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Thursday, April 23, 2015

April 23 Boyd Briefs Now Available

The April 23 issue of Boyd Briefs is now available.

This week's edition features Professor Jeffrey Stempel, student Haley Lewis, and alumna Katie Fellows '06.

Students and colleagues benefit from Professor Stempel's brilliant intellect, sharp wit, and creative genius. But his audiences extend well beyond the walls of Boyd. For example, Professor Stempel is an influential voice in the American Law Institute, a prominent organization of judges, lawyers and academics dedicated to improving law.

An encounter during this year's Alternative Spring Break helped Lewis land a summer internship in Carson City with the Office of the Nevada Attorney, Bureau of Litigation - Appellate Division. During law school, she has been active in Boyd's chapter of Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity, serving this year as the chapter's vice-justice.  Last summer, she was an extern with United States Magistrate Judge Valerie Cooke. 

Fellows serves as the vice president and general counsel for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. Committed to the community, she is the current chairman of the board for the American Red Cross, Southern Nevada Chapter; a graduate of Leadership Las Vegas class of 2008; a member of the Yale Alumni Schools Committee; and most recently, a member of the Las Vegas Founding 75 dedicated to bringing an NHL team to Las Vegas.

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

Boyd Student and Alumnus Vote Against Transgender ‘Bathroom Bill’

Boyd student and Democratic Assemblyman Elliot Anderson recently shared his thoughts about Nevada Assembly bill, AB 375, which would require transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to their biological sex.

The article, titled “Assembly rejects transgender ‘bathroom bill’,” appeared in the April 22 edition of the Reno Gazette-Journal, and also mentions Boyd alumnus and Republican Assemblyman Derek Armstrong ’10. 

The article reads: “Assembly members voted against AB 375 on a mainly party-line vote on Tuesday night. Five Assembly Republicans and all Democrats voted against the measure. …Democratic Assemblyman Elliot Anderson, a law student at Las Vegas-based Boyd School of Law, said the measure could meet legal hurdles if passed. ‘This bill is a bill in search of a solution to a nonexistent state problem,’ he said during the hearing. ‘It will be litigated, and it will cost the state money.’”

The article continues: “Republican Assembly members Pat Hickey, Derek Armstrong, Glenn Trowbridge, Robin Titus and Melissa Woodbury voted against the measure.”

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Vice Dean Ngai Pindell to Attend Board Meeting/Conference for ALPS

Ngai Pindell is vice dean and professor of law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On May 1-2, Dean Pindell will attend the Association for Law, Property and Society (ALPS) 6th Annual Meeting at the University of Georgia School of Law. There, he will attend a board of directors meeting and moderate a panel. 

The conference offers attendees the chance to participate in draft paper panels and early works-in-progress panels dedicated to brainstorming scholarship at its beginning stages. In addition, the conference supports early career scholars through mentorship and networking.

The ALPS is a membership organization for academics engaged in interdisciplinary legal scholarship on all aspects of property law and policy, including real, personal, intellectual, intangible, cultural, personal, and other forms of property.

Dean Pindell's research interests are in economic development and housing, and he teaches Property, Land Use Regulation, Local Government Law and Wills, Trusts & Estates.

Professor Marketa Trimble to Attend Roundtable at Duke

Marketa Trimble is a professor of law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

From April 30-May 1, Professor Trimble will attend the Intellectual Property Roundtable at Duke University School of Law. By invitation only, she will present her forthcoming chapter titled “The Marrakesh Treaty and the Targeted Uses of Copyright Exhaustion” at the event. 

In her research, Professor Trimble focuses on intellectual property and issues at the intersection of intellectual property and private international law/conflict of laws.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Professor Sara Gordon to Present to Clark County Bar Association

Sara Gordon is an associate professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On April 29, Professor Gordon will give a presentation titled “Schema Theory and ‘Plain Language’ Jury Instructions” to members of the Clark County Bar Association. A popular topic, Professor Gordon has given multiple presentations already this year on the subject, including to the Federal Public Defender’s office in Las Vegas and Reno.

Professor Gordon's research focuses on law and psychology and the impact of cognitive and social psychology on jurors and other legal decision-makers.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Professor Ruben Garcia Places "Politics at Work After Citizens United" in Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review

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

Professor Garcia has accepted an offer to publish his forthcoming article, "Politics at Work After Citizens United," in Volume 49, Issue 1 (December 2015) of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review. The article also was accepted for publication by several other leading law reviews.

In the article, Professor Garcia discusses the implications of United States Supreme Court’s Citizens United and the current imbalance in the political system for nationwide campaigns to raise the minimum wage. In the article, he offers practical suggestions for reducing this power imbalance and the legal options for increasing political participation, which make the article a foundation for future study and research. In a recent edition of Boyd Briefs, the article was featured as an example of Professor Garcia beginning to “actualize — in scholarly fashion — [a 2013 AFL-CIO] resolution that called for expanded labor-community partnerships.” Professor Garcia served on a committee that drafted that resolution for the labor federation’s quadrennial convention in Los Angeles.

A recognized expert in the field of labor and employment law, Professor 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.