Olympia DuhartDirector of First-Year Lawyering Skills & Values Program & Professor of Law
EducationB.A., cum laude University Of Miami, 1989
J.D., magna cum laude Nova Southeastern University, 2003
Olympia Duhart is Professor of Law and Director of the Lawyering Skills and Values (“LSV”) Program at the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University. Professor Duhart teaches LSV I, LSV II, Constitutional Law, and Women & the Law. She is an elected member of the Board of Governors for the Society of American Law Teachers. She 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. She also served for many years as the faculty liaison for the Stephen R. Booher American Inn of Court chapter in Broward County. She has also coached for the Moot Court Society and for the Black Law Students Association. She was recently appointed to serve on the Grievance Committee for the 17th Circuit “D” for the Florida Bar.
Before joining the faculty at NSU, she was a founding member of the Critical Skills Program at Nova. Previously, she worked as an attorney in the litigation department at Ruden McClosky. She also spent several years doing pro bono work with the Florida Innocence Project. Prior to attending law school, Professor Duhart taught in the English department at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Professor Duhart also worked as a staff reporter for The Miami Herald, where she covered municipal government and schools. Her articles have appeared in national print and in online magazines. She continues to contribute to blogs, including the NAACP Defenders Online, the SALTLAW blog and The Huffington Post.
Professor Duhart’s scholarship focuses government accountability for historically marginalized groups of people. She has published extensively on Hurricane Katrina survivors. She has most recently written about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among veterans and members of the military. She also served as a member of the Editorial Board for Vulnerable Populations and Transformative Teaching: A Critical Reader. In addition, Professor Duhart has written in the areas of active learning, assessments, and teaching methods. She has conducted presentations on teaching methods for law professors at conferences hosted by the Legal Writing Institute, the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, and the National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, among others. In 2009, Professor Duhart was recognized as NSU’s recipient for the Association of American Law Schools Award for Teaching. She was also named Professor of the Year by the NSU Student Bar Association in 2012. Professor Duhart graduated magna cum laude from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center, where she was a Goodwin Scholar. She earned her B.A. in English, cum laude, from the University of Miami.