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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law Expands Gaming Law Program with New Degree Offering

Law school to launch Master of Laws in Gaming Law and Regulation

LAS VEGAS – The UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law is offering a new Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Gaming Law and Regulation, welcoming its first class in fall 2015.

The first of its kind in the nation, the LL.M. program provides students with a unique educational experience in the expanding, worldwide industry of gaming and builds on the concentration of gaming resources and expertise at UNLV and in Nevada.

“Our location in Las Vegas gives us a unique advantage,” said Daniel W. Hamilton, dean of the Boyd School of Law. “Gaming law is a sophisticated and growing field both nationally and internationally, and our goal is to be the national leader in training those interested in gaming law.”

The LL.M. degree serves as a natural complement to the Boyd School of Law’s existing Juris Doctor (J.D.) program, which already offers its students more gaming courses than any other law school in the country.

The gaming law program is led by Ngai Pindell, associate dean of academic affairs at the Boyd School of Law.

“When Boyd first opened in 1998, it made sense to focus on areas other than gaming law as we worked to solidify our identity as a top public law school,” said Pindell. “Now the time is right to embrace the school’s role as a leader in the field. Gaming is a flourishing multi-billion dollar industry which continues to expand its footprint worldwide.”

Offered to both foreign and domestic students who hold a J.D., Bachelor of Laws, or equivalent law degree, the program will take one academic year for full-time students or two academic years for part-time students.

Core courses will include Introduction to Gaming Law, Federal Gaming Law and Indian Gaming, Principles of Casino and Gaming Management, and a Drafting Project. Students will also choose from a variety of elective courses in subjects such as Casino Resort Law, Entertainment Law, and Cyberlaw.

UNLV offers access to the leading gaming law experts in the world and will work closely with the professional community. The LL.M. program builds on successful collaborations with the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, the International Gaming Institute, and the Center for Gaming Research.

The first class will enroll in fall 2015. Application materials will be available on the program's website.

For more information on the Boyd School of Law’s LL.M. in Gaming Law and Regulation, visit law.unlv.edu/GamingLaw.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Professor Ruben Garcia Quoted in Capitol Alert

Ruben J. Garcia is a Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On Sept. 10, Garcia was quoted in the Capitol Alert article "Jerry Brown signs bill requiring employers to give paid sick leave."

“It’s very unlikely to get any federal legislation in the workplace area – particularly something as controversial as this – through the Congress in the next two years,” he said in the article.

A recognized expert in the field of labor and employment law, Garcia teaches Labor Law, Employment Law, Constitutional Law, and Professional Responsibility at the Boyd School of Law. He has been quoted in the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal, among others, and has appeared on national and local radio and television programs. 

4th Annual Public Interest Law Film Festival – September 18-19, 2014

The 4th Annual Public Interest Law Film Festival will be held at the Boyd School of Law and Barrick Museum on the UNLV campus on Thursday and Friday, September 18 and 19.  This year's festival, co-sponsored by the Access to Justice Commission, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, and Snell & Wilmer, focuses on voting rights and participatory democracy. Speakers and panelists join us from the film world (critic Elvis Mitchell), the judiciary (Judge Richard Boulware and Judge Karen Bennett-Haron), UNLV faculty (Professors Lipman, Tanenhaus, and more), community leaders (ProgressNow Nevada, the Culinary Union, and the League of Women Voters), and voting rights experts from across the campus and the country.  Former Nevada Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley will open the festival and Congresswoman Dina Titus will virtually welcome attendees.

A highlight of the festival will be the reception Thursday evening, from 5:30 to 7:30pm in the Barrick Museum, at which Judge Richard Boulware will receive the Public Interest Law Film Festival Humanitarian Award. The festival is free and open to the public. More information, including a schedule of events and films, is available at http://www.law.unlv.edu/publicinterestfilmfestival2014.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sept. 11 Boyd Briefs Now Available

The Sept. 11 edition of Boyd Briefs is now available.

This week's edition features Professor Rebecca Scharf, student Ashleigh Wise, and alumnus Joe Cain '01.

Professor Scharf's keen intellect and steadfast dedication to students, colleagues, and alumni has played an important role in shaping the ambition and character of Boyd. Last year, she added a substantial commitment to her scholarship by joining the tenure track.

This past summer, Wise worked as an intern for the United States Internal Revenue Service. She has also participated in the nationally recognized Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which is administered by the Asian American Advocacy Clinic.

Cain is General Counsel of Fine Properties, LLC, which operates a variety of businesses across the valley. As a proud member of the Boyd community, he greatly values the terrific education he received, and the rewarding career and relationships it made possible for him.

To subscribe to Boyd Briefs, visit law.unlv.edu/BoydBriefs.

Dean Dan Hamilton to Join Panel at Hot Topic Luncheon Series

Dan Hamilton is the Dean and Richard J. Morgan Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Dean Hamilton will participate on a panel hosted by the Las Vegas Review-Journal (RJ) entitled Hashtags & Headlines, #RJHeadlines. The panel, part of the RJ’s Hot Topic Luncheon monthly series, will be held on Monday, Sept. 15.

In addition to Dean Hamilton, panelists include James Hardesty, Nevada Supreme Court justice; Bill Maupin, shareholder at Lionel Sawyer & Collins; and Catherine Cortez-Masto, attorney general of the State of Nevada. Political columnist Steve Sebelius of the RJ will moderate the discussion regarding whether Nevada needs an appellate court, how it would work, and what it would mean for regular people in their daily lives.

Dean Hamilton researches and writes primarily on American property ideology and the legal and constitutional issues raised by the Civil War. He has written numerous articles and reviews on American legal history.

Professor Elizabeth MacDowell to Attend Clinical Law Review's Clinical Writers' Workshop

Professor Elizabeth MacDowell is the Director of the Family Justice Clinic at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On Sept. 27, MacDowell will attend the Clinical Law Review’s Clinical Writers’ Workshop at New York University.

In addition to presenting her work-in-progress, “Rethinking Access to Justice in Poor People’s Courts,” she plans to visit the Center for Court Innovation in New York City to discuss their research on human sex trafficking, while also setting up other meetings on access to justice projects.

MacDowell's research focuses on intersectional issues of race, class, and gender, domestic violence, access to justice, and the impact of criminalization on low-income families.