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Monday, November 24, 2014

Professor Nancy Rapoport to Attend American Bankruptcy Institute Executive Committee Meeting, Conference

Nancy B. Rapoport is the Gordon Silver Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

From Dec. 3 to 6, Professor Rapoport will attend the American Bankruptcy Institute's Executive Committee and Board of Directors meeting as well as the organization's 2014 Winter Leadership Conference. The meeting and conference will take place in Palm Springs, Calif.

The conference will feature topics designed for consumer and business practitioners, as well as financial advisors. It will also include an ethics session that focuses on social media.

Professor Rapoport's specialties are bankruptcy ethics, ethics in governance, and the depiction of lawyers in popular culture. 

Nevada Bar Intellectual Property Law Section’s 2014 Annual Conference at Boyd

By Marketa Trimble, Associate Professor of Law 

On Nov. 14, 2014, the William S. Boyd School of Law co-sponsored and hosted the annual Intellectual Property Law Conference of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Nevada. This is the second year the Law School has hosted the Conference, which offers an excellent opportunity for Section members, the Boyd faculty, and Boyd students to discuss current issues in intellectual property law and network with colleagues sharing common interests.

The program began with two morning sessions presenting an in-depth look at selected problems of franchising and intellectual property licensing. Matthew J. Kreutzer (Howard & Howard, Las Vegas, NV) shared his expertise in franchising, which has evolved over his more than 15 years of working with individuals and companies on franchising relationships. Paul C. Jorgensen (The Jorgensen Law Firm, Washington, D.C.) gave an overview of major issues in licensing and provided valuable practice tips related to drafting and negotiating intellectual property licenses.

The first afternoon session was divided into two tracks. Track One focused on copyright and trademark law; Professor Mary LaFrance and Associate Professor Marketa Trimble, both Boyd faculty members, reviewed recent and current developments in trademark and copyright law from the past year, including U.S. Supreme Court 2014 decisions in these areas. Professor Justin Hughes (Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA) spoke on enforcement of intellectual property rights on the Internet and provided a comparative perspective that is useful in an era of Internet and other cross-border intellectual property right disputes. Track Two concentrated on patent law. Herbert R. Schulze (Holland & Hart, Reno, NV) covered the historical development of the law on patentable subject matter and discussed its current trajectory following the heavily criticized June 2014 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l. Juergen Krause-Polstorff (San Jose, CA) addressed current issues in functional claiming, and David C. Van Dyke (Howard & Howard, Chicago, IL) spoke on patent litigation concerning standard essential patents, fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory licensing terms that owners of such patents must offer, and obligations stemming from participation in standard-setting organizations.

The second afternoon session covered a variety of current issues in entertainment law. The panel chair, Ryan R. Gile (Weide & Miller, Ltd., Las Vegas, NV), invited a group of highly experienced local attorneys who generously shared cautionary tales and practice tips spanning privacy law, the right of publicity, employment law, Internet domain name law, professional responsibility, and other areas. The panelists were Anat Levy (Beverly Hills, CA, and Las Vegas, NV), Linda Norcross (‘04, Howard & Howard, Las Vegas, NV), Steven Pacitti (Feldmann Nagel, LLC, Las Vegas, NV), and Kimberly Stein (Howard & Howard, Las Vegas, NV).

The William S. Boyd School of Law is proud to be a co-sponsor of the annual Conference of the Intellectual Property Law Section; Boyd co-sponsorship is one of the many ways the law school connects with the State Bar of Nevada.

Professor Addie Rolnick Cited in Report by United States Attorney General

Addie Rolnick is an associate professor of law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

The United States Attorney General's Task Force on American Indian and Alaska Native Children recently released a report titled, "Ending Violence so Children Can Thrive."

A portion of the report addresses juvenile justice and Native youth, with multiple cites to Professor Rolnick's scholarship and work.

Professor Rolnick's scholarship focuses on bridging gaps between civil rights, Critical Race Theory, federal Indian law, and indigenous rights.

Boyd Alumna Deonne Contine ’05 Appointed Head of Nevada Department of Taxation

On Nov. 20, the Las Vegas Sun reported Boyd alumna Deonne Contine ’05 was appointed director of the state Department of Taxation. She succeeds Chris Nielsen, who was named to the governor’s staff.

Prior to her appointment by Governor Brian Sandoval, Contine served as chief deputy executive director in the department.

Professor Michael Kagan Featured on National Public Radio

Professor Michael Kagan is co-director of the Immigration Clinic at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On Nov. 24, he was interviewed by National Public Radio's Morning Edition in a segment titled, "Executive Order On Immigration Creates Demand For Legal Advice."

In the segment, he says, "This is really going to be huge here. As you may know, Nevada has the highest rate of unauthorized immigrants per capita in the country. A lot of these people, if they went to a responsible lawyer, the responsible answer was 'There's nothing I can do for you.' Now, for at least a lot of people, there is something available. It's tenuous. There are details that have to be filled in. People will worry about how stable it is. But there is something that someone could think about applying for if they fall into these criteria, and a lot of people will."

Professor Kagan has written several of the most widely cited articles in the fields of refugee and asylum law. His research on credibility assessment in asylum cases has been repeatedly relied on by federal appellate courts and, according to a 2012 commentary, has "guided most subsequent research and analysis on the topic."

Professor Sylvia Lazos Interviewed by Univision Las Vegas about Immigration

Sylvia Lazos is the Justice Myron Leavitt Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On Nov. 20, she was interviewed by Univision Las Vegas (5:14 mark) about President Obama’s immigration plan in a news feature titled “El Presidente anuncia una orden ejecutiva” (The President announced an executive order).

Professor Lazos is a frequent op-ed contributor, and her expertise is sought by print and broadcast media on a wide range of subjects, including higher education, immigration, race relations, government, voting and initiatives.