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Monday, March 30, 2015

Professor Francine Lipman to Present at Indiana University Maurer School of Law

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

On April 10, Professor Lipman will present her work on the complexities of the premium tax credit for middle and lower income individuals at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Symposium for the Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality.

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 Linda Edwards and Linda Berger to Present at Michigan State Law Review Symposium

From left: Linda Berger and Linda Edwards
Linda Berger is the Family Foundation Professor of Law at the Boyd School of Law.

Linda Edwards is the E.L. Cord Foundation Professor of Law at the Boyd School of Law.

On April 10, Professors Berger and Edwards will present at the Michigan State Law Review Spring Symposium, titled Persuasion in Civil Rights Advocacy. Professor Berger will present a paper titled, "The Color-Blind Constitution: Thinking Through the Unanticipated Consequences of Brief Writing." Professor Edwards will speak on "Hearing Voices: Legitimate Uses of Non-Party Narratives in Abortion & Gay Rights Litigation."

Professor Berger's research, writing, and teaching converge on the study and practice of legal rhetoric, drawing on cognitive psychology as well as composition, rhetoric, metaphor, and narrative theory.

Professor Edwards is a national leader in the field of legal writing, having been awarded the 2009 Thomas Blackwell Award for her lifetime achievements in and contributions to the field.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Professor Addie Rolnick Writes Guest Column in Las Vegas Sun

Addie Rolnick is an associate professor of law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On March 15, Professor Rolnick penned a guest column in the Las Vegas Sun titled “Expansions to Nevada’s self-defense law are unnecessary and dangerous.”

In the article, Professor Rolnick discusses Nevada’s current “stand your ground” law and examines the implications of the legislature’s consideration of a new bill that would expand Nevada’s self-defense law to make it available in more circumstances and easier to prove.

Professor Rolnick says, “Expanding self-defense law is both unnecessary and dangerous. …There is also no reason to change the process. Prosecutors have discretion, so if the self-defense claim seems solid, the prosecutor may choose not to file charges at all. Changing the presumption would take these cases away from a jury and would tie a prosecutor’s hands, leaving little or no safeguard to prevent people from killing out of vengeance or unreasonable fear.”

Professor Rolnick's scholarship focuses on bridging gaps between civil rights, Critical Race Theory, federal Indian law, and indigenous rights.

Professor Addie Rolnick Quoted in Las Vegas Review-Journal

Addie Rolnick is an associate professor of law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Professor Rolnick was interviewed for a March 25 article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal titled “Ayden McKinnon, charged with attempted murder at 14, is a boy among men in jail.” 

The article discusses the case of a 15-year-old charged with attempted murder and the change in Nevada Revised Statutes regarding teens charged with felonies.

Professor Rolnick commented on the system and how it has reversed course on how to prosecute young defendants.

“The juvenile system in general is built around the idea that kids are more capable of rehabilitation, to correct wayward behavior as opposed to punish,” she said in the article. “A system that is mostly intended to provide services is a very different animal than a system that is mostly intended to punish. …With most kids, what’s going on with them is going to be better dealt with through treatment. Adult jails tend to turn kids into worse criminals. That’s not to say that you wouldn’t want to punish a kid. In a perfect world we would think more carefully about why we’re doing it.”

Professor Rolnick's scholarship focuses on bridging gaps between civil rights, Critical Race Theory, federal Indian law, and indigenous rights.

Professor Francine Lipman Shares Message on ImmigrationProf Blog

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

On March 14, Professor Lipman issued a warning about tax preparer fraud on the ImmigrationProf Blog

An excerpt of her message reads, “At an ESL tax education and outreach event last night with six outstanding UNLV law students we heard repeated reports of tax preparers in immigrant communities collecting the Shared Responsibility Penalty (ACA noncoverage penalty) from undocumented immigrants who do not qualify for ACA coverage and, therefore, are NOT subject to the SRP penalty. …And, of course, any taxpayer who is subject to the SRP… should never pay this amount to her tax preparer, but rather with any additional tax liability to the U.S. Treasury.”

The UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law and the Nevada Legal Services Low Income Taxpayer Clinic have created a new class, titled Taxes for Working Families, to offer free income tax education to the Southern Nevada community. The Boyd students who attended the event were: Elias Askins, Cory Fielding (who presented in fluent Spanish), Janine Lee, Ena Licina, Robert Melcic, and Liberty Ringor.

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.

March 26 Boyd Briefs Now Available

The March 26 issue of Boyd Briefs is now available.

This week's edition features Professor Mary LaFrance, student Stephanie Getler, and alumnus Rob Beyer '01.

An article by Professor LaFrance was judged one of the best law review articles related to intellectual property law published within the last year, and it will be included in the 2015 anthology of the Intellectual Property Law Review. As further indication of her renown, appreciate that this is the third time that her work has been selected for this distinction.

Among the many student organizations that keep student life here at Boyd vibrant and engaging is our chapter of Phi Alpha Delta (PAD), the national law fraternity established over a century ago. Our PAD chapter organizes and delivers a variety of intellectual, service, and social activities, often working collaboratively with other student groups. Leading PAD's efforts this year is its Justice, i.e., its president/CEO/leader of the pack, second-year student Getler.

Beyer was a member of the charter class at Boyd, graduating magna cum laude. He currently serves as a director of debt and equity finance at Mission Capital Advisors, a real estate capital raising firm in New York City. Beyer also serves as the executive vice president, secretary and general counsel of The Siegel Group, a real estate investment and management company in Las Vegas.

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