Prof. J. Danixia Cuevas
Visiting Professor of Law
Prof. (Jenny) Danixia Cuevas received a BA in political science and French from Rutgers University in New Jersey and a JD from Rutgers University Law School, Newark. She is presently a full professor at Miami Dade College (MDC) in Florida. She teaches in an American Bar Association Paralegal Studies Department within the MDC Law Center. During her tenure at MDC, she has taught paralegal and law classes: Business Law I, Business Law II, Introduction to Fundamentals of Law, Legal Ethics, as well as capstone courses. Prof. Cuevas has received several awards at MDC: the 2007-2010 Wachovia Bank Endowed Chair for outstanding teaching excellence, a Faculty Leadership Seminar fellowship, and the Outstanding Service Learning Faculty Member of the Year Award. She wrote “Service Learning and Paralegal Education” forParalegal Educator and co-authored “Pathways for Global Professionals Model UN Publication.” Her service learning projects have been featured in MDC Magazine. She is also an active presenter at paralegal education conferences on topics including service learning and teaching. In addition to teaching and scholarship, Prof. Cuevas has engaged in many service learning projects: providing free immigration law assistance to clients with the help of paralegal students during the Miami Book Fair International; creating Parent Advocacy Training, an interdisciplinary faculty approach to service learning where students worked on law topics including Special Education Law with a special emphasis on homeless families; working on projects related to domestic violence and the Haitian community; and collaborating with a local law school in order to work on environmental jurisprudence issues with her paralegal students. Additionally, she was chosen by Girl Scouts of America to work on a unique pilot project called Take Charge which taught young girls about the issue of domestic violence and also taught them about careers in the law. Prof. Cuevas spent years working with ASPIRA, a national non-profit organization dedicated to empowering children to become leaders through education. She created the Pathways to College Mentoring Project and subsequently became a board member of the local ASPIRA of Florida organization. Prof. Cuevas’ Fulbright project entails teaching law and paralegal courses with a specific focus on business law. She proposes co-teaching module(s) with a particular focus on experiential, simulation and collaborative pedagogy. She would also like to present a workshop for utilizing innovative teaching methodologies including the use of online courses as well as the creation of paralegal programs.