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Nelson/Mack Meet Face-to-face in U.S. Sen. Debate at NSU - Experts Available for Pre and Post Debate Commentary

Released: 17-Oct-2012 1:05 PM EDT
Source Newsroom: Nova Southeastern University
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Nelson/Mack Set for Face-to-Face Showdown in U.S. Senate Race’s Only Debate

NSU Political Experts Available for Pre and Post Debate Commentary and Analysis

FT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Tonight, Florida voters will have an opportunity to hear from Florida’s incumbent senator, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D) and Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Connie Mack. With the balance of power in the U.S. Senate possibly at stake, the two candidates will face-off at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Davie, Florida (Broward County) which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. (EDT).

NSU’s political experts will be available pre and post-debate to answer questions and provide commentary. They include:

Charles L. Zelden, Ph.D.
Professor, History, Law and Politics
Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences

Background: Zelden is a professor of Legal and Constitutional History (with a specialty in voting rights, election law and judicial politics) at Nova Southeastern University. He has provided media outlets-locally and nationally-with objective insights and analysis regarding presidential candidates, local politicians, political races and the electoral process.

The author of Voting Rights on Trial (2002), Battle for the Black Ballot (2004), Bush V. Gore: Exposing the Hidden Crisis in American Democracy (2008, abridged 2010), The Supreme Court and Elections (2009) and the forthcoming Thurgood Marshall: Race, Rights and the Struggle for a More Perfect Union (expected pub. date, May, 2013). Zelden is well versed in providing an in-depth, nonpartisan look at the controversial politics and election results in Florida.

Gary Gershman, J.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, History and Legal Studies
Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences

Background: Gershman is an associate professor of legal studies and history, and the current chair of the Legal Studies program at NSU's Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences He holds a law degree from Villanova School of Law and a Masters and Ph.D. in history from Duke University. He teaches classes in American history, Government, Constitutional law and history, and Genocide and the Holocaust. Gershman has authored two books - one on the Death Penalty [Death Penalty on Trial: A Handbook with Cases, Law and Documents] and one on the Congress [The Legislative Branch of Federal Government: People, Politics and Process].

G. Nelson Bass III, J.D., Ph.D. (expected December 2012)
Lecturer, Political Science
Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences

Background: Bass is a lecturer of political science at NSU's Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences. He holds a law degree from the University Of Miami, and is currently finishing his Ph.D. in political science at Florida International University. His focus is on International Relations and American Foreign Policy. He teaches classes in International Relations, American Government, The Presidency, and Congress at NSU.

Kathy Cerminara, J.D., J.S.D.
Professor of Law
Shepard Broad

Background: Cerminara, a professor of Law at NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center, teaches The Law of Managed Health Care, Torts, Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, a Law and Medicine Seminar and other health-law-related courses. She also created, was the initial director of, and teaches in the online Master of Science in Health Law program for non-lawyers. Cerminara's scholarship focuses on patients' rights in the managed health care system, as reflected in articles that have appeared in the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, American Journal of Law & Medicine, Health Matrix, the Stetson Law Review, and Psychology, Public Policy & Law, the journal of the American Psychological Association.

Professor Cerminara received her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh and her LL.M. and J.S.D. from Columbia University. She is an affiliate member of the Health Law and Elder Law Sections of The Florida Bar and a member of the Pennsylvania Bar and organizations such as the American Bar Association, the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics and the American Health Lawyers Association.

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