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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Professor Tanenhaus in The New York Times


The Boyd School of Law is very pleased to announce that Professor David S. Tanenhaus (right) had his Op-Ed, "The Roberts Court's Liberal Turn on Juvenile Justice" published in today's The New York Times.

According to Professor Tanenhaus, "The Supreme Court’s decision this week [in Miller v. Alabama] to ban mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole for offenders younger than 18 is an emphatic rejection of the 'get tough' juvenile justice policies of the 1980s and 1990s, which punished children as if they were adults. Writing for the majority, Justice Elena Kagan's clear statement not only recognized the political and biological principle that children are different from adults but at last also inscribed it into constitutional law."

Professor Tanenhaus currently serves as Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at UNLV, the James E. Rogers Professor of History and Law at Boyd School of Law, and Editor of Law and History Review, which Cambridge University Press publishes as a quarterly on behalf of the American Society for Legal History. Since coming to UNLV in 1997, Professor Tanenhaus has taught courses on American legal and constitutional history, the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, children and society, and introductory surveys of U.S. History.