Debra Moss Vollweiler

  • Visiting Professor


BS, Tufts University
JD, Boston College Law School (cum laude)

Debra Moss Vollweiler joined the Elisabeth Haub School of Law faculty as a visiting professor for the Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 semesters. While at Haub Law, she will be teaching Secured Transactions and Corporations and Partnerships.

Professor Vollweiler currently serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a tenured Professor of Law at Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and is the former Interim Dean of the College of Law. At NSU Law, Professor Vollweiler teaches Contracts, UCC: Secured Transactions, UCC: Sales, and other business and commercial law courses. A frequently published scholar, her works have focused on professionalism, teaching, learning, and attorney discipline. Her latest works, entitled, If you Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em (Virtually): Institutionally Managing Law Students as Consumers in a COVID World and If you Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em: Institutionally Managing Law Students as Consumers, are both published in the Pace Law Review.

In 2016, Professor Vollweiler was named a fellow for the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism, presenting on the inclusion of professional identity and other professionalism learning outcomes in the law school curriculum. An expert on the law school curriculum, she is also the co-author of "Legal Education at a Crossroads," a book examining curricular change in law schools nationwide and advocating for data based curriculum development. In 2017, she was also recognized by the Florida Bar with the statewide Law Faculty Professionalism award.

Very well-regarded by the students at NSU Law, in 2017, Professor Vollweiler also received NSU’s Distinguished Professor of the Year award for the College of Law. She was also named "Professor of the Year" by the College of Law Student Bar Association in 2007, 2014, and 2015. In both 2019 and 2021, she was the NSU College of Law Executive of the Year.

Further, Professor Vollweiler is a member of two executive committees of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS), both the Teaching Methods section and the Section on Associate Deans for Academic Affairs and Research. She serves as a site inspector for the ABA accreditation process and has spoken nationally on teaching, learning, and professionalism at the AALS, Southeastern Association of Law Schools, and ABA Conferences, among others. She also has forthcoming articles on Syllabus Out, “Skillabus” In: A New Kind of Academic Road Map for Legal Education and The COVID Crisis Impact on Legal Education.

Professor Vollweiler is a graduate of Boston College Law School and Tufts University and began her work in legal education by establishing the Public Interest Law Center at the NSU College of Law in 1995.