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Thursday, May 21, 2015

May 21 Boyd Briefs Now Available

The May 21 issue of Boyd Briefs is now available.

This week's edition features Professor Angela Morrison, student Michael Viets, and alumnus Matt Morris '13. 

In her three years as a faculty member at Boyd, Professor Morrison has made important contributions as a collaborative scholar, an effective teacher, and a committed institution-builder. So it is with pride, cheers, and gratitude, the faculty bids adieu to a colleague, friend, and 2005 Boyd alumna as Professor Morrison prepares to join the faculty at Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas.

Viets, the victor of this year's 17th Annual Clark County Bar Association/Boyd School of Law Moot Court Competition, is a young man who came to Boyd with a unique background and compelling goals. A supporter of Israel and its people, Viets travelled there to volunteer for national service. His experience overseas charted his course and led him to law.

Morris serves in the Office of Governor Brian Sandoval as Legislative Policy Analyst and Externships Coordinator. In this capacity, he is responsible for managing the legislative operations of the Governor's Office during the 78th Legislative Session, coordinating legislative activity with Executive Branch agencies, and serving as a liaison to the State Legislature on behalf of the office.

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

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Professor Nancy Rapoport Talks Caesars Bankruptcy in Las Vegas Sun

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

Professor Rapoport was featured in a May 20 Las Vegas Sun article titled “UNLV law professor is a key player in Caesars Entertainment bankruptcy case,” about her recent appointment to lead a committee to review bills for legal work as well as other professional fees and expenses tied to the Caesars bankruptcy proceedings.

Professor Rapoport described her job as “helping the court take a ‘first cut’ at determining the reasonableness of professional expenses, such as fees for attorneys and advisers.”

“One of the things that we look at is the ratio of those fees to the overall stuff that’s going on in the Chapter 11,” she said. “When you put it in the context of how much money is at stake overall, it’s typically pretty proportional. But it’s still a lot of money.”

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

Professor Mary Berkheiser and Boyd Alumnus James Murphy ’03 Spotlighted on UNLV’s News Center

Mary Berkheiser is the Joyce Mack Professor of Law and director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic at the Boyd School of Law.

Professor Berkheiser and Boyd alumnus James Murphy ’03 were spotlighted in a May 19 article titled “Watchdog: Advocate James Dold” on UNLV’s News Center.

The article profiled UNLV alumnus James Dold, advocacy director for the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth in Washington, D.C., and his work to end life-without-parole for those who committed a crime as a juvenile but were tried as an adult. Currently, he is partnering with Boyd’s Juvenile Justice Clinic to organize the push in Nevada.

Professor Berkheiser, a champion of the cause, said Dold has “brought a national perspective to their efforts.”

“James also has the added benefit of being a Nevadan who understands the dynamics on the ground here,” she said. “The time and energy he has devoted here will be crucial to enacting legislation. Right now, those sentenced to life without parole will die in prison for crimes committed when they were just kids. New legislation will give them an opportunity to appear before the parole board and demonstrate their maturation and readiness for life outside the prison walls.”

In the article, Dold also credits Boyd alumnus and former UNLV history teacher Murphy for steering him toward law school, saying “He took me under his wing a bit because of my writing ability and the assignments I did for him. I think he probably stuck out in my mind in terms of a professor who encouraged my development down the legal path.”

Professor Berkheiser's areas of expertise include clinical legal education and teaching, criminal procedure, juvenile law, criminal law, and appellate law.

Murphy is a senior lawyer with the Las Vegas firm of Laxalt & Nomura.

Professor Michael Kagan Talks Refugee Camps on CBC Radio

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

On May 19, Professor Kagan participated in a interview with CBC Radio’s The Current for a segment titled “Rethinking refugee camps: New solutions for human crises” (2:23 mark). The segment is part of the radio’s By Design series and explores the push to rethink refugee camps.

During the interview, Professor Kagan shared his thoughts on comments made by Steven Corliss from the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its effort to lead and coordinate international action to protect and improve the quality of life for refugees worldwide.

“What UNHCR is trying to push governments to think about is beyond the first day of the refugee crisis,” Professor Kagan said. “On the first day, it’s natural to think about where we’re going to put people and how we’re going to feed them. But we need to start thinking about where the kids are going to go to school, where people are going to work, where will they be five years from now. As he’s (Steven Corliss) saying, UNHCR is straddling a very delicate balance here in the sense that they want to push the agenda away from camps but they are working with governments that are very much devoted to marginalizing refugees this way. And they need to persuade – the world needs to persuade – many governments that security would actually be better, the economy would actually be better if refugees were not left marginalized and not every government is persuaded of that because there’s often a xenophobic reaction, a fear reaction, to large numbers of people from foreign countries coming…”

The Current is Canada’s most listened to radio program incorporating a variety of perspectives, ideas and voices, with a fresh take on issues affecting Canadians today, including politics, business, culture, justice, science, and religion.

Professor Kagan spent a decade developing legal aid programs for refugees in the Middle East. He co-directs the Immigration Clinic at the Boyd School of Law.

Professor Sylvia Lazos Attends AB27 Signing Ceremony

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

On May 13, Professor Lazos attended Governor Sandoval’s signing ceremony for bill AB27. Professor Lazos spoke to the press at the event and was quoted in a May 13 article titled “Governor signs bill allowing teacher licenses for immigrants” in the Connecticut Post newspaper. The newly signed bill will make it easier for immigrants with temporary legal status to receive a Nevada teaching license.

Professor Lazos, who also serves as vice-chair of the Latino Leadership Council, said the “bill better reflects a changing Nevada.”

"These laws that prohibit non-citizens from getting licensed come from another era, another time, when many states were hostile to Germans, Catholics, Irish," she said. "Modern Nevada is not protectionist, not anti-immigrant, not anti-foreigner. It's a wonderful day for Nevada to affirm that."

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.

Professor Fatma Marouf and Boyd’s India Winter Program Featured on Harvard Immigration & Refugee Clinical Program Blog

Fatma Marouf is the co-director of the Immigration Clinic and an associate professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Professor Marouf and the International and Comparative Human Rights Practicum (India Winter Program) she helped develop were recently featured on the Harvard Immigration & Refugee Clinical Program blog.

The May 15 article, titled “The International and Comparative Human Rights Practicum in India: A Hands-On Approach to Cross-Cultural Advocacy,” promoted the unique study-abroad program by commending the “valuable experience” it provides for both the participating U.S. and Indian students who partner together to shed light on the challenges facing vulnerable, migrant workers.

“Their research is dynamic and impactful, and it often turns up critical new facts, such as systemic gaps in the reporting of workplace injuries,” said Professor Marouf in the article. “Over time they become more comfortable tackling large-scale problems that initially seem overwhelming without losing hope.”

Drawing on her extensive experience representing individuals before the Immigration Courts, Board of Immigration Appeals, and U.S. Courts of Appeals, Professor Marouf's research probes various problems involved in adjudicating immigration cases at all levels.