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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Dean Dan Hamilton Speaks to KNPR’s State of Nevada About Gaming Law

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

On Jan. 6, Dean Hamilton sat with KNPR’s State of Nevada to discuss the Boyd School of Law’s new Master of Laws degree in Gaming Law and Regulation. The interview, titled “UNLV's Boyd Law School Expands Gaming Law Program,” discussed the expansion of gaming both nationally and internationally and the rare breed of lawyers needed to navigate and understand the legal arena of this specialized industry.

When asked whether there was enough of a demand to offer a post-graduate law degree in gaming, Dean Hamilton said, “We believe there is.”

“So 15 years ago the law school’s mission was to become one of the top public law schools in the United States, and it has achieved that goal in a very short and impressive period of time,” Dean Hamilton continued. “So now with that identity solidified, we can turn to areas that give us an advantage here in Las Vegas and around the nation.

“Gaming law is a growing and sophisticated and dynamic area of the law that is growing, of course, in Las Vegas, but also in Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, and in Macau, of course the biggest gaming center in the world. And it may be coming to Japan and other parts of Asia so the demand for expertise in these important policy and legal questions that you present is something that we at the law school – we really think we are in the best position to bring the best training in gaming law anywhere.”

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.