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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New Boyd Graduate Tyre Gray ’14 Interviewed by Channel 8 News

In just a few hours, Boyd student Tyre Gray will become a Boyd alumnus as he joins approximately 2,000 other students at UNLV receiving their diplomas today. This morning, Channel 8 News interviewed Gray (:23-second mark) as part of their segment titled “Job market promising for new college graduates.”

According to employment experts, the outlook for graduating students looks promising. For Gray, who already has a job offer, the future looks especially bright, particularly after enduring significant health challenges.

“I think that's why the graduation date has a special tag to me, because it's a finish line - not only in completing my education, but also in kind of putting the kidney disease behind me a little bit as well,” Gray said.

UNLV Plans Gaming Center and Boyd Introduces New Master of Laws Degree

The Dec. 12 edition of CardPlayer.com featured an article titled “UNLV Planning Center on Casino Regulation” that included news about UNLV’s academic center on gaming regulation, as well as the Boyd School of Law’s new Master of Laws degree in Gaming Law and Regulation launching next fall.

CardPlayer.com is a poker information portal offering daily poker news, professionals’ blogs and tweets, videos, articles and coverage from all major poker tournaments in the world.

Dean Dan Hamilton Speaks with VEGAS INC About Planned UNLV Gaming Center

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

On Dec. 12, Dean Hamilton was interviewed by VEGAS INC for an article titled “Planning underway for UNLV center on gaming regulation” that highlighted plans for creating a new academic center at UNLV dedicated to gaming regulation. The center will complement Boyd’s new Master of Laws degree in Gaming Law and Regulation.

A team of university officials, including Dean Hamilton, and other gaming industry professionals are working together to get the center up and running – projected to happen in time for the next academic year.

“There’s a lot we don’t know, there’s a lot we know but we haven’t put together in one place to really get a sense of the field, and there’s a lot we need to know,” he said. “This center will, we hope, act as a bridge between academia and industry and produce research that is useful to both.”

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.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Associate Dean Ngai Pindell Talks to Vegas Seven Magazine

Ngai Pindell is associate dean of academic affairs and professor of law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Vegas Seven magazine recently ran an article that highlighted Dean Pindell and the Boyd School of Law’s new Master of Laws degree in Gaming Law and Regulation. The Dec. 11 feature titled “UNLV Betting on Gaming-Centric Master’s Program: Boyd School of Law to offer advanced degrees in Gaming Law and Regulation” provided insight into the new program.

While Las Vegas has become synonymous with high-end dining, upscale shopping, swanky nightclubs, and world-class entertainment, the city is still, first and foremost, powered by the gaming industry.

Given that the gaming industry is ever-evolving and multi-faceted, it’s natural for Boyd to address its complexities with the new program.

“It makes sense to have a graduate program in gaming in a city that is so well known for gaming and that has such expertise,” said Dean Pindell. “ … We’ve designed the curriculum to highlight the depth of gaming law and policy that’s needed to effectively practice in that industry.”

Dean Pindell's research interests are in economic development and housing, and he teaches Property, Land Use Regulation, Local Government Law and Wills, Trusts & Estates.

Professor Fatma Marouf Comments on Immigration Reform in Las Vegas Sun

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

Professor Marouf recently spoke with the Las Vegas Sun for a Dec. 11 article titled “Why Nevada has become a leader in immigration reform.”

The article, which addresses three main reasons explaining Nevada’s impact on immigration reform, includes Astrid Silva as reason number one. Silva, the young lady who became the center of attention when President Obama shared her personal story on national television and when she introduced him during his recent Nov. 21 visit to Las Vegas, not only turned the spotlight on herself, but the state of Nevada.

“She’s become a symbol for a demographic, and I think that’s powerful for people,” said Professor Marouf in the article. “It’s a way to relate on a personal level, and that has a huge impact on how people react to the issue.”

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 Ashley Nikkel ’12 in Reno Gazette-Journal

Boyd alumna Ashley Nikkel ‘12 was profiled in the Reno Gazette-Journal’sPeople on the Move: Dec 11” feature highlighting new hires, promotions and achievements in Northern Nevada.

Nikkel recently joined the Litigation, Trials & Appeals and Environmental & Natural Resources practice groups at the Reno office of Parsons Behle & Latimer.

Prior to joining the law firm, Nikkel clerked for the Hon. Mark Gibbons of the Nevada Supreme Court and for the Hon. Janet J. Berry of the Second Judicial District Court in Reno.