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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Professor Mary LaFrance Featured on 8 News NOW

Mary LaFrance is the IGT Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law.

On July 18, she was featured in the 8 News NOW segment I Team: Las Vegas businessman victim of trademark bullying.

The segment is about Las Vegas businessman Don Rubenstein, who sells Farmer Brothers' products online under the company name Easycoffee. Rubenstein recently received a letter from a law firm representing British airliner easyJet, threatening to sue if the word "easy" isn't dropped from the name "Easycoffee."

"This will strengthen their case when they want to go after a bigger target that can afford to defend itself," Professor LaFrance said during the interview. "Such as E-Z Rental car."

Professor LaFrance’s teaching and research interests include domestic and international intellectual property law, as well as the taxation of intellectual property.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Professor Marketa Trimble to Present at Intellectual Property Scholars Conference

Marketa Trimble is an Associate Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On Aug. 7 and 8, Professor Trimble will attend the Intellectual Property Scholars Conference at the UC Berkeley School of Law. There, she will present a new paper.

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 Nancy Rapoport to Present at Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference

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

At the beginning of August, Professor Rapoport will participate in the 2014 Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference in Omaha, Neb. She will speak on bankruptcy ethics.

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

Professor Stacey Tovino to Present at Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting

Stacey Tovino is the Lincy Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On Aug. 1, Professor Tovino will give a talk on the law and ethics of grateful patient fundraising as part of a "Hot Issues in Law and Bioethics" panel during a Health Law Workshop at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual meeting in Amelia Island, Fla. Additionally, on Aug. 5, Professor Tovino will serve as Boyd's representative at the SEALS Steering Committee meeting.

Professor Tovino is a leading expert in health law, bioethics, and the medical humanities.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dean Daniel Hamilton, Boyd Alumni Write for Nevada Lawyer July Issue

Dean Daniel Hamilton and several Boyd alumni are featured in the July issue of Nevada Lawyer, the State Bar of Nevada's monthly magazine.

Dean Hamilton authored the Dean's Column, titled "Natural Resources Law at UNLV and Beyond." In it, he wrote, "At the law school, our mission is to educate our students to navigate the complex landscape of natural resources law and policy, at the local, regional and national levels. We are committed to generating discussion and knowledge, so that our students and the community can solve problems and innovate on these important issues."

Alumnus Matthew Christian '02 wrote a letter to the editor. In his letter, he wrote, "Whether you agree or disagree with Mr. Lefebvre’s May column, he must still be praised for using the column for a useful purpose. It is not just 'fluff' that readers skip past on their way to finding out if any of their friends or adversaries have gotten into ethical trouble. The June column on the challenges of private practice is another good example. (It just probably won’t incite letters, even though managing partners of large law firms are likely “offended,” too.) Here’s to using Nevada Lawyer to spur lively debate."

Alumnus Michael Saunders '00 wrote "Distributed Solar Energy in Nevada." The article reads, "Given Nevada’s solar resource potential, falling PV prices, significant increases in electric utility rates that shorten system payback periods, federal and state incentives, and new market entrants, such as SolarCity, offering ways for homeowners to avoid upfront system cost, the future of solar DG in Nevada has the potential to be very bright."

Alumna Kendelee Works '05 wrote "Young Lawyers: In Closing... " In the column, she wrote, "Fortunately, more and more attorneys are recognizing our social responsibility to give back to our communities by providing pro bono legal services. There is an undeniable and overwhelming need for more of us to provide pro bono assistance to those going through unfortunate times. In addition to doing pro bono work, many of our state and local bar organizations also offer opportunities to give back by participating in educational and mentoring programs, charitable drives and day-long community outreach projects, where seniors and veterans can seek guidance regarding estate planning and available benefits."

Alumnus John Zimmerman '05 wrote "Note from the Issue Editor" and co-wrote "Sage-Grouse in the Sagebrush State." In the note, he wrote, "Nevada residents are keenly aware that we live in the driest state in the nation. We also know that much of the land making up our state is owned and controlled by the Federal government. This issue of Nevada Lawyer examines several discrete legal topics that affect the practice of natural resource law in Nevada and which are impacted by the above-mentioned factors."

Boyd School of Law's Free Legal Education Classes Featured in Vegas Seven

The William S. Boyd School of Law's Free Legal Education classes were featured in Vegas Seven on July 16 in an article titled The Sun'll Go Down then Annie, then Annie.

The article reads, "Money troubles got you down? We can't put more green in your jeans, but we can tell you where to go for some solid (and free) legal advice: UNLV's William S. Boyd School of Law, where you'll find classes on bankruptcy every Friday, 3-5 p.m., through Aug. 8. It's part of the summer free legal education series. Check out law.unlv.edu for other times and topics."