P.A.D. Webinar Series - Mock Law School Class - Law and the Pandemic
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 Export to Your Calendar 7/14/2020
When: July 14, 2020
12:00 pm EDT
Where: United States
Contact: Phi Alpha Delta

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Mock Class - Law and the Pandemic

Join us on Tuesday, July 14 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT
for a special presentation for Phi Alpha Delta members only.


Are you ready for law school? Let's find out in this Mock Class taught by Professor Rizzardi of St. Thomas Law in Miami, Florida.

When we hear about COVID, "social distancing" and "shelter-at-home orders," there is far more involved than just public health concerns.  Learn about how current events and the response to the pandemic has been shaped by administrative law, civil procedure and constitutional law. 

This webinar is geared toward members planning to apply to law school, currently applying for law school, or planning to start law school in the future. This webinar will NOT be recorded.

Our Presenters:

Keith Rizzardi, Professor of Law, St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, FL: Professor Keith W. Rizzardi serves as a Professor of Law at St. Thomas University. His areas of practice, teaching and scholarship include administrative law, civil procedure, environmental law, and professional responsibility, and his experience has qualified him as an expert witness in lawyer regulation disputes involving discovery and malpractice. Prior to teaching, he provided years of government service as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice Environmental and Natural Resources Division and as a managing attorney for the South Florida Water Management District. He has also worked with the Florida League of Cities and represented local governments, working on open government laws and regulatory compliance. His research exposed abuses of the Florida public records law and led to major reforms.

An active member of the Florida Bar, and a Board Certified Specialist in State & Federal Administrative Practice, Professor Rizzardi twice chaired The Florida Bar Government Lawyer Section, and served on the bar’s ethics and professionalism committees. His scholarship in legal ethics and lawyer regulation qualified him as an expert witness in a malpractice matter. He volunteers as an ombudsman for the U.S. Department of Defense, helping military service members and their civilian companies to resolve employment related disputes.

A graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A. 1991), University of Florida (J.D. 1994) and Florida Atlantic University (M.P.A. 1998), Professor Rizzardi has authored authored a civil procedure casebook, is working on a new administrative law case book, and has authored nearly two dozen law review and journal articles and book chapters. He has shared his education and experience all over the globe: including domestic conferences at Columbia Law School, the University of Florida, Yale Law School, and Brookhaven National Laboratory, and international speaking engagements at the UNESCO Water Institute in the Netherlands and the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing.  

Jessica Fonseca-Nader, Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Scholarships, St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, FL: Jessica Fonseca-Nader is the Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Scholarships at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami. Dean Fonseca-Nader, a graduate of St. Thomas Law, joined St. Thomas University School of Law as full-time Legal Writing faculty in 2006.

Before joining the St. Thomas Law faculty, Dean Fonseca-Nader served as career clerk to The Honorable David L. Levy and, later, to The Honorable Barbara Lagoa, at the Third District Court of Appeal. Dean Fonseca-Nader has extensive experience in civil litigation support and appellate practice. After graduating from law school, Dean Fonseca-Nader joined Bunnell, Woulfe, Kirschbaum, Keller, McIntyre as an associate, working directly under the firm’s Appellate Division partner. Later in her career, from 2006 until 2015, Dean Fonseca-Nader joined Black Srebnick Kornspan & Stumpf as Special Counsel.

Dean Fonseca-Nader has taught Legal Research and Writing, Advanced Legal Writing, Appellate Advocacy, and Art of Lawyering. She currently teaches a Seminar course, Moral Dilemmas. As a student, Dean Fonseca-Nader was the Editor-In-Chief of the St. Thomas Law Review, served as a research assistant to two professors, was selected to the Appellate Litigation Clinic where she argued criminal cases before the Third District Court of Appeal in Miami, and published an article: Florida’s Comprehensive Medical Malpractice Reform Act: Is it Time for a Change? 8 ST. THOMAS L. REV. 551 (1996).

Dean Fonseca-Nader has served on many LSAC and Pre-Law Association Committees and Panels.

As a student, Dean Fonseca-Nader was a member of Nova University's PAD Pre-Law Chapter and St. Thomas University School of Law's PAD Chapter.  She is currently the faculty advisor of Phi Alpha Delta Soia Mentschikoff Chapter at St. Thomas University School of Law. 


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It is through devotion to the ideals of Integrity, Compassion, Courage, Professionalism, Service, Diversity, and Innovation that we better both our profession and our community. Through accepting our differences we become not just a law fraternity, but a family.