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Monday, April 11, 2016

Boyd Senior Fellow Dr. Nancy E. Brune Named to a Key Obama Administration Post

In an announcement released by The White House on April 8, President Obama announced his intention to appoint
Dr. Nancy E. Brune, Senior Fellow at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law and Executive Director of the Guinn Center for Policy Priorities, Nevada, to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Dr. Brune is one of four individuals named by the President to a key administration post. In the announcement, President Obama said, “I am honored that these talented individuals have decided to serve our country. They bring their years of experience and expertise to this Administration, and I look forward to working with them.”

In her role at the Boyd School of Law, Dr. Brune is focused on global policy in the areas of security, natural resources, energy, and trade.

Vincent Kwan, First-Year Law Student, Elected to Director of the Rebel Venture Fund

Congratulations to first-year law student Vincent Kwan who, after having joined his first semester of law school, was recently elected to director of the Rebel Venture Fund (RVF).

The RVF is UNLV’s venture capital (VC) fund that looks to make equity investments in private high-growth companies throughout Las Vegas and Southern Nevada. The fund invests in startups at every stage and provides knowledge, resources, and support to the growing tech and small business community here in Las Vegas. Unlike other university VC funds, the RVF is entirely student lead and run. Students work closely with entrepreneurs and leaders in the business community to conduct screenings, due diligence, investments, negotiations, and close deals.

Founded in 2013, RVF draws its membership from graduate and undergraduate students who work closely with a board of seasoned angel investors and venture capitalists in the community to arrive at investment decisions. In addition to having strong ties and relationships with business leaders, investors, and professionals in the community, RVF is supported by the UNLV Center for Entrepreneurship.

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Kwan decided to escape the hot desert and go as far away as possible to the cold East Coast. He went to New York City where he attended NYU Stern School of Business for his undergraduate, pursuing a degree in international business and political economy. Having worked in management consulting, corporate business strategy, and tech startups, Kwan has a broad range of experience and knowledge in the business world. Now hoping to supplement and further enhance his business knowledge, he in back home in Las Vegas attending the Boyd School of Law where he is currently in his first year as a full-time student.

With a strong passion for the Las Vegas tech and small business community, Kwan plans to make RVF a top VC fund and UNLV one of the best resources for the talented entrepreneurs and businesses in Las Vegas. The city has undergone a lot of change in recent years, especially with the Downtown Project, Work In Progress, the Innevation Center, and more to attract talented techs and entrepreneurs. He hopes to connect this community, help it flourish, and bring new young talent to Las Vegas.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Feb. 18 Boyd Briefs Now Available

The Feb. 18 issue of Boyd Briefs is now available.

This week's edition features Professor Addie Rolnick, student Tyler Mowbray, and alumna Audrey Beeson '07.

Professor Rolnick engages in scholarly work and advocacy within three main areas: criminal and juvenile justice in Indian country, race and criminal justice, and Indians and race. Before joining Boyd, she represented tribal governments; she continues to advocate for indigenous people as well as other groups and individuals who are poorly served by the justice system.

Mowbray is interested in mediation and litigation as a future career. Growing up in a Nevada legal family, he observed the positive impact lawyers have on their clients, and the positive impact of third-party neutrals who resolve many conflicts before they wind up in litigation.

Beeson is of counsel with The Law Offices of Frank J. Toti Esquire; and owns her own business, Audrey Beeson, Esq. PLLC. Her practice focuses primarily on family law and she is a Nevada Board Certified Family Law Specialist. She also does some estate planning -- drafting simple wills, POA's and trusts.

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

Friday, February 12, 2016

Feb. 11 Boyd Briefs Now Available

The Feb. 11 issue of Boyd Briefs is now available.

This week's edition features Professor Francine Lipman, student Marta Kurshumova, and alumna Holly Walker '14.

Professor Lipman, Boyd Professor of Law, is an elected member of the American Law Institute, the American College of Tax Counsel, and the American Bar Foundation as well as the author of numerous articles on tax and accounting issues. In both her teaching and scholarship, she draws on an exceptional record of experience as an accountant and lawyer.

After leaving Bulgaria and her family at the age of 19, Kurshumova attended Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga. before coming to Boyd, "one of the proudest moments" of her life.

Walker is a judicial law clerk to Justice Michael L. Douglas at the Supreme Court of Nevada. Born and raised in Las Vegas, she has always been dedicated to pursuing her education here and says that Boyd faculty and staff have always been supportive.

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

Monday, February 8, 2016

Professor Linda Berger Speaks at Stanford Law School Symposium

Linda L. Berger is the Family Foundation Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research at the Boyd School of Law.

Professor Berger was one of the featured speakers at the Narrative and Metaphor in the Law Symposium hosted by Stanford Law School January 30. The symposium, organized by Michael Hanne of the University of Auckland and Robert Weisberg of Stanford, brought together scholars who have contributed to the study of narrative or metaphor and the law, and sometimes the two in combination, for a series of conversations to explore those interactions. Scholars from the many different dimensions of legal research were joined by speakers from anthropology, cognitive psychology, creative writing, the media and public policy, in an effort to elaborate a fuller account than has previously been attempted of the intricate relations that operate at the nexus between narrative and metaphor in the law.

This symposium is the third of a series on the role of narrative and metaphor in different disciplines. The first, relating to medicine, was held at UC Berkeley in 2010 and generated a special issue of the journal Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture, 44 (3), Fall 2011, entitled “Binocular Vision: Narrative and Metaphor in Medicine.” The second, relating to politics, was held at Claremont Graduate University in 2012 and generated a book entitled Warring with Words: Narrative and Metaphor in Politics (Psychology Press, 2014). The Stanford symposium relating to the law will generate a book to be published by Cambridge University Press.

More information about the symposium can be found here.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Feb. 4 Boyd Briefs Now Available

The Feb. 4 issue of Boyd Briefs is now available.

This week's edition features Professor Christopher Blakesley, student Elias Askins, and alumnus Kevin Remus '10.

Professor Blakesley is the Cobeaga Law Firm Professor of Law at Boyd. Renowned as a scholar in international and comparative law, Professor Blakesley was a legal advisor in the U.S. Department of State under Henry Kissinger. He is a Barrick Distinguished Scholar, a member of the American Law Institute, and the author of numerous articles and books on topics ranging from terrorism to comparative criminal and family law.

Askins, who will graduate in May, says his plans are to "practice, practice, practice for the bar exam!" Beyond that, he hopes to continue working with a federal agency - just in a new capacity as legal counsel.

Remus is the in-house intellectual property attorney for National Security Technologies, based in Las Vegas. National Security Technologies is the company that manages the Nevada National Security Site for the United States Department of Energy. He has also been a JAG in the Nevada Army National Guard since 2013.

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