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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. In addition, Lambrose serves as a Trustee for the Nevada Bar Foundation (NBF), which will be honored with the Medal of Justice Award. The NBF was incorporated in 1997 as the charitable arm of the State Bar of Nevada. The NBF was organized to support charitable giving related to access to justice and legal education programs. In 2014, the NBF assumed management of the Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program, including the making of annual grants to organizations that promote access to justice through direct legal services to the poor, to victims of domestic violence and to children protected by or in need of protection of the juvenile court. In addition to management of the IOLTA program, the NBF conducts fundraising in support of access to justice through direct legal services to the poor, to victims of domestic violence and to children protected by or in need of protection of the juvenile court and Law Related Education programs such as We the People, Project Citizen, and the Mock Trial program.

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. 

Professor Anne Traum Writes Guest Blog Post for Hamilton and Griffin on Rights

Professor Anne Traum is Associate Dean for Experiential Legal Education and Director of the Appellate Clinic at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On June 27, Professor Traum wrote a guest blog post titled "Clark Constricts Right to Confront Accusers" for the Hamilton and Griffin on Rights blog.

"Last week in Ohio v. Clark, the Supreme Court held that the Confrontation Clause did not apply to the accusatory statements of a three-year old child that led to the defendant’s felony convictions. All nine justices agreed that the child’s statements were not 'testimonial' under Crawford v. Washington ... " Professor Traum wrote.

She continued, "Although Clark appears to be a straightforward application of the primary purpose test, it breaks new ground by suggesting several new default rules, namely, that statements to non-police, statements by young children, and statements elicited based on a safety concern are not testimonial under Crawford. Though Clark adheres to Crawford analysis, it significantly limits a defendant’s ability to confront his accusers."

Professor Traum's research focuses on criminal adjudication and sentencing, immigration, and habeas corpus.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Boyd Alumnus Tyler Ure '09 Joins Murchison & Cumming

Boyd alumnus Tyler Ure '09 was featured in a June 23 press release issued by Murchison & Cumming after he joined the firm.

The release, titled Murchison & Cumming Welcomes New Senior Associate to the Las Vegas Office, reads, "'We are very happy to have Tyler on the team,' said Partner-in-Charge Michael J. Nunez. 'He comes to us with a very impressive background and a sterling reputation in the legal community.'"

Murchison & Cumming is a civil litigation firm with five offices in California and Las Vegas. Attorneys at the firm specialize in the defense of domestic and international businesses, insurers and individuals, at trial and on appeal.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Boyd Faculty, Alumna Featured in May Nevada Lawyer

Several Boyd School of Law faculty and an alumna are featured in the May issue of Nevada Lawyer, the State Bar of Nevada's monthly publication.

Boyd Adjunct Professor Howard Siegel, a senior partner in Pryor Cashman LLP’s Entertainment Group, wrote an article titled, “The Music Industry Comes Full Circle: The Historical Irony and Future Implications of ‘360’ Deals.” In the article, which discusses the history and relevance of 360 agreements, Siegel writes: “The all-encompassing implication of the term ‘360’ might suggest that the label is involved in all of the artist’s income sources, but that is not necessarily the case. …Perhaps the best measure of fairness is this: are the record companies meaningfully contributing their energies and resources to those areas from which they are deriving income? If the labels are passive, and merely taking their cuts as they come in, clearly there is little fairness to the scenario. On the other hand, it is obviously more difficult to argue unfairness in cases where the labels are bringing something of real value to the table. Subjective yardsticks aside, the reality is that today’s music industry is very different from the industry that gave rise to the traditional notions of record deal economics.”

Jennifer Roberts, Boyd adjunct professor and partner in the Las Vegas office of Duane Morris, wrote “A Primer on the Live Entertainment Tax.” In it, she says: “So, what is live entertainment? According to Nevada Revised Statutes Section 368A.090, live entertainment is any ‘activity provided for pleasure, enjoyment, recreation, relaxation, diversion or other similar purpose by a person or persons who are physically present when providing that activity to a patron or group of patrons who are physically present.’ Does this mean Cirque du Soleil? Yes. The PAC-12 basketball tournament? Yes. Watching UFC on TV in the sports book at Red Rock Casino? No. Live entertainment includes singing, dancing, acting, acrobatics, animal stunts, sporting events, comedy or magic acts, and interactive DJing. Background music in restaurants, televised events, dancing or singing by patrons and educational animal presentations are not considered live entertainment.”

Mary LaFrance, Boyd professor and IGT Professor of Intellectual Property Law, educates readers in her article titled “Clearing Rights for Entertainment Projects.” In the article, she says: “Works of entertainment take many forms, including: films, videogames, slot machines, live and recorded music, karaoke devices, dance, comedy, magic and theater. Regardless of form, creating and exploiting an entertainment work frequently requires obtaining clearances for the intellectual property rights embedded in the work. Three categories of rights are especially important in works of entertainment: copyright, trademarks and the right of publicity.”

This month’s “Message from the President,” written by alumna Elana Turner Graham ’10, focused on the State Bar of Nevada’s recent move to new offices.

Boyd School of Law Dean Daniel W. Hamilton and Vice Dean Ngai Pindell wrote the “Dean’s Column: Gaming Law at William S. Boyd School of Law.” The article read: “The Boyd School of Law has long been an institution at the forefront of gaming innovation and legal education, and the addition of our LL.M. program only strengthens our expertise and commitment to leadership in gaming law. Whether through faculty scholarship, the many conferences and lectures sponsored by the law school, or our executive education programs, the Boyd School of Law continually reaches out to the community and the academy, pursuing new initiatives and developing policy in the gaming law arena.”

Monday, June 22, 2015

Professor Michael Kagan Interviewed by BYU Radio About Refugees and Statelessness

Michael Kagan is co-director of the Immigration Clinic and an associate professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On June 19, Professor Kagan was a guest on BYU Radio’s “Top of Mind with Julie Rose” for a segment titled “Statelessness,” (1:20:30 mark) in which he discussed refugees, statelessness and the crisis in Syria. 

During the interview, he spoke about the reality that there’s really no clear path to overcome statelessness in response to host Julie Rose’s comment that these people “can’t change their ethnicity or bloodline to gain a citizenship claim.”

“…You have these groups that are stuck in this situation generation after generation, and these issues are often among the most sensitive politically in these countries because they … part with the countries’ sense of self and identity,” Professor Kagan said. “And so there’s a great reluctance to open the doors to integration for people who are considered foreigners.”

Professor Kagan spent a decade developing legal aid programs for refugees in the Middle East, and has written several of the most widely cited articles in the fields of refugee and asylum law.