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Friday, August 30, 2013

Professor Ian Bartrum Appears on Live And Local With Kevin Wall

Ian Bartrum is an Associate Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On Aug. 29, he appeared on KXNT's Live And Local With Kevin Wall to talk about the Constitutional hurdles the President faces in order to declare war on Syria (Hour 2, 5:00-minute mark).

"The president obviously is the commander in chief, whatever that implies. The Congress is authorized to declare war and to make all the rules for the Army, and Navy, and maintain them, etc. So it's never been really clear exactly where the boundary is between the two branches in terms of war-making power," he said during the program.

Professor Bartrum's research interests are in constitutional history and theory, the Establishment Clause, and constitutional education.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Professor Francine Lipman Makes All-time Tax Professor Downloads List

In August, Francine Lipman, William S. Boyd Professor of Law, was ranked 16 on a list of all-time paper downloads for tax professors.

The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) released its monthly rankings of 750 American and international law school faculties and 3,000 law professors in early August. The organization’s lists included all-time downloads and recent downloads, meaning the past 12 months.

“Rankings included full-time tax professors with at least one tax paper on SSRN, and all papers (including non-tax papers) by these tax professors are included in the SSRN data,” according to the TaxProf Blog.

Professor Lipman has written extensively on tax and accounting issues for legal journals, including the Wisconsin Law Review, Florida Tax Review, Virginia Tax Review, Nevada Law Journal, American University Law Review, Harvard Environmental Law Review, Harvard Latino Law Review, Harvard Journal on Legislation, The Tax Lawyer, The Practical Tax Lawyer, Taxes and Tax Notes.

Professor Nancy Rapoport’s Paper Listed on SSRN Top Ten Download List

In August, Gordon Silver Professor of Law Nancy B. Rapoport’s paper, Rethinking U.S. Legal Education: No More ‘Same Old, Same Old’, was listed on the Social Science Research Network’s (SSRN) Top Ten download list for IRPN Subject Matter eJournals and Innovation Research & Policy Network.

As of Aug. 28, the paper was downloaded 170 times.

The paper’s abstract reads, “In this Essay, I suggest that we should think about how to create a curriculum that encourages students to develop a variety of skill sets. Law students simply don’t need three years of Socratic questioning regarding the fine details of court opinions. They need a wide range of experiences, preferably building on skill sets (like the twenty-six Berkeley factors) that effective lawyers have developed. A law school’s curriculum should have courses that focus on different factors in each year of law school. Ultimately, what we should be teaching law students is how to develop the judgment to advise clients. Teaching students how to think about the law is no longer – and probably never was – enough.”

Professor Rapoport's specialties are bankruptcy ethics, ethics in governance, and the depiction of lawyers in popular culture. 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Elizabeth Muto Hunterton Joins Boyd as Director of Development

Dean Dan Hamilton is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Muto Hunterton joined the William S. Boyd School of Law on Aug. 26 as Director of Development.

Most recently, Hunterton was Executive Director of the Epicurean Charitable Foundation of Las Vegas. There, she oversaw the organization's operations and directed its extensive fundraising in education and scholarships. Previously, she served as the Director of Development for Boys Town Nevada and National Director of Special Projects for Boys Town.

Hunterton is active in the Las Vegas community and in advocacy for children who have been abandoned, abused and/or neglected.

She graduated cum laude from UNLV with a Master of Science degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Boyd Alumnus Kirk Homeyer Elected to Alumni Board

Boyd alumnus Kirk Homeyer '11 was featured in Nevada Business magazine on Aug. 21 for being elected to the Board of Directors for the Boyd School of Law Alumni Association.

Homeyer is an associate for Gordon Silver, and his practice focuses on Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy.

"'We are so proud of Kirk and his deep commitment to Las Vegas, UNLV and the William S. Boyd Law School,'" said Gerald M. Gordon, chairman of Gordon Silver's Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy practice group, in the article.

Before joining Gordon Silver, Homeyer worked for Nancy Rapoport, the Gordon Silver Professor of Law at UNLV and the court-appointed fee examiner for the Chapter 11 reorganization of Station Casinos.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Professor Ian Bartrum Appears on KSNV's The Agenda

Ian Bartrum is an Associate Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On Aug. 20, he appeared on KSNV's The Agenda to talk about executive orders (12:07 remaining mark). 

"You'll see if you have your list of presidents with executive orders, many of those with the most executive orders served during war time. There are basically three kinds of situations when you have an executive order that has the force of law. One, when you direct something to the agencies. Two, when there's some statute that's specifically authorized to the president. And third, the sort of catchall area, is the commander in chief powers. So when the president's conducting war, there is a lot of room there to make strategic decisions, etc. I think, in particular, the issue with drones and those other sorts of really controversial issues being cited at the executive levels does present a number of troubling questions."

Professor Bartrum's research interests are in constitutional history and theory, the Establishment Clause, and constitutional education.

Professor Nancy Rapoport Quoted in Marketplace

Nancy B. Rapoport is the Gordon Silver Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On Aug. 22, she was quoted in the Marketplace article In Detroit, bankruptcy comes with a cost.

"I'll call up the professional and say, 'Tell me why you made this choice?' Sometimes it's a great choice. Sometimes we talk about a reduction in (bankruptcy) fees. If reasonable fees aren't being charged then something is wrong with the system," she said in the article.

Professor Rapoport's specialties are bankruptcy ethics, ethics in governance, and the depiction of lawyers in popular culture.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Professor Rachel Anderson Appointed to National Bar Association's Judicial Selection Committee

Rachel Anderson is a Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law. 
 
On Aug. 18, she was featured on the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association's (NBA) website for being appointed to the NBA's Judicial Selection Committee.
 
According to the website, the committee is "responsible for evaluating the qualifications of candidates for the federal bench; mak[ing] recommendations to the Justice Department with respect to candidates for the federal bench; and cooperat[ing] with other bar associations or groups in seeking suitable candidates for recommendation for appointment." 
 
Professor Anderson's research and teaching interests focus on business law, civil and human rights, empirical legal studies, and international law. 

Professor Francine Lipman Quoted in Grand Forks Herald

Francine J. Lipman is a William S. Boyd Professor of Law at the UNLV Boyd School of Law.

On Aug. 20, she was quoted in the Grand Forks Herald article SHELTON GUNARATNE: Immigration benefits U.S. economy and culture.

In the article, she says illegal immigrants "contribute to the U.S. economy through their investments and consumption of goods and services; filling of millions of essential worker positions resulting in subsidiary job creation, increased productivity and lower costs of goods and services; and unrequited contributions to Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance programs." 

Professor Lipman holds an exceptional record as an accountant, lawyer, teacher and scholar.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Boyd Alumna Sandra Douglass Morgan '03 Named Interim North Las Vegas City Attorney

Boyd alumna Sandra Douglass Morgan '03 was recently featured by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association after being named interim North Las Vegas City Attorney.

On Aug. 14, she was named in the Las Vegas Review-Journal article North Las Vegas city manager, attorney step down. On Aug. 15, she was highlighted in the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association's article Sandra Douglass Morgan Named Interim North Las Vegas City Attorney.

"Ms. Douglass Morgan's primary focus is civil litigation, transactional and development matters, where she drafts and negotiates agreements on behalf of the City of North Las Vegas. Ms. Douglass Morgan also provides legal counsel and assistance to the City Council, Planning Commission, and City of North Las Vegas departments and boards," according to the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association's article.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Associate Dean Ngai Pindell Featured on UNLV News Center

Ngai Pindell is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On Aug. 14, he was featured in an article on the UNLV News Center titled 3 Lessons on Balancing Growth and Housing Markets.

"Local governments across the country have been very creative in approaching growth management. The approaches that have been the most successful involve advance planning among the many different stakeholders - citizens, developers, local governments, the state and others - as well as a commitment to core values like affordable housing, public transportation, and environmental protection," he said in the article.

Associate 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 Rachel Anderson Featured on LVNBA Website for Winning Outstanding Service Award

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

On July 30, she was featured on the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association's (NBA) website for winning the Law Professors Division Outstanding Service Award.

"The decision to recognize members of the Division is made by a vote of the membership and the award is given in grateful appreciation for outstanding and dedicated service to the Law Professors Division of the NBA," the article reads.

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

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Boyd Alumna Amanda Morgan Joins American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada

Boyd alumna Amanda Morgan '13 yesterday was featured in a press release distributed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada regarding the hiring of three new staff members.

Morgan joins the ACLU as a Legal Fellow.

"Amanda Morgan... earned her J.D. from William S. Boyd School of Law, where she was a Public Interest Law Fellow. Morgan is especially passionate about education advocacy, stemming from her time as a program facilitator for the Child Assault Prevention Program, and further as a law clerk focusing on special education issues at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada," the release reads.

The press release, posted on the ACLU website, is available here.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Associate Professor Michael Kagan Posts Article on Urban Refugees Blog

Michael Kagan is an Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Immigration Clinic at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On Aug. 12, he wrote an article for the Urban Refugees blog titled Why Do We Still Have Refugee Camps?

"This gap between policy and practice is the background for several new critiques of (the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees') urban refugee policy. The gist of the critiques, with varying degrees of nuance, is that old habits die hard, and while the new policy sounds good, UNHCR's commitment to urban refugees in practice is not always clear. Camps are still abundant, and they are still central to UNHCR's work," he wrote in the article.

Professor Kagan has written several of the most widely cited articles in the fields of refugee and asylum law. His research on credibility assessment in asylum cases has been repeatedly relied on by federal appellate courts and, according to a 2012 commentary, has "guided most subsequent research and analysis on the topic."

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Professor Christopher Blakesley Quoted in the Las Vegas Sun

Christopher Blakesley is The Cobeaga Law Firm Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On Aug. 6, he was quoted in the Las Vegas Sun article Captured on camera: Men point to video as proof of misconduct by Metro Police.

"Seems to me it would protect everybody and give the public some confidence," he said in regard to Metro's plans to test and introduce wearable cameras.

Professor Blakesley is a Barrick Distinguished Scholar, 2009.  

Monday, August 5, 2013

Associate Professor Addie Rolnick Co-writes Guest Column for Al Jazeera

Addie Rolnick is an Associate Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On Aug. 3, she co-wrote a guest column for Al Jazeera titled Why we must do more than repeal 'stand your ground' laws in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin's death.

The column reads, "We will not be saved by the repeal of 'Stand Your Ground' laws because they are only a small piece of the larger picture of self-defence and racial profiling responsible for so many Black deaths."

Professor Rolnick's scholarship focuses on bridging gaps between civil rights, Critical Race Theory, federal Indian law, and indigenous rights.

William S. Boyd Featured in VEGAS INC

On Aug. 5, William S. Boyd was featured in VEGAS INC's article What can be done to encourage philanthropy in Las Vegas?

The article notes that "Nevada dropped from the ninth most generous state in 2004 to the 37th in 2009."

Reporters spoke with Nevada's biggest donors, including Elaine Wynn, Jim Rogers, and Don Snyder, among others.

According to Boyd, "Publicity - that's what will encourage others to give. Those who do give need to set the example."

Friday, August 2, 2013

Nancy Rapoport Quoted in Reuters

Nancy B. Rapoport is the Gordon Silver Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On Aug. 1, she was quoted in the Reuters article Lawyers in Detroit bankruptcy may face scrutiny on fees.

"Do you really want to poke momma bear? Is that something you want to argue with Rhodes about?" she said of Judge Steven Rhodes in the article.

Judge Rhodes is proposing the appointment of a fee examiner to monitor the fees charged to the city of Detroit by bankruptcy lawyers. "Legal experts doubt anyone will challenge his authority to make the appointment," the article reads.

Professor Rapoport's specialties are bankruptcy ethics, ethics in governance, and the depiction of lawyers in popular culture.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Boyd School of Law Featured in Las Vegas Sun

The Boyd School of Law on July 31 was featured in the Las Vegas Sun article House approves lower rates on student loans.

The photo caption reads, "Future lawyers: Students study in the Wiener Rogers Law Library at UNLV's Boyd Law School in February 2008. Law schools have historically had a lot of interest when the economy slumps, and UNLV officials are expecting even more applications next year."