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Friday, August 28, 2015

Professor Ann McGinley Interviewed by Time About Women and Workplace Vulnerability

Ann C. McGinley is a William S. Boyd Professor of Law at UNLV.

Professor McGinley was recently featured in an Aug. 27 Time article titled “Amazon Isn’t the Problem. We Are.” about women working in a workplace where personal traumas and health crises can render them “disproportionately vulnerable to being targeted as drags on the bottom line.” 

In the article, which discussed a recent report about Amazon’s workplace, Professor McGinley said, “It’s a new work world.”

She continued, “The lean-and-mean ethos is particularly hard on women. It’s a cowboy ethic: You can’t play in our clubhouse unless you play by our rules. But those rules don’t work with having a family.”

The article also read: “Furthermore, as McGinley points out, companies that employ harsh tactics that disproportionately affect women might risk serious lawsuits—as well as long-term growth. ‘If you seek to discard half your population, you’re losing a lot of expertise. You’re not going to have the innovation you need.’”

Professor McGinley is an internationally recognized scholar in the area of employment law, employment discrimination and disability law and a leader in Multidimensional Masculinities Theory, an emerging discipline that applies masculinities theory from social sciences to legal interpretation.

Aug. 27 Boyd Briefs Now Available

The Aug. 27 issue of Boyd Briefs is now available.

This week's edition features Professor Jean Sternlight, student Anthony Ruggiero, and alumna Amber Robinson '06.

Jean Sternlight is Director of the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution and Michael and Sonja Saltman Professor of Law. This year alone, she received both the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Civil and Trial Mediators.

Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, Anthony earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from St. John's University and embarked on a career in the field. After moving to Las Vegas, he earned a master’s in Public Administration from UNLV and established a formidable record of service in the areas of public affairs and public communications.

Amber continues to be active at Boyd as a board member on the Alumni Chapter Board since 2012. She has served as Board secretary and is currently the treasurer. In 2011, Amber opened her own firm, Robinson Law Group, exclusively practicing in family law.

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

Friday, August 7, 2015

Professor Marketa Trimble Elected to International Academy of Comparative Law

Marketa Trimble is a Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Professor Trimble was recently elected as an associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, an organization that brings together scholars to focus on the comparative study of legal systems. More than 700 members make up the academy, which brings together comparative law experts through conferences, workshops, publications and more.

In her research, Professor Trimble focuses on intellectual property and issues at the intersection of intellectual property and private international law/conflict of laws.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Professors Fatma Marouf, Michael Kagan Write Column for The Washington Post

"If you get a speeding ticket from a traffic cop, you don’t have to pay the fine until the case is resolved in court. But things are different if the Department of Homeland Security seeks to have you deported."

So write Boyd Professors Fatma Marouf and Michael Kagan, along with Professor Rebecca Gill (UNLV Political Science) in a column in The Washington Post. For three years, they have conducted groundbreaking empirical research on how federal courts adjudicate immigration appeals.

In their Post column, they highlight a basic problem: Immigrants can be deported even while their appeals are still pending in court. This recently happened to a Guatemalan mother and child who were detained in Pennsylvania, and then deported by the Department of Homeland Security to Guatemala City two weeks after they filed an appeal.

Professors Kagan, Gill and Marouf highlight problems in the way the courts issue stays of removal to prevent this from happening. As they write:

"To decide whether to grant a stay of removal, a court must decide whether the immigrant is likely to eventually win her appeal. But in our research, we found that in about half of the appeals that were ultimately successful, the court initially guessed wrong and denied the stay, leaving an immigrant at risk of an errant deportation."

Professors Gill, Kagan and Marouf have been continuing their research, and are now focusing on the impact of gender on immigration cases in federal courts. Their initial findings were recently highlighted in The Wall Street Journal.

Professors Kagan and Marouf co-direct the Immigration Clinic at Boyd.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Professor Terrill Pollman and Committee Launch Electronic Version of Legal Writing Journal

Terrill Pollman is a professor of law at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law.

Professor Pollman chaired a committee of seven that recently launched an electronic version of Legal Writing, the journal of the Legal Writing Institute. The new website features current and archived issues of the journal in mobile-friendly formats.

In a message to legal writing professors, Professor Pollman and journal Editor-in-Chief Brooke Bowman, of Stetson Law, wrote, "For our four most recent volumes, you’ll find both html and PDF versions of the articles. Those of you who miss the print version of articles can bring up a PDF that will look exactly like the format you’ve always used. In addition, we’ve gathered resources for scholars in one handy place. And we’ve had some fun doing it."

A founding faculty member, Professor Pollman teaches in the areas of Lawyering Process, Persuasion, Negotiation, and Leadership and Law. Her scholarship focuses on legal writing, pedagogy and rhetoric.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Dean Dan Hamilton Quoted in Las Vegas Business Press

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

He was featured in the June 29 Las Vegas Business Press article titled, "LEGAL MANEUVERS," about the changing legal landscape in Las Vegas.

In the article, he said, "On the local side, you have very prominent, distinguished firms that are reshaping, and that does show how sensitive the legal market is in Las Vegas to changes in the legal landscape. If one big case settles, or if one big potential case goes out of town, the ripple effects are felt very quickly here. … The market for legal services is now so tight that one big case can impact a law firm or a series of law firms."

He continued, "The long-time model where prestigious local firms were the dominant players is slowly changing. So, the big national firms that for so long were a relatively small part of the legal landscape are an increasingly large part. Now, that’s not to say the prestigious local firms are going away – only to say that the national firms are playing a more and more prominent role."

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.