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Monday, July 20, 2015

Professor Terrill Pollman and Committee Launch Electronic Version of Legal Writing Journal

Terrill Pollman is a professor of law at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law.

Professor Pollman chaired a committee of seven that recently launched an electronic version of Legal Writing, the journal of the Legal Writing Institute. The new website features current and archived issues of the journal in mobile-friendly formats.

In a message to legal writing professors, Professor Pollman and journal Editor-in-Chief Brooke Bowman, of Stetson Law, wrote, "For our four most recent volumes, you’ll find both html and PDF versions of the articles. Those of you who miss the print version of articles can bring up a PDF that will look exactly like the format you’ve always used. In addition, we’ve gathered resources for scholars in one handy place. And we’ve had some fun doing it."

A founding faculty member, Professor Pollman teaches in the areas of Lawyering Process, Persuasion, Negotiation, and Leadership and Law. Her scholarship focuses on legal writing, pedagogy and rhetoric.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Dean Dan Hamilton Quoted in Las Vegas Business Press

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

He was featured in the June 29 Las Vegas Business Press article titled, "LEGAL MANEUVERS," about the changing legal landscape in Las Vegas.

In the article, he said, "On the local side, you have very prominent, distinguished firms that are reshaping, and that does show how sensitive the legal market is in Las Vegas to changes in the legal landscape. If one big case settles, or if one big potential case goes out of town, the ripple effects are felt very quickly here. … The market for legal services is now so tight that one big case can impact a law firm or a series of law firms."

He continued, "The long-time model where prestigious local firms were the dominant players is slowly changing. So, the big national firms that for so long were a relatively small part of the legal landscape are an increasingly large part. Now, that’s not to say the prestigious local firms are going away – only to say that the national firms are playing a more and more prominent role."

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 Ann McGinley Quoted in The New York Times

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

She was quoted in a July 11 New York Times article titled, "Money, Sex and Las Vegas Pool Parties."

In the article, about the hiring process for casino pools and day clubs, Professor McGinley said, "Everyone assumes that these jobs have to be this way. They know what they are getting into, but that doesn’t make the process legal." She continued, "I do believe that in another city a woman could win one of these suits. Here in Vegas? I’m not sure."

Professor McGinley is an internationally recognized scholar in the area of employment law, employment discrimination and disability law and a leader in Multidimensional Masculinities Theory, an emerging discipline that applies masculinities theory from social sciences to legal interpretation.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Jean Whitney Appointed Emerita Professor of Law

Jean Whitney was recently appointed an Emerita Professor of Law by UNLV President Len Jessup. He wrote, "This honor is in recognition of your distinguished service to the University and we look forward to your continuing association with the faculty, staff and students."

Professor Whitney joined the Boyd School of Law's Lawyering Process faculty in 1999 after having taught legal writing as an adjunct faculty member at her alma mater, William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn. since 1990. After earning her J.D. degree, Professor Whitney clerked for the Minnesota Supreme Court and then served as an Assistant Attorney General in Minnesota. From 1990 until 1999, she served as the Director of Policy and Legal Services for the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Professor Whitney assumed responsibility for the externship program in 2012-2013, after teaching in the Lawyering Process Program since 1999. She most recently supervised externs and taught the externship seminar and managed the externship program. Professor Whitney has taught both first year LP courses, Legal Drafting, Fundamentals for Practice, Advanced Advocacy- Legislative Policy, Professional Responsibility, and Community Law courses, including Legal Education and Assistance to Prisoners (LEAP).