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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.

Professors Elizabeth MacDowell and Fatma Marouf to Present at 2014 Bellow Scholars Fall Workshop


(l-r) Professors Elizabeth MacDowell and Fatma Marouf
Professor Elizabeth MacDowell is the director of the Family Justice Clinic at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Fatma Marouf is the co-director of the Immigration Clinic at the Boyd School of Law.

From Oct. 16 to 19, MacDowell and Marouf will attend the 2014 Bellow Scholars Fall Workshop held by the AALS Section of Clinical Legal Education's Committee on Lawyering in the Public Interest.

MacDowell will present research findings from her study of self-help services for victims of domestic violence.

Marouf will present empirical research related to gender interactions in immigration appeals.

MacDowell's research focuses on intersectional issues of race, class, and gender, domestic violence, access to justice, and the impact of criminalization on low-income families.  

Boyd Professors Organizing, Presenting at 2014 SALT Teaching Conference

Ruben J. Garcia is a professor of law at the William S. Boyd School of Law. He serves as co-president of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) and is spearheading the organization's 2014 Teaching Conference, which will be held from Oct. 10 to 11 at the Boyd School of Law.

Elizabeth MacDowell is the director of the Family Justice Clinic and associate professor of law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Ann McGinley is a William S. Boyd Professor of law at UNLV.

Lydia Nussbaum is director of the Strasser Mediation Clinic, associate director of the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution, and associate professor of law at the Boyd School of Law.

Jean Sternlight is the Michael and Sonja Saltman Professor of Law and the director of the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at the Boyd School of Law.

Stacey Tovino is the Lincy Professor of Law and the Lehman Professor of Law at the Boyd School of Law.

All five professors will attend the SALT Teaching Conference.

MacDowell will facilitate a roundtable discussion entitled, "Faculty-Student Collaboration as Social Justice Pedagogy." She'll also serve as a mentor at the SALT/LatCrit Faculty Development workshop, which will be held at the Boyd School of Law on Oct. 9.

McGinley will be giving a presentation titled, "Incorporating Social Justice Issues in the Disability Law Classroom," and will also serve as a commentator on a panel entitled "Models of Lawyers as Social Justice Agents."

Additionally, McGinley and Tovino will join on a panel titled, "Health Care, Health Law, and Social Justice."

Together, Nussbaum and Sternlight will give a presentation titled, "Dispute Resolution and Social Justice: Drawing on ADR to Train Progressive Attorneys." Their discussion will focus on how legal educators dedicated to advancing social justice should respond to the challenging nature of legal practice, students' career interests, and a more expansive definition of lawyering. 

Professor Nancy Rapoport to Address Sioux Falls Estate Planning Council

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

Rapoport will deliver a lunchtime talk on cognitive biases and groupthink at an event hosted by the Sioux Falls Estate Planning Council on Oct. 15.

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

Professors Stacey Tovino and Sara Gordon to Attend ASBH's 16th Annual Meeting

(l-r) Professors Stacey Tovino and Sara Gordon
Stacey Tovino is the Lincy Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law

Sara Gordon is an associate professor of law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Professors Tovino and Gordon will present at the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities' (ASBH) 16th Annual Meeting from Oct. 16 to 19 in San Diego.

Tovino will give two talks throughout the meeting. The first will address mental health issues in the immigration detention setting, and the second will explore the topic of the legal rights of individuals with gambling disorder.

Gordon will present a paper titled, "Health Care Disparities and Inclusion in the Context of Racial Minorities, Individuals with Mental Health Conditions, and Individuals with Physical and Mental Disabilities."

The ASBH is a multidisciplinary, nonprofit organization dedicated to the exchange of ideas among professionals engaged in all of the endeavors related to bioethics and the health-related humanities.

Professor Addie Rolnick to Present at UCLA Critical Race Studies' 6th Annual Symposium


Addie Rolnick is an associate professor of law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Rolnick will attend the 2014 UCLA Critical Race Studies' 6th Annual Symposium - Whiteness as Property: A Twenty-Year Appraisal from Oct. 2 to 4.

She will present a talk titled, "Whiteness as Property and the Significance of Inter-Racial Histories."

This year, the symposium will be centered on Cheryl Harris' seminal article, Whiteness as Property. The conference will reflect on the political, legal, and intellectual context out of which the article emerged, its impact across academic disciplines, and its relevance for a range of civil rights debates.

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

Professor Nancy Rapoport to Participate in National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges' Annual Meeting

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

Rapoport will attend the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges' 88th Annual Meeting from Oct. 8 to 11 in Chicago.

She will participate on an ethics panel modeled on Chicago Public Radio's program "Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me!"

The National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges is an association that provides continuing education to lawyers, judges, and other involved professionals, while promoting cooperation among Bankruptcy Judges to improve the practice of law in the Bankruptcy Courts of the United States.

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

Professors Stacey Tovino and Sara Gordon to Attend 2014 Health Equity Symposium

(l-r) Professors Stacey Tovino and Sara Gordon
Stacey Tovino is the Lincy Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Sara Gordon is an associate professor of law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Both professors will attend the 2014 UNLV and UNSOM Interprofessional Health Equity Symposium at the UNLV School of Dental Medicine on Oct. 10.

Tovino will present a paper titled, “No Doctor in the House: A Critique of Medicare Financing of Graduate Medical Education.”

Gordon will moderate a panel relating to health care provider shortages and workforce issues.

Professor Jean Sternlight to Present at ABA's 12th Annual Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Session

Jean Sternlight is the Michael and Sonja Saltman Professor of Law and the director of the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law.

Sternlight will attend the 12th Annual Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Session, hosted by the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution in San Antonio, Texas from Oct. 16 to 17.

She will present the luncheon keynote address with a talk titled, “The Psychology of Ethics in Negotiation and Mediation.”

Sternlight is nationally and internationally recognized for her scholarship and law reform activities in the field of dispute resolution. 

Boyd's Sean Saxon to Attend 2014 Regional Southern California Innovative Users Group Conference


Sean Saxon is the head of cataloging and innovative systems and associate professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On Oct. 14, Saxon will attend the 2014 Regional Southern California Innovative Users Group Conference at Occidental College in Los Angeles, where he will present a poster session.

The conference provides an opportunity for attendees to showcase new ideas, trends and achievements through poster sessions, presentations and a one-hour concurrent breakout session.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sept. 18 Boyd Briefs Now Available

The Sept. 18 edition of Boyd Briefs is now available.

This week's edition features Professor David Tanenhaus, student Izaac Rowe, and alumna Kathia Pereira '03.

Professor Tanenhaus is one of Boyd's most esteemed scholars. In addition to being the James E. Rogers Professor of History and Law, he is also the Chair of UNLV's History Department.

Rowe currently serves as the president of the Student Bar Association. He is the only law student member in the nation on the American Bar Association Council on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

Pereira works as a partner of Pereira Immigration Law Group, where she practices exclusively in the areas of immigration and nationality law. She also serves as a member of the national committee on the unauthorized practice of law for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

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

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law Expands Gaming Law Program with New Degree Offering

Law school to launch Master of Laws in Gaming Law and Regulation

The UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law is offering a new Master of Laws (LL.M.) in gaming law and regulation and will welcome the program's first class in fall 2015.

The first of its kind in the nation, the LL.M. program provides students with a unique educational experience in the expanding, worldwide industry of gaming and builds on the concentration of gaming resources and expertise at UNLV and in Nevada.

“Our location in Las Vegas gives us a unique advantage,” said Daniel W. Hamilton, dean of the Boyd School of Law. “Gaming law is a sophisticated and growing field both nationally and internationally, and our goal is to be the national leader in training those interested in gaming law.”

The LL.M. degree is a natural complement to the Boyd School of Law’s existing Juris Doctor (J.D.) program. Boyd already offers its students more gaming courses than any other law school in the country.

The gaming law program is led by Ngai Pindell, associate dean of academic affairs at the Boyd School of Law.

“When Boyd first opened in 1998, it made sense to focus on areas other than gaming law as we worked to solidify our identity as a top public law school,” said Pindell. “Now the time is right to embrace the school’s role as a leader in the field. Gaming is a flourishing multibillion-dollar industry and is continuing to expand its footprint worldwide.”

Offered to both foreign and domestic students who hold a J.D., Bachelor of Laws, or equivalent law degree, the program will take one academic year for full-time students or two academic years for part-time students.

Core courses will include Introduction to Gaming Law, Federal Gaming Law and Indian Gaming, and Principles of Casino and Gaming Management, as well as a drafting project. Students will also choose from a variety of elective courses in subjects such as Casino Resort Law, Entertainment Law, and Cyberlaw.

UNLV offers access to the leading gaming law experts in the world and will work closely with the professional community. The LL.M. program builds on successful collaborations with UNLV's William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, the International Gaming Institute, and the Center for Gaming Research.

Application materials will be available on the program's website.

For more information on the Boyd School of Law’s LL.M. in Gaming Law and Regulation, visit law.unlv.edu/GamingLaw.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Professor Ruben Garcia Quoted in Capitol Alert

Ruben J. Garcia is a Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On Sept. 10, Garcia was quoted in the Capitol Alert article "Jerry Brown signs bill requiring employers to give paid sick leave."

“It’s very unlikely to get any federal legislation in the workplace area – particularly something as controversial as this – through the Congress in the next two years,” he said in the article.

A recognized expert in the field of labor and employment law, Garcia teaches Labor Law, Employment Law, Constitutional Law, and Professional Responsibility at the Boyd School of Law. He has been quoted in the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal, among others, and has appeared on national and local radio and television programs. 

4th Annual Public Interest Law Film Festival – September 18-19, 2014

The 4th Annual Public Interest Law Film Festival will be held at the Boyd School of Law and Barrick Museum on the UNLV campus on Thursday and Friday, September 18 and 19.  This year's festival, co-sponsored by the Access to Justice Commission, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, and Snell & Wilmer, focuses on voting rights and participatory democracy. Speakers and panelists join us from the film world (critic Elvis Mitchell), the judiciary (Judge Richard Boulware and Judge Karen Bennett-Haron), UNLV faculty (Professors Lipman, Tanenhaus, and more), community leaders (ProgressNow Nevada, the Culinary Union, and the League of Women Voters), and voting rights experts from across the campus and the country.  Former Nevada Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley will open the festival and Congresswoman Dina Titus will virtually welcome attendees.

A highlight of the festival will be the reception Thursday evening, from 5:30 to 7:30pm in the Barrick Museum, at which Judge Richard Boulware will receive the Public Interest Law Film Festival Humanitarian Award. The festival is free and open to the public. More information, including a schedule of events and films, is available at http://www.law.unlv.edu/publicinterestfilmfestival2014.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sept. 11 Boyd Briefs Now Available

The Sept. 11 edition of Boyd Briefs is now available.

This week's edition features Professor Rebecca Scharf, student Ashleigh Wise, and alumnus Joe Cain '01.

Professor Scharf's keen intellect and steadfast dedication to students, colleagues, and alumni has played an important role in shaping the ambition and character of Boyd. Last year, she added a substantial commitment to her scholarship by joining the tenure track.

This past summer, Wise worked as an intern for the United States Internal Revenue Service. She has also participated in the nationally recognized Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which is administered by the Asian American Advocacy Clinic.

Cain is General Counsel of Fine Properties, LLC, which operates a variety of businesses across the valley. As a proud member of the Boyd community, he greatly values the terrific education he received, and the rewarding career and relationships it made possible for him.

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

Dean Dan Hamilton to Join Panel at Hot Topic Luncheon Series


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

Dean Hamilton will participate on a panel hosted by the Las Vegas Review-Journal (RJ) entitled Hashtags & Headlines, #RJHeadlines. The panel, part of the RJ’s Hot Topic Luncheon monthly series, will be held on Monday, Sept. 15.

In addition to Dean Hamilton, panelists include James Hardesty, Nevada Supreme Court justice; Bill Maupin, shareholder at Lionel Sawyer & Collins; and Catherine Cortez-Masto, attorney general of the State of Nevada. Political columnist Steve Sebelius of the RJ will moderate the discussion regarding whether Nevada needs an appellate court, how it would work, and what it would mean for regular people in their daily lives.

Dean Hamilton researches and writes primarily on American property ideology and the legal and constitutional issues raised by the Civil War. He has written numerous articles and reviews on American legal history.

Professor Elizabeth MacDowell to Attend Clinical Law Review's Clinical Writers' Workshop


Professor Elizabeth MacDowell is the Director of the Family Justice Clinic at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On Sept. 27, MacDowell will attend the Clinical Law Review’s Clinical Writers’ Workshop at New York University.

In addition to presenting her work-in-progress, “Rethinking Access to Justice in Poor People’s Courts,” she plans to visit the Center for Court Innovation in New York City to discuss their research on human sex trafficking, while also setting up other meetings on access to justice projects.

MacDowell's research focuses on intersectional issues of race, class, and gender, domestic violence, access to justice, and the impact of criminalization on low-income families. 

Professor Keith Rowley to Attend ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting

Keith A. Rowley is a William S. Boyd Professor of Law.

From Sept. 11 to 13, Rowley will attend the inaugural American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section Annual Meeting in Chicago, where he'll participate in working meetings of the Commercial Finance, Consumer Financial Services, Cyberspace, and Uniform Commercial Code committees.

The meeting also provides Rowley with the opportunity to network with practitioners, judges, fellow academics, and subject-matter experts about advanced or cutting-edge topics in his primary teaching and research areas.

Rowley currently writes primarily in the areas of contracts, commercial law, and law and popular culture. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Professor Michael Kagan Publishes Article on Israel's Refusal of Syrian Refugees

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

His article, "Must Israel Accept Syrian Refugees?" was recently published in Volume 50 of the Texas International Law Journal at The University of Texas School of Law.

Israel stands alone as the only country bordering Syria that has refused to accept a single Syrian refugee. By contrast, Lebanon hosted close to 1 million as of March. Israel has long followed a policy of refusing asylum to "enemy nationals," and early this year, the Israeli High Court turned back an appeal by a teenage Syrian girl to apply for asylum in Israel.

The article reads, "Long before Syrians took to the streets against Bashar al-Asaad, Israel's policy was to refuse asylum to 'subjects of enemy or hostile states.' Even if Israel never receives the kind of refugee influx seen by Syria's other neighbors, this policy deserves new legal scrutiny." 

In his article, Professor Kagan shows that Israel's policy is illegal under international law, and Israel's courts must ensure that the country does not send Syrians fleeing from the turmoil back to a country where they would be persecuted.

He concludes, "Israel has latitude to screen out individuals who reasonably may be considered to pose a security threat. Israel may also take specific measures against individuals who may pose a security threat while their cases are being examined. But it cannot legally bar Syrians per se from seeking asylum."

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."

Monday, September 8, 2014

Professor Rebecca Scharf to Present at Western Regional Legal Writing Conference

Rebecca Scharf is an Associate Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Professor Scharf will attend the Western Regional Legal Writing Conference at Stanford Law School on Sept. 20.

She will give a presentation entitled, “The Importance of Increasing Student Autonomy in the Classroom.”

The conference invites legal writing professors, clinical professors, academic support professionals, and legal research professors to discuss their methods of how to teach and inspire students to do their best work.

Professor Jeffrey Stempel to Present at Conference on Relationship Between Insurance and Legal Regulation

Jeffrey Stempel is the Doris S. and Theodore B. Lee Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On Sept. 19, Professor Stempel will attend the UC Irvine Conference on the Relationship Between Insurance and Legal Regulation: Normative, Theoretical, and Empirical Perspectives.

He will present a paper titled, “Enhancing the Socially Instrumental Role of Insurance.”

The symposium brings academics, lawyers, and regulators together to offer varying perspectives on how the relationship between insurance and legal regulation impacts consumers, insurance companies, regulators and society at large.

Professor Anne Traum to Present at The Taslitz Galaxy: A Gathering of Scholars at Howard


Professor Anne Traum is Associate Dean for Experiential Legal Education and Director of the Appellate Clinic at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Professor Traum will attend The Taslitz Galaxy: A Gathering of Scholars at Howard University in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 19.

She will deliver a talk titled, “Plea Pricing in the Modern Era.”

The conference is held in honor of prolific law scholar Andrew Taslitz. Panelists will speak on a variety of subjects, including mistaken identification and innocence, evidence, morality and ethics, and criminal procedure.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sept. 4 Boyd Briefs Now Available

The Sept. 4 edition of Boyd Briefs is now available.

This week's edition features Professor Fatma Marouf, student Stephen Jackson, and alumnus Kyle Conder '08.

Professor Marouf is the co-director of Boyd's popular Immigration Clinic. Her expertise in immigration law draws both national and international attention to the law school.

Jackson is a third-year student at Boyd. This past summer, he worked as an intern for the Whatcom County Public Defender in Bellingham, Wash.

Conder '08 currently works as the senior associate athletics director for compliance at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. His responsibilities include educating the SMU community about National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) legislation, interpreting NCAA bylaws, and monitoring the SMU Athletics program.

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

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Professors Garcia, McGinley and Sternlight to Present at Ninth Annual Labor and Employment Law Scholarship Colloquium


Ruben J. Garcia is a Professor of Law at the Boyd School of Law.

Ann McGinley is a William S. Boyd Professor of Law at UNLV.

Jean Sternlight is the Michael and Sonja Saltman Professor of Law and the Director of the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at the Boyd School of Law.

Professors Garcia, McGinley and Sternlight will attend the Ninth Annual Labor and Employment Law Scholarship Colloquium in Boulder, Colo. from Sept. 11 to 13. The colloquium attracts scholars from around the country who gather each year to discuss works, progress, and ideas in the field.

Professor Garcia will be speaking on the topic of how the politics of minimum wage affect low-wage nonunion workers.

Professor McGinley will present her paper, “We Are All Contingent.”

Professor Sternlight will present a paper, “Disarming Employees: How American Employers Are Using Mandatory Arbitration to Deprive Workers of Legal Protection.”