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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sept. 25 Boyd Briefs Now Available

The Sept. 25 edition of Boyd Briefs is now available.

This week's edition features Dean Ngai Pindell, student Amber Lilienthal, and alumna Kendal Davis '10.

Dean Pindell has served as Boyd's associate dean for academic affairs for the past three years. As the director of the school's gaming law program, he was one of the driving forces of the conceptualization and implementation of Boyd's new Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Gaming Law and Regulation.

Second-year student Amber is the winner of this year's Adam A. Milani Disability Law Writing Competition. In addition to her studies, she currently works as a junior staffer on the Nevada Law Journal.

Kendal is an associate attorney in the Las Vegas office of Lionel Sawyer & Collins, where she practices probate and trust litigation. She attributes a large part of her success as an attorney to the strong legal writing skills she acquired through Boyd's legal writing program, including her law journal experience.

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

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Announcing the Inaugural Issue of UNLV Law Magazine

The William S. Boyd School of Law is pleased to present the inaugural issue of UNLV Law, the official magazine of the law school. Hard copies go into circulation this week.*

The premier edition includes the following feature articles:
  • Betting on Boyd: a profile piece on founding donors William S. Boyd, James E. Rogers, the Thomas family, the Mack family, and Michael and Sonja Saltman 
  • Collaborating for a Cause: a look at Boyd alum Edgar Flores’ work with best friend Sean Najera on a study concerning the local Latino community 
  • Dialogue with the Deans: insider stories from Deans Richard Morgan, John Valery White, Nancy Rapoport, and Daniel Hamilton about their time at the helm of Nevada’s law school 

UNLV Law's Centers & Clinics department features the work of the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution and the Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic. The department also has an update on Boyd’s gaming law program, including the recently announced Master of Laws degree in Gaming Law and Regulation.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto lends her expert opinion in Opening Argument, a section where a prominent member of Nevada’s legal community presents a compelling case. Attorney General Masto writes about “Why Boyd Matters.”

The magazine also highlights the latest with Boyd faculty, alumni and students. There’s even a photo gallery, too.

To read the digital version of the magazine, click here.

To subscribe to UNLV Law, contact the editor, or submit “Class Actions” (the alumni section of UNLV Law magazine) items, visit law.unlv.edu/magazine.

*Magazines are being mailed to members of the Boyd community with current addresses on file.

Professor Rachel Anderson Named Chair of Vice President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion

Rachel Anderson is a Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Professor Anderson was recently named Chair of the Vice President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion (VPCDI). Established in 2011, the VPCDI is an autonomous body made up of faculty and staff volunteers working together to support the development and enhancement of programs, services and opportunities for underrepresented groups at UNLV, including faculty, staff and students.

As part of her new role, Professor Anderson will also sit on the President’s Advisory Council and the Committee on Full Participation, Engagement, and Diversity.

Professor Anderson's research and teaching interests focus on business law, civil and human rights, empirical legal studies, and international law.

Professor Sylvia Lazos Writes Op-Ed Piece for Las Vegas Review-Journal

Sylvia Lazos is the Justice Myron Leavitt Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On Sept. 23, Professor Lazos’ op-ed piece “Early returns show ‘zoom’ schools boost ELL students” ran in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“In the Clark County School District, one in four children in kindergarten through third grade is an ELL (English Language Learner) child. Because of the high number of ELL children in Southern Nevada, their acculturation and success in school is key to this region’s future workforce productivity. Nevada will raise its education ranking only if it gets ELL education right,” Professor Lazos wrote.

Professor Lazos is a frequent op-ed contributor, and her expertise is sought by print and broadcast media on a wide range of subjects, including higher education, immigration, race relations, government, voting and initiatives.

Monday, September 22, 2014

UNLV Law Clinic One of Seven Organizations in the Nation to Receive Justice AmeriCorps Grant to Serve Immigrant Children

For immigrant children, immigration court is a daunting place and having a lawyer can mean the difference between staying here or being deported. Children are not entitled to appointed counsel in immigration court, and few, if any, can afford counsel. In Las Vegas, children in immigration court will now get counsel through a new grant sponsored by the Justice Department and the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the AmeriCorps national service programs.

This month the Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic at UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law was one of seven organizations in the nation, and the only law school, to receive funding to represent unaccompanied children in immigration court. The funding effort comes in response to an influx of migrant children from Central America, many of whom arrive without a parent or guardian. The grant will fund two lawyer positions in the law school clinic.

“The law school is proud to be a catalyst for resources to address this national issue that is so important to our community,” said Daniel Hamilton, dean and Richard J. Morgan Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law. “This is good for the children, the law school, and the community.”

The two lawyers will work with students and faculty in the law school’s Immigration Clinic, which has partnered with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. The partnership leverages the expertise of each organization. Professors Fatma Marouf and Michael Kagan, who co-direct the Immigration Clinic, have expertise in removal defense, including working with trauma victims and petitioning for relief from deportation. The clinic lawyers will work with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada to conduct community outreach and recruit and train pro bono lawyers to assist with the cases.

“We are thrilled to provide these critical services to these children, and directly engage our students in this work,” said Associate Dean Anne Traum, who oversees the law school clinic. “Our students have heard about this crisis in the news. To interview a child, evaluate the child’s case, and seek relief for that child in court will add meaning and experience to our students’ legal education.”

Las Vegas currently has a docket of approximately 150 child cases pending in the immigration court, which has only one immigration judge.

“Having counsel increases the rate of success for children who are eligible for relief. Counsel can ensure that all children understand the proceedings, which will enable the court to handle cases more efficiently,” said Professor Marouf. “We’re also focusing on identifying victims of human trafficking or abuse, and pursuing relief and services for those children."

Many children have migrated to escape abuse, persecution, or violence.

The two lawyers and clinic faculty will attend trainings later this year on immigration laws and regulations applicable to unaccompanied children; immigration proceedings practice and procedure; ethics for professionals working with children and youths; and trauma-informed and culturally appropriate models of interacting with unaccompanied children.

For more information, contact Fatma Marouf at (702) 895-2086 or fatma.marouf@unlv.edu.

Dean Daniel Hamilton Joins Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at National Clean Energy Summit

(l-r) UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law Dean Daniel Hamilton,
former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and UNLV Vice President
for Research Thomas Piechota

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

On Sept. 4, Dean Hamilton attended the seventh annual National Clean Energy Summit, which was held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino.

The summit’s keynote speaker was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Senator Harry Reid, the Center for American Progress, the Clean Energy Project, MGM Resorts International, and UNLV sponsored the event.

The summit serves as the country’s most visible and influential gathering of leaders and policymakers. This year, attendees focused on the benefits of public-private partnerships in moving the nation away from a fossil-fuel dependent electrical grid toward a modern market for clean energy.