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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Boyd Alumni Write for June Issue of Nevada Lawyer

Two Boyd School of Law alumni published articles in the June issue of Nevada Lawyer, the State Bar of Nevada's monthly magazine.

Alumnus Jason Bacigalupi ' 12 wrote "Deterring Egregious Conduct and Frivolous Litigation: Awarding Attorneys' Fees as Special Damages and Under Bad Faith Litigation Statutes." The article reads, "Civil litigation is an expensive process, regardless of the interests at stake. Attorneys’ fees are often one of the largest expenses in litigation, sometimes exceeding (or dwarfing) damage awards. For example, a recent case in the Eighth Judicial District resulted in a $584,608 verdict in plaintiffs’ favor – followed by an award of more than $9 million in attorneys’ fees, costs and interest. Thus, whether on the paying or receiving end, the possible recovery of attorneys’ fees is a vital consideration for all parties in litigation."

Alumna Kendelee Works '05 wrote "Young Lawyers: Don't Forget About the Jury Instructions." In the column, she wrote, "... often lawyers, new and seasoned, forget to really consider jury instructions until the eve of trial, or worse, the eve of closing arguments. On the contrary, jury instructions are something you should be thinking about from the inception of your case. It is vital that you know the law on which the jury is likely to be instructed. Familiarizing yourself with the likely jury instructions means that you will have armed yourself with the law governing your case. That enables you to properly frame your discovery plan and truly assess the merits of your case."