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Monday, July 20, 2015

Professor Terrill Pollman and Committee Launch Electronic Version of Legal Writing Journal

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

Professor Pollman chaired a committee of seven that recently launched an electronic version of Legal Writing, the journal of the Legal Writing Institute. The new website features current and archived issues of the journal in mobile-friendly formats.

In a message to legal writing professors, Professor Pollman and journal Editor-in-Chief Brooke Bowman, of Stetson Law, wrote, "For our four most recent volumes, you’ll find both html and PDF versions of the articles. Those of you who miss the print version of articles can bring up a PDF that will look exactly like the format you’ve always used. In addition, we’ve gathered resources for scholars in one handy place. And we’ve had some fun doing it."

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.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Dean Dan Hamilton Quoted in Las Vegas Business Press

Daniel W. Hamilton is the dean and Richard J. Morgan Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

He was featured in the June 29 Las Vegas Business Press article titled, "LEGAL MANEUVERS," about the changing legal landscape in Las Vegas.

In the article, he said, "On the local side, you have very prominent, distinguished firms that are reshaping, and that does show how sensitive the legal market is in Las Vegas to changes in the legal landscape. If one big case settles, or if one big potential case goes out of town, the ripple effects are felt very quickly here. … The market for legal services is now so tight that one big case can impact a law firm or a series of law firms."

He continued, "The long-time model where prestigious local firms were the dominant players is slowly changing. So, the big national firms that for so long were a relatively small part of the legal landscape are an increasingly large part. Now, that’s not to say the prestigious local firms are going away – only to say that the national firms are playing a more and more prominent role."

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 Ann McGinley Quoted in The New York Times

Ann C. McGinley is a William S. Boyd Professor of Law at UNLV.

She was quoted in a July 11 New York Times article titled, "Money, Sex and Las Vegas Pool Parties."

In the article, about the hiring process for casino pools and day clubs, Professor McGinley said, "Everyone assumes that these jobs have to be this way. They know what they are getting into, but that doesn’t make the process legal." She continued, "I do believe that in another city a woman could win one of these suits. Here in Vegas? I’m not sure."

Professor McGinley is an internationally recognized scholar in the area of employment law, employment discrimination and disability law and a leader in Multidimensional Masculinities Theory, an emerging discipline that applies masculinities theory from social sciences to legal interpretation.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Jean Whitney Appointed Emerita Professor of Law

Jean Whitney was recently appointed an Emerita Professor of Law by UNLV President Len Jessup. He wrote, "This honor is in recognition of your distinguished service to the University and we look forward to your continuing association with the faculty, staff and students."

Professor Whitney joined the Boyd School of Law's Lawyering Process faculty in 1999 after having taught legal writing as an adjunct faculty member at her alma mater, William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn. since 1990. After earning her J.D. degree, Professor Whitney clerked for the Minnesota Supreme Court and then served as an Assistant Attorney General in Minnesota. From 1990 until 1999, she served as the Director of Policy and Legal Services for the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Professor Whitney assumed responsibility for the externship program in 2012-2013, after teaching in the Lawyering Process Program since 1999. She most recently supervised externs and taught the externship seminar and managed the externship program. Professor Whitney has taught both first year LP courses, Legal Drafting, Fundamentals for Practice, Advanced Advocacy- Legislative Policy, Professional Responsibility, and Community Law courses, including Legal Education and Assistance to Prisoners (LEAP).

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Boyd Assistant Dean and Alumni to Receive State Bar of Nevada Awards

Boyd School of Law Assistant Dean for External Relations Layke Martin and alumni Seth Floyd '10 and Margaret Lambrose '09 will be honored at the State Bar of Nevada's 2015 Annual Meeting, taking place July 9-11 in Seattle.

Martin will be named a Young Lawyer of the Year. The award is given to young lawyers whose professional and public service achievements merit special recognition. Commitment to civic participation and community service achievements that advance the state of the profession are considered, and special consideration is given to contributions to the State Bar of Nevada and its Young Lawyers Section.

Martin is the incoming Chair of the Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Nevada and has served on the Section’s Executive Council since 2010. She co-chairs the Young Lawyers Section’s Trial Academy, which is a three-day intensive trial training program for young lawyers. Martin also serves on the State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Information Service (LRIS) Committee, which oversees the Bar’s lawyer referral program for the public and reduced fee panels for low- to moderate-income individuals.

Martin serves on the national Board of Directors of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), which is the professional organization for more than 2,500 legal career professionals in law schools and law firms. She is an active volunteer and former Board Member of the Junior League of Las Vegas, most recently serving as the chair of the College Scholarship Committee. She has volunteered as a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada for more than seven years.

Floyd will be named a Volunteer of the Year. The award is given to a member for outstanding volunteer service to the State Bar of Nevada. The selection committee gives primary consideration to nominees who have served or continue to serve on state bar committees or sections and have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the profession and to the protection of the public.

At The Urban Law Firm, Floyd focuses his practice on labor law, ERISA, general civil litigation, appellate litigation, and land use. Prior to joining The Urban Law Firm, Floyd was an associate with McDonald Carano Wilson LLP, representing clients in a broad range of litigation from construction law to trust litigation. He also participated in the firm's government affairs practice group and represented clients before local governments and the State of Nevada and was a founding member of the Appellate Litigation Section of the State Bar of Nevada.

Lambrose will also be named a Volunteer of the Year. She is instrumental in the support of the annual Trial Academy, a successful education program offered by the Young Lawyers Section at the State Bar of Nevada's annual meeting.

In addition, Lambrose serves as a Trustee for the Nevada Bar Foundation, which will be honored with the Medal of Justice Award. The charitable arm of the State Bar of Nevada, the Nevada Bar Foundation was organized to support charitable giving related to access to justice and legal education programs. In the past year, the Nevada Bar Foundation has assumed management of the IOLTA program, including making annual grants in excess of $1.8 million to organizations that provide direct legal services to the poor, victims of domestic violence, and children in need of protection.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Professor Rachel Anderson Presents at We the People Training

Rachel J. Anderson is a professor of law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On June 19, she was featured in an article titled "CCSD teachers take part in We the People training," which was posted on the Clark County School District website.

The article reads, "Nearly three dozen CCSD educators took part in three days of We the People Summer Training through June 10 at the State Bar of Nevada. On June 9, UNLV Professor Rachel Anderson, Esq. led discussions on the 14th amendment."

Professor Anderson's research and teaching interests focus on business law, civil and human rights, empirical legal studies, and international law.