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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Jan. 29 Boyd Briefs Now Available

The Jan. 29 edition of Boyd Briefs is now available.

This week's edition features Professor Anne Traum, student Michael Alires, and alumna Alissa Cooley '14. 

Professor Traum's hallmark is drawing on theory to propose sensible reforms that can reasonably be implemented within the existing legal rules or with only incremental change. With increasing interest in criminal justice reform both on the bench and in the halls of policy makers, Professor Traum's fresh voice is being heard on the national stage.

Now in his third year, Alires works as a part of the Small Business and Nonprofit Clinic's inaugural class. He also has served on the Student Bar Association Board of Governors, as a member of the UNLV Gaming Law Journal, and as Vice President of the UNLV Graduate and Professional Student Association.

Immigration law is a new passion for Cooley. Though long interested in indigent defense and the protection of constitutional rights, she had never considered immigration law as an outlet. Her first experience with immigration law occurred in the fall of her 4L year, when she assisted in the release of a student-authored report on the conditions of confinement for immigrant detainees at the Henderson Detention Center.

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

Friday, January 23, 2015

Professor Mary Berkheiser Featured in Las Vegas Review-Journal

Mary Berkheiser serves as professor of law, director of clinical programs, and director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic at the Boyd School of Law.

On Jan. 22, the Las Vegas Review-Journal ran an article covering the “’15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story’ Every Child Deserves a Second Chance” event Professor Berkheiser organized at Boyd’s Thomas & Mack Moot Court. The article, titled “UNLV event focuses on life-without-parole sentences for juveniles,” explored the issue of juveniles given life sentences without the possibility of parole and how proposed new legislation can make a difference in the future sentencing of youth.

“In our current criminal justice system, it is legal to sentence children to die in prison,” said Professor Berkheiser, an advocate for juvenile defense and protecting the rights of children, in the article. “We need to change that. The lives of these young men matter.”

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

Jan. 22 Boyd Briefs Now Available

The Jan. 22 edition of Boyd Briefs is now available.

This week's edition features Professor Addie Rolnick, student Jackie Witt, and alumna Katelyn Franklin '14.

Professor Rolnick has created a practicum in Tribal Law. Under her supervision, students can complete independent legislative drafting and legal research projects for local tribes. Professor Rolnick's research focuses on improving tribal juvenile and criminal justice systems.

Witt was drawn to Boyd for its curricular offerings and experiential opportunities in Indian Law as well as its unmatched gaming law curriculum. Now in her second year, she is vice chair of Boyd's Native American Law Students Association and is a member of the UNLV Gaming Law Journal.

After studying indigenous peoples and their struggles to maintain land and their political, cultural, and other fundamental rights against the forces of mainstream ideological and physical displacement, Franklin was drawn to law school. Currently, she represents unaccompanied children from Central America as a justice AmeriCorps member in Boyd's Immigration Clinic.

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

Professor Francine Lipman to Present at American Bar Association Midyear Meeting

Francine J. Lipman is a William S. Boyd Professor of Law at UNLV.

Professor Lipman will attend the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Taxation 2015 Midyear Meeting in Houston from Jan. 29-31, where she will present her research on tax benefits for diverse low-income working families as part of a panel presentation.

The ABA meeting brings together leading attorneys and government officials to discuss the latest federal tax policies, initiatives, regulations, legislative forecasts and ideas.

Professor Lipman has written extensively on tax and accounting issues for legal journals, including the Wisconsin Law Review, Florida Tax Review, Virginia Tax Review, Nevada Law Journal, American University Law Review, Harvard Environmental Law Review, Harvard Latino Law Review, Harvard Journal on Legislation, The Tax Lawyer, The Practical Tax Lawyer, Taxes and Tax Notes.

Professor Sara Gordon to Speak to Federal Public Defender’s Office

Sara Gordon is an associate professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On Jan. 29, Professor Gordon will give a presentation titled “Schema Theory and ‘Plain Language’ Jury Instructions” to the Federal Public Defender’s office in Las Vegas.

The Federal Public Defender’s office provides federal criminal defense services to those unable to afford representation.

Professor Gordon's research focuses on law and psychology and the impact of cognitive and social psychology on jurors and other legal decision-makers.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Professor Angela Morrison Writes Article for Hamilton and Griffin on Rights, Featured on SCOTUSblog

Angela Morrison is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On Jan. 17, her article, "Avoiding the Merits: The Court Hears Argument in Mach Mining, LLC, v. EEOC.," was published on the Hamilton and Griffin on Rights blog, co-created by Boyd's Professor Leslie Griffin. On Jan. 19, Professor Morrison's guest blog post was mentioned in the SCOTUSblog Monday round-up.

Her article reads, "Too often, individuals against whom employers have discriminated are left without remedy because of protracted litigation over conciliation. Unfortunately, this week’s oral argument suggests that this will not change and fits with the Court’s overall trend of putting roadblocks in the path to remedy for victims of corporate wrong-doing. As a result, employers will be able to continue to avoid or delay decisions on the merits for years."

Professor Morrison graduated from the Boyd School of Law where she was the editor-in-chief of the Nevada Law Journal and was a student attorney in the Immigration Clinic. Professor Morrison teaches in the Immigration Clinic and Employment Discrimination.