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Megan F. Chaney

Megan Chaney
Co-Director, Criminal Justice Field Placement Clinic & Professor of Law
(954) 262-6322


  • J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2000

Professor Chaney joined Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law in the Summer of 2013 bringing with her formidable classroom teaching, clinical administration and criminal practice experience.  In the Summer of 2015, Professor Chaney was appointed to serve as the first Director of Trial & Appellate Advocacy at the Shepard Broad College of Law to help fortify the advocacy pillar of the law school’s global initiative.   At the law school, Professor Chaney co-directs the Criminal Justice Field Placement clinic, teaches Criminal Law, Trial Advocacy and Professional Responsibility while also coaching competitive trial and moot court teams.  

Before joining NSU, Professor Chaney was the Director of Clinical Programs and Experiential Learning and an Associate Professor of Law at University of La Verne College of Law in Southern California where she taught Evidence, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Trial Advocacy, Lawyering Skills Practicum, and Professional Responsibility.  She was also the founding faculty advisor for the award-winning La Verne Trial Team. Professor Chaney was promoted to Associate Professor of Law in 2012. 

Professor Chaney was appointed Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in 2006 where she taught Criminal Procedure and co-directed the Juvenile Justice Clinic.

Professor Chaney was a Robert M. Cover Clinical Teaching Fellow and Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School from 2004-2006. While at Yale, she worked with Professor Ronald. S. Sullivan, Jr., former Director of Public Defender Services in Washington, D.C. She supervised students representing clients accused of felony crimes in Connecticut and co-taught Criminal Defense Theory & Ethics.

Professor Chaney’s experience includes serving as an Assistant Public Defender at the Miami-Dade County Public Defender's Office. She is proud of the clinical education she received in both the Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate Clinics at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in Manhattan. Professor Chaney has spoken at numerous academic conferences throughout the United States, including the AALS Clinical Conference, the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, the Wells Adoption Conference at Capital Law School, and the CALI Conference for Law School Computing. In the fall of 2007, she helped develop and teach the training curriculum for the Western Juvenile Defender Center at the National Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit. Her latest articles about post-adjudicatory juvenile defense were published by the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy & Capital Law Review.

Areas of Interest

  • Clinical Education
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Legal Education
  • Litigation
  • Trial Advocacy

View Selected Works | Curriculum Vitae

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