Star event on September 17, 2014. Rising Stars recognizes the region’s most promising up-and-coming lawyers who have wielded influence in their practice areas in the region and beyond. Her primary areas of practice include: labor & employment, commercial litigation, appellate law, and administrative and regulatory law. Read more at http://www.wsh-law.com/

Stratton Smiley (JD 2014) currently serving as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Melanie G. May (’81) in Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach, FL, received the honor of speaking on behalf of the newly inducted lawyers at the 4th DCA’s induction ceremony after having earned one of the highest scores on the Florida Bar Exam in the State and the highest in the district.  Smiley graduated at the top of his class with highest honors (Summa Cum Laude).  In law school, he was an editor of the Nova Law Review, on the Dean’s List for all semesters, received 12 book/highest grade awards in various subjects, and received numerous other awards upon graduation.  Such awards, included the Goodwin Scholarship, SBA Award for Academic Excellence, Nova Law Review, Goodwin Editor Award, ALI-ABA Scholarship and Leadership Award, American Bankruptcy Institute Award, and Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society.


 

 

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – October 2014

Posted on 10/21/2014

Mario Quintero (JD 1977) of the Law Office of Mario Quintero Jr. in Miami, FL won a defamation lawsuit and obtained $3.5 million in compensatory damages in a case involving international interference with business relationships. Read the August 13, 2014 Daily Business Review article at http://www.dailybusinessreview.com/id=1202666698093/Why-Did-He-Say-Jury-Got-It-Right-In-Representing-Former-Attorney  Quintero’s practice focuses on personal injury, insurance litigation, and medical malpractice. Read more at http://quinteropa.com/

Brent M. Reitman (JD 2010) is an associate with Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock, Liberman in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  He is a member of the 2014-15 Broward County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Section Board of Directors. Reitman handles cases involving injuries and wrongful death in nursing homes and assisted living care facilities. Read more at http://www.krupnicklaw.com/

Carlos F. Rodriguez (JD 2009) joined Alvarez Barbara in Miami, FL as Of Counsel. Mr. Rodriguez specializes in corporate litigation, general liability, personal injury, real estate litigation and transactions, immigration, trademark and copyright issues. Read more at http://alvarezbarbara.com/

Rebecca A. Rodriguez (JD 2012) is an associate with Gray Robinson in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  She was appointed by the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law to its Steering Group for the Customs Law Committee. Rodriguez has served on the ABA Section of International Law’s Planning Committees for the Fall 2013 Section Meeting in London, the Spring 2014 Section Meeting in New York City, and the Fall 2014 Section Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Her law practice includes international, governmental administrative and regulatory, land use, and real estate.  Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Eric S. Rosen (JD 2007) is an attorney with Kelley Uustal PLC in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He is a member of the 2014-15 Broward County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Section Board of Directors. Rosen practices in the areas of personal injury and product liability law. Read more at http://www.justiceforall.com/

Stacey Ross (JD 1998) Circuit Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit, Broward County, FL participated in the Broward County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section (YLS) judicial panel luncheon.  The topic was “Best Practices for Attorneys.” Judge Ross is a judicial liaison for the YLS this year.

Sara M. Sandler (JD 2008) is a partner with Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Sandler is a member of the 2014-15 Broward County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Section Board of Directors. Sandler’s primary area of practice involves insurance coverage and appellate law. Read more at http://www.waltonlant aff.com/

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – October 2014

Posted on 10/21/2014

Patrick Krechowski (JD 1998) joined Gray Robinson in Jacksonville, FL as Of Counsel.  He will concurrently serve as City Attorney for the City of Neptune Beach, FL. With more than 16 years of experience, he handled environmental and land use matters for the St. Johns River Water Management District and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. He is an adjunct professor of law at Florida Coastal School of Law, where he teaches courses related to Environmental Law and Ocean & Coastal Law.  Read more at: http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Michelle M. McIntyre (JD 2008) is a senior associate with Roig Lawyers in Tampa, FL. She co-presented the “Adjuster 5-Hour Law and Ethics Update” course to the International Association of Special Investigation Units in Tampa on October 22, 2014. McIntyre concentrates her practice in the areas of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) No-Fault litigation, with an emphasis on fraud (SIU) investigations, pre-suit and post-suit, complex medical providers, and statutory compliance involving medical licensure. Read more at http://www.roiglawyers.com/

Lindsay Timari Massillon (JD 2011) is an associate with the Law Offices of Charles Eiss, P.L. in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Her practice area includes labor and employment law. She is a member of the 2014-15 Broward County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Section Board of Directors. Read more at http://icelawfirm.com/

Stephen G. Mellor (JD 2006) was promoted to partner at Roig Lawyers in Deerfield Beach, FL. His main areas of practice are Personal Injury Protection Litigation and Bodily Injury and Premises Liability. Mellor handles out-of-state insurance contracts and complex cases involving Admiralty and Maritime law. Read more at www.roiglawyers.com

Yueh-Mei Kim Nutter (JD 1987), a partner at Brinkley Morgan in Boca Raton, FL received an “Exceptional People Impacting the Community Award” from the Mental Health Association of Southeast Florida. Nutter is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law, and is certified by the Florida Supreme Court for Family Mediation, Appellate Mediation, and Guardian ad Litem. She also practices Collaborative Family Law. Read more at http://www.brinkleymorgan.com/

Marissa Pullano (JD 2008), an associate with Brinkley Morgan in Fort Lauderdale, FL is a new member of the Florida Bar’s Rules & Forms Committee, Children’s Issues Committee and Support Issues Committee for 2015. Pullano practices in the area of marital and family law. Read more at http://www.brinkleymorgan.com/


 

 

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – October 2014

Posted on 10/21/2014

Cortney Kaiserman (JD 2004), a shareholder with Gray Robinson in Fort Lauderdale, FL., was named as a Florida Super Lawyer in June, 2014. Kaiserman’s practice areas include banking and finance, real estate, employment and labor, litigation and insurance defense.  Read more at:  http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Sandy Karlan (JD 1978) a Circuit Judge in the 11th Judicial Circuit for Miami-Dade County, FL was honored on October 14, 2014 as  “A Pioneer of Women and Children’s Rights” by the Florida Association of Women Lawyers (Miami-Dade), the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association,  and Legal Services of Greater Miami. Proceeds from the event will be used to establish the Sandy Karlan Law Student Fellowship at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. The Fellow will assist in providing free legal assistance to women and children at LSGMI, where 70% of the households served are headed by women and more than one third of the household members are children. Donations to the Fellowship may also be made online at www.lsgmi.org  Judge Karlan is the Administrative Judge of the Family Division and handles the Complex Litigation section of Unified Family Court. A former president of FAWL, Miami-Dade, and a former member of the Florida Bar Board of Governors, Judge Karlan was also a member of the Florida Supreme Court’s Family Court Steering Committee and Chair of the Florida Bar Commission on the Legal Needs of Children.

Katherine Kiziah (JD 2005) is the South Florida Bureau Chief, Consumer Protection Division for the State of Florida Office of the Attorney General, in West Palm Beach, FL.  She was recently named by Florida Trend magazine to Florida’s Legal Elite.  As South Florida Bureau Chief, Kiziah supervises thirty employees and offices in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties, covering cases from Martin to Monroe Counties.  She also earned an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Alabama Law School in 2010.

Troy Kishbaugh (JD 1998) is a shareholder with GrayRobinson in Orlando, FL. Troy will present “Medical Marijuana in Florida” on November 13, 2014 at NSU Shepard Broad Law Center. He was interviewed by the Orlando Sentinel about the firm’s announcement that it added a new practice area that will focus on medical marijuana.  Although Florida voters have not yet considered a broad proposal on the issue, Kishbaugh said the firm neither advocates nor opposes the issue but is poised to protect its clients should it become law. Read the July 22, 2014 article at http://touch.orlandosentinel.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-80873534/Troy focuses his practice in the area of health care law which includes, medical/health corporate law issues, Medicare/Medicaid, fraud and abuse, false claims, billing and reimbursement, corporate compliance, PPACA, HIPAA, health information technology, EMTALA, Stark, self-disclosure and exclusions, and daily hospital operational issues. Read more at www.gray-robinson.com


 

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – October 2014

Posted on 10/21/2014

Renita Henry (JD 2011) is an associate with Chorowski & Clary in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  She is a member of the 2014-15 Broward County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Section Board of Directors. Henry practices marital and family law. Read more at http://www.cclawpa.com/

Ron Herman (JD 2000) of Herman law, PA in West Palm Beach, FL is Vice President of the Palm Beach Chapter Law Alumni Association and was the Moderator at a Dinner CLE on October 7, 2014 entitled, “Professionalism In & Out of Court: A Judicial Perspective.”  The Honorable Alan O. Forst, of the Fourth DCA, The Honorable Lucy Chernow Brown (JD 1982), Circuit Court and The Honorable Caroline Shepherd, County Court, of the 15th Judicial Circuit participated in a panel discussion.  Herman practices criminal defense law.  Read more at: http://www.rhlawfl.com/Firm-Profile/Ron-D-Herman.aspx

Josh Hyatt (Masters in Health Law, 2004) received his Doctor of Health Science from NSU (2014) and was inducted into the Alpha Eta Honor Society for his high academic achievement while in the program. He is a Senior Risk Management Specialist with NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company, a professional liability insurance company, in San Diego, CA. He did his internship at a major hospital in Washington, DC where he focused on clinical ethics. His practicum work was in health and legal disparities in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community; which culminated in the development of a graduate level course that he will be marketing to universities and health care institutions for implementation. He is also an adjunct professor at several universities, teaching courses in health law, medical ethics, strategic healthcare management, and healthcare administration. He has received his professional designation as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM) from the American Hospital Association and sits on the Board of Directors for the Southern California Association of Healthcare Risk Management (SCAHRM). This year spoke at more than 20 professional groups, universities, and medical societies on various health law and risk management topics. Most recent presentation http://www.ashrm.org/ashrm/education/programs/audio/14Oct.shtml. Read more at https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshhyatt

Alicia Jackson (JD 2003) is the Director of Academic Success and Bar Preparation at Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando, FL. Professor Jackson presented “Challenges to Inclusion: Confronting the LSAT & BAR Exam, and Considering Alternative Admissions Programs to Increase Diversity” at the Society of American Law Teachers Biennial Teaching Conference. Read more at http://law.famu.edu/

Kenneth J Joyce (JD 1993) is a partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Joyce is on the 17th Judicial Circuit’s (Broward County, FL) Professionalism Panel. Last year, The Florida Supreme Court ordered each circuit to create a panel to establish procedures for handling complaints from judges, other lawyers, and the public about lawyer misconduct. Joyce’s law practice focuses on representing entities and individuals in business litigation Read more at http://www.lewisbrisbois.com

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – October 2014

Posted on 10/21/2014

Melinda S. Gentile (JD 1985) of Peckar & Abramson in Miami, FL was named in Best Lawyers in America for 2015.  Gentile also co-chaired the Groundbreaking Women in Construction Conference, which took place in June 2014 in New York City. A Board Certified Construction law attorney Gentile has expertise in all aspects of construction law and construction dispute resolution including construction liens, defect, impact, bond and insurance claims. She is ranked in Chambers USA 2014 for excellence in construction law, has been named a Florida Super Lawyer, recognized in the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers for construction, a Leading Lawyer in Construction in The Legal 500: United States, a Top Attorney in Florida in the American Registry, and was named a Woman of Vision by the Young at Art Museum and an Up and Comer by the South Florida Business Journal.  Read more at http://www.pecklaw.com/

 Michael Gilden (JD 2002) was honored at the 2014 Daily Business Review Rising Star event on September 17, 2014. Rising Stars recognizes the region’s most promising up-and-coming lawyers who have wielded influence in their practice areas in the region and beyond. Mr. Gilden is a partner with Kopelwitz Ostrow Ferguson Weiselberg and focuses on marital and family law and general litigation. Read more at http://kolawyers.com/

Bradley Gould (JD 1992), a shareholder with Gray Robinson in Miami, FL was named as a Florida Super Lawyer in June 2014. Gould concentrates his practice in the areas of eminent domain and property rights.  He has particular experience in representing clients with issues related to government takings, condemnation, inverse condemnation, regulatory takings, land use and zoning, land use litigation, property rights and Bert J. Harris, Jr., Private Property Rights Protection Act claims. Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com

Michael K. Grife (JD 2005) of The Grife Law Firm in Boca Raton, FL was elected to the Board of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section. He practices personal injury law. Read more at www.grifelawfirm.com

Andrea R. Gundersen (JD1992), of Law Offices of Andrea R. Gundersen PA in Davie FL, was selected for the 11th annual edition of Florida Trend Magazine's "Florida Legal Elite for 2014" which names the top attorneys, statewide, who have earned the trust and endorsement of their peers. She practices in the area of marital and family law.  She practices in marital and family law. Read more at http://www.gundersenlaw.com/

Jenna T. Hackman (JD 2000) was made a partner at Roig Lawyers in its Deerfield Beach, FL office. Hackman practices in the areas of insurance defense and personal injury law.  Read more at http://www.roiglawyers.com/

Steven J. Hammer (JD 1986) of the Law Office of Steven J. Hammer, PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL recently won a $3.1 million verdict in a tobacco litigation suit. Hammer worked with attorneys Scott P. Schlesinger and Jonathan Gdanski on the case against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.  Hammer’s law practice includes personal injury and criminal defense.  Read more at http://www.hammercrimlaw.com/index.htm

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – October 2014

Posted on 10/21/2014

Kevin Crosby (JD 1986), a shareholder at Gray Robinson in Fort Lauderdale, FL was named as a Florida Super Lawyer in June 2014.  He is Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law and is a registered patent attorney. He is the editor of the Florida Chapter of the International Trademark Association’s treatise entitled, “State Trademark and Unfair Competition Law” and litigates intellectual property matters including, copyright, trademark, and patent.  He also handles franchising & licensing, and technology licensing. Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Michele K. Cummings (JD 1980) a shareholder with Gray Robinson in Fort Lauderdale, FL participated in the Women Leaders in Law Managing and Senior Partners Panel on October 8, 2014. Cummings was named as a Florida Super Lawyer in June 2014.  She is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Cummings serves as a Florida Bar appointee to the Judicial Qualifications Commission Committee. She is also a representative to the American Bar Association House of Delegates and was an appointee of the Florida Supreme Court to The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors where she served as president of the Foundation Board and continues as a Foundation Endowment Trustee. Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Robert Diaz (JD 1984), County Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County, FL participated in the Broward County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section (YLS) judicial panel luncheon.  The topic was “Best Practices for Attorneys.” Judge Diaz is a judicial liaison for the YLS this year and is an adjunct professor of law at the Shepard Broad Law Center.

John M. Dodig (JD 1987) a partner at Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig in Philadelphia, PA is listed among the 2015 Best Lawyers in America for the second consecutive year.  Dodig is an experienced trial attorney representing plaintiffs in various types of complex litigation including; construction accidents, medical negligence, product liability, motor vehicle accidents and civil rights claims. Read more at: http://www.feldmanshepherd.com/3-legal-team-John-M-Dodig.php#sthash.kRoRZceZ.dpuf

John E. Eckard, II (JD 2001) was made a partner at Roig Lawyers at its Orlando, FL office.  His practice area is insurance defense.  He is also a US Army Reserves Commissioned Officer.  Read more at http://www.roiglawyers.com/

Sandy T. Fox (JD 2004), of The Law Offices of Sandy T. Fox, PA in Aventura, FL is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law.  He spoke about equitable distribution and alimony on September 19, 2014 at The 22nd Annual “Nuts & Bolts of Family Law”, a continuing legal education seminar sponsored by the Dade County Bar Association, Family Courts Committee, Young Lawyers Section & Dade Legal Aid. His practice includes family and matrimonial law including pre-nuptial, dissolution, post-dissolution, and adoption. Read more at http://www.sandytfox.com

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – October 2014

Posted on 10/21/2014

Carlos A. Bodden (JD 1996) partner with W. David Bennett of Ellis, Ged & Bodden, P.A. of Boca Raton, FL represented a family practitioner who injured by another driver while on his way home. As a result of the accident, their client suffered from severe lower back injuries. Bodden and Bennett obtained a $1.4 million jury award for their client in damages. Read the August 27, 2014 Daily Business Journal article at http://www.dailybusinessreview.com/id=1202668210478? Mr. Bodden practices in the areas of personal injury law and wrongful death. Read more at http://www.ellisandged.com/

Ashley Dillman Bruce (JD 2008) and Thomas Zeichman (JD 2012) co- authored an amicus brief on behalf of the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar in the United States Supreme Court case, Wellness Internat'l. Network Ltd. v. Sharif. The question presented is “Whether Article III permits the exercise of the judicial power of the United States by the bankruptcy courts on the basis of litigant consent, and if so, whether implied consent based on a litigant’s conduct is sufficient to satisfy Article III.”   Dillman Bruce practices with Berger Singerman, LLP in Fort Lauderdale, FL where her practice includes business reorganization and dispute resolution.  She is experienced in bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and appeals.  Read more at http://www.bergersingerman.com/people/ashley-dillman-bruce/ Zeichman practices with Messana, PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL where his practice includes commercial bankruptcy and general insolvency workout situations.  Zeichman serves as a Director on the NSU Law Alumni Board of Directors and is a member of the Professional Development Committee.  Read more at http://www.messana-law.com/attorneys.html

Lucy Chernow Brown (JD 1982) is a Circuit Judge in the 15th Judicial Circuit for Palm Beach County, FL.  Judge Brown spoke at a Dinner CLE on October 7, 2014 entitled, “Professionalism In & Out of Court: A Judicial Perspective.”  The Honorable Alan O. Forst, of the Fourth DCA, and The Honorable Caroline Shepherd, County Court, of the 15th Judicial Circuit also participated in a panel discussion that was moderated by Ron Herman, (JD 2000). 

Richard Cheng (JD 2006) was promoted to Shareholder at Anderson Kill in Dallas, TX.  He opened the Dallas office for the New York based firm and his practice areas include the healthcare and hospitality industries, with particular concentration in the long-term care industry, serving skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, home health agencies and hospices.  He counsels clients with respect to corporate transactions, healthcare insurance recovery, and regulatory and compliance matters.  In addition, Cheng has extensive knowledge with representing clients before administrative law judges with the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals and Departmental Appeals Board, Civil Remedies Division. Read more at http://www.andersonkill.com/

 Jonathan L. Cooley (JD 2002), an associate with Hurley, Rogner, Miller, Cox, Waranach & Westcott, PA in Ft. Myers, FL became Florida Bar Board Certified in Workers’ Compensation law. Cooley handles workers compensation matters, including defense. Read more at http://www.hrmcw.com/

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – October 2014

Posted on 10/21/2014

Jeffrey Backman (JD 2003) an attorney with Greenspoon Marder, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, FL was honored at the 2014 Daily Business Review Rising Star event on September 17, 2014. Rising Stars recognizes the region’s most promising up-and-coming lawyers who have wielded influence in their practice areas in the region and beyond. Backman has a civil litigation practice. Read more at http://www.gmlaw.com/

Valerie Barnhart (JD 2010), an associate with Kelley Kronenberg, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, FL was honored at the 2014 Daily Business Review Rising Star event on September 17, 2014. Rising Stars recognizes the region’s most promising up-and-coming lawyers who have wielded influence in their practice areas in the region and beyond. To read the article click here Barnhart handles commercial matters with an emphasis on the drafting and negotiation of contracts and shareholder agreements, contractual disputes, shareholder actions, construction defect defense, the formation and structuring of business entities, transactions involving the purchase and sale of business assets, secured transactions, and business transactions. Read more at http://www.kelleykronenberg.com/

Hope Baros (JD 2013) an Assistant State Attorney in Palm Beach County, FL, is president of the Palm Beach Chapter Law Alumni Association.  She hosted a Dinner CLE on October 7, 2014 entitled, “Professionalism In & Out of Court: A Judicial Perspective.”  The Honorable Alan O. Forst, of the Fourth DCA, The Honorable Lucy Chernow Brown (JD 1982), Circuit Court and The Honorable Caroline Shepherd, County Court, of the 15th Judicial Circuit participated in a panel discussion that was moderated by Ron Herman, (JD 2000).  

Eunice Baros (JD 1980) of Eunice Baros Law in Palm Beach Gardens, FL organized a Dinner CLE on October 7, 2014 entitled, “Professionalism In & Out of Court: A Judicial Perspective.”  The Honorable Alan O. Forst, of the Fourth DCA, The Honorable Lucy Chernow Brown (JD 1982), Circuit Court and The Honorable Caroline Shepherd, County Court, of the 15th Judicial Circuit participated in a panel discussion that was moderated by Ron Herman, (JD 2000).   Baros practices criminal defense law, consumer fraud, juvenile law, and is a certified mediator.  Read more at: http://eunicebaroslaw.com/

Shantal Formia Becher (JD 2011) joined Kelley Kronenberg in West Palm Beach, FL. Ms. Becher specializes in insurance defense litigation and the defense of property and casualty claims, concentrating on the representation of employers, third-party administrators, and insurance carriers. Read more at http://www.kelleykronenberg.com/

Leila A. Billings (JD 2006) joined Zebersky Payne in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Her areas of practice include personal injury, motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death, class actions, probate, and guardianship. Read more at http://www.zpllp.com

 

Stratton Smiley (’14) Selected Speaker at 4th DCA Induction Ceremony

Posted on 10/15/2014

Stratton Smiley (’14) currently serving as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Melanie G. May (’81) in Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal, received the honor of speaking on behalf of the newly inducted lawyers at the 4th DCA’s induction ceremony after having earned one of the highest scores on the Florida Bar Exam in the State and the highest in the district.  Smiley graduated at the top of his class with highest honors (Summa Cum Laude).  In law school, he was an editor of the Nova Law Review, on the Dean’s List for all semesters, received 12 book/highest grade awards in various subjects, and received numerous other awards upon graduation.  Such awards, included the Goodwin Scholarship, SBA Award for Academic Excellence, Nova Law Review, Goodwin Editor Award, ALI-ABA Scholarship and Leadership Award, American Bankruptcy Institute Award, and Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society.

Stratton Smiley received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, magna cum laude, from Florida Atlantic University, and his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University this year.  He is also a scholar athlete, and member of NSU’s co-ed cheerleading squad. His previous experience includes an internship with the 15th Judicial Circuit, and two teaching assistantships with Professor Shahabudeen Khan who teaches Lawyering Skills and Values, and Professor Michael Richmond who teaches Torts.

Professor Phyllis Coleman Publishes Article on Online Dating

Posted on 10/15/2014

Professor of Law Phyllis Coleman published an article in the 13 Appalachian Journal of Law 147 (2014) titled, “Online Dating: Murderers, Rapists, and Con Artists, Oh My.” Her article discusses online dating in the 21st century, and the potential psychological and financial harm that comes with it.  “With so many people engaged in an activity that generates a great deal of emotion - and almost two billion dollars in revenue - it is not surprising that participants litigate all types of disagreements.”

Professor Coleman has been a faculty member since 1979, and received tenure in 1984.  In addition to teaching, Coleman’s passions include animal advocacy and sports.  Additionally, she is a subject matter expert in the areas of animal law, bioethics, contracts, family law, law and psychiatry, and sports law.

Lambda Law Society Annual Conference Oct. 24th

Posted on 10/10/2014

The Lambda Law Society (Lambda United) has partnered with the Florida Association of LGBT Lawyers and Allies (FALLA) for their 3rd annual "Out of the Closet and In Your Office" conference on October 24, 2014 from 8:30AM to 6:00PM. This year’s conference will feature a variety of topics for LGBT lawyers and lawyers serving LGBT clients. The conference will be held at the Shepard Broad Law Center. The conference is preceded by a Happy Hour at Progress Bar on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM.

The cost of attendance for the conference is $20 for students, which includes breakfast, lunch and an evening reception with one drink ticket included. Click here to register. Currently practicing attorneys should select the government, non-profit category.

For more information, please contact Gregory Boan, President of Lambda United, at gb652@nova.edu or (786) 444-8418.

Lambda United seeks to actively promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender expression equality in the legal profession, judiciary, and community at large; to introduce individuals in the LGBT community to the use of the legal system; and to support, assist, encourage, and promote the legal community in general. To achieve these goals, Lambda Law Society will uphold the highest standard of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession, promote reform in law, and facilitate the administration of justice.

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – August & September 2014

Posted on 09/25/2014

Paul S. West (JD 1999) has been named a partner with Clayton & McCulloh in Maitland, FL. West focuses on commercial real estate leasing, buying, and selling. Read more at http://www.clayton-mcculloh.com/

Deborah Wolford (JD 1981) held a gallery opening on August 26, 2014 at Dania Beach, FL City Hall. Deborah is a fine art wildlife and nature photographer and her art work was featured for the public art project, “Enlivening Dania Beach’s Empty Storefronts.” Deborah’s art was on display through September 26, 2014 at the Dania Beach City Hall.

Sarah Zabel (JD 1993) is a Circuit Judge in the 11th Judicial Circuit for Miami-Dade County, FL.  Judge Zabel was featured in an article published August 1, 2014 in the Daily Business Review, about her recent decision declaring Florida’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional. Judge Zabel is a Circuit Judge in the Civil Division.  Read the article at: http://www.dailybusinessreview.com/home/id=1202665545223/Meet-The-Judge-In-The-Gay-Marriage-Ban-Case-She-Almost-Became-An-Actor-Instead?mcode=1202617073880&curindex=1&slreturn=20140822150709

 

 

 

 

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – August & September 2014

Posted on 09/25/2014

Alison F. Smith (JD 2003) a partner with Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske in Fort Lauderdale was selected as a 2014 Florida Rising Star. Her primary areas of practice include: labor & employment, commercial litigation, appellate law, and administrative and regulatory law. See more at http://www.wsh-law.com/

Keith Sonderling (J.D., 2008) an associate at Gunster in West Palm Beach, FL, was just made Recruitment Chair for Connect Florida board of governors. Connect Florida is the statewide young professionals program of Leadership Florida. Sonderling was also recently made Vice Chair for 2014-15 of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 4th District Court of Appeals, a commission he was appointed to in 2012 by Gov. Rick Scott.  His law practice is focused on employment litigation and complex commercial litigation.  Read more at: http://www.gunster.com/press-release/leadership-florida-selects-2-gunster-attorneys-for-roles-in-young-professionals-program/

Anthony Spano, III (2013) has joined Lubell Rosen in Fort Lauderdale, FL as an associate. Spano will focus on medical malpractice defense. Visit http://www.lubellrosen.com/

George J. Taylor (JD 2012) joined Brinkley Morgan in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He is an associate in the firm’s business litigation practice. Taylor deals with commercial and business legal matters. In addition to his law practice, Taylor also serves as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee for 2-1-1 Broward; the Ambassadors Board for Nova Southeastern University, and the board of directors for Broward Health Foundation, ARC Broward, and the Salah Foundation. Read more at http://brinkleymorgan.com/

Frank Terzo (JD 1991) executive partner and chair of GrayRobinson’s bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice group in Fort Lauderdale, FL is listed among the 2015 Best Lawyers in America. His practice is devoted to a wide range of insolvency matters, including representation of corporate and consumer clients in complex workouts, bankruptcies, assignment for the benefit of creditors and receiverships. Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Charlotte Towne (JD 2008) of Charlotte Towne, PA in Dania Beach, FL, was interviewed by Tony Vinosky in the August 2008 online issue of The Local Miami. Towne is an entertainment attorney who handles trademark and copyright matters, and contracts pertaining to entertainment and intellectual property matters. Read the full interview at http://thelocalmiami.com/2014/08/candy-woolley-interview-entertainment-lawyer-charlotte-towne/  Read more about her firm at www.CharlotteTowneLaw.com

Andrew Weinstein (JD 1996) of Weinstein Law in Coral Springs, FL, has been re-elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice. The Board of Governors is the governing body of the AAJ (previously known as ATLA –the American Association of Trial Lawyers), and is charged with establishing and approving all Association policies, including the adoption of a three-year budget on an annual basis. Mr. Weinstein was also named to the Florida Super Lawyers list for 2014 for the fourth consecutive year. Andrew is a trial attorney focusing on personal injury law and insurance litigation. Read more at http://www.weinstein-law.com/

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – August & September 2014

Posted on 09/25/2014

Julie Ozier (MS in Health Law 2006) is currently the Director for the Human Research Protection Program (IRP) at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Ozier is also a certified Institutional Review Board professional through the Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research and is a Certified Professional through the Health Care Compliance Association and a site visitor for the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).  Read more at http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2014/02/ozier-to-direct-human-research-protection-efforts/

Michelle Parker (JD 2011) of Parker Law Firm, PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL is teaching Statutes and Regulations in NSU Law Center’s Masters of Science in Employment Law program, effective this fall. Parker’s firm handles employment law and bankruptcy matters. Read more at http://www.parkerlawpa.com/

Vanessa Reynolds (JD 1988), a partner with Broad and Cassel in Fort Lauderdale, FL was elected to the board of directors for the Florida Society for Healthcare Risk Management and Patient Safety (FSHRMPS). Board certified in health law by The Florida Bar, Reynolds is a member of the firm’s Health Law Practice Group and is an industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience in health law. She is certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance by the Health Care Compliance Association’s Compliance Certification Board. Read more at: http://www.broadandcassel.com/

Julia Rix (JD 2012) was accepted to the International Business and Economics Law LL.M. program at Georgetown Law School.  She began her studies in August, 2014.

Stacy Roberts (JD 2010) will be teaching law at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah as an adjunct professor. She is a mediator at Long Okura, PC and practices in the area of family law and conflict resolution. Read more at http://faculty.utah.edu/u0984163-Stacy_M_Roberts/biography/index.hml  and http://longokura.com/about/attorney-bios/

Rebecca A. Rodriguez (JD 2012) an associate in GrayRobinson’s Fort Lauderdale, FL office, was appointed by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce as a 2014-2015 HYPE Real Estate Industry Ambassador for the Chamber’s Industry Growth Group. The Chamber’s Industry Growth Group features committees designed to support the findings of One Community One Goal. The Group provides programming, education and issues management to support business development and job growth for the greater Miami area. Her practice areas include administrative and regulatory matter, government, international law, land use, litigation, and real estate.  Read more at www.gray-robinson.com

Cheryse Burgos Santos (MS in Health Law 2008) was promoted to Assistant Vice President for Managed Care, Network Development and Medical Management at Managed Care Baptist Health South Florida in Miami, FL. 

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – August & September 2014

Posted on 09/25/2014

Kurt A. Hoffman (JD 1998) was recently promoted to the rank of Colonel with the Sarasota County (FL) Sheriff's Office.  As Colonel, he will serve as the Chief Deputy of the agency which employs over 1,000 people. Colonel Hoffman also recently graduated from the FBI National Academy at FBI headquarters on the United States Marine Corps base at Quantico, Virginia. The invitation-only program is for senior law enforcement executives and is an intensive 10 week training program in physical fitness, leadership and ethics training.  Colonel Hoffman who also obtained a graduate certificate from the University of Virginia for classes he attended while at the academy.  Colonel Hoffman, a 25 year veteran of law enforcement, also utilizes the law degree he obtained from Nova Southeastern University in his capacity as the General Counsel for the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. Read more about Colonel Hoffman's academy experience at:  Sheriff's major returns from FBI Academy

Heather Hunter Klein (JD 2000) of The Law Office of Heather R. Klein in Sparta, NC received the prestigious Citizen Lawyer Award for 2014, presented to her by The North Carolina Bar Association.  This award recognizes lawyers who exemplify the ideals of a citizen lawyer: public service in appointed and elected positions, work with non-profit charitable and political organizations, military service and volunteering with youth sports programs and with religious organizations. Klein was one of nineteen lawyers across the state selected for this award. Klein is president-elect of the Alleghany County Rotary Club; served as President and Secretary of the 23rd Judicial Bar District; was chair of the Alleghany Wellness Center, Inc. and a member of its Board of Directors since 2004; is Secretary of the Alleghany County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and a member of its Board of Directors since 2008; serves on the Board of Directors of Alleghany Community Television and volunteered with Alleghany Connections, which is a Big Brother/Big Sister type program, and is a Lawyer on the Line volunteer with Legal Aid of North Carolina. Read more at http://heatherrklein.com/

Patrick W. Krechowski (JD 1998) of GrayRobinson in Jacksonville, FL, has been elected to The Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section (ELULS) Executive Council. In addition to governmental and title insurance law, his practice focuses on environmental permitting (including sovereign submerged lands), water use permitting and planning, zoning and land use, beach nourishment projects, coastal construction and due diligence before local governments and federal/state agencies, including associated administrative and civil litigation.  Patrick is also an adjunct professor with the Florida Coastal School of Law.  Read more at www.gray-robinson.com

Diamond Litty (JD 1982) was a 2014 St. Lucie County Bar reception honoree at the St. Lucie County’s annual Law Week Reception. Litty is the Public Defender for the 19th Judicial Circuit in Stuart, FL. Read more at http://www.pd19.org/About/about.html

Christopher Neilson (JD 1984) of the Law Offices of Christopher Mark Neilson, PA in Hollywood, FL was featured in the September Broward County Bar Association’s “Barrister” publication’s “Where in the World is the Barrister” promotion.  Neilson served as BCBA President from 2008-2009. His practice areas include criminal defense, personal injury, civil litigation, and family law.  Read more at www.neilsonlaw.com

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – August & September 2014

Posted on 09/25/2014

Glenn M. Cooper (JD 1998) of GrayRobinson in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida has been re-appointed to the board of directors for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and selected as the vice chair of the Government Affairs Group. Read about the Miami Chamber’s Government Affairs Group at https://www.miamichamber.com/node/28 Cooper’s law practice includes immigration, international business law, corporate, employment and labor law.  Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Michele Cummings (JD 1980), a shareholder with GrayRobinson in Fort Lauderdale, FL is listed among the 2015 Best Lawyers in America. She is Board Certified in Matrimonial Law and has been recognized numerous times as a Florida Super Lawyer.  Cummings and has also been named in the top 50 female Super Lawyers. Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Craig S Dyer (JD 1978) was appointed to the Judicial Nominating Commission by Governor Rick Scott. Dyer is the Chief Assistant at the Public Defender’s Office in the 7th Judicial Circuit in Daytona Beach, FL.

Kal Le Var Evans (JD 2003) was appointed to fill a vacancy in the Broward County Court created by the resignation of Judge Joseph Murphy.

Steven S. Farbman (JD 1985) of The Law Offices of Steven S. Farbman in Hollywood, FL, celebrated his firm’s eleventh anniversary on August 25, 2014. Farbman is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, has been awarded an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell, and is a member of the Million Dollars Advocate Forum. His practice includes all aspects of personal injury law, representing plaintiffs who have been injured due to the negligence of other people or businesses. Read more at www.farbmanlaw.com

Richard Gaines (JD 1995) opened his new firm, The Gaines Law Firm, in Coral Springs, FL.  His practice areas include family and matrimonial law, commercial, contract, business litigation, probate and trust litigation and incapacity and guardianship matters.  Read more at http://www.gaineslawfl.com/

Michael Gilden (JD 2002) is a shareholder with Kopelowitz Ostrow in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  He was selected as a 2014 Florida Rising Star, an honor bestowed on less than 2.5% of young lawyers in Florida based on peer-review.  He heads the firm’s family law practice.  Read more at http://kolawyers.com/

Bradley Gould (JD 1992), a shareholder in GrayRobinson’s  Miami, FL office is listed among the 2015 Best Lawyers in America. Gould’s practice includes eminent domain and property rights, including: takings, condemnation, inverse condemnation, regulatory takings, land use and zoning, land use litigation, and Bert J. Harris, Jr., Private Property Rights Protection Act claims. Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – August & September 2014

Posted on 09/25/2014

Valerie B Barnhart (JD 2010) an attorney with Kelley Kronenberg in Fort Lauderdale, FL was selected as a 2014 Florida Rising Star, an honor bestowed on less than 2.5% of young lawyers in Florida based on peer-review. She handles commercial litigation and transactional matters, including shareholder disputes, contract litigation, secured transactions, and the formation and dissolution of corporations and other business entities. Valerie also coaches third-year law students at Nova Southeastern University, in preparing for the Florida Bar Exam as an adjunct professor with Nova’s Florida Bar Auxiliary Program (FBAP). To read more visit http://www.kelleykronenberg.com/

Darlene Barron (JD 2013) joined Gunster in Fort Lauderdale, FL as an associate.  Her practice areas include business litigation, intellectual property litigation, and probate litigation.  She previously held positions at APEX Telecom Services Corp., Paetec Communications and AT&T/TCG.  Read more at http://www.gunster.com/

Ashley Dillman Bruce (JD 2008), an associate with Berger Singerman in Fort Lauderdale, FL, was a panelist on Lien-Stripping in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s 19th Annual Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop in Amelia Island on July 25, 2014. She has also been elected to the Board of Directors for the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida to serve a three year term.  She spoke about Federal Clerkships at an NSU Law’s Career Café on September 23, 2014.  Ms. Bruce handles complex bankruptcy matters and business litigation disputes throughout Florida. Read more at http://www.bergersingerman.com/

Marta Colomar (JD 2007), was promoted to partner at Diaz-Reus in Miami, FL. Colomar was a dual degree graduate from the Law Center and Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat de Dret. She occasionally provides legal commentary on CNN Español.  Her practice areas include international commercial litigation and arbitration for individuals, multinational corporations and sovereign governments. Read more at http://www.diazreus.com

Sherril M. Colombo (JD 1992) joined Littler in Miami, FL as a shareholder. Colombo handles matters concerning the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and employment litigation. She is Board-certified as a specialist in labor and employment law and advises employers of all sizes across a wide range of industries. Colombo defends employers on employment-related claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Fair Labor Standards Act, 42 U.S. Code § 1981, ERISA and the Florida Civil Rights Act, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, wrongful discharge and whistleblower matters. Read more at http://www.littler.com/

Dean and Professor of Law Jon M. Garon Publishes Book Entertainment Law and Practice

Posted on 09/25/2014

NSU Shepard Broad Law Center’s Dean and Professor of Law Jon M. Garon has published the second edition of his book, Entertainment Law and Practice with Carolina Academic Press.  His casebook addresses practical aspects of entertainment and the fundamental underpinning of entertainment law, and examines the major entertainment law practice areas including movies, television, music, social media and cultural arts.

Garon is a noted authority in the study of the future of legal education.  He has served as past chair of the American Bar Association’s Law School Administration Committee and Association of American Law Schools Section on Part-Time Legal Education.  His scholarship extends broadly over the field of entertainment law and the areas of emerging technologies and their impact on business, society, the practice of law and delivery of legal education.  

Children and Families Clinic Wins Case after 7-Day Trial

Posted on 09/19/2014

The Law Center's Children and Families Clinic recently won a complex termination of parental rights case in Miami after a 7-day trial.  Professors Michael DaleMichael Flynn ,and Brion Blackwelder worked with our dedicated clinic students, Maybel Castellon ('14), Ruby Garg ('14), Tara Gelfand ('14), and Monica Jordan ('14). The clinic represented four children in this case, and the litigation involved handling multiple pretrial motions, 7,000 pages of documents, 25 depositions, and 15 trial witnesses presented by the Florida Department of Children and Families.  The clinic will continue to represent these children because the case has now evolved into a dependency case. 

For more information about all of NSU Shepard Broad Law Center Clinics, visit our Clinical Programs page.

Professor Olympia Duhart Discussion on Paid Externships for The NYT

Posted on 09/18/2014

Professor Olympia Duhart recently contributed to a discussion in The New York Times regarding whether law student should be paid for their legal externships.  Duhart argues, “Under the current standards, law students cannot be compensated for work they do for school credit. This policy should remain in place because separating compensation and ‘study outside the classroom’ is a crucial step toward safeguarding the academic integrity of the externship. Money changes everything.”  She also states that law schools need to take more responsibility for the alarming rate of tuition increases and cost of legal education, adding that “a small paycheck will not do much to defray the high debt load most students must absorb to become lawyers.”

Olympia Duhart is a professor of law and director of the Lawyering Skills and Values (LSV) Program at the Shepard Broad Law Center.  She  is co-president of the Society of American Law Teachers, serves on the Board of Advisors for the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, the Advisory Board for the LexisNexis Publications Advisory Board, and is a member of the Legal Writing Institute and the Association of Legal Writing Directors. In addition to her other numerous academic and extracurricular contributions, she is a coach for the NSU Moot Court Society.

NSU Alumni & Friends Cruise February 5 - 9, 2015

Posted on 09/17/2014

Join fellow NSU Law alumni and other NSU alumni aboard Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas, for a 4 - night, weekend cruise to Cozumel, Mexico.

Take advantage of the NSU Group Discount, but you must book your cruise by November 10, 2014. Only $100 per person to reserve cabin and eceive $50 per cabin shipboard credit. Full payment due before Thanksgiving.

NSU Group Rates per person double occupancy:

$349 per person  - Inside Cabin (M)*

$379 per person  - Promenade (PR)*

$489 per person  - Oceanview (H)*

$499 per person -  Oceanview (G)*

$529 per person -  Balcony (E1 & E2)*

$549 per person -  Superior Balcony (D3)*

*Add $74.42 per person for tax to above prices.

Royal Caribbean's prices in every category listed above currently range from $382/person (double occ. M cabin) to over $1,100/person (double occ.) plus tax of $74.42 per person.

To reserve your cabin today with NSU special rate, click here.

Price Includes:

NSU Alumni & Friends Private  Party

Private cabin & bath in every category

All meals & entertainment on board.*

Round trip travel to Cozumel, includes all port fees (shore excursions extra)

Amenities & Activities:

4 pools & 6 whirlpools, pool parties, Solarium, nightclub entertainment, live stage performances, fitness center,*  huge indoor shopping/food promenade, rock climbing wall, wave simulator, ice skating rink, activities for kids, cooking demonstrations, casino, dance the night away, luxury spa* lots of deck chairs and fun times waiting for you!  

NSU Law Ranks Among Top 5 Law Schools for Hispanics

Posted on 09/17/2014

NSU Law ranked 5th in HispanicBusiness.com’s 2014 Annual Diversity Report as one of the Best Law Schools for Diversity Practices.  Additionally, the Law Center placed 3rd, among the top 10 schools identified in the percentage of “Hispanic graduate enrollment” and “J.D. degrees earned by Hispanics.”  NSU’s Law continues to garner top rankings nationally as a leader in providing quality legal education to diverse populations.

Read the full article, here

Call for Papers - Nova Law Review Symposium 2015 - New Media and Old Metaphors

Posted on 09/16/2014

New Media and Old Metaphors Symposium. NSU Law, in conjunction with the Nova Law Review, and NSU Sports and Entertainment Law Society will organize the 2015 annual Nova Law Symposium February 12-13, 2015. The focus of the conference is to provide an interdisciplinary review of issues involving business and industry responses to the transformative impact of new media on traditional entertainment and media, including journalism, sports, film, broadcast, gaming, music, and similar areas.

The two-day conference will feature an academic symposium of Thursday, February 12th sponsored by the Nova Law Review and a practice-oriented workshop hosted by SELS on Friday, February 13th. Thursday evening will feature a hosted event showcasing South Florida’s thriving arts, entertainment, and sports community.

Social media, new distribution models, wearable electronics, Internet-of-Things electronics, sharable 3D print programs, and other technological changes require artists, industry, courts, and legislatures to rethink the ways laws once designed for daily print newspapers and burlesque houses apply in the modern age.

The symposium is an opportunity for academics, practitioners, consultants, and students to exchange ideas and explore emerging issues of law, policy and economic enterprise. Interdisciplinary presentations are encouraged. Authors and presenters are invited to submit proposals on topics relating to the theme, which may include such topics these:

First Amendment and Defamation

Evolving Technologies

Copyright at the Crossroads

Artists, Creators, Athletes and Actors

Other Issues

Submissions & Important Dates: 

-          Please submit materials to lawreview@nsu.law.nova.edu.

-          Submission Deadline for Abstracts: October 15, 2014

-          Submission Deadline for First Draft of Manuscripts: January 15, 2015

-          Submission Deadline for Completed Articles:  February 1, 2015

-          Symposium Date: February 12, 2015

Law Review Published Article:  The Nova Law Review will review, edit, and publish papers from the symposium in the 2015 spring symposium issue. Papers are invited from scholars and practitioners across all disciplines related to the program. Please submit a title and abstract (of 500–1000 words) or draft paper for works in progress. Abstracts or drafts should be submitted by October 15, 2014. Submissions may be accepted on a rolling basis after that time until all speaking positions are filled. 

Presentations (without publication) based on Abstracts:  For speakers interested in presenting without submitting a publishable article, please submit an abstract of the proposed presentation. Abstracts should be submitted by October 15, 2014. Submissions may be accepted on a rolling basis after that time until all speaking positions are filled.  

About Nova Law Review: The Nova Law Review publishes three academic issues annually including the annual symposium issue and the annual review of Florida Law. The Nova Law Review is proudly celebrating its 39th year of publication.

About The Sports and Entertainment Law Society of Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center (SELS):  SELS is an organization devoted to exposing law students to the relevant legal, financial, and business issues in the sports and entertainment industry. SELS members organize educational and social events while networking with other law students, attorneys, and professionals across the country.”

Contact for more information:

Email: Nova Law Review lawreview@nsu.law.nova.edu, Kyle S. Roberts, Editor-in-Chief, kr885@nova.edu (954) 856-0657 or Carey Courson, administrative assistant to Dean Jon M. Garon: coursonc@nsu.law.nova.edu  (954) 262-6229.

Law Professor Donna Litman Published for Comparative Work on Jewish and American Rules of Statutory Construction

Posted on 09/16/2014

NSU Professor of Law Donna Litman's article, "A Case on the Border between Jewish and American Rules of Statutory Construction:  A Comparative Analysis," was published in Jewish Law and its Interaction with Other Legal Systems 120-175 (Christine Hayes & Amos Israel-Vleeschhouwer, eds., Jewish Law Association Studies XXV, 2014). She teaches at NSU Law in the areas of business planning, comparative law, estate planning, and tax law.

Litman’s article, “A Case on the Border between Jewish and American Rules of Statutory Construction:  A Comparative Analysis” considers 13 principles used to interpret the Torah and compares them to general American canons of statutory construction. To facilitate the comparison, Jewish law is viewed through the lens of American law and the terminology employed in construing American statutes. This paper also considers whether the manner in which the law is constructed affects how it is construed.

Litman serves as faculty advisor for the Jewish Law Students Association and the Transactional Law Practice Group and as co-advisor to The Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Society at the Law Center. She also coaches award-winning student teams for transactional competitions, including the National Health Law Moot Court Competition and the National Transactional LawMeet.

Thirty-Five NSU Law Alumni Named Best Lawyers in America

Posted on 09/12/2014

Thirty-five NSU Law alumni have been included in the 21st Edition of Best Lawyers in America, published by Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal field. To be listed in Best Lawyers® is considered a significant honor conferred on a lawyer by his/her peers by exhaustive peer-review surveys in which lawyers anonymously evaluate their professional peers. Fees for participation or inclusion are strictly prohibited. In fact, over 52,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes that make up the elite list. “For three decades, Best Lawyers® lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere,” and Corporate Counsel Magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” We congratulate our NSU alumni on this honorary achievement.

Many of the lawyers on this year’s list have been consistently placed on the list for over 6 years in a row. The NSU alumni included in the 21st Edition of the Best Lawyers in America are:

Jeffrey M. Gad (’99) listed since 2013, Tampa, FL

Julissa Rodriguez (’99) listed since 2013, Miami, FL

Tammy Knight (’98) listed since 2013, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Matthew W. Miller (’97) listed since 2011, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Travis R. Hollifield (’96) listed since 2009, Winter Park, FL

Manuel R. Valcarcel (’96) listed since 2007, Miami, FL 

Douglas S. Bell (’95) listed since 2008, Tallahassee, FL

Scott A. Forman (’95) listed since 2013, Miami, FL

Brenda L. Storey (‘94) listed since 2013, Denver, CO

Samuel M. Yaffa (’94) listed since 2013, Delray Beach, FL

Anthony A. Garganese (’93) listed since 2007, Orlando, FL

Louise McAlpin (’93) listed since 2010, Miami, FL

Neal I. Sklar (’93) listed since 2012, Miami, FL

Beverly A. Pohl (’91) listed since 2005, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Terri Meyers (’90) listed since 2008, Miami, FL

David A. Reed (’90) listed since 2014 Richmond, VA

Kevin Carmichael (’89) listed since 2010, Naples, FL

Joseph M. Goldstein (’89) listed since 2011, Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee, FL

John M. Dodig ('87) listed since 2014, Philadelphia, PA

Robert S. Glazier (’87) listed since 2012, Miami, FL

Yueh-Mei Kim Nutter (’87) listed since 2011, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Ira J. Coleman (’86) listed since 2006, Miami, FL

Scott H. Silver (’86) Miami, FL

William R. Amlong (’85) Fort Lauderdale, FL

Melinda S. Gentile (’85) listed since 2009, Miami, FL

Louis J. LaCava (’85) Tampa, FL

Gary S. Betensky (’84) listed since 2010, West Palm Beach, FL

Marie Lefere (’84) listed since 2005, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Thad D. Kirkpatrick (’83) Naples, FL

Roberta G. Stanley (’83) listed since 2006, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Mark I. Aronson (’81) listed since 2013, Miami, FL

Charles D. Wilder (’80) listed since 2009, Orlando, FL

Karen Coolman Amlong (’79) Fort Lauderdale, FL

Karen H. Curtis ('77) listed since 2012, Miami, FL

Pete L. DeMahy (’77) listed since 2013 Coral Gables, FL

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.

Law Professor Shahabudeen Khan Published in Law Journal

Posted on 09/10/2014

NSU Law professor Shahabudeen Khan (’03), has accepted an offer of publication from The Cleveland State Law Review for his article, “The Threat Lives On:  How to Exclude Expectant Mothers from Prosecution for Mere Exposure of HIV to Their Fetuses and Infants.” Khan, who received several offers for publications, chose The Cleveland State Law Review due to their top 100 ranking on the Washington & Lee University law journal ranking system.  The Cleveland State Law Review, founded in 1952, is a student-run organization committed to publishing a quarterly law journal and promoting academic excellence within the legal community. Khan’s article will be published in this fall’s issue.

Khan graduated third in his law school class from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center in 2003, summa cum laude, and was also named Law Student of the Year that same year. He teaches Criminal Law and Lawyering Skills & Values and also served as the Associate Advisor for the Law Center's Moot Court Society and a Co-faculty Advisor.

To learn more about the NSU Shepard Broad Law Center’s student-run law journals and other legal resources, click here

 

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. 

 

Forty Four NSU Law Alumni Named to Florida Legal Elite

Posted on 08/01/2014

NSU Law was among the top five law schools with the most honoree graduates selected as Florida Legal Elite this year.  For the past eleven years, Florida Legal Elite has selected attorneys for inclusion in this prestigious group, based on peer review. 

Fewer than 2% of active Florida Bar members practicing in the state are selected. These lawyers epitomize a high standard of excellence in their profession and have gained the respect of their colleagues.  Also included in the 2014 Legal Elite edition are Up and Coming and Government/ Non-Profit lawyers.

 NSU Law Alumni Legal Elite, including Up and Coming, and Government attorneys for 2014:

Legal Elite:

Adam M. Balkan (’94)

Matthew D. Bavaro (’99)

Genny Bernstein (’00)

David R. Bigney (’97)

Jeffrey L. Blostein (’96)

Laurie J. Briggs (’93)

Scott N. Brown (’03)

Marc L. Brumer (’90)

Venus A. Caruso (’04)

Joseph P. Castiglione (’02)

Gregory A. Chaires (’94)

Kenneth E. Ehrlich (’95)

Michael S. Elstein (’95)

Terry W. Forsythe (’01)

Joseph M. Goldstein (’89)

Andrea R. Gundersen (’92)

Joseph J. Huss (’81)

Carlos J. Jimenez (’02)

Robert L. Johnson (’84)

Kenneth J. Joyce (’93)

Scott L. Lampert (’96)

Michael D. Leader (’00)

Juliette E. Lippman (’93)

Joseph M. Maus (’93)

David M. Mechanik (’77)

Janet T. Munn (’85)

Timothy J. Murphy (’05)

John C. Primeau (’95)

Evan M. Rosen (’97)

Elisha D. Roy (’01)

Jonathan M. Stein (’94)

Ethan J. Wall (’07)

Jayne Weintraub (’80)

 

Up and Coming:

Scott W. Atherton (‘04)

Jason B. Blank (’06)

Scott L. Marasco (’00)

Joshua E. Polsky (’09)

S. Jordan Rappaport (’04)

Shannon J. Sagan (’04)

Stacie J. Schmerling (’10)

Keith E. Sonderling (’08)

Christopher Staller (’03)

 

Government Attorney:

Marilyn Batista-McNamara (’94)

Katherine A. Kiziah (’05)

 

 

Professors Participate at Annual SEALS Conference

Posted on 08/01/2014

Eight faculty members participated in the annual Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) conference held on Amelia Island, FL, August 1-7, 2014.  Professors Kathy Cerminara, Leslie Cooney, Olympia Duhart, and Athornia Steele, were speakers on panels about finance, course design, bad-faith claims, teaching, and being a law school dean, respectively, and Professor Jim Wilets moderated a panel about assessing student performance. Professor Shahabudeen Khan was the school’s New Scholar, having been selected to be on a panel specifically designed to provide individualized feedback to faculty members with six or fewer years of experience.  Professors Cerminara, Duhart, Steele, and Wilets also joined Professors Gail Richmond and Joel Mintz in participating in a total of eleven discussion groups (longer, more interactive, sessions than panels, conducted in roundtable fashion).  

Planning for next year’s conference will begin at this conference, with several members of the faculty participating in that process and more generally in SEALS governance,as follows:  Professor Cerminara, who is also vice-chair of the Mentor Committee, on the Beginning and Newer Law Teachers Workshop Committee; Professor Jane Cross on the International Committee, including the Latin American Workshop Committee; Professor and dean emeritus Joe Harbaugh on the Distance Learning Committee; Professor Richmond, who is also secretary secretary/compliance officer of the SEALS Board of Trustees, on the Program Formatting Committee; and Professor Eric Young on the Website, Technology, and Communications Committee.

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – July 2014

Posted on 07/30/2014

Rebecca A. Rodriguez (JD 2012) is an associate with Gray Robinson in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  She was appointed by the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law to its Steering Group for the Customs Law Committee. Rodriguez has served on the ABA Section of International Law’s Planning Committees for the Fall 2013 Section Meeting in London, the Spring 2014 Section Meeting in New York City, and the upcoming Fall 2014 Section Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Her law practice includes international, governmental administrative and regulatory, land use, and real estate.  Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Eric S. Rosen (JD 2007) is an attorney with Kelly Uustal PLC in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He is a member of the 2014-15 Broward County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Section Board of Directors. Rosen practices in the areas of personal injury and product liability law. Read more at http://www.justiceforall.com/

Sara M. Sandler (JD 2008) Sara is a partner with Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Sandler is a member of the 2014-15 Broward County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Section Board of Directors. Sandler’s primary area of practice involves insurance coverage and appellate law. Read more at http://www.waltonlantaff.com/

Kathleen “Kathy” Savor (JD 1997) is the new Director of Circuit Court Operations for the Clerk & Comptroller in Palm Beach County, FL.  Read more at http://www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/

Roland E. Schwartz (JD 2003), a shareholder at Gray Robinson in Fort Lauderdale, FL., was named as a Florida Super Lawyer in June, 2014. His practice areas include banking and finance, and complex civil and commercial litigation.  Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Angela Descoteau Shaw (JD 1996) joined Broad and Cassel in Orlando, FL.  She practices in the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group. Read more at http://www.broadandcassel.com/

Frank Terzo (JD 1991), a shareholder with Gray Robinson in Fort Lauderdale, FL was named as a Florida Super Lawyer in June 2014. He is the Executive Partner and Chair of Gray Robinson's Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights Practice Group. His practice is devoted to a wide range of insolvency matters, including representation of corporate and consumer clients in complex workouts, bankruptcies, assignment for the benefit of creditors and receiverships. Read more at: http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Jeffrey M. Wank (JD 2009), an associate with Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky & Abate in Fort Lauderdale, FL is the 2014-15 Broward County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Section Treasurer. His practice areas include civil litigation and personal injury. Read more at www.cftlaw.com

 

 

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – July 2014

Posted on 07/30/2014

Katherine Kiziah (JD 2005) is the South Florida Bureau Chief, Consumer Protection Division for the State of Florida Office of the Attorney General, in West Palm Beach, FL.  She was recently named by Florida Trend magazine to Florida’s Legal Elite.  As South Florida Bureau Chief, Kiziah supervises thirty employees and offices in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties, covering cases from Martin to Monroe Counties.  She also earned an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Alabama Law School in 2010.

Troy Kishbaugh (JD 1998) is a shareholder with Gray Robinson in its Orlando, FL office. He is Chair of the firm’s Health Care Practice Group in Orlando.  He was interviewed by the Orlando Sentinel about the firm’s announcement that it add a new practice area that will focus on medical marijuana.  Although Florida voters have not yet considered a broad proposal on the issue, Kishbaugh said the firm neither advocates nor opposes the issue but is poised to protect its clients should it become law. Read the July 22, 2014 article at http://touch.orlandosentinel.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-80873534/ Kishbaugh’s practice includes health care, managed care, regulated products, and health information technology.  Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Patrick Krechowski (JD 1998) joined Gray Robinson in Jacksonville, FL as Of Counsel.  He will concurrently serve as City Attorney for the City of Neptune Beach, FL. With more than 16 years of experience, he handled environmental and land use matters for the St. Johns River Water Management District and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. He is an adjunct professor of law at Florida Coastal School of Law, where he teaches courses related to Environmental Law and Ocean & Coastal Law.  Read more at: http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Lindsay Timari Massillon (JD 2011) is an associate with the Law Offices of Charles Eiss, P.L. in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Her practice area includes labor and employment law. She is a member of the 2014-15 Broward County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Section Board of Directors. Read more at http://icelawfirm.com/

Stephen G. Mellor (JD 2006) was promoted to partner at Roig Lawyers in Deerfield Beach, FL. His main areas of practice are Personal Injury Protection Litigation and Bodily Injury and Premises Liability. He handles out-of-state insurance contracts and complex cases involving Admiralty and Maritime law. Read more at www.roiglawyers.com

Yueh-Mei Kim Nutter (JD 1987) is a partner at Brinkley Morgan in Boca Raton, FL received an “Exceptional People Impacting the Community Award” from the Mental Health Association of Southeast Florida. She is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law, and is certified by the Florida Supreme Court for Family Mediation, Appellate Mediation, and Guardian ad Litem. She also practices Collaborative Family Law. Read more at http://www.brinkleymorgan.com/

Brent M. Reitman (JD 2010) is an associate with Krupnick, Campbell et. al. in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  He is a member of the 2014-15 Broward County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Section Board of Directors. Reitman handles cases involving injuries and wrongful death in nursing homes and assisted living care facilities. Read more at http://www.krupnicklaw.com/

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – July 2014

Posted on 07/30/2014

John E. Eckard, II (JD 2001) was made a partner at Roig Lawyers at its Orlando, FL office.  His practice area is insurance defense.  He is also a US Army Reserves Commissioned Officer.  Read more at http://www.roiglawyers.com/

Melinda S. Gentile (JD 1985) a partner at Peckar & Abramson in Miami, FL co-chaired the Groundbreaking Women in Construction Conference, which took place June 12, 2014 in New York City. She handles all aspects of construction law and construction dispute resolution, handling construction matters ranging from bid protests to contract disputes, and from construction liens to defect, impact, bond and insurance claims Read more at   http://www.pecklaw.com

Bradley Gould (JD 1992), a shareholder with Gray Robinson in Miami, FL was named as a Florida Super Lawyer in June 2014. Gould concentrates his practice in the areas of eminent domain and property rights.  He has particular experience in representing clients with issues related to government takings, condemnation, inverse condemnation, regulatory takings, land use and zoning, land use litigation, property rights and Bert J. Harris, Jr., Private Property Rights Protection Act claims. Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com

Michael K. Grife (JD 2005) of The Grife Law Firm in Boca Raton, FL was elected to the Board of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section. He practices personal injury law. Read more at www.grifelawfirm.com

Andrea R. Gundersen (JD1992), of Law Offices of Andrea R. Gundersen PA in Davie FL, was selected for the 11th annual edition of Florida Trend Magazine's "Florida Legal Elite for 2014" which names the top attorneys, statewide, who have earned the trust and endorsement of their peers. She practices in the area of marital and family law.  She is a Candidate for Broward Circuit Court Judge, Group 16.  She practices in marital and family law. Read more at http://www.gundersenlaw.com/

Jenna T. Hackman (JD 2000) was made a partner at Roig Lawyers in its Deerfield Beach, FL office. She works in the areas of insurance defense and personal injury law.  Read more at  http://www.roiglawyers.com/

Renita Henry (JD 2011) is an associate with Chorowski & Clary in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  She is a member of the 2014-15 Broward County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Section Board of Directors. Renita practices marital and family law. Read more at http://www.cclawpa.com/

Kenneth J. Joyce (JD 1993) is a partner with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He was named the Stephen R. Booher American Inns of Court Chair of the 17th Judicial Circuit’s Professionalism Panel.  His law practice is focused on commercial litigation. Read more at http://www.lewisbrisbois.com/

Cortney Kaiserman (JD 2004), a shareholder with Gray Robinson in Fort Lauderdale, FL., was named as a Florida Super Lawyer in June, 2014. Her practice areas include banking and finance, real estate, employment and labor, litigation and insurance defense.  Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – July 2014

Posted on 07/30/2014

Leila A. Billings (JD 2006) joined Zebersky Payne in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Her areas of practice include personal injury, motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death, class actions, probate, and guardianship. Read more at http://www.zpllp.com

Richard Cheng (JD 2006) was recently promoted to Shareholder at Anderson Kill in Dallas, TX.  He opened the Dallas office for the New York based firm and his practice areas include the healthcare and hospitality industries, with particular concentration in the long-term care industry, serving skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, home health agencies and hospices.  He counsels clients with respect to corporate transactions, healthcare insurance recovery, and regulatory and compliance matters.  In addition, Cheng has extensive knowledge with representing clients before administrative law judges with the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals and Departmental Appeals Board, Civil Remedies Division. Read more at http://www.andersonkill.com/

Kevin Crosby (JD 1986), a shareholder at Gray Robinson in Fort Lauderdale, FL was named as a Florida Super Lawyer in June 2014.  He is Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law and is a registered patent attorney. He is the editor of the Florida Chapter of the International Trademark Association’s treatise entitled, “State Trademark and Unfair Competition Law” and litigates intellectual property matters including, copyright, trademark, and patent.  He also handles franchising & licensing, and technology licensing. Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com/

Michele K. Cummings (JD 1980) a shareholder with Gray Robinson in Fort Lauderdale, FL was named as a Florida Super Lawyer in June 2014.  She is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Cummings serves as a Florida Bar appointee to the Judicial Qualifications Commission Committee. She is also a representative to the American Bar Association House of Delegates and was an appointee of the Florida Supreme Court to The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors where she served as president of the Foundation Board and continues as a Foundation Endowment Trustee. Read more at: http://www.gray-robinson.com/


 

Important Notice on Upcoming Events

Posted on 07/22/2014

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center’s Founders Day CLE will no longer be held as originally scheduled on September 6, 2014. Our next community event for law alumni in Broward is Constitution Day,  a joint event with the Broward County Bar Association, on September 17, 2014.  For our  Palm Beach law alumni, we are having a Dinner CLE on October 7, 2014 produced by the Palm Beach Chapter, please save the date.  We look forward to seeing you at Constitution Day, in Palm Beach, or at one of our upcoming law alumni programs.

If you require additional information or details on any of our upcoming alumni and community events, please contact Elena Rose Minicucci, Director of Alumni Relations, at minicucc@nova.edu or 954-262-6303.

Professor Recognized by U.S. Dept. of State

Posted on 07/15/2014

Professor Tim Arcaro, and associate dean for our AAMPLE and Online Programs, has been formally recognized by the U.S. Department of State for his work on the Hague Convention Attorney Network in representing left-behind parents attempting to recover abducted children from South Florida. The Department of State's Office of Children's Issues seeks lawyers who are willing to participate and assist parents involved in international family law and child abduction cases to join the "Hague Convention Attorney Network.”  The Department of State's attorney network offers attorneys the opportunity to assist a child who has been abducted, but also offers a mentor program where lawyers with limited experience in the growing field of international family law can be mentored by some of the most skilled international family law attorneys in the nation. According to the I CARE Foundation, the surging growth in the number of international child abductions and prevention cases in the United States and abroad has created a substantial need for more trained attorneys in the United States who are familiar with international family law. For more information on the program, go to: http://bit.ly/1wmRwjJ

The certificate of appreciation sent to Arcaro was issued by Beth Payne, Director, Office of Children’s Issues, United States Central Authority for the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and reads: “Thank you for your efforts as a member of the Hague Convention Attorney Network. Your generous donation of legal services has contributed to the effective operation of the Hague Convention in the United States by affording parents in Treaty-partner countries access to our justice system.”

The certificate arrived along with a written thank you issued by Patricia Hoff, Legal Assistance Coordinator for the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Central Authority for the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Arcaro is currently working on a return case to Spain along with a separate return to Greece.

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

Recent Grad Receives FL Bar Animal Committee Outstanding Service Award

Posted on 07/01/2014

At the Florida Bar Annual Convention, recent graduate Yanae Barroso received the Animal Law Committee 2014 Outstanding Service Award. The Committee selected her for this honor based on her work for the Key Deer. Yanae wrote her paper on these animals for the Animal Law Legislation Seminar. She published a summary in the Animal Law Committee’s Newsletter. Congressman Joe Garcia (whose district includes the Keys) saw the piece and contacted her. She met repeatedly with members of his staff about her ideas, including posting billboards on the highway leading to the Keys. After more than a year of work, the billboards were installed in the FL Keys on March 6, 2014.

Cynthia Duval Elected President of Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association

Posted on 07/01/2014

Cynthia Duval, Associate Director of Career and Professional Development at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, will be installed as President as President of the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association on July 10, 2014.  Formed in 1985, the association’s mission is to address the concerns of women lawyers as they relate to the social, economic, political and moral needs of the community. For more information on Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association click here

Prior to career services, Duval served two terms as a federal judicial law clerk for the United States District Court Middle District and Southern District of Florida.  She also worked in local government as Assistance City Attorney for the City of Hialeah and as an Assistant Regional Counsel for the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel.  She practiced in the areas of insurance defense, medical malpractice defense, nursing home litigation defense and employment law.  She is a graduate of University of Miami School of Law. Duval is married and has four children.

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – June 2014

Posted on 06/30/2014

Elisha D. Roy (JD 2001) of Elisha D. Roy, PA in West Palm Beach, FL completed her term as the 2013-14 Chair of The Florida Bar Family Law Section. She is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law and handles complex family law matters.  Contact her at  www.eroylawpa.com

Kimberly M. Silverman (JD 2012) has joined Kelley Kronenberg in Ft. Lauderdale. Silverman handles the defense of general liability, personal injury, products liability, and construction defect claims. http://www.kelleykronenberg.com/

Alison F. Smith (JD 2003) is a partner with Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L., in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is also president of the Caribbean Bar Association, which co-hosted a panel discussion in May, “Pathways to the Bench: A Panel discussion on the Judicial Nominating Process.” Her primary areas of practice include: labor & employment, commercial litigation, appellate law, and administrative and regulatory law. Read more at www.wsh-law.com

Reagan South (JD 2010) joined Banyan Finance, LLC in Boca Raton, FL.  She is associate in-house counsel. Banyan Finance LLC provides casualty medical plans to reimburse medical providers for the medical treatment of uninsured and under-insured accident victims.  Read more at www.banyanfinance.com

Michelle K. Suarez (JD 2013) joined Conroy Simberg in its Hollywood, FL office as an associate.  Her practice will include PIP and general liability matters.  Read more at http://conroysimberg.com

Matthew Thibaut (JD 2001) a partner at Ciklin Lubitz Martens & O’Connell in West Palm Beach, FL, is a fellow in the William Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy for 2014-15.  During a one year term, Academy Fellows follow a curriculum tailored to enhance their professional development, knowledge base, leadership skills, and experience.  Read more about the Leadership Academy at http://www.floridabar.org/leadershipacademy   Thibaut practices in the areas of securities litigation and employment law.  Read more at http://www.ciklinlubitz.com/

Kit Van Pelt (JD 2013) joined Linda Suzzanne Griffin, P.A., in Clearwater, FL as an associate.  She will practice in the areas of trust and estate planning, and probate and trust administration matters. Read more at http://www.lawyergriffin.com/

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – June 2014

Posted on 06/30/2014

Joseph P. Jones (JD 1999) joined Berger Singerman as a partner and member of its Business, Finance & Tax Team in the firm’s Tallahassee office. Jones has a broad background in commercial real estate development, project finance, and commercial leasing.  Read more at http://www.bergersingerman.com/

Rian Michelle Kinney (JD 2008) joined the Marinosci Law Group in Ft. Lauderdale, FL as a foreclosure litigator. Read more at http://www.mlg-defaultlaw.com/

Troy Kishbaugh (JD1998) rejoined Gray Robinson as a shareholder in its Orlando, FL office.  He is chair of the health care practice for the firm.  He has over 20 years of experience in health law and will oversee the group’s 35 attorneys and concentrate his practice in the area of health care law, which includes: corporate law issues, Medicare/Medicaid fraud and abuse, false claims, billing and reimbursement, corporate compliance, PPACA, HIPAA, EMTALA, Stark, self-disclosure and exclusions, and daily hospital operational issues. Read more at www.gray-robinson.com

Sophia Lopez (JD 2007) is a partner at FL Trusts and Estates Law Firm, LLC in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale, FL.  She is a fellow in the William Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy for 2014-15.  During a one year term, Academy Fellows follow a curriculum tailored to enhance their professional development, knowledge base, leadership skills, and experience.  Read more about the Leadership Academy at http://www.floridabar.org/leadershipacademy  Lopez practices in the areas of estate and trusts, estate planning, asset protection, partnership and business law and guardianship.  Read more at http://flplans.com/

Bret Lusskin (JD 2006) of Law Office of Brett Lusskin Attorney at Law in Aventura, FL represented a motorist who sued the City of Aventura over its red light camera program.  The Supreme Court of Florida ruled 5-2 that the City overstepped its authority when it created the red light camera program.  The Court issued its ruling June 12, 2014 on consolidated cases from Aventura and Orlando, FL.  Brett Lusskin handles a variety of privacy and consumer protection litigation matters at both the state and federal level. Read more about the red light camera decision, and about Lusskin’s firm, at www.lusskinlaw.com

Kevin A. McNeill (JD 2001) is a partner at McRae & McNeill in Lake City, FL. He is a fellow in the William Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy for 2014-15.  During a one year term, Academy Fellows follow a curriculum tailored to enhance their professional development, knowledge base, leadership skills, and experience. Read more about the Leadership Academy at http://www.floridabar.org/leadershipacademy  His practice includes personal injury law.  Read more at http://northfloridainjury.com/

Jonathan Picard (JD 2013) joined Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel in Coral Gables, FL as an associate. He will focus on community association law and commercial litigation. Read more at http://www.srhl-law.com/

Alberto Polimini (JD 2013), of Rome, Italy, one of our dual degree students from Universita Roma Tre, co-authored an article with Professor Joseph D. Harbaugh entitled, “The Costa Concordia Tragedy: A Legal Life Jacket to Avoid Drowning in International Water.”  The article was published in 2014 Travel Law Quarterly 135.   The two-part piece addresses forum selection issues and which law is likely to be applied, regardless of where the cases are litigated. 

Stacy Ross (JD 1997) is a Circuit Judge in the Juvenile Division of the 17th Judicial Circuit, Broward County, Florida.   She and Jamie Finizio Bascombe (JD 1993) recently served as a panelist in the May seminar, “Pathways to the Bench: A Panel discussion on the Judicial Nominating Process.”

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – June 2014

Posted on 06/30/2014

Maria C. Gonzalez (JD 1990), a partner with Young Berman Karpf & Gonzalez PA in Miami and Weston, FL is currently the Treasurer for The Florida Bar Family Law Section.  She will be the chair of the Family Law Section in the 2015-16 year. She is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law and is a Florida Supreme Court Mediator.  She handles marital and family law, mediation and guardianship matters.  Read more at www.ybkglaw.com

Sara E. Graditor (JD 2008) joined Holland & Knight in Miami, FL as an associate. She practices in the areas of corporate law, securities, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. Read more at http://www.hklaw.com/

Donna Greenspan Solomon (JD 1995) of Solomon Appeals, Mediation, & Arbitration in Fort Lauderdale, FL was selected to the 2014 Florida Super Lawyers list.  Her practice areas include state and federal appeals, litigation and trial support, mediation and arbitration.  She is Board Certified in Appellate Practice and Business Litigation.  Read more at http://solomonappeals.com/

Gerald Greenspoon (JD 1979) co-founding shareholder of Greenspoon Marder in Fort Lauderdale, FL, was selected for Power Leaders in Law and Accounting by the South Florida Business Journal.  He gained national recognition for his work in the areas of real estate development, resort and timeshare development, condominium  conversions and finance and transactions.  Read more at http://www.gmlaw.com/

Luis A. Guerra (JD 2006) is the managing partner of Guerra Saenz, PL in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  He recently became Board Certified in Immigration & Nationality Law.  His firm handles immigration and deportation defense matters.  Read more at  www.guerralegal.com

Julie Hough (JD 2004) an attorney with Polenberg Cooper in Fort Lauderdale, FL published an article, “From Lawyer to Leader” in the June 2014 issue of the Broward Barrister.  She is an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University and serves as the President of the Broward County Women’s Lawyer’s Association. She handles complex business litigation and bankruptcy matters and advises and represents small and mid-sized businesses on a variety of transactional matters.  Read more at http://www.polenbergcooper.com/

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – June 2014

Posted on 06/30/2014

Brandon L. Chase (JD 2011) joined Mase Lara in Miami, FL as an associate. He practices in the areas of personal injury, commercial litigation, admiralty, and maritime law. Read more at http://www.mltrial.com

Jesse Cloyd (JD 2008) joined Salazar Jackson in Miami, FL as an associate.  His practice includes bankruptcy and insolvency matters. Read more at http://www.salazarjackson.com

Glenn M. Cooper (JD 1998), a shareholder in Gray Robinson’s Miami and Fort Lauderdale, FL offices, was recently re-appointed to the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and selected as the Vice Chair of the Government Affairs Group.  He will advocate for immigration, international trade, transportation, and infrastructure improvements in the greater Miami area.  Read more at  www.gray-robinson.com

 Michael Cubbage (JD 2014) was a student in NSU Law’s Veterans Law Clinic (VLC).  A combat veteran himself, he completed a semester as a full time clinical intern during the VLC’s first semester. Prior to law school, he served in the US Army and attained the rank of First Lieutenant, Executive Officer. While at NSU Law, he was also a student writer for The Florida Public Interest Journal, a publication of The Public Interest Law Section of The Florida Bar.  His article, “Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center – Veterans Law Clinic: Student Perspective” appeared in Volume 3, Issue 2 of the Florida Public Interest Journal (Spring, 2014).  Cubbage wrote about his experience as a clinic intern, and how the opportunity to help fellow veterans with their legal issues was very fulfilling. Stating that the VLC environment, “feels more like a law firm than a class,”  he expressed appreciation for the collegial environment created by Clinic Director Jayme M. Cassidy, Esq., who was his Professor and Supervising Attorney.

Jessica M. Daley (JD 2011) joined Kelley Kronenberg in Ft. Lauderdale, FL  where she handles workers’ compensation cases.  Read more at http://www.kelleykronenberg.com/

Michael Dutko (JD 1984) of Bogenshutz Dutko & Kroll, PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Ashley Dutko (JD 2011) recently won an appeal in a highly publicized Broward case involving a young man who was found guilty of leaving the scene of an accident on I-595 in which a woman was killed.   The 4th DCA held that the evidence was so lacking in this case, it called for acquittal, and the appellate court directed the trial court to acquit the defendant.  Read the story at http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sfl-clearedx-595-20140529,0,4883798.story?page=1 Read more about Dutko’s criminal defense and appellate practice at http://www.bdkpa.com/index.php

Jamie Finizio Bascombe (JD 1993) and Judge Stacy Ross (JD 1997) were panelists in the May seminar, “Pathways to the Bench: A Panel discussion on the Judicial Nominating Process.” Jaimie Finizio-Bascombe is a partner with Finizio & Finizio, P.A. and practices in a wide range of civil matters.  Read more at  www.finiziolaw.com

Corey B. Friedman (JD 2010) of Romano Law Group in West Palm Beach, FL, focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, state and federal trucking law, and a variety of personal injury matters. In addition to being admitted to practice in Florida and California, Corey was recently admitted pro hac vice in Pennsylvania to represent The Powell Law Group in Powell Law Group versus First National Community Bank. Additionally, for the past three years, Corey has participated as a coach for law school graduates in the Law School’s Florida Bar Auxiliary Program. Read more at http://www.romanolawgroup.com/

Renee Goldenberg (JD 1984) Circuit Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County, FL will co-host a judicial panel with Judge Robin Rosenbaum on July 17, 2014 for the Women Leaders in Law series.  Judge Goldenberg will be starting a new term as Circuit Judge in November 2014 as she faced no opposition this year.  Judge Goldenberg has served as a Circuit Judge in Broward Circuit Court’s Family Division since 1996.  Judge Goldenberg is the Family Chairperson for the Unified Family Court in Broward.

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – June 2014

Posted on 06/30/2014

Huda Ajlani (JD 2006), of Ajlani Law PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL is a fellow in the William Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy for 2014-15.  During a one year term, Academy Fellows follow a curriculum tailored to enhance their professional development, knowledge base, leadership skills, and experience.  Read more about the Leadership Academy at http://www.floridabar.org/leadershipacademy  Ajlani practices in the areas of immigration, criminal defense, and family law. Read more at http://ajlanilaw.com/criminal-law/

Jeffrey Backman (JD 2003) a shareholder with Greenspoon Marder in Fort Lauderdale, FL was selected as a 2014 Florida Rising Star. He handles litigation and class action defense cases for the firm.  Read more at http://www.gmlaw.com/

Thomas J. Baird (JD 1984) of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs in West Palm Beach, FL was selected as counsel to the governing board of the South Florida Water Management District. He is Board Certified as a City, County, and Local Government attorney and he is legal counsel for several municipalities in South Florida. Read more at http://www.jonesfoster.com/

Jason B. Blank (JD 2006) is a partner in the firm of Haber, Stief & Blank in Ft. Lauderdale, FL presented, “What Qualities to Look for When Voting for a Judge” at the North Broward Democratic Club and was selected as the chair of The George Washington University South Florida Alumni Network.  His practice areas include: criminal defense, civil litigation, and appeals. Read more at  http://www.hsbattorneys.com/

Rebecca Bratter (JD 2003) a shareholder at Greenspoon Marder in Fort Lauderdale, FL was selected as a 2014 Florida Rising Star. She is a member of Greenspoon Marder’s management committee and handles corporate securities, health care law, labor and employment law, and other litigation matters for the firm. Read more at http://www.gmlaw.com/

Alex Brown (JD 2004) a director with Tripp Scott in Fort Lauderdale, FL recently published an article in the Daily Business Review, “ ‘Loser Pays’ Provision May Curb Patent Troll Problem.”  In the article, Brown discusses the issue of meaningful patent reform that President Obama mentioned in his state of the union address, as well as activity in Congress to address patent reform.  Read the article (published May 13, 2014) at http://www.dailybusinessreview.com/   Brown’s practice is focused on intellectual property litigation and complex business litigation. Read more at http://www.trippscott.com/

Gary L. Brown (JD 1995) joined Arnstein & Lehr in Ft. Lauderdale, FL as a partner. Brown is Board Certified in Construction Law. He is a member of the firm’s Construction Practice Group and he handles general commercial and business litigation matters and complex construction litigation cases involving liens, bonds, construction defects, and insurance matters, among other things.  Read more at http://www.arnstein.com/

South Florida Chapter of the National Black Prosecutors Association Naming Ceremony

Posted on 06/19/2014

The National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) is a national organization dedicated to the recruitment and advancement of African American prosecutors.  In recognition of his contribution to the profession and the community, the newly established south Florida chapter will be named the Charles B. Morton Chapter in his honor.

It is most fitting that Chuck Morton be bestowed with this honor as he was the first African American prosecutor in Broward County, where he served as an exemplary prosecutor for close to four decades.In addition, he is a steady mentor to new young prosecutors as well as to senior prosecutors aspiring to the next levels in their careers.

NSU Law is proud to participate in this ceremony honoring Chuck Morton. He has been a longstanding and respected professor of trial advocacy while also providing invaluable support to the Criminal Justice Clinic.

Confirmed speakers include:

Eugene Pettis, The Florida Bar, President

Catherine Arcabascio, NSU Law, Associate Dean, International Programs & Professor of Law

Jeffrey Harris, The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Peter Weinstein, 17th Judicial Circuit Court, Chief Judge

Kathleen Cannon, United Way, Commission on Substance Abuse, President & CEO

U.S. District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas

U.S District Judge James I. Cohn

The program begins with networking and cocktails at 5:30 pm and will be held at the Executive Conference Room 3000, Huizenga Business School, on July 9, 2014.

To RSVP, click here. Please forward any questions or comments to Cynthia Henry Duval at cduval@nova.edu or 954-262-6328.

 

Professor Duhart Addresses Link Between LSV and Experiential Learning

Posted on 06/19/2014

Elon University School of Law and the Alliance for Experiential Learning in Law hosted the second National Symposium on Experiential Education in Law June 13 – June 15 at Elon in Greensboro, N.C. Professor Olympia Duhart presented during an opening roundtable. She addressed the Legal Research and Writing community’s response to the need for experiential learning initiatives in today’s legal academy. Professor Mark Dobson also attended the symposium.

More than 150 educators from law, medicine, business and architecture participated in the symposium. A link to the event is attached here: http://www.elon.edu/e-net/article/96062

Beyond the LSAT: Nova Southeastern University Law Professor Receives Patent for an Alternative Admission Model Program for Legal Education

Posted on 06/02/2014

The decision to obtain a juris doctorate (J.D.) degree requires a considerable investment of time and financial support. For many applicants, that decision can be infused with additional challenges based upon Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores and undergraduate Grade Point Averages (GPA). The LSAT score and undergraduate GPA have long served as traditional indicators of an applicant’s potential to succeed in law school. As a result many have been denied access to law schools across the country because of poor test scores or a low GPA.

Joseph Harbaugh, LL.M., professor of law and dean emeritus of Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Shepard Broad Law Center is credited with securing a U.S. patent (US 20140067707 A1) for a computer-based system called AAMPLE®, the Alternative Admissions Model Program in Legal Education.AAMPLE® serves as an additional method of identifying candidates for admission to an institution’s law school.

Harbaugh and several of his colleagues realized that while LSAT scores and GPAs have some value in predicting student success, the indicators had practically no significance in determining longer-term results, such as a student’s ability to succeed in law school, pass the bar, or attain professional success. The primary purpose of AAMPLE® is to serve as an admissions predictive function – a tool for evaluating the capabilities of prospective students.

“We are elated to see this portion of the process through,” said Harbaugh. “We believe that dreams are meant to be realized. The AAMPLE program allows those involved in the admissions process, one additional avenue for providing students with the desire and commitment to attend law school, the opportunity to achieve that dream.”

AAMPLE® applicants are enrolled in two law school courses — Introduction to the 4th Amendment and Negotiable Instruments, taught by law school professors. Each course replicates an appropriate portion of an equivalent regular J.D. offering in that subject that is suitable for the abbreviated five week session in which the courses are offered. Applicants invited into the program may choose either a live, on-campus format or an on-line option utilizing distance learning technologies. The patent currently applies only to the online distance education format.

The talent payoff of this approach for NSU’s Law Center is reflected in the many success stories associated with those admitted through the AAMPLE® program. Students have or have been editors in chief and executive editors of the Nova Law Review; editors in chief and articles editors of the ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law; and winners of the upper class moot court competitions. The AAMPLE® program is also offered at various law schools across the nation.

Harbaugh served as dean of NSU’s Law Center from 1995 to 2008. He has also served in a wide range of legal education leadership positions, including the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), the Council of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, as a member and former chair of the Board of Directors of Access Group, Inc., legal education’s non-profit student loan program, and as the AALS representative in the ABA House of Delegates for 19 years.

Harbaugh was honored for securing this patent by NSU President George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., during the President’s Faculty Research & Development Grants Award Ceremony held on May 13.

Class Actions - News & Notes About Alumni – May 2014

Posted on 05/30/2014

R. Brian Shutt (JD 1994) has joined the firm of Glen J. Torcivia & Associates, P.A. in West Palm Beach, FL.  A former City Attorney for Delray Beach, Florida, he is board certified in City, County, & Local Government law. He has extensive experience in many facets of municipal law and he serves his clients in local government law and handles other civil litigation matters. Read more at http://www.torcivialaw.com/

Brandon Silver (JD 2013) is an associate with Eraclides, Gelman, Hall, Indek, Goodman & Waters in West Palm Beach, FL.  He practices in the area of workers compensation defense.  Read more at http://www.eraclidesjohns.com/

Sean Silverman (JD 2004) just published a book called MBE Essentials, aimed at helping law students prepare for the MBE.  He also writes a blog about the MBE at www.mbetutorial.blogspot.com

Gary M. Singer (JD 1998) of Gary M. Singer, PA in Sunrise, FL was re-elected as a Board Member of the Broward County Bar Association, effective June 2014. He is board certified in Real Property Probate and Trust Law. His practice areas include a variety of real estate matters. Read more at http://www.garysingerlaw.com/

Jennifer Shaw Snyder (JD 1997) and Melissa Groisman Steinfeld formed Snyder Groisman in Aventura. Their practice focuses on all aspects of real estate and corporate law geared toward international clients.  Read more at http://www.snydergroisman.com/

Michael S. Smith (JD 1986) has joined Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather, Keen and Littky-Rubin in West Palm Beach, FL. His areas of practice include medical malpractice, wrongful death, personal injury, legal malpractice, automobile negligence, insurance disputes, and commercial litigation. Read more at http://www.clarkfountain.com/

Jill G. Weiss (JD 2003) is a partner at Diamond Kaplan and Rothstein, PA in West Palm Beach, FL.  She is president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. Her practice areas include construction litigation, complex commercial litigation, real estate, and class actions.  Read more at www.dkrpa.com

Class Actions - News & Notes About Alumni – May 2014

Posted on 05/30/2014

Laura K Phillips (JD 2013) and Zachary W. Phillips (JD 2013) have formed the firm of Kelk Phillips, P.A. in Wellington, FL. The firm handles real estate, wills and trusts, and equine law issues. Read more at http://www.kelkphillips.com/

Marissa Joy Pullano (JD 2008) is an associate at Brinkley Morgan in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Her area of practice includes family law.  She was named a Florida Rising Star in Super Lawyers Magazine for 2014. Read more at http://www.brinkleymorgan.com/

Brent M. Reitman (JD 2010) joined Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock & Liberman in Fort Lauderdale, FL as an associate practicing in personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice cases.  Read more at www.krupnicklaw.com

Robert Reynolds IV (JD1987) was named director of litigation at Graves Injury Law Group in Vero Beach, FL.  He is a board certified civil trial attorney and practices in the area of personal injury law.  Read more at  http://www.gravesinjury.com/

Angelic R. Shakir-Kirkconnell (JD 1997) is an associate with Scott J. Sternberg & Associates in West Palm Beach, FL.  Her practice area is workers compensation law.  Read more at http://www.sternberglawoffice.com/

Robert C. Sheres (JD 2008) is with the firm of DuBosar Navon PLLC in Boca Raton, FL.  He practices in the areas of commercial and business litigation and appellate work. http://www.dubolaw.com/Attorneys/

Matthew Shilling (JD 2006) is an associate with Bernheim & Dolinsky, LLC in Plantation, FL.  He practices personal injury law, and represents the injured.  Read more at http://www.bernheimdolinsky.com/

Class Actions - News & Notes About Alumni – May 2014

Posted on 05/30/2014

C. Cory Mauro (JD 2000) is a shareholder at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in West Palm Beach, FL. He practices in the firm’s national trial practice business litigation section. Read more at http://www.cfjblaw.com/

David R. Miller, Jr., (JD 2010) has joined Kubicki Draper in its West Palm Beach, FL office. His practice includes class action, commercial/corporate, construction defect, employment, intellectual property, premises liability, and real estate matters. Read more at: http://www.kubickidraper.com/

Nicole C. Morris (JD 2004) of The Law Offices of Nicole C. Morris, P.A., has opened an additional office in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. She practices in the areas of estate planning, probate, trust administration, and guardianship. Read more at http://www.nmorrislaw.com/

Robin Sobo Moselle (JD 1991) is Director of Client Relations at Lawcraft in Plantation, FL.  She is President-Elect of the Broward County Bar Association, effective June 2014.  Her firm handles debt collection for creditors in a variety of complex matters. Read more at www.lawcraftfirm.com

Thomas F. Mullin (JD 2004) joined Nason, Yeager, Gerson, White and Lioce, P.A. in its new Boca Raton, FL office where he practices in the areas of environmental and land use law.  Read more at http://www.nasonyeager.com/

Grace M. Murillo (JD 2006) joined Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske as an associate in its Fort Lauderdale, FL office. She practices labor and employment counseling and litigation, commercial litigation, and appellate advocacy. Read more at http://www.wsh-law.com

Steven S. Newburgh (JD 1982) joined Sachs Sax Caplan in Boca Raton, FL, as chair of the bankruptcy department. Read more at http://ssclawfirm.com/

Heather L Pattok (JD 2007) is an associate with Scott J. Sternberg & Associates, P.A. She joins Angelic R. Shakir-Kirkconnell (JD 2000) a senior associate with the firm. http://www.sternberglawoffice.com/

Howard J. Perl (JD 2000) joined Becker & Poliakoff in Ft. Lauderdale, FL as a shareholder. Perl practices in the firm’s community association law practice group. Read more at http://www.becker-poliakoff.com/

Avriel Pfost (JD 2008) is an associate and director of the southeast region office for Lydolph & Weierholt of Lehi, Utah.  She will be based in the firm’s Palm Beach, FL office and will practice real property law. Read more at http://travelingtitle.com/

Class Actions - News & Notes About Alumni – May 2014

Posted on 05/30/2014

Anthony Horky (JD 1998) of Anthony J. Horky, P.A., in Boca Raton, FL is now an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State College, where he teaches business law. His law practice includes business and commercial law, and landlord-tenant. Read more at http://www.horkylaw.com/

Ken Joyce (JD 1993) is a partner with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He practices commercial litigation, employment and labor, and corporate law. Read more at http://www.lewisbrisbois.com/

Kristine Braun Lefebvre (JD 1996) is co-owner of Brand Management at LudoBites in Los Angeles, CA.  She and her husband, Chef Ludo Lefebvre, have been traveling the country for a series of six stops featuring their “pop up” restaurant concept.  The series aired on the Sundance Channel.  In 2007, she was a contestant on “The Apprentice” television show. Prior to her current endeavor, she was a sports and entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles.  Read more at http://www.kristinelefebvre.com/

Matthew Leider (JD 2010) joined the Fort Lauderdale, FL office of McGlinchey Stafford as an associate.  Leider handles commercial litigation and consumer financial services litigation. Read more at  http://www.mcglinchey.com/

Steven Marcus (JD 2000) joined McGlinchey Stafford in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  His practice includes commercial litigation.  Read more at  http://www.mcglinchey.com/

Kevin McNeill (JD 2001) is a partner at McRae and McNeill in Lake City, FL.  He is the Chair of the Florida Bar Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. The committee, formed last year when the Special Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and Equal Opportunities Law Sections merged, has several objectives, including to further the understanding and knowledge of lawyers, judges, and law students about working with diverse communities. Read more about the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion at: https://www.floridabar.org/ Read more about Kevin McNeill at: http://northfloridainjury.com/

Bram A. Maravent (JD 2006) of Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol in Ft. Lauderdale, FL moderated two panels at Nova Southeastern University Law Center’s Seventh annual Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium titled, “Social Media Rights and Communications Decency Act” and “The Sports Workplace and the Ted Wells Report.” He served as a panelist on “Intellectual Property in Video Games and O’Bannon v. NCAA.” He also presented, “The Viability of the NCAA and Consideration of Modern Governance” at the 27th Annual Sports and Recreation Law Association Conference.  His law practice includes matters concerning local government law. Read more at www.cityatty.com

Class Actions - News & Notes About Alumni – May 2014

Posted on 05/30/2014

Glenn Cooper (JD 1998), a shareholder at Gray Robinson in its Fort Lauderdale and  Miami, FL offices, hosted an inbound trade mission from Quebec on April 11, 2014 in Miami, FL.  The purpose of the mission was to connect foreign and local businesses and enhance the economic connection between Quebec and Florida.  Cooper serves on the board of directors of the Quebec-Florida Chamber of Commerce. His practice involves advising US and foreign companies, investors, and professionals on US immigration laws. Read more at www.gray-robinson.com

Lawrence Jay Davis (JD 1985) of Lawrence Jay Davis, P.A., in Pembroke Pines, FL spoke at the Florida Public Pension Trustees Association Winter Trustees School in Jacksonville, FL on probate, estate planning, and asset protection for the pension trustee.

Michael A. Fischler (JD 1978) of Fischler & Friedman PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL was re-elected as a Board Member of the Broward County Bar Association effective June 2014.  His practice areas include marital and family law, including representing high net worth clients, and business, corporate and estate planning.  Read more at http://www.ffpa-law.com/

Kimberly A Gilmour (JD 1984) of Gilmour Law in Davie, FL is a member of the Florida Bar Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. Her practice area includes representing  corporations and small business owners in the employment law arena. She counsels clients in the areas of workforce issues, employment handbooks, manuals, policies, procedures, contracts and training. Read more at www.gilmourlaw.com

Michael K. Grife (JD 2005) formed The Grife Law Firm, P.A., in Boca Raton, FL.  His practice areas include personal injury, premises liability, wrongful death, and medical malpractice. Read more at www.thegrifelawfirm.com

Susan R Healy (JD 1984) is founding partner of Vernon Healy in Naples, FL.  She is vice chair of the Florida Bar Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. She represents individuals and businesses in cases involving financial disputes concerning business litigation, securities/investment litigation and arbitration, appellate law, and assisting investors who have suffered losses as a result of business ventures, securities transactions, and real estate deals. Read more at www.vernonhealy.com

Anne Hinds (JD 1992) an attorney with Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP in Fort Lauderdale, FL, was the 2014 Palm Beach Bar Association winner of the Juvenile Law Pro Bono Award. Her practice areas include securities litigation, shareholder derivative actions, and class actions. Read more at http://www.bsfllp.com/

Class Actions - News & Notes About Alumni – May 2014

Posted on 05/30/2014

 Zascha Blanco Abbott (JD 2001) of Ford Harrison in Miami, FL was selected as the “Outstanding Subcommittee Chair” for the ABA Section of Litigation.  Her practice areas include representing employers in a variety of employment law cases.  Read more at: http://www.fordharrison.com/ZaschaAbbott

José Alejandro Abusaid (JD 2003) leads the law firm of Abusaid Gomez & Associates headquartered in Bogota, Colombia. His law firm practice includes international trade, corporate law, tax planning, exchange law, and labor law. José Alejandro is a member of the International Bar Association, the Colombian American Chamber of Commerce, and is a founding member of the Colombian Society of International Law. He is also a Private Law Professor at Universidad del Rosario and was Master in International Law Professor at Universidad Sergio Arboleda, both in Bogotá, Colombia. Read more at: http://abusaidgomez.com/english/

Barry Aronin (JD 2010) of the LaBovick Law Group in Palm Beach Gardens, FL published an article on his firm’s blog, “What are Examinations Under Oath, and How Does it Affect My Insurance Benefits After a Car Accident?”  Read it at http://www.labovick.com/pip-claims-collections/what-are-examinations-under-oath-and-how-they-affect-insurance-benefits His practice includes PIP representation of persons injured in auto accidents. Read more at http://www.labovick.com/

Pamela D’Alo Balaguera (JD 2011) of The Balaguera Law Firm, P.A. in West Palm Beach, FL was the 2014 Palm Beach Bar Association winner of the Family Law Pro Bono Award for her work in the Family Law Unit of Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach, FL.  She donated over 200 hours of her time.  Pam and her husband, Brian Balaguera (JD 2006), practice together.  The firm handles criminal defense and her practice area includes marital and family law. Read more at http://www.balagueralaw.com/

Annabella Barboza (JD 2007) an associate attorney with the law firm of Phelan Hallinan, PLC, in Fort Lauderdale, FL, was appointed to serve on the Florida Probate Rules Committee for the 2014 – 2017 term. She focuses her practice in real property, probate and estate planning. Read more at www.phelanhallinan.com

Kristin Bianculli (JD 2008) of Kelley/Uustal in Fort Lauderdale, FL, is one of two attorneys who successfully obtained a one million dollar settlement for an injured client.  The article was published in the Daily Business Review. She also presented “Preparing the Expert Witness for Deposition” at the Pincus Professional Education Seminar in Miami. Read more at www.justiceforall.com

Richard Cheng (JD 2006) is a shareholder at Anderson Kill in Dallas, Texas.  He authored an article about emergency preparedness at Long Term Care (LTC) facilities.  You can read it at http://www.mcknights.com/getting-ready-for-the-unthinkable/article/337501/  He practices in the area of health care law, with particular focus on long term care.  Read more at http://www.andersonkill.com

Client Donates to the Veterans Law Clinic in Alumna's Honor

Posted on 05/14/2014

In appreciation of NSU Law alumna Elizabeth Ricci (’00), a client made a donation in Ricci’s honor to the Veterans Law Clinic. The funds will be used to establish a scholarship for NSU Law students. Presently, Ricci is defending Army veteran Mario Hernandez, a Cuban refugee and Florida resident who after 49 years of living in the United States, found out he was not a United States Citizen. Hernandez has not only served for the United States Army, but also worked for two state agencies and two federal agencies, including the Justice Department. He has even voted in presidential elections.

To read the full story posted by The New York Times, click here. For more on Ricci, see a profile on her here.

Class Actions ---- News & Notes About Alumni ---- April 2014

Posted on 04/25/2014

John R. Whittles (JD 1999) a shareholder with Richman Greer in West Palm Beach, FL. was re-elected without opposition to the Palm Beach County Bar Association Board of Directors. He is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Business Litigation.  His practice includes commercial litigation, employment law, constitutional law, and election law.  Read more at http://www.richmangreer.com

Leisa Wintz (JD 2008) is now with Solaris Law Group in Davie, FL.  Her firm handles family law, real estate, business law and bankruptcy.  Read more at www.solarislegal.com

Adam S. Woodruff (JD 2005) was named partner at Shutts & Bowen in Tampa, FL. Woodruff practices in the areas of banking law, corporate, real estate, and business transactions. Read more at http://www.shutts.com/

Class Actions ---- News & Notes About Alumni ---- April 2014

Posted on 04/25/2014

Stephanie Schneider (JD 1991) of Stephanie L. Schneider, PA in Plantation, FL, a Florida Bar  Board Certified Elder Law Attorney, recently published a Case Note in the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Journal entitled, “The Demise of the Defense of Marriage Act: Time of Death Still to be Determined.”  She was assisted by her law clerk, Lara Pietrzak an NSU Law 3L. The case note examines the United States v. Windsor case concerning the Defense of Marriage Act that was decided by the Supreme Court of the United States in 2013.  Schneider practices Elder Law and not only represents elderly clients but also disabled clients of all ages.  She also assists LGBT and domestic partners with estate and long term care planning. Read the article online:  http://www.naela.org  Read more about Stephanie Schneider at: http://fl-elderlaw.com

Victor R. Smith (JD 1999) opened Victor Smith Law Group, P.A., in Winter Haven. The firm focuses on civil litigation, with an emphasis on family law.

Matthew Thibaut (JD 2001) of Ciklin Lubitz Martens & O’Connell in West Palm Beach, FL hosted a webinar on March 14 that examined employment arbitration.  His practice includes employment law and securities litigation.  Read more at http://ciklinlubitz.com/

 Howard Wander (JD 1987) of Kelley Kronenberg in West Palm Beach, FL was named the Chief Operating Officer and Principal Partner. He also is the Managing Partner of the firm’s West Palm Beach office and maintains his litigation practice in insurance defense, and workers compensation.  Read more at http://www.kelleykronenberg.com/

Jeffrey M. Wank (JD 2009) is an associate in the Insurance Litigation Department at Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  His department was recently honored by the Daily Business Review as the 2014 Insurance Litigation Department of the Year for South Florida. His practice includes insurance litigation, personal injury, civil rights, and commercial litigation.  Read more at http://www.cftlaw.com/general.php?category=Firm+Overview

 Andrew J. Weinstein (JD1996), managing partner at the Weinstein Law Firm in Coral Springs, FL, was recently appointed by President Obama to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.  Weinstein is active in various community organizations, serving on the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice, and the Florida Panthers Advisory Board, and he was named among the Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine in 2011.  His practice includes personal injury, and insurance litigation. Read about his appointment at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/18/president-obama-announces-more-key-administration-posts and read more about his practice at http://www.weinstein-law.com/

 

Class Actions ---- News & Notes About Alumni ---- April 2014

Posted on 04/25/2014

Daniel Klenetsky (JD 2012) is the NASCAR Public Affairs Senior Coordinator in Daytona Beach, FL.  Public Affairs handles issues relevant to NASCAR in markets where NASCAR is active, from the municipalities and states to Washington, DC. His office handles public policy efforts of NASCAR at federal, state, and local levels to advocate and promote NASCAR.  Klenetsky handles matters that relate to policy, legislative and regulatory initiatives and manages relationships with advocacy groups and assist with at-track activations supporting military programs.

Tara Kopp (JD 2009) is an associate with Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser & Zoeller, P.A., in West Palm Beach, FL. Ms. Kopp’s primary area of practice is PIP litigation. Read more at www.shw-law.com

Ava G. Mahmoudi (JD 2011) joined Kubicki Draper in Ft. Lauderdale, where she will focus on handling personal injury protection and SIU/fraud defense matters. Read more at http://www.kubickidraper.com/

Justin Parafinczuk (JD 2007) of Parafinczuk & Wolf PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL was a guest lecturer at NSU Law, where he spoke to law students in the Veterans Law Clinic and Children & Families Clinic about,“So You Are Graduating, What Next?”  He spoke about setting career goals, the realities of a job search, and developing skills and strategies for success. Read more about him at http://www.kpwlaw.com/

Alan A. Pascal (JD 1992) counsel with The Florida Bar in Sunrise, FL will lead the Fort Lauderdale branch of the Bar’s Lawyer Regulation Department. He is active in pro bono work, chairing the 17th Circuit Pro Bono Committee. He is a frequent volunteer for the Broward County Legal Aid Hotline and chairs the Broward County Bar’s Legislative Affairs Committee.

Heather L Pattok (JD 2007) is an associate with Scott J. Sternberg & Associates, P.A., in West Palm Beach, FL. Her practice area includes workers compensation law.  Read more at http://www.sternberglawoffice.com/

Stanley E. Peacock (JD 1982) of Stanley E. Peacock, PA in Panama City, FL practices in the areas of criminal defense, family law, personal injury and civil litigation.  Read more at http://www.stanpeacocklaw.com

Class Actions ---- News & Notes About Alumni ---- April 2014

Posted on 04/25/2014

Zascha Blanco Abbott (JD 2001) of Ford & Harrison, LLP in Miami, FL was named American Bar Association Outstanding Subcommittee Chair on April 10, 2014. She was chosen for this distinction for her hard work during the course of her leadership year. She focuses her practice on the representation of public and private employers in labor and employment disputes. Read more at http://www.fordharrison.com/ZaschaAbbott.

Jeffrey Backman (JD 2003) was promoted to shareholder at Greenspoon Marder in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Backman focuses his practice on commercial litigation and class action defense. Read more at http://www.gmlaw.com/

Adriana Barba (JD 2012) was a dual degree student at NSU Law who is currently working in Barcelona, Spain.  She is a corporate attorney for the Investment Holding Services Unit and Trade Services Unit for AMICORP.  Her company works as a global team to provide private wealth and estate planning for its clients. Read more at www.amicorp.com

Marc Brody (JD 2005) of Gunster in West Palm Beach, FL was promoted to shareholder. Brody is a member of the corporate and technology law practice groups. Read more at www.gunster.com

Glenn Cooper (JD 1998) a shareholder in Gray-Robinson’s Miami, FL office, spoke at the NSU Huizenga Sales Institute about US immigration options for foreign nationals, focusing on students with F-1 visas. Read more at http://www.gray-robinson.com

Javier Delgado (JD 2001) of the Merlin Law Group, PA., in Coral Gables, FL was appointed by the New York Eastern District Court as Liaison Counsel on all Hurricane Sandy cases filed in the Eastern District. Several articles have been written about this in the New York Law Journal, Law 360, and Harris Martin’s Superstorm Sandy Insurance Coverage Litigation Report. Read more at http://merlinlawgroup.com/

Michael L. Feinstein (JD 1986) of Michael L. Feinstein, P.A. relocated to a new office located at 200 East Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 2040, Ft. Lauderdale 33305. The firm focuses on commercial, real estate, business, and probate litigation. In addition, the firm also provides representation in real estate, commercial, and business transactions, as well as in intellectual property matters. Read more at http://www.feinsteinlaw.net/

Sandy T. Fox (JD 2004), of The Law Offices of Sandy T. Fox, PA in Aventura, FL is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law.  He moderated a seminar titled “Estate Planning for the Divorcing Client,” presented by the Family Law Section of the Dade County Bar Association.

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.”

Nova Law Review Holds Inaugural Alumni Brunch

Posted on 04/15/2014

The Board of Editors of the Nova Law Review held their inaugural brunch for former members of Law Review on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Law Center. Editor-in-Chief of the Nova Law Review, Joseph Morgese and Michelle Nichols DeLong organized the event. There were more than 80 people who attended the brunch, including 35 former members of the Nova Law Review from various volumes.

Robert Kelley `81, of Kelley/Uustal in Fort Lauderdale was the keynote speaker. As former Editor-in-Chief, Kelley discussed the significance of Nova Law Review membership, how the organization influenced his career, and the importance of alumni relations and mentoring of students as a practicing lawyer. Kelley has been recognized by Lawyers USA as one of the Top Ten Lawyers in the United States. He has been a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by the Florida Bar for more than twenty years. Over the course of his career, Kelley has tried over 100 jury trials and has won over 25 multimillion dollar jury verdicts in a wide variety of cases.

To view pictures of the event, click here.

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!

Nova Law Review Now Available Digitally

Posted on 04/09/2014

The Nova Law Review is now available online and for digital download. The online journal is free, and will showcase current issues in the legal community. All essays published online will only be available in e-format. The first article available for download is "Problem Solving Justice: Reducing Recidivism And Promoting Public Safety" by The Honorable Judge Ginger Lerner- Wren. To read the latest article, click here.

The Nova Law Review is published three times per year: in October, November, and March. The Review, a student-operated journal, serves judges, practitioners, scholars, and students by publishing outstanding legal scholarship and enhancing the intellectual climate of the Shepard Broad Law Center. Through its collaboration with the legal community, the Review provides timely and thought-provoking commentary from judges, legal practitioners, law professors, and select students. Generally one issue each year is devoted to survey articles and often another issue is in the form of a symposium. In addition, the Review trains its members in intensive legal research, analysis, and writing, thereby preparing them for the rigors of legal practice and public service. Every member of the Review shares the all-important work of criticizing, reconstructing, and polishing each piece until it is ready for publication. As a supplement to the routine daily class work of the Shepard Broad Law Center, the Review affords second and third year students, a means of intensive training in legal writing. One of the most enriching experiences of Review membership comes from fulfilling the Law Center’s writing requirement. To become a member of the Review, a student must write an article of publishable quality. The process of researching, writing, and rewriting an article is a unique educational experience. By composing an article, each member of the Review comes to appreciate the special value of revising his or her own submission, as well as working closely with fellow students to achieve one common goal. For more information on Nova Law Review, click here.

NSU Law Takes Trophies at the 15th Annual Student Life Achievement Awards

Posted on 04/08/2014

April 2, 2014 was a night of celebration for the NSU Law Center at the 15th Annual Student Life Achievement Awards, also known as “STUEYS.” Public Interest Law Society (PILS) won Graduate Organization of the Year, Rahysa Vargas (SBA President) won the STUEY as the Law Center’s Student of the Year, and Carisa Champion-Lippmann, a Law and College of Osteopathic Medicine student, took home the STUEY for overall Student of the Year! Nominees from the NSU Law Center included Robert Levine for Executive of the Year, Ethan Wall for Alumnus of the Year, and Suncoast Marketing for Corporate Partner of the Year.

The Student Life Achievement Awards honors those who exemplify NSU’s Core Values of Academic Excellence, Student Centered, Integrity, Innovation, Opportunity, Scholarship/Research, Diversity, and Community.

Congratulations to our winners and nominees. Everyone at NSU Law Center is very proud of you all.

To view all 2014 STUEY winners, click here.

Professor Honored by American Society for Public Administration

Posted on 04/01/2014

On March 27, 2014, Professor of Law and Director of Caribbean Law Programs, Jane Cross, was honored for her academic involvement by the South Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. The event held at Jungle Island, honored outstanding women in the community as part of National Women’s History Month. Pictured is Jane Cross with president elect Glen Joseph. 

Chief Judge Damoorgian gives advice to students about oral arguments

Posted on 03/30/2014

In preparation for LSV Mandatory Oral Arguments, the Lawyering Skills and Values Program and the Moot Court Society invited Chief Judge Dorian K. Damoorgian to speak to students at the Law Center.  Judge Damoorgian, who is the Chief Judge of Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal, presented May It Please the Court: Oral Argument Tips from the Chief Judge to more than 120 students.  In his talk, Judge Damoorgian shared advice about successful oral arguments and good lawyering.  His presentation was extremely well-received and much-appreciated by the first-year students who were preparing for their first oral arguments.

The LSV Department appreciates all of the students, faculty, and staff who showed up to support the event. They would especially like to thank the LSV Student Outreach Committee (Camille Lamar, Heather Baxter, Jane Cross, and Marilyn Uzdavines) for organizing such a wonderful program, and they are extremely grateful to Dean Elena Langan for supporting the event and introducing the judge.  This was the last program of the year in what has been a very successful year for the newly-created LSV Student Outreach Committee.  

Class Actions — News & Notes About Alumni ---- March 2014

Posted on 03/27/2014

Matthew Thibaut (JD 2001) of Ciklin Lubitz Martens & O’Connell in West Palm Beach, FL hosted a webinar on March 14 that examined employment arbitration. His practice includes employment law and securities litigation. Read more at http://ciklinlubitz.com/

Howard Wander (JD 1987) of Kelley Kronenberg in West Palm Beach was named the Chief Operating Officer and Principal Partner. He also is the Managing Partner of the firm’s West Palm Beach office and maintains his litigation practice in insurance defense, and workers compensation. Read more at http://www.kelleykronenberg.com/

Adam S. Woodruff (JD 2005) was named partner at Shutts & Bowen in Tampa, FL. Woodruff practices in the areas of banking law, corporate, real estate, and business transactions. Read more at http://www.shutts.com/

Class Actions — News & Notes About Alumni ---- March 2014

Posted on 03/27/2014

Cynthia M. Pyfrom (JD 2013) opened Cynthia M. Pyfrom, P.A., in Boynton Beach, FL, and handles a wide variety of family law matters in Martin, Palm Beach, and Broward counties. Read more at http://www.pyfrompa.com/

Roberto Rodriguez (JD 2013) joined Novak Druce Connolly Bove & Quigg LLP in West Palm Beach, FL as an associate and practices in the area of patent prosecution with a focus in the areas of digital design, power distribution, cellular networks, and handsets. Read more at http://www.novakdruce.com/

Fred Segal (JD 2007) of Broad and Cassel in Miami, FL spoke at the February PULSE!! meeting concerning Physician Employment Agreements and is the Health Law Legal Eagle in every issue of the NSU College of Osteopathic Medicine's COM Outlook magazine. He has an LL.M. in Health Law from Widener University. Read more at www.broadandcassel.com and https://www.nova.edu/publications/com_outlook_2014_winter/index.html#8.

R. Brian Shutt (JD 1994) joined the Law Office of Glen J. Torcivia & Associates in West Palm Beach, Fl. He is Board Certified in City, County, and Local Government Law and practices local government law. Read more at http://torcivialaw.com/index.html

Evan J. Small (JD 2008) joined Ball Janik LLP in its new Orlando, FL office as an associate. His practice includes construction litigation. Read more at http://www.balljanik.com/

James S. Strouss (JD 1983) joined Ward Damon in West Palm Beach, FL. He practices with the real estate litigation practice group. Strouss concentrates in residential real property matters, assisting with every stage of real estate transactions, with an emphasis on title issues. Read more at http://www.warddamon.com/

Rafael Suarez-Rivas (JD 1979) of the Office of Miami City Attorney presented an "Overview of the Sunshine and Public Records Laws" at the Lorman Seminar "What You Need to Know About Public Records and Open Meetings" with Elizabeth M. Hernandez of Akerman.

Carolina Sznajderman (JD 2007) of Gursky Ragan in Miami, FL has been elected secretary of LifeNet4Families, an organization that helps hungry and needy families in South Florida. Read more at http://www.lifenet4families.org/

Class Actions — News & Notes About Alumni ---- March 2014

Posted on 03/27/2014

Renee Goldenberg (JD 1984) a Circuit Judge in Broward’s 17th Judicial Circuit, is featured on the cover of the March 2014 Broward Barrister and presented, "What Nonfamily Lawyers Should Know About Florida Family Law and Procedure," at the West Broward Bar Association luncheon on March 27, 2014. Judge Goldenberg also spoke about family court at NSU Law Alumni Association’s seminar, "Best Practices in the 17th Judicial Circuit and 4th District Court of Appeal: What Judges Want You to Know" on March 21, 2014.

Elizabeth M (Fohl) Jones (JD 2010) joined Shutts & Bowen in West Palm Beach, FL. She is a member of the real estate practice group. Read more at http://www.shutts.com/

Jamaal Jones (JD 2010) of Zumpano, Patricios & Winker in Miami, FL regularly publishes on the topic of health care compliance. Read more at http://www.zpwlaw.com/index.html His most recent article is at https://www.pharmacompliancemonitor.com/intersection-privacy-compliance-plans/6413/.

Robert W. Kelley (JD 1981) a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and partner at Kelley Uustal in Fort Lauderdale, FL, was named to the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is the founding partner of the preeminent personal injury, products liability, and medical malpractice law firm. Read more at http://www.justiceforall.com/

Tara Lynn Kopp (JD 2009) is an associate with Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser & Zoeller in West Palm Beach, FL. Kopp’s primary area of practice is PIP litigation. Read more at http://www.shw-law.com/

Amber E. B. McMichael (JD 2004) practices with Clarfield, Okon, Salomone & Pincus in West Palm Beach, FL. She provided the welcome and opening remarks to the February CLE "The Yin and Yang of Mediation: The Mediator and The Attorney" presented by the Palm Beach County Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, where she Chairs the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. Her practice includes residential and commercial real estate, and she represents lenders in foreclosure cases. She is also a certified mediator. Read more at http://www.cosplaw.com/

Thomas F. Mullin (JD 2004) joined Nason, Yeager, Gerson, White & Lioce in Boca Raton as an associate. Mullin concentrates in the areas of environmental law, water law, and land use law. Read more at http://www.nasonyeager.com/

Marcie Oppenheimer Nolan (JD 2008) became a partner with Becker & Poliakoff. Nolan works in the firm’s Ft. Lauderdale, FL office and focuses on local government issues with a concentration on land planning projects. Read more at http://www.becker-poliakoff.com/

Christopher Pole (JD 1981) a County Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County, FL spoke about criminal practice in county court at NSU Law Alumni Association’s seminar, "Best Practices in the 17th Judicial Circuit and 4th District Court of Appeal: What Judges Want You to Know" on March 21, 2014.

Jessie Pulitzer (JD 2013) has joined the offices of Wiederhold, Moses, Kummerlen & Waronicki, P.A in West Palm Beach, FL. The firm handles personal injury, insurance, and civil rights cases. Read more at http://www.wmrfla.com/

Class Actions — News & Notes About Alumni ---- March 2014

Posted on 03/27/2014

George Andrews (JD 2005) was named partner at Shutts & Bowen in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Andrews is a commercial litigator representing financial institutions in cases involving the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act, the Truth in Lending Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act. Read more at http://www.shutts.com/

Eunice Baros (JD 1980) of Eunice Baros Law, LLC in Palm Beach Gardens, FL presented at the February CLE "The Yin and Yang of Mediation: The Mediator and The Attorney" presented by the Palm Beach County Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. She is a certified mediator

Pooneh Charkhian (JD 2013) an attorney with the Law Offices of Izquierdo & Marin in Fort Lauderdale, FL, was sworn in as the Vice Chair of the NExT Steering Committee for the Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida and Legal Aid Service of Broward County. Her firm handles criminal defense and immigration cases. Read more at http://www.izquierdomarin.com/

Karly E Dreker (JD 2013) joined the Law Office of Benjamin T Hodas LLC in West Palm Beach, FL. She is an associate at the firm, which handles marital and family law cases. Read more at http://www.hodaslaw.com/

Merrilee Ehrlich (JD 1979), a Circuit Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County, FL spoke about Domestic Violence court at NSU Law Alumni Association’s seminar, "Best Practices in the 17th Judicial Circuit and 4th District Court of Appeal: What Judges Want You to Know" on March 21, 2014.

Maria Del Mar Estrach Ventura (JD 2013) is with Clifford Chance, LLP in Barcelona, Spain working in the tax division.

Ellen Feld (JD 1983) a County Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County, FL spoke about civil practice in county court at NSU Law Alumni Association’s seminar, "Best Practices in the 17th Judicial Circuit and 4th District Court of Appeal: What Judges Want You to Know" on March 21, 2014.

Michael Fichtel (JD 1987) was named CEO of Kelley Kronenberg in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He will also retain his title of firm-wide Managing Partner. Read more at: http://www.kelleykronenberg.com/

Michael Gilden (JD 2002) of Kopelowitz Ostrow in Ft. Lauderdale, FL is a Board Certified attorney in Marital and Family Law and recently received certification from the Florida Supreme Court as a family mediator. Read more at http://kolawyers.com/

PILS Auction Raises More Than $14,000 for Student Fellowships

Posted on 03/24/2014

On March 14, 2014, the Public Interest Law Society (PILS) raised more than $14,000 at a charity auction held at the NSU Law Center. The money raised is used to fund fellowships for students who work in public interest law during the summer. Among the items auctioned included opportunities to dine and play golf with professors, the chance to become dean and associate dean for a day, and a coveted parking spot in the faculty lot.

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.

Law Staff Featured in ABA's Law Practice Today

Posted on 03/18/2014

Cynthia Duval, Associate Director of Career and Professional Development at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, was recently featured in Law Practice Today, the monthly webzine of the ABA Law Practice Division. The publication is the leading magazine on the business of practicing law. It offers insightful advice and practical tips on marketing, management, technology and finance.

To read the feature on her career path, click here: http://bit.ly/1if97FV

Prior to career services, Duval served two terms as a federal judicial law clerk for the United States District Court Middle District and Southern District of Florida.  She also worked in local government as Assistance City Attorney for the City of Hialeah and as an Assistant Regional Counsel for the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel.  She practiced in the areas of insurance defense, medical malpractice defense, nursing home litigation defense and employment law.  She is a graduate of University of Miami School of Law. Duval is married and has four children.

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.

LSV Outreach Committee Presents "Write Right" to Help First Year Students With Writing Samples, E-mails, and Partner Relations

Posted on 03/11/2014

The Lawyering Skills and Values (“LSV”) Department partnered with the Career Development Office to host Write Right: A Special Career Café Dedicated to Helping 1Ls Get the Most out of their Summer Work Experience on March 11, 2014. This event was aimed at educating students on how to professionally present their written work product and oral communication in a law firm setting.

The members of the LSV Student Outreach Committee assembled an impressive panel who shared their expertise and answered student questions.  The program consisted of a presentation by Prof. Roma Perez on how to prepare a professional polished writing sample, a presentation by Professor Shahabadeen Khan on email etiquette in the workplace, and a presentation by Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development, Robert Levine, on how to meet with a partner and effectively manage partner expectations.  Over 90 students attended the event and many expressed their appreciation for putting together a program that was informative and relevant at this stage of their law school career.  Special thanks to Interim Dean Langan and LSV Director Olympia Duhart for supporting this event.  Thanks also to the Career Development Office for providing lunch for the students, and to the LSV Outreach Committee (Professors Camille Lamar, Heather Baxter, Jane Cross and Marilyn Uzdavines) for organizing the event.  

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

The 21st Annual Public Interest Law Society Auction- March 14

Posted on 02/26/2014

The 21st Annual Public Interest Law Society Auction will take place on Friday, March 14 from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Shepard Broad Law Center. There will be a live and silent auction. Items include: Disney Hopper tickets, Bar review courses, sporting event tickets
accommodations at domestic and all inclusive international hotels, and much more.  Enjoy networking, drinks, food, and a live jazz band. Guest speakers include: Legal Aid of Broward County and Judge Melanie May of the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal.

All proceeds will go toward fellowships awarded to law students in non-paid public interest positions.

For more information on auction or donations please email Bea Serrano at bs1094@nova.edu.

Class Actions ---- News & Notes About Alumni ---- February 2014

Posted on 02/24/2014

Christopher Staller (JD 2003) was named a Partner at Broad and Cassel in Miami, FL. He is a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Special Assets Practice Groups. He has extensive experience in the acquisition, disposition, financing and development of commercial and residential real estate projects including apartment projects, warehouse buildings, and shopping centers. Read more at www.broadandcassel.com

Matthew Weissing (JD 1986) a shareholder at Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, PL in Fort Lauderdale, was selected as a "Top Lawyer" and his profile will appear in the 2014 edition of the South Florida Legal Guide. A decorated former US Marine, he has won numerous awards for his legal accomplishments and he is actively involved in various charitable causes in the South Florida community. His practice includes personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death, among other areas. Read more at http://www.pathtojustice.com/

Class Actions ---- News & Notes About Alumni ---- February 2014

Posted on 02/24/2014

Arlene Lakin (JD 1991) owner of Arlene Lakin, Esq. Attorney at Law in Margate, FL received the 2014 Lifestyle Media Group Leaders in Law award in wills, trusts, and estates in January 2014. She is a Board Certified Elder Law attorney who handles a variety of legal needs for her clients. Read more at http://www.arlenelakin.com/

Matthew Nelles (JD 1994) was named Partner at Broad and Cassel in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property Practice Groups, has litigated numerous patent, copyright, and trademark cases across the USA and is a registered patent attorney with the US Patent and Trademark office. Read more at www.broadandcassel.com

Beverly A. Pohl (JD 1991) is a partner at Broad and Cassel in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is the Chair of the firm’s statewide Appellate Law Practice Group. She is Board Certified in Appellate Practice and handles a variety of appellate matters including commercial litigation, criminal defense, and cases involving constitutional issues such as First Amendment rights and police misconduct litigation. She has presented numerous seminars and CLEs, mentors law students, and often lectures at NSU Law Center. Read more at www.broadandcassel.com

Vanessa Reynolds (JD 1988) was named partner at Broad and Cassel in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is Board Certified in Health Law and a member of the firm’s Health Law Practice Group. A veteran with more than 20 years of experience in health law, she has handled many cases involving medical malpractice, complex litigation, and insurance defense. She also provides institutional and individual health care provider and multi-hospital public health care system representation. Read more at www.broadandcassel.com

David Roos (JD 1999) a stockholder in Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, PA in Fort Myers, FL was elected Chair of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Practice. He represents insurance carriers, third party administrators, and employers in the defense of workers’ compensation claims. He has authored many articles and is a frequent speaker on workers’ compensation topics to clients, human resource professionals, and business owners. He is also the Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA). Read more at http://www.henlaw.com/

Vanessa Serrano (JD 2007), an associate with Broad and Cassel in Fort Lauderdale, FL, was elected to the board of directors of PACE Center for Girls in Broward. See www.pacecenter.org Her practice areas include commercial litigation and construction law. Read more at http://www.broadandcassel.com/

Class Actions ---- News & Notes About Alumni ---- February 2014

Posted on 02/24/2014

Alexander Brown (JD 2004) a Director at Tripp Scott in Fort Lauderdale, FL was published in Forbes Magazine in January, 2014. His article, "Does Fighting Back Work or is the Patent System Really Broken" examines the case of Soverain Software, LLC v. Newegg, Inc., a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States declined to review the decision of the Federal Circuit Court. He practices intellectual property law at Tripp Scott. Read the article at www.forbes.com Read more at www.trippscott.com

Frank Delia (JD 2005) is a shareholder with Kubicki Draper, P.A. in West Palm Beach, FL. He is a member of the Firm's Commercial Litigation Practice Group, Mr. Delia focuses his practice on creditor's rights, commercial bankruptcy, commercial law and business litigation. Mr. Delia concentrates his practice in commercial foreclosures of real property and personal property interests representing institutional lenders and individual creditors. He has acted as trustee’s counsel in complex bankruptcy cases and is a member of the Bankruptcy Bar throughout the State. Read more at http://www.kubickidraper.com/

Scott Forman (JD 1995) is the managing shareholder of Littler in Miami, FL. He was recently appointed to the firm’s Board of Directors. His practice includes many facets of employment law for employers nationwide including single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff and class action cases. Read more at www.littler.com

Michelle J. Gomez (JD 2000) is an attorney, arbitrator and mediator with the firm of Saunders, Curtis, Ginestra & Gore in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is also Vice Mayor for the City of Tamarac, FL. Read more at: http://www.tamarac.org/

Donna Greenspan Solomon (JD 1995) of Solomon Appeals, in Fort Lauderdale, FL is a Board Certified Appellate lawyer and a Certified Mediator with multiple Board Certifications. She is chairing "The Art of Objecting: A Trial Lawyer’s Guide to Preserving Error for Appeal" a CLE presented by The Florida Bar’s Appellate Practice Section on March 14, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Read more at www.solomonappeals.com

Eamonn Gunther (JD 2001) is an attorney with the Law Offices of Mary Sue Donohue in Boca Raton, FL. Her practice includes estate planning, probate, guardianship and trust administration work. She was formerly with US Trust, where she administered trusts for high net worth families and was a litigator with a commercial litigation firm. Read more at www.marysuedonohue.com

Gina Jacobs (JD 2009) was named managing attorney of the newly-opened Orlando, Florida office of Adelson, Testan, Brundo, Novell & Jimenez. She has extensive experience in the insurance industry and workers’ compensation law. She received pro bono honors for her volunteer work in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and for her work for Broward legal aid. Read more at http://www.atblaw.net/

Symposium: Energy, Climate Disruption and Sea Level Rise:New Directions in Law and Policy

Posted on 02/19/2014

On February 6 & 7, 2014, NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center organized a two-day symposium “Energy, Climate Disruption and Sea Level Rise: New Directions in Law and Policy.” This was the third annual symposium. Prior symposiums have focused on hot button issues as legal representation of children in cases of neglect and abuse and veterans and active duty personnel with PTSD.  The environmental symposium focused on the legal and policy issues raised by climate disruption and sea level rise. Ongoing disruption of the world’s climate that has begun to cause significant changes in physical and social patterns in many regions of the globe. Low lying areas with large amounts of coastline—such as the state of Florida—are particularly threatened by current and future sea level rise, intense storms, and high tide events. These emerging realities raise a number of difficult legal issues and they present immense challenges to policy-makers at all levels,  with respect to both the ways that electrical energy is generated for human use and the shape and application of public policies regarding land use, development and pollution prevention.

This symposium featured expert presenters from across the United States—with significant representation from Florida—who described current (and possible future) Florida and federal regulation of energy as it is related to the impact of climatic shifts.  Scientists  provided background on the causes and projected physical and social impacts of climate disruption.  Over 80 people attended this event such as attorneys who advise local, state and federal government agencies, landowners, insurance companies, industrial clients and non-governmental organizations, policy-makers, academics from several disciplines, and interest group advocates.

Presenters pictured from left to right:

Mona Hymel, Arthur W. Andrews Professor of Law, James E. Rogers College of Law, The University of Arizona

Victor B. Flatt, J.D., Thomas F. and Elizabeth Taft Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law, University of North Carolina School of Law

David M. Driesen, M.Mus, J.D., University Professor, Syracuse University College of Law

Joel A. Mintz, J.D., LL.M., J.S.D., Professor of Law,Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center

NSU Law Celebrates Black History Month

Posted on 02/18/2014

On February 13, 2014, NSU Law celebrated Black History Month with “Being a lawyer and changing the world - celebrating the contributions of black lawyers.”  Nelson Mandela once said that “Education is the most important weapon with which you can change the world.”  Becoming a lawyer is empowering – it is becoming endowed with the tools to affect real change for individuals, families and communities. For this Black History Month event, invoking the griot tradition, NSU Law Center  partnered with local leaders presenting their “testimonials” about the people, cases, or issues that they worked on or assisted with that affirmed their decisions to become advocates.  They told stories about how they used their legal skills to change our world – one person, family or community at a time. The speakers included Eugene Pettis, Judge Patrick White, Charles Morton, Sidney Calloway, Phyllis Kotey, and alumni Mertella Burris, Hilary Creary, Nexcy De Las Rosa,  and Pascale Achille.  The program also  included video stories from U.S. Congressman Alcee Hastings and ACLU Director Nancy Abudu. Pictured from left to right: Rochelle Ramsay ('12) and Judge Patrick White - U.S. Magistrate.  

 

The Importance of Professionalism in Adversarial Legal Writing: A Judicial Roundtable Discussion at Broward County Courthouse

Posted on 02/14/2014

The Lawyering Skills and Values (“LSV”) Department hosted The Importance of Professionalism in Adversarial Legal Writing: A Judicial Roundtable Discussion on January 31, 2014. This event, held at the Broward County Courthouse, was aimed at reinforcing the importance of professionalism in persuasive legal writing.

The members of the LSV Student Outreach Committee assembled a panel of judges who shared their collective wisdom, interacted with small groups of students during break-out sessions, and answered questions.

Our panelists were:

• The Honorable Melanie G. May, Fourth District Court of Appeal

• The Honorable John J. Murphy, III, Broward County, 17th Judicial Circuit

• The Honorable Mily R. Powell, Broward County, 17th Judicial Circuit

• The Honorable Elijah H. Williams, Broward County, 17th Judicial Circuit

The students in attendance were engaged and very enthusiastic about working with the judges.  Special thanks to Interim Dean Langan for supporting this event and to the members of the LSV Outreach Committee (Professors Camille Lamar, Heather Baxter, Jane Cross and Marilyn Uzdavines) for organizing the event.  

The LSV Department hopes that this will be the first of an annual event for NSU Law and the larger legal community.

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.”

 

 

 

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – January 2014

Posted on 01/29/2014

Shelby Tatum (JD 2013) is an associate with Ocean Properties, Ltd., in Delray Beach, FL. She handles various corporate legal matters for the company, which is one of the largest hospitality management and real estate development companies in North America. Read more at http://www.oplhotels.com/

Greg A. Tynan (JD 1995) was elevated from County to Circuit Court for the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Orange County, (Orlando) FL by appointment from Governor Rick Scott.

Ginger Lerner-Wren (JD 1983) a Judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, FL was named a finalist for the "Successful Innovation" Award presented by The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law Foundation.

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – January 2014

Posted on 01/29/2014

Donna Greenspan Solomon (JD 1995) of Solomon Appeals, in Fort Lauderdale, FL was a panelist on November 18, 2013, in a Florida Bar webinar entitled, "Recent Developments in Arbitration - The Revised Florida Arbitration Code and Recent Supreme Court Decisions." She is a Board Certified Appellate lawyer and a Certified Mediator with multiple Board Certifications. Read more at www.solomonappeals.com

Joshua T. Higgins (JD 2011) joined Kelley Kronenberg in Ft. Lauderdale. His practice includes workers’ compensation, civil rights violations, and correctional health care. Read more at http://www.kelleykronenberg.com/

John C. Lukacs, Sr. (JD 1981) joined Hinshaw & Culbertson in Coral Gables, FL as a partner. His practice includes complex commercial and business litigation, as well as real estate and property rights, eminent domain, and inverse condemnation. Read more at http://www.hinshawlaw.com

Giuseppina Miranda (JD 1999) was elevated from General Magistrate to the County Court for the 17th Judicial Circuit in Broward County, FL. She is a former Assistant State Attorney and served as General Magistrate in the 17th Judicial Circuit since 2007.

Jane Woodfield Morin (JD 2013) is currently employed by the Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach, FL.

Nicole Netti (JD 2013) joined Haber, Stief & Blank in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Her practice includes family law and criminal defense. Read more at http://www.hsbattorneys.com/

Orestes Perez (JD 1994) is a partner with Baker Zimmerman & Perez in Parkland, FL. His practice includes personal injury.

Jonathan P. Picard (JD 2013) Cooke & Barrett, P.L., in West Palm Beach, FL.. The firm handles general liability, professional malpractice, and commercial litigation, among other civil law matters. Read more at http://cookebarrett.com/

Shelley Punancy (JD 1986), a Judge of Compensation Claims at the Division of Administrative Hearings in West Palm Beach, FL will be a panelist at the "Not Just Comp" CLE offered by the Palm Beach Bar Association in late February 2014.

Stacy Ross (JD 1997) was elevated to the Circuit Court from the County Court in the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County, FL. She served as a Judge in the County Court from 2005 to 2013. She served as Assistant State Attorney in Broward County from 1998- 2005.

Michael Schutt (JD 2001) joined Fuentes & Berrio LLP in Deerfield Beach, FL. Michael handles personal injury, PIP, property, and construction disputes. Read more at http://fuentesberrio.com/

Zachary Sloan (JD 2012) is an associate in The Law Offices of Greenstein & Associates in Wellington, FL. The firm handles tax and estate planning, commercial and civil litigation, financial services, and equine law. Read more http://www.greenstein-law.com/

Michelle K. Suarez (JD 2013) joined the RKE Law Group in Hallandale Beach, FL. The firm handles foreclosures and bankruptcy matters. Read more at http://www.rkelawgroup.com/

Carolina Sznajderman (JD 2007) joined Gursky Ragan in Miami, FL. The firm handles community association law.

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – January 2014

Posted on 01/29/2014

Marisa D. Ajmo (JD 1991) has joined McGlinchey Stafford as Of Counsel in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Marisa represents clients in consumer financial services and commercial litigation. Read more at http://www.mcglinchey.com/

Jeffrey Backman (JD 2003) was promoted to shareholder at Greenspoon Marder’s downtown Fort Lauderdale office where he is a member of the firm’s Complex Business Litigation Group. His practice includes commercial litigation and class action defense cases. Read more at www.gmlaw.com

Vanessa Banni-Viñas (JD 2012) is an Assistant State Attorney in Miami, FL. Her article, "Correcting a Ballerina’s Story: The Truth Behind Makletzova v. Diaghileff", 53 American Journal of Legal History 353 (2013) was selected by the Green Bag Almanac Reader as an example of good legal writing. Read more at http://www.greenbag.org

Valerie Barton Barnhart (JD 2011) an attorney at Kelley Kronenberg in Fort Lauderdale, FL was selected as the Leader in Law Awards 2014 "Rising Star" by Lifestyle Magazine on January 21, 2014 at NSU. She was recognized for promoting excellence in law, maintaining the highest level of ethics, showing a commitment to her community, and providing leadership. She also was selected for her outstanding skills in litigation, advocacy, counseling and advancing the legal profession through public service, Bar association activities and pro bono service. Read more at http://www.kelleykronenberg.com/

Eunice Baros (JD 1980) of Eunice Baros Law in Palm Beach Gardens, FL will present a mediation seminar about Domestic Violence in February at The Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee’s program, "The Yin and Yang of Mediation: The Mediator and The Attorney". She represents clients in mediation, criminal defense, juvenile, and consumer fraud cases.

Hope Baros (JD 2013) is currently working for the Office of the State Attorney in West Palm Beach, FL.

Lucy Chernow Brown (JD 1982) is a Circuit Judge in the 15th Judicial Circuit for Palm Beach County, FL. Judge Brown and the Lawyers for Literacy Committee are hosting a volunteer reader/recorder Open House at The Learning Ally on Thursday, March 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, March 22 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. To RSVP email jmigdalmack@legalaidpbc.org for more information visit https://www.learningally.org/volunteers

Laura Jacobson Cohen (JD 2007) joined the newly formed firm of Benardo Levine LLP in Boca Raton, FL as an associate. The firm handles business, labor and employment, real estate, wills, trusts, and probate matters. Read more at www.bennardolevine.com

Colleen Colton (JD 2005 ) has joined McGlinchey Stafford as an associate in their Fort Lauderdale, FL office. Colleen’s practice includes commercial litigation and consumer financial services litigation. Read more at http://www.mcglinchey.com/

Mary D’Ambrosio (JD 1989), a Judge of Compensation Claims at the Division of Administrative Hearings in West Palm Beach, FL will be a panelist at the "Not Just Comp" CLE offered by the Palm Beach Bar Association in late February 2014.

Nathaniel Dutt (JD 2012) is an associate with Broad and Cassel in Orlando, FL. He practices with the affordable housing and tax credit practice group. Read more at http://www.broadandcassel.com

Andrew M. Fisher (JD 2004) owns Fisher Law, PA in Orlando, FL. He has been elected as a member of the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando Area Board of Directors. He is a Board Certified real estate attorney. http://fisherlawpa.com/

Jared Guberman (JD 2013) has joined GPG Law in Ft. Lauderdale as an associate. He will focus on complex commercial litigation.

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – December 2013

Posted on 12/20/2013

Joseph Santoro (JD 1998) is a shareholder with Gunster Law in West Palm Beach, FL. He was a member of the winning foursome from Gunster at Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County’s 13th Annual Cup of Justice Golf Classic held in October 2013.  He practices in the areas of labor and employment law for employers, including providing litigation and legal counseling to the client.Read more at www.gunster.com

Frederick Segal (JD 2007) is an associate with Broad and Cassel in Miami, FL. He recently spoke to medical residents at JFK Hospital in West Palm Beach about the “Future of Private Practice in Medicine.” He holds an LL.M in Health Law from Widener University School of Law and practices in the firm’s Health Law Practice Group.  He counsels hospitals, physicians, and medical providers on an array of issues.Read more at http://www.broadandcassel.com

Alicia Zweig (JD 2013) joined Kubicki Draper in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Her practice includes commercial litigation, corporate, and construction matters. Read more at http://www.kubickidraper.com/

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – December 2013

Posted on 12/20/2013

Brian Kopelowitz (JD 1996) of Kopelowitz Ostrow in Ft. Lauderdale, FL has been appointed to the Nova Southeastern University’s Ambassadors Board.  He is co-founder of his firm, which handles real estate litigation, general commercial litigation, and corporate transactions. Read more at http://kolawyers.com/attorneys/

Grant Levine (JD 2013) an attorney with Greenberg Traurig, PA in Fort Lauderdale, FL is featured in the Florida Bar News article “Greenberg Traurig Rolls Out New Grad Residency Program.” Click here and scroll down to read the article http://www.floridabar.org/DIVCOM/JN/jnnews01.nsf Read more about the firm at www.gtlaw.com

Melanie May (JD 1981) is a Judge on the Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach, FL.Judge May will be a panelist during a moderated discussion at a January 2014CLE entitled, “Inside the Appellate Court:An Afternoon with the Judges of the Fourth DCA”, to be held at the Boca Raton Country Club.Judge May is also Chair of the Board of Governors for the NSU Shepard Broad Law Center.

Katherine McGovern (JD 2013) joined Kubicki Draper in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Her practice includes personal injury, products liability, and construction defects. Read more at http://www.kubickidraper.com

Amber E. B.McMichael (JD 2004) is an attorney with Clarfield, Okon, Salomone, & Pincus, PL in West Palm Beach, FL. She will introduce a CLE in February 2014 called, “The Yin and Yang of Mediation: The Mediator and The Attorney”, at the Palm Beach County Bar Association. She will also moderate, “Mediator Practice Tips from the Attorney Point of View.” Her practice area includes commercial and residential litigation, plaintiff foreclosures, and real estate transactions.  She is also a certified mediator.  Read more at http://www.clarfieldokon.com/

Katherine Newcomer (JD 2013) has joined Broad and Cassel in West Palm Beach in the commercial litigation practice group. Read more at http://www.broadandcassel.com

Rosemarie S. Roth (JD 1983) owns Roth Family Law in Miami, FL.  She practices collaborative family law and she was recently elected President of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Florida Board of Directors for the 2013-14 year. Visit http://collaborativecouncilflorida.com/ for more information. Read more about her at http://rothfamilylaw.com/

Andrew Rothstein (JD 2012) is an associate in De Varona Law in Boca Raton, FL. The firm practices business litigation and transactional law, wills, trusts, and probate, and appeals.  Read more at http://www.devaronalaw.com/

Leslie Rushing (JD 2012), an associate with Connolly, Geaney, Ablitt, & Willard, P.C. in West Palm Beach, FL, published an article, “Overboard and Unknown” in Travel Law Quarterly 304, which is available  through the NSU Law Library.  Her practice area includes real estate and bankruptcy.

Fausto Sanchez (JD 2010) joined Diaz Reus & Targ in Miami, FL.  His practice areas include family law, civil, and property litigation. Read more at http://www.diazreus.com/

Class Actions – News & Notes About Alumni – December 2013

Posted on 12/20/2013

Bradley W. Biggs(JD 1998) announces the opening of his new law practice, Bradley W. Biggs, P.A. in Wellington, FL.  He is Board Certified in City, County and Local Government Law and also has a mediation practice. He currently represents the Village of Golf and the Town of South Palm Beach.

Amy Bloom (JD 2001) is an attorney with Beasley Hauser Kramer & Galardi, P.A. in  West Palm Beach, FL.  She handles complex commercial litigation, mass torts and product liability cases.  Read more at http://www.beasleylaw.net/

Jeffrey Colbath (JD 1982) Chief Judge of the 15th Judicial Circuit in and for Palm Beach County, FL was featured in the Florida Weekly recently.  The article was written by Eunice Baros (JD 1980) and highlights some key moments of his service on the Bench.  Read about it at
http://palmbeachgardens.floridaweekly.com/news/2013-11-21/Top_News/Chief_judge_follows_a_family_tradition_in_courtroo.html

Whitney Carroll (JD 2013) is an associate with Ciklin, Lubitz, Martens & OConnell, in West Palm Beach, FL. She practices in the areas of land use, zoning, and real property law.  Read more at http://www.ciklinlubitz.com

Brittany Chambers (JD 2011) is an associate with the Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A., in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Her practice includes personal injury, products liability, and complex litigation.  Read more at http://www.schlesingerlaw.com

Nikki Devidze (JD 2012) is an associate with the Mallory Law Group, in Jupiter, FL.  The firm handles commercial litigation, professional malpractice, and family law.  Read more at http://www.mallorylawgroup.com/

Cash Alexander Eaton (JD 2013) is an associate at The Eaton Family Law Firm, P.A. in West Palm Beach, FL.  The firm handles family law matters.

Steven J. Hammer (JD 1986) joined the Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  His practice includes medical malpractice and he recently won a $30 million verdict in Broward County. Read more at http://www.schlesingerlaw.com

Sue-Ellen Kenny (JD 1992) an attorney with Law Offices of Scott Glassman, PA in West Palm Beach, FL will provide the welcome and opening remarks in January 2014 at a CLE entitled, “Inside the Appellate Court: An Afternoon with the Judges of the Fourth DCA”, at the Boca Raton Country Club. Kenny practices in the area of family law and also handles civil and criminal appeals.  She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at NSU Law. Read more at http://glassmanlaw.net/

Reflections 2013: Year in Review - Events for Law Alumni & Friends

Posted on 12/19/2013

1/18/13   Palm Beach Chapter:  E-Filing in Palm Bch Clerk & Comptrollers Office

2/1/13   Symposium:  "Wounds of War: Meeting the Needs of Active-Duty Military Personnel and Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder"

2/2/13    Mentoring Picnic: Law Alumni mentors meet law student mentees

3/2-9/13  NITA "Building Trial Skills" program at NSU Law (15% discount for Alumni)

3/12/13   Central Florida Chapter:  NSU Alumni Night at Orlando Magic v. LA Lakers

3/15/13   E-Filing in Broward County Seminar at NSU Law

4/13/13  Palm Beach Chapter:  Brunch with NSU President Hanbury in West Palm Bch

5/30/13  Central Florida Chapter Networking in Orlando

6/6/13   Tampa Bay Chapter: "Best Practices in the 13th Judicial Circuit" Seminar, Tampa

7/31/13   Tampa Bay Chapter Networking at Champions Sports Bar in Tampa

10/11/13 "Gun Control in American an Jewish Law"  at NSU Law Center

10/12/13  Alumni Association participates in AFriends & Family Day" at NSU. 

10/18/13  "Rules in Action: Civility" Law Alumni Seminar at Broward Bench & Bar Convention.  NSU Law Alumni also had a booth at the Convention.

10/17-19/13 NITA “Building Deposition Skills” at NSU Law (15% discount for Alumni)

11/1/13    "Cognitive Decline in the Chronically Ill:  An Inter Professional Approach" at NSU - a collaboration among HPD Medical, Psychology, and Law

11/7/13     Networking Happy Hour for Alumni & Students at YOLO's in Ft. Lauderdale

12/3/13     Tampa Bay Chapter Holiday Party at Hillsborough Bar Assoc. in Tampa

12/4/13    Central Florida Chapter Holiday Party at 310 Lakeside in Orlando

12/12/13  Law Alumni Holiday Party at Grande Oaks in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

12/19/13  Palm Beach Holiday Party at Gunster Law in W. Palm Beach, FL

Carlos Pietro Named 2013 Recipient of The Honorable Melanie May Changing Lives Scholarship

Posted on 12/09/2013

Carlos Prieto, 2013 recipient of The Honorable Judge Melanie May Changing Lives Scholarship and third-year law student at NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center, recently met Judge May to thank her in person for her “incredible generosity” and for “giving so much to a complete stranger.” Carlos is a native of Colombia. When asked how this scholarship and his desire to become a lawyer impacted his life and others, he explains, “I came to this country without knowing the English language, worked hard, and soon I will be a lawyer who must be proficient at communication. This goes to show that dreams do come true if you work at them.” He goes on to say, “Judge May’s scholarship lessens my financial burden significantly, but it also motivates me to want to give in the future so I can support a scholarship that will impact someone else’s life as Judge May has impacted mine. This law degree will allow me to continue helping others in the community,” says Pietro.

 Photo: Left to Right Dean Elena Langan, Carlos Prieto, The Honorable Judge Melanie May

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