Mary Berkheiser serves as professor of law, director of clinical programs, and director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic at the Boyd School of Law.
On Jan. 22, the Las Vegas Review-Journal ran an article covering the “’15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story’ Every Child Deserves a Second Chance” event Professor Berkheiser organized at Boyd’s Thomas & Mack Moot Court. The article, titled “UNLV event focuses on life-without-parole sentences for juveniles,” explored the issue of juveniles given life sentences without the possibility of parole and how proposed new legislation can make a difference in the future sentencing of youth.
“In our current criminal justice system, it is legal to sentence children to die in prison,” said Professor Berkheiser, an advocate for juvenile defense and protecting the rights of children, in the article. “We need to change that. The lives of these young men matter.”
Professor Berkheiser's areas of expertise include clinical legal education and teaching, criminal procedure, juvenile law, criminal law, and appellate law.