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Friday, August 29, 2014

Professor Jeffrey Stempel to Attend Meeting on American Law Institute Principles of Liability Insurance Project

Jeffrey Stempel is the Doris S. and Theodore B. Lee Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

From Sept. 3 through 5, Stempel will attend an American Law Institute meeting for advisors on the Principles of Liability Insurance Project. Stempel and other advisors will meet in Philadelphia to discuss the current draft of the American Law Institute's Principles of Insurance Law Project and discuss the project's future presentation to the Institute.

Professor Stempel has numerous publications to his credit, including books, treatise chapters and supplements, and law review articles. He is a 1981 graduate of Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal and co-founder of the Yale Law and Policy Review.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Professor Fatma Marouf Helps Write Amicus Brief That Results in Grounbreaking Decision

Fatma Marouf is the Co-Director of the Immigration Clinic and an Associate Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Marouf's work on an amicus brief that was reviewed by the Board of Immigration Appeals resulted in a groundbreaking decision on Aug. 26. The decision recognizes for the first time that individuals who have experienced domestic violence can meet the criteria for asylum in the United States. The decision is a result of years of advocacy.

Marouf helped draft the amicus brief that was submitted in the case on behalf of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, along with Philip Torrey, Deborah Anker, and Sabrineh Ardalan of Harvard Law School and Benjamin Casper from the University of Minnesota.

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.

Boyd Alumna Kathleen Ja Sook Bergquist '09 to Be Featured on MAKERS

Boyd School of Law alumna Kathleen Ja Sook Bergquist '09 will appear on the Vegas PBS-produced MAKERS: Women in Nevada History, premiering in October.

MAKERS, a project between the Women's Research Institute of Nevada and Vegas PBS, will be piloted by three half-hour programs that feature women who have improved the quality of life in Nevada.

Bergquist's profile will feature her work with Bamboo Bridges, a non-profit organization founded by the Boyd alum that views violence against women as a spectrum, starting from dating violence, continuing to domestic violence, and reaching human trafficking. Projects implemented by Bamboo Bridges include training advocates for Asian Pacific American victims of violence, educating the community, and advocating for change that will decrease the opportunities to exploit women.

Barbara Buckley of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and Rosita Castillo of Promotores De Salud will also be featured in the MAKERS pilot series.

Professor Leslie Griffin to Present at UNLV Women's Council Event

Dr. Leslie C. Griffin is a William S. Boyd Professor of Law at UNLV.

On Sept. 9, Griffin will present on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby at a UNLV Women's Council event to be held in the Student Union.

Griffin's presentation will be followed by talks by the planning dean of the UNLV school of medicine, the chair of the Department of Economics at the Lee Business School, and the director of health programs at The Lincy Institute. Stacey Tovino, Lincy Professor of Law and Lehman Professor of Law at the Boyd School of Law, will moderate the event.

Professor Griffin, who teaches constitutional law, is known for her interdisciplinary work in law and religion.

Aug. 28 Boyd Briefs Now Available

The Aug. 28 edition of Boyd Briefs is now available.

This week's edition features Professor Stacey Tovino, student Brittany Cermak, and alumnus Sam Bateman '02.

Tovino is one of Boyd's extraordinary teachers and scholars. In addition to being popular among students, she is a nationally recognized expert in health law, mental health law, bioethics, and the medical humanities.

Cermak is entering her final year in Boyd's part-time evening program. She currently serves as articles editor of the UNLV Gaming Law Journal and is a member of the Environmental Law Society.

For the past three years, Bateman has served as a city councilman in Henderson. He credits his many successes in a wide range of areas to his law degree from Boyd.

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

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dean Dan Hamilton, Associate Dean Anne Traum, and Boyd Alumni Write for Nevada Lawyer

Dean Daniel Hamilton, Associate Dean Anne Traum,
Kelly McIntosh '07, and Shane Young '04

Dean Daniel Hamilton, Associate Dean Anne Traum, and Boyd alumni Kelly McIntosh '07 and Shane Young '04 recently published articles in the August issue of Nevada Lawyer, the State Bar of Nevada's monthly magazine.

Deans Hamilton and Traum wrote Dean's Column: Health Law at UNLV. The column reads, "The complexity and constantly changing nature of health law make it a rich and rewarding area for research and teaching. At UNLV, we’ve learned that collaborating across disciplines and professions is essential to understanding the scientific, medical, ethical, legal and economic aspects of health law. And we’re fostering the know-how and impetus to navigate the many challenges of health law that we face in the law and in our communities."

In HIPAA and Attorneys: How it Applies and Why You Should Care in Nevada, McIntosh states, "If you use, receive, request or otherwise encounter individually identifiable health information in your legal practice, it is important to consider how HIPAA may apply to avoid penalties or other consequences for you and your clients."

Young wrote One Focus: A Spotlight on Pro Bono. In it, she writes, "Prior to taking cases with the Legal Aid Center, I had little to no experience in family law, other than teaching a guardianship class as part of my graduation requirements for law school. My background is in business and commercial litigation, so the thought of representing abused children or a father appealing his terminated parental rights was a little daunting. I started with one case, having been promised that I could call on staff and other members for help as needed. Now, several cases and clients later, I still reach out for help. Resources are there so no one is left to figure out how to navigate unfamiliar practice areas alone. In addition, the Legal Aid Center offers training and mentoring."