Judge Philip M. Pro, United States district judge for the District of Nevada and great supporter of the Boyd School of Law, has announced that he will retire effective Jan. 16, 2015.
Judge Pro served as co-chair of the Advisory Board for the founding of the Boyd School of Law. He currently serves on the Boyd School of Law Advisory Board and the Board of the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution.
In 2005, the Boyd School of Law established the Philip Pro Lectureship in Legal History with the inaugural lecture given by Pulitzer prize-winning historian Gordon Wood. The series annually brings an internationally prominent scholar to UNLV to deliver a public lecture.
Judge Pro commenced service on the Court on Oct. 6, 1980, when he was appointed United States magistrate judge. He was, at the age of 33, one of the youngest magistrate judges in the United States. In 1987, Judge Pro was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to serve as a United States district judge. Judge Pro was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 23, 1987. He served as chief judge from 2002 to 2007.
Read a Las Vegas Review-Journal article about Judge Pro, titled "Focus on fairness marks judge's distinguished career," here.