Catherine Arcabascio

Catherine Arcabascio

Associate Dean, International Programs & Professor of Law

B.A. New York University
J.D. Boston College Law School


Catherine Arcabascio is Associate Dean for International Programs and oversees Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center’s study abroad and dual degree programs in six countries.  She also has been a professor at Shepard Broad Law Center since 1993, and currently teaches criminal law and criminal procedure.  Dean Arcabascio also served as a director of the Shepard Broad Law Center Criminal Justice Clinic for more than a decade. 

Dean Arcabascio’s areas of scholarly interest, however, expand beyond the subjects she currently teaches. They also include scientific evidence, clinical legal education and the transnational practice of law. She is a published author of various scholarly articles and currently is working on a Criminal Law text to be published by Carolina Academic Press in 2015. Dean Arcabascio also has been a guest speaker at numerous national and international conferences, including a presentation in Rome, Italy in June 2013 on the expansion of the U.S. clinic model to European law schools.   

Additionally, Dean Arcabascio is the co-founder of the Florida Innocence Project, a pro bono organization that was dedicated to representing individuals who maintain that they were wrongfully convicted. The work of that organization and volunteer Shepard Broad Law Center students resulted in two exonerations in the State of Florida.

Before joining the faculty at Shepard Broad Law Center, she worked as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, New York and as a litigation associate at the law firm of Shutts & Bowen in Miami. Dean Arcabascio received her J.D. from Boston College Law School, her B.A. from New York University and is admitted to practice in both New York and Florida. 

Areas of Interest

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Scientific Evidence
  • International Programs

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