Dean, Shepard Broad Law Center

Posted: Nov 12, 2013
Nova Southeastern University (HQ)

Florida, United States

The Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University (“NSU Law”) is built on a foundation of integrity, advocacy, community service, leadership, and development of practice-ready attorneys.  In 2012, NSU Law’s programs were ranked among the top ten law schools in the nation for bar preparation due in large part to its extraordinary faculty, focused programs, and dedicated students.  Students at NSU Law are focused on becoming outstanding lawyers and engaged in cultivating relationships with one another for the betterment of their law school experience and career.

NSU Law’s mission is to ensure that students develop the knowledge, skills, and values that are at the heart of becoming trusted, highly adept, professional lawyers who are respected for serving clients, their communities, and justice.  In furtherance of this mission, NSU Law offers a rigorous traditional academic program in three-year day and four-year evening versions. NSU Law prides itself on preparing graduates to make a smooth transition from the classroom to the courtroom or boardroom.  Every student completes a four-semester Lawyering Skills and Values (“LSV”) course that combines traditional legal reasoning, writing, and research with an introduction to lawyer interviewing, counseling, negotiating, mediating, advocacy, and other critical skills in a simulated law firm experience.  LSV introduces an innovative approach to legal education, one that integrates legal theory with practice, professionalism, and technology from the first day of law school.

Clinical education is an important part of the NSU Law experience.  In fact, as part of its on-going commitment to clinical education, every student who meets the clinic criteria has the opportunity to participate in one of NSU Law’s clinics.

NSU Law students also have a unique opportunity to study both common law and civil law through its dual-degree programs in Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic.  Additionally, NSU Law offers students the ability to earn joint degrees in other disciplines; the disciplines include, for example, business, medicine, and dentistry.

About the NSU Law’s Faculty:
An integral part of NSU Law is its faculty. NSU Law’s faculty are true mentors and role models that challenge and inspire their students. Their expertise and competence in established and emerging areas of law provide the bridge between tradition and evolution in the legal profession. Many of NSU Law’s faculty are nationally recognized legal experts in their fields, and have published books and articles that have appeared in prominent law journals across the country.  Some faculty members remain involved in practice, whether arguing cases before the Supreme Court or serving as counsel to both government entities and large corporations. Others remain active in social justice work.  With years of experience at the bar and bench, NSU Law’s professors bring valuable insight to the classroom, impacting the life and education of each student as they influence and inform national and international legal opinion. With open-door policies, coaching of advocacy teams, advising student organizations and providing opportunities for success, NSU Law’s faculty and staff support students' successful entry and advancement in the bar and other professions. Its faculty members are involved outside of NSU Law in national, regional and local bar associations and a host of other civic projects and organizations providing students the balance between academic excellence, professionalism, involvement in the community and relevancy in a changing legal profession.

After five years of leadership and service to NSU Law, the former dean, Athornia Steele, stepped down in order to return to the Law Center as a full-time faculty member.  He will return to NSU Law after his sabbatical.

As the chief academic and administrative officer of the Law Center, the Dean is responsible for leadership of the school’s academic and administrative affairs.  The Dean will provide innovative vision and leadership in order to maintain and advance the stature of the Law Center.  The Dean is also a tenured faculty member of the Law Center. There are several dimensions across which the Dean must function:

1) Academic: The Dean is a leader, colleague, and mentor with respect to the faculty; teacher and administrator with respect to students; and interacts with University administrators, the practicing bar, legal educators, potential employers, and alumni.  The Dean is responsible for curriculum, faculty and personnel actions, and academic administrative decisions.  The Dean ensures that all standards of accreditation are met for the Law Center.

2) Personnel:  The Dean is responsible for decisions related to Law Center personnel, including preparation of faculty contract renewal, promotion, tenure, and sabbatical materials for submission to appropriate University officials. The Dean supervises Law Center leadership as necessary to meet the goals and mission of the program.

3) Fundraising: In conjunction with University development officers, the Dean implements a development plan for funding off-budget Law Center needs. Works with faculty, alumni, and Law Center administrators to develop programs that will attract philanthropic interest. Works closely with the Law Center Board of Governors and other local, regional, national, and global external constituencies.

4) Strategic Planning: In conjunction with senior Law Center administrators and faculty, the Dean develops plans for new programs and refinement of existing programs. Reacts to external developments which may affect the Law Center. Must be able to articulate and implement both a short- and long-term vision for the Law Center. The Dean provides fiscal leadership for the Law Center.

5) University: The Dean serves on University committees as appointed by the President or Provost/ Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs. The Dean must work effectively with a variety of constituencies within the Law Center and externally.

6) Other duties as assigned by the President or Provost/ Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs.


Candidates will have the following experience/qualifications:

  • A distinguished record of professional and intellectual leadership.
  • Previous administrative experience in educational services, preferably in legal education.
  • Previous experience in executive decision making, managing and organizing.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, organizational skills, and strong verbal/writing skills; must be reliable and dependable.                         

Earned Juris Doctorate from an accredited University and qualifications sufficient to earn appointment as a member of the Law Center faculty with tenure.


Nova Southeastern University is an equal opportunity employer and is in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  NSU encourages applications from individuals of varied experiences and backgrounds.

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