Nova Southeastern University

10/27/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/27/2017 14:13

NSU Shepard Broad College of Law celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first graduating class

NSU Shepard Broad College of Law celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first graduating class

For Immediate Release


FT LAUDERALE/DAVIE, FLA. - Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Shepard Broad College of Law will welcome alumni and friends back to campus on Saturday, Nov. 4 to celebrate the 40 anniversary of the charter graduating class of 1977 through 2017. The NSU Law reunion coincides with NSU's Homecoming week of events Nov. 4 - 11, 2017.

'I am thrilled to have this opportunity to see former classmates and professors from the Charter Class, said the Hon. Dan Wilensky, 4 Judicial Circuit of Duval County, a member of the original class 40 years ago. 'We all took a chance on a brand-new law school. The professors and our education were top notch. I'm sure NSU is also proud of the accomplishments and careers of their thousands of graduates over the years. I have not seen most of my peers from the Charter Class in 40 years. I can't wait!'

The law school will take this opportunity to recognize the more than 100 of alumni who have served as members of the judiciary. NSU Law's judiciary alumni serve in Georgia, Illinois, Texas and throughout the state of Florida.

'This is an important benchmark for NSU's Shepard Broad College of Law,' said Dean Jon M. Garon. 'For over four decades our alumni have made a difference to the clients they serve and the quality of justice in our nation.' Dean Garon added, 'the impact our alumni have had while serving as judges serves as a role model to our current students and all those who study law.'

NSU's Shepard Broad College of Law opened on Sept. 5, 1974 with eight faculty members, and graduated its first class of 154 students in 1977. By 1979 there were 23 faculty members and an incoming class of 210 students that studied at the new East Campus building located at 3100 SW 9 Ave., Fort Lauderdale. The Leo Goodwin Sr. Hall Law Building on main campus was opened in 1992 with 636 students. In 2017, with 48 full-time faculty and 78 adjunct faculty, NSU Law welcomed 244 new law students bringing the total enrollment this year to more than 700 students. Since 1974, NSU Law has graduated over 10,000 alumni.

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About NSU Shepard Broad College of Law: Nova Southeastern University's College of Law offers a cutting edge, skills-centered academic program in three-year full-time and four-year part-time divisions. With its recently redeveloped clinical programs, every NSU Law student is guaranteed a live-client experience. In-house clinical studies are supplemented by full-time field placement opportunities practicing law in Florida, across the United States, or select locations throughout the globe. To solidify student success after graduation, NSU Law pioneered a curriculum on the business of lawyering through the Global Law Leadership Initiative. NSU Law students have a myriad of curricular opportunities, including a rich, diverse curriculum, concentrations in International Law or Health Law; dual degree programs abroad in Rome, Barcelona, or Prague; dual degree programs at many of NSU's other 17 colleges; and much more. For more information, please visit

About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): Ranked among US News & World Report's Top 200 National Research Universities and located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. A private, not-for-profit institution, NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa Bay, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. For more than 50 years, NSU has been awarding degrees in a wide range of fields, while fostering groundbreaking research and an impactful commitment to community. Classified as a research university with 'high research activity' by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is 1 of only 50 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie's Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private, not-for-profit institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education's criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. Please visit for more information about NSU and for more information on the largest fundraising campaign in NSU history.

October 27, 2017

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