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Friday, February 27, 2015

Boyd Alumnus Peter Ajemian ’05 Named Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig

Boyd alumnus Peter Ajemian ’05 was featured in a Feb. 25 article on the InsuranceNewsNet website titled “Greenberg Traurig Names New Shareholders in Las Vegas Office – Peter H. Ajemian, Jacob D. Bundick, and Leslie S. Godfrey.”

Ajemian is one of three attorneys recently elevated to shareholder in the Las Vegas office of Greenberg Traurig, an international, multi-practice law firm.

“Those named to our class of 2015 represent the firm’s commitment to excellence in the delivery of legal services. They live the special culture that is Greenberg Traurig …” said Greenberg Traurig CEO Richard A. Rosenbaum in the release.

Ajemian focuses his practice on trademark, copyright, and entertainment law. Committed to the community, he is on the board of trustees for the Nevada School of Art.

Professor Michael Kagan Writes Op-Ed on Salon.com

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

On Feb. 19, Professor Kagan published an Op-Ed on Salon.com, titled “The conservative case for DACA: The intriguing legal theory you won’t hear on Fox News,” arguing that conservative critiques of public sector unions offer an important argument in favor of President Obama's executive actions on immigration. Following the injunction filed by a Texas federal judge, the government has filed an emergency appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

"No other president has made discretion such a central part of his immigration policy, in such a transparent manner,” argued Professor Kagan. “As a result, it is time to acknowledge that Obama has taken executive action on immigration into uncharted territory. That does not mean his actions are illegal. But it does mean they require new justifications. The best response to Judge Hanen is to acknowledge that, yes, one of the goals of DACA/DAPA is to take power away from front-line ICE agents. In fact, this is one of the virtues of DACA/DAPA."

With an audience of 17.6 million monthly unique visitors, Salon.com covers breaking news, politics, culture, technology and entertainment through investigative reporting, commentary and criticism and personal essays.

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 Ruben Garcia Talks Public Employee Unions in Las Vegas Review-Journal

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

Professor Garcia recently spoke to the Las Vegas Review-Journal for a Feb. 23 article titled “Teamsters Seen as Upping Effort to be Clark County Schools Union.” 

The article, which talked about the Teamsters Local 14’s recent filing of a public records request for members of the Clark County Education Association, included comments from Professor Garcia about the union’s motives.

The article read, “Boyd Law School professor Ruben Garcia, who teaches labor relations law, said the public information request could be viewed as an effort to organize the teachers as Teamsters. Garcia said he doesn’t know for sure, but this could be one of several avenues the Teamsters could use to tell the teachers ‘they can be a more effective advocate.’”

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.

Feb. 26 Boyd Briefs Now Available

The Feb. 26 issue of Boyd Briefs is now available.

This week's edition features Professor Ruben Garcia, student Ashley Lacher, and alumnus Eric T. Aldrian '10.

Professor Garcia brings experience, insight, creativity, and intellect to any conversation about labor and employment law. His years of practice in the field inform his judgment. And the depth and breadth of his scholarship draw attention and distinction.

At the outset of her college career, Lacher passed on golf scholarships to stay in Las Vegas and take care of her grandparents who had recently become ill. While carrying out her responsibilities as a caregiver, she earned her B.S. in Accounting from UNLV and gained admission to Boyd.

Aldrian is part of the corporate counsel staff for Wynn Las Vegas, LLC. In this role, he negotiates commercial agreements; drafts marketing and promotional offers; provides legal guidance to hotel management; ensures the company's compliance with federal, state, and gaming regulations; and oversees much of the company's litigation.

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

Professor Marketa Trimble Writes Guest Blog on Patently-O

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

On Feb. 23, Professor Trimble wrote a guest blog titled “A Patent on the Internet” for Patently-O, the nation’s leading patent law blog.

In her blog, Professor Trimble discusses the scenario of a U.S. patent application that “seeks a patent on simultaneous compliance with multiple countries’ data privacy laws on the internet through broad method claims.”

She writes, “If someone could patent a method for complying simultaneously with multiple countries’ data privacy laws on the internet and claim the method broadly enough to cover all possible methods of achieving compliance with the national privacy laws, that patent owner might just as well own a patent on the internet, or at least on a very large percentage of internet activity … Whatever the future might bring for the claimed invention, this patent application serves as a useful prompt for thinking about the components that have been or are becoming essential to conducting business and other activities on the internet.”

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

Professor Terrill Pollman to Speak at Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference

Terrill Pollman is a professor of law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Professor Pollman will speak on the topic of “Sticky Ideas” and address persuasion techniques writing professors might use at the 15th Annual Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference March 6-7.

The conference, which was hosted by Boyd last year, will be held at the University of New Mexico School of Law this year and focus on the theme “Revisiting the Standard 1L Curriculum.”

A founding faculty member, Professor Pollman teaches in the areas of Lawyering Process, Persuasion, Negotiation, and Leadership and Law. Her scholarship focuses on legal writing, pedagogy and rhetoric.