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Friday, May 29, 2015

Boyd Class of ’06 Alumni Wayne Klomp and Robert Schaffer Join Snell & Wilmer

Boyd alumni Wayne Klomp and Robert Schaffer, both class of ’06, were highlighted in a May 27 announcement on law firm Snell & Wilmer’s website titled “Nevada Offices of Snell & Wilmer Welcome Four New Attorneys.”

Klomp, who joins the firm’s Reno office as a staff attorney, will focus his practice on commercial litigation with an emphasis in financial services litigation, protecting the security interests of financial institutions.

Schaffer joins the Las Vegas office as a staff attorney and will concentrate his practice on product liability and bad faith. His experience also includes construction defect, premise liability, general liability and intellectual property.

A full-service business law firm, Snell & Wilmer employs more than 400 attorneys practicing in nine locations, and represents large, publicly traded corporations to small businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Research Librarian and Assistant Professor Andrew Martineau Writes Article for AALL’s Spectrum Magazine

Andrew Martineau is a research librarian and assistant professor in the Wiener-Rogers Law Library.

Martineau recently penned an article titled “Comfort, Functionality, and Popcorn: How UNLV’s law library remodel is improving the law student experience” for the May architectural issue of Spectrum, the magazine of the American Association of Law Libraries.

In the article, which discusses the library’s repurposed space and improvements, Martineau writes: “The conversion of the microform room into a student lounge/microform room was only a part—albeit an important part—of the library remodel. On the nearside of the skybridge, we retooled an area that had previously been occupied by a few carrels into a group study area. …Once patrons cross to the other side of the skybridge (and veer to the right a bit), they are greeted by another set of whiteboards, new chairs and ottomans, and a row of standing desks overlooking a scenic courtyard. Further down the way we’ve set up even more standing desks, and these feature a panoramic view of the greenbelt that runs across UNLV’s campus as well as views of the mountains that surround Las Vegas.”

Thursday, May 21, 2015

May 21 Boyd Briefs Now Available

The May 21 issue of Boyd Briefs is now available.

This week's edition features Professor Angela Morrison, student Michael Viets, and alumnus Matt Morris '13. 

In her three years as a faculty member at Boyd, Professor Morrison has made important contributions as a collaborative scholar, an effective teacher, and a committed institution-builder. So it is with pride, cheers, and gratitude, the faculty bids adieu to a colleague, friend, and 2005 Boyd alumna as Professor Morrison prepares to join the faculty at Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas.

Viets, the victor of this year's 17th Annual Clark County Bar Association/Boyd School of Law Moot Court Competition, is a young man who came to Boyd with a unique background and compelling goals. A supporter of Israel and its people, Viets travelled there to volunteer for national service. His experience overseas charted his course and led him to law.

Morris serves in the Office of Governor Brian Sandoval as Legislative Policy Analyst and Externships Coordinator. In this capacity, he is responsible for managing the legislative operations of the Governor's Office during the 78th Legislative Session, coordinating legislative activity with Executive Branch agencies, and serving as a liaison to the State Legislature on behalf of the office.

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

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Professor Nancy Rapoport Talks Caesars Bankruptcy in Las Vegas Sun

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

Professor Rapoport was featured in a May 20 Las Vegas Sun article titled “UNLV law professor is a key player in Caesars Entertainment bankruptcy case,” about her recent appointment to lead a committee to review bills for legal work as well as other professional fees and expenses tied to the Caesars bankruptcy proceedings.

Professor Rapoport described her job as “helping the court take a ‘first cut’ at determining the reasonableness of professional expenses, such as fees for attorneys and advisers.”

“One of the things that we look at is the ratio of those fees to the overall stuff that’s going on in the Chapter 11,” she said. “When you put it in the context of how much money is at stake overall, it’s typically pretty proportional. But it’s still a lot of money.”

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

Professor Mary Berkheiser and Boyd Alumnus James Murphy ’03 Spotlighted on UNLV’s News Center

Mary Berkheiser is the Joyce Mack Professor of Law and director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic at the Boyd School of Law.

Professor Berkheiser and Boyd alumnus James Murphy ’03 were spotlighted in a May 19 article titled “Watchdog: Advocate James Dold” on UNLV’s News Center.

The article profiled UNLV alumnus James Dold, advocacy director for the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth in Washington, D.C., and his work to end life-without-parole for those who committed a crime as a juvenile but were tried as an adult. Currently, he is partnering with Boyd’s Juvenile Justice Clinic to organize the push in Nevada.

Professor Berkheiser, a champion of the cause, said Dold has “brought a national perspective to their efforts.”

“James also has the added benefit of being a Nevadan who understands the dynamics on the ground here,” she said. “The time and energy he has devoted here will be crucial to enacting legislation. Right now, those sentenced to life without parole will die in prison for crimes committed when they were just kids. New legislation will give them an opportunity to appear before the parole board and demonstrate their maturation and readiness for life outside the prison walls.”

In the article, Dold also credits Boyd alumnus and former UNLV history teacher Murphy for steering him toward law school, saying “He took me under his wing a bit because of my writing ability and the assignments I did for him. I think he probably stuck out in my mind in terms of a professor who encouraged my development down the legal path.”

Professor Berkheiser's areas of expertise include clinical legal education and teaching, criminal procedure, juvenile law, criminal law, and appellate law.

Murphy is a senior lawyer with the Las Vegas firm of Laxalt & Nomura.

Professor Michael Kagan Talks Refugee Camps on CBC Radio

Michael Kagan is co-director of the Immigration Clinic at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On May 19, Professor Kagan participated in a interview with CBC Radio’s The Current for a segment titled “Rethinking refugee camps: New solutions for human crises” (2:23 mark). The segment is part of the radio’s By Design series and explores the push to rethink refugee camps.

During the interview, Professor Kagan shared his thoughts on comments made by Steven Corliss from the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its effort to lead and coordinate international action to protect and improve the quality of life for refugees worldwide.

“What UNHCR is trying to push governments to think about is beyond the first day of the refugee crisis,” Professor Kagan said. “On the first day, it’s natural to think about where we’re going to put people and how we’re going to feed them. But we need to start thinking about where the kids are going to go to school, where people are going to work, where will they be five years from now. As he’s (Steven Corliss) saying, UNHCR is straddling a very delicate balance here in the sense that they want to push the agenda away from camps but they are working with governments that are very much devoted to marginalizing refugees this way. And they need to persuade – the world needs to persuade – many governments that security would actually be better, the economy would actually be better if refugees were not left marginalized and not every government is persuaded of that because there’s often a xenophobic reaction, a fear reaction, to large numbers of people from foreign countries coming…”

The Current is Canada’s most listened to radio program incorporating a variety of perspectives, ideas and voices, with a fresh take on issues affecting Canadians today, including politics, business, culture, justice, science, and religion.

Professor Kagan spent a decade developing legal aid programs for refugees in the Middle East. He co-directs the Immigration Clinic at the Boyd School of Law.

Professor Sylvia Lazos Attends AB27 Signing Ceremony

Sylvia Lazos is the Justice Myron Leavitt Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On May 13, Professor Lazos attended Governor Sandoval’s signing ceremony for bill AB27. The newly signed bill will make it easier for immigrants with temporary legal status to receive a Nevada teaching license.

Professor Lazos, who also serves as vice-chair of the Latino Leadership Council, said the “bill better reflects a changing Nevada.”

"These laws that prohibit non-citizens from getting licensed come from another era, another time, when many states were hostile to Germans, Catholics, Irish," she said. "Modern Nevada is not protectionist, not anti-immigrant, not anti-foreigner. It's a wonderful day for Nevada to affirm that."

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.

Professor Fatma Marouf and Boyd’s India Winter Program Featured on Harvard Immigration & Refugee Clinical Program Blog

Fatma Marouf is the co-director of the Immigration Clinic and an associate professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Professor Marouf and the International and Comparative Human Rights Practicum (India Winter Program) she helped develop were recently featured on the Harvard Immigration & Refugee Clinical Program blog.

The May 15 article, titled “The International and Comparative Human Rights Practicum in India: A Hands-On Approach to Cross-Cultural Advocacy,” promoted the unique study-abroad program by commending the “valuable experience” it provides for both the participating U.S. and Indian students who partner together to shed light on the challenges facing vulnerable, migrant workers.

“Their research is dynamic and impactful, and it often turns up critical new facts, such as systemic gaps in the reporting of workplace injuries,” said Professor Marouf in the article. “Over time they become more comfortable tackling large-scale problems that initially seem overwhelming without losing hope.”

Drawing on her extensive experience representing individuals before the Immigration Courts, Board of Immigration Appeals, and U.S. Courts of Appeals, Professor Marouf's research probes various problems involved in adjudicating immigration cases at all levels.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Dean Hamilton Quoted by The American Lawyer

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

On May 14, he was quoted by The American Lawyer in an article titled, "Another Las Vegas Mainstay Sees Defections Amid Changing Landscape." The article is about how more than a dozen Gordon Silver lawyers are leaving the firm to start their own.

In the article, Dean Hamilton said, "The law school graduates have been fortunate and have enjoyed a variety of opportunities ranging from national firms to very prominent local institutions and boutique firms,” he says. “That said, it seems that the center of gravity is shifting more to the national firms as part of a trend that’s come later to Las Vegas than other big cities."

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 Michael Kagan Writes Column for Salon.com

Michael Kagan is co-director of the Immigration Clinic at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On May 14, Professor Kagan published a column on Salon.com disputing a recent Department of Justice claim that immigrants who have not been legally admitted to the United States have no free speech rights. The government made the argument in a San Antonio federal court that is considering a lawsuit by Central American mothers who have protested the conditions of their detention by immigration authorities.

In the column, Professor Kagan says it is a case of government attorneys operating on "autopilot," without thinking about the implications of the arguments they are making. He points out that President Obama has applauded unauthorized immigrants who have campaigned publicly for immigration reform, so it is difficult to understand why the government would argue that they do not enjoy the protection of the First Amendment. He called on the President and Attorney General to retract the position.

Professor Kagan co-direct's Boyd's Immigration Clinic. He has published several columns with Salon.com. His legal scholarship has been published by the Georgetown Law Journal, Washington University Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, Texas International Law Journal, Michigan Journal of Law Reform, and California Law Review, among others. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

May 14 Boyd Briefs Now Available

The May 14 issue of Boyd Briefs is now available.

This week's edition features Professor Nancy Rapoport, student Alexandria Mendonca, and alumnus Nicholas Vaskov '02.

Professor Rapoport has thrice been a dean, including service as Boyd's interim dean in 2012-2013. She presently serves as Senior Advisor to the President of UNLV. She is one of the most productive members of the Boyd faculty. Her work has been cited more than 700 times in law reviews and journals; courts, too, follow her work -- frequently citing her books and articles as persuasive authority.

After graduating from Boyd, Mendonca will attend Oregon State University to pursue a post-baccalaureate degree in biochemistry, and eventually a Ph.D. She plans to take the patent bar, with her sights set on teaching law or science down the road.

Vaskov serves as System Counsel and Director of Real Estate Planning for the Nevada System of Higher Education. His practice focuses on real estate transactions and finance, construction, and land use -- but on any day can span almost any aspect of higher education law and policy.

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

Professor Mary LaFrance Quoted in Forbes

Mary LaFrance is the IGT Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law.

Professor LaFrance was quoted in a May 7 Forbes article titled, "Inside The Battle Over Illegal Streaming Sites: How The Film Industry Fights Back." 

In the article -- about Popcorn Time, "an app that enables free online streaming of movies and television shows," -- Professor LaFrance says, "To say Popcorn Time performs a public service, I think is a bit misguided. If we want people to invest in creating films and television… if the copyright owner cannot control streaming and derive revenue from it… I think you are going to severely affect content creators’ ability to get a return on investment. ... It’s important to extend copyright infringement to this sort of wide-scale streaming."

Professor LaFrance’s teaching and research interests include domestic and international intellectual property law, as well as the taxation of intellectual property.

Professors Leslie Griffin and Stacey Tovino Give Presentations at Annual Conference on Law, Religion and Health

From left: Professors Leslie Griffin and Stacey Tovino
Dr. Leslie C. Griffin is a William S. Boyd Professor of Law at UNLV.

Stacey Tovino is the Lincy Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Professors Griffin and Tovino recently attended the 2015 Annual Conference on Law, Religion, and Health in America, sponsored by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School May 8-9.

At the conference, Professor Griffin spoke on the topic of “What Would American Health Care Look Like if it Respected the Religion Clauses? How Would the Religion Clauses be Interpreted If They Valued American Health Care?” Professor Tovino presented her paper titled “Health Care Finance, Religion, and the HIPAA Privacy Rule.”

Professor Griffin, who teaches constitutional law, is known for her interdisciplinary work in law and religion.

Professor Tovino is a leading expert in health law, bioethics, and the medical humanities.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Professor Lydia Nussbaum Presents at the Association of American Law Schools Conference

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 William S. Boyd School of Law.

Professor Nussbaum recently attended the Association of American Law School’s 38th Annual Conference on Clinical Legal Education from May 4-7 in California. At the conference, she gave a presentation on “The New Normal of Dispute Resolution Clinics: Pedagogical Lessons and Secrets from Mediation Clinics.”

This year’s conference theme, “Leading the New Normal: Clinical Education at the Forefront of Change,” explored the changes confronting clinicians and how they should lead in the “new normal” of legal education.

Professor Nussbaum’s research interests focus on the benefits and challenges of relying on informal justice, as opposed to formal adjudication, to resolve conflict. As an experienced mediator, she is particularly interested in how alternative dispute resolution processes can be used to strengthen civil society, empowering communities by reducing their reliance on intervention from state institutions.

Scholarship Recipients from Boyd Celebrate Las Vegas Business Academy Anniversary

The Las Vegas Business Press recently spotlighted the Las Vegas Business Academy (LVBA) for an article titled “Las Vegas Business Academy celebrates fourth anniversary.”

The article featured Boyd students and LVBA scholarship recipients Daven Cameron, Keivan Roebuck and Tasha Schwikert, who were on hand along with community leaders to celebrate the nonprofit organization’s commitment to graduate students’ education.

Senior Fellow Patricia Mulroy Writes Guest Column for Las Vegas Sun

Patricia Mulroy is Senior Fellow for Climate Adaptation and Environmental Policy at the Boyd School of Law and a Practitioner in Residence for the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution.

On May 10, she wrote a guest column for the Las Vegas Sun titled “West watching California delta debate.”

In the article, she wrote, “What happens to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta matters in Las Vegas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Denver. From the eastern slope of the Rockies to the edge of the Pacific Ocean, the western United States functions as a vast, interconnected plumbing system. Those who follow water closely in the West are increasingly nervous about what is going on in California.”

Between 1989 and early 2014, Patricia Mulroy served as General Manager of both the Las Vegas Valley Water District, a municipal purveyor serving more than 350,000 accounts, and the Southern Nevada Water Authority, the regional agency responsible for acquiring, treating and delivering water to two million Southern Nevadans and 40 million annual visitors.

Professor Angela Morrison Writes Guest Blog for Hamilton and Griffin on Rights, Highlighted on SCOTUSblog

Angela Morrison is a visiting assistant professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On May 5, Professor Morrison wrote an article, titled “The Court’s Decision in Mach Mining Undermines the EEOC’s Ability to Address Systemic Discrimination,” that was published on the Hamilton and Griffin on Rights blog, co-created by Boyd Professor Leslie Griffin. On May 6, Professor Morrison's guest blog post was highlighted in the SCOTUSblog “Wednesday round-up.”

Her article, which criticizes the court’s decision in Mach Mining, LLC, v. EEOC, reads, "The Court’s decision in Mach Mining will stymie the EEOC’s efforts to litigate systemic cases for two reasons. First, the lack of clarity about the level of detail the EEOC must provide in its ‘communications’ to employers may force the EEOC to reveal the identity of all claimants, resulting in fewer people coming forward to report violations and cut off the EEOC’s ability to seek relief for every person affected by the discriminatory practice. Second, allowing employers to litigate the sufficiency of the EEOC’s ‘communications’ in the pre-suit, administrative processing of claims needlessly introduces delays and inefficiencies in the litigation of the merits of the discrimination suit. And, when the process is delayed, the victims of discrimination suffer.”

Professor Morrison graduated from the Boyd School of Law where she was the editor-in-chief of the Nevada Law Journal and was a student attorney in the Immigration Clinic. Professor Morrison teaches in the Immigration Clinic and Employment Discrimination.

Friday, May 8, 2015

May 7 Boyd Briefs Now Available

The May 7 issue of Boyd Briefs is now available.

This week's edition features Judge Jennifer Dorsey, student Mike Branum, and alumna Heidi Almase '01.

As an attorney, Dorsey earned a sterling reputation as one of the bar's preeminent writers and advocates. Appointed as a federal district judge in 2013, her extraordinary writing ability and professionalism fortified our exceptional federal bench. Motivated by an ethic of service, Judge Dorsey now also teaches future lawyers and future judges how to be better writers and advocates.

Branum is an individual who is continuing his full-time career assisting others in peril while about to complete his first year of study in our part-time program. His experience includes volunteer and paid positions in the fire service, emergency medicine, law enforcement, and emergency management. Branum's venture into law school does not necessarily signal a career change; pursuing a legal education is simply an extension of his professional objectives.

Almase, a member of the 2001 Charter Class, currently presides over Las Vegas Municipal Court, Department 3. In 2011, Judge Almase was elected to her first six-year term. While at Boyd, she was managing editor of the Nevada Law Journal and won the Dean's Service Award upon graduation. A long-time advocate of pro bono service, Judge Almase is a recipient of the "50 Hours Club" for her commitment.

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

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Professor Linda Edwards' Article Highlighted on Institute for Law Teaching and Learning Website

Linda Edwards is the E.L. Cord Foundation Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

An article written by Professor Edwards for the Journal of Legal Education, titled “The Trouble with Categories: What Theory Can Teach Us About the Doctrine-Skills Divide,” was recently reviewed by a Washburn University School of Law associate professor. The review, highlighted under Article for April 2015, was posted to the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning website, a faculty development resource co-sponsored by Gonzaga University School of Law, Washburn University School of Law, and the University of Arkansas Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law.

The review, which praises Professor Edward’s article, reads: “In her recent, stirring article, Linda Edwards points out the ample failings of the ubiquitous skills-doctrine categorization of law school courses and calls for an end to the skills-doctrine divide. …Edwards' case against the doctrine-skills categorization (together with her mini-treatise on the pitfalls of categorization in general) is compelling, and her suggested new conception of categories for law school courses is intriguing.”

Professor Edwards is a national leader in the field of legal writing, having been awarded the 2009 Thomas Blackwell Award for her lifetime achievements in and contributions to the field.

The Wiener-Rogers Law Library Hosts Civil Rights Exhibit at the Nevada Legislature

From April 26th through May 13th, the Wiener-Rogers Law Library at the William S. Boyd School of Law is hosting an exhibit at the Nevada Legislature in Carson City. Titled Civil Rights in Nevada: The Experience of African-Americans in Southern Nevada, the exhibit celebrates the African-American community’s unique contributions to Nevada’s cultural, economic, and political history, as well as the challenges and victories of the struggle for equality in the state.   

The exhibit brings together archival material maintained by both the Wiener-Rogers Law Library and UNLV’s Lied Library, including collections of oral history interviews and historical photographs. The exhibit was developed and its display coordinated by Andrew Martineau, Digital Services and Research Librarian at the Wiener-Rogers Law Library. The exhibit would not have been possible without the contributions of Professor Rachel Anderson, who kindly loaned her Purposeful Spaces, Living History banners and whose scholarship provided much of the source material for the exhibit, and Claytee White, Director of the Oral History Center at UNLV, who conducted many of the interviews referenced in the exhibit.


The Wiener-Rogers Law Library is the largest law library in the State of Nevada. Its mission is to serve the William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV, and the state by providing access to law-related materials, supporting the scholarship of students and faculty, and reaching out to the community to share resources. Working with the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association, Professor Anderson, and Ms. White, the Wiener-Rogers Law Library has collected an archive of materials that relate to the contributions of African-Americans to Nevada law and government and to the history of civil rights in Nevada. That archive includes oral histories of a number of prominent African-American jurists in the State. The Law Library is committed to preserving all nature of materials that reflect Nevada history.

Andrew Martineau is a member of the law library faculty at the William S. Boyd School of Law; he coordinates many of the law library’s digital initiatives and supports faculty and student scholarship.

Boyd Alumna Paola Armeni ’03 Joins Gentile, Cristalli & Miller

Boyd alumna Paola Armeni ’03 was featured in a May 5 announcement made on the Trosper Communications website titled “Paola Armeni Joins Gentile, Cristalli & Miller Attorneys At Law.”

“We are looking forward to Paola contributing her legal knowledge and expertise to our firm. She is a leader in our industry and has a record of success in and outside of the courtroom,” said Dominic Gentile, the law firm’s principal. “Having worked with Paola before, Michael Cristalli and I are confident she will be an asset to our firm.”

Armeni has developed a reputation as a legal leader in the areas of government investigations and business crimes through her representative cases and diverse background.

A boutique law firm, Gentile, Cristalli & Miller Attorneys at Law focuses on business transactions, privileged licensing and disciplinary matters, commercial litigation, and the representation of individuals and entities involved in government investigations.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Professors Michael Kagan and Francine Lipman Quoted in Las Vegas Sun

Michael Kagan is co-director of the Immigration Clinic at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Francine J. Lipman is a William S. Boyd Professor of Law at UNLV.

Professors Kagan and Lipman were interviewed by the Las Vegas Sun for a May 4 article about the results of a Washington, D.C. think tank study on how much undocumented immigrants contribute to state and local economies. According to the article, titled “How much taxes do undocumented immigrants in Nevada pay?,” Nevada’s undocumented immigrants pay state and local taxes, which in 2012 added up to nearly $94 million.

“It’s great to put specific numbers on this,” said Professor Kagan in the article. “But anyone familiar with this should not be surprised.”

The article also read: “UNLV law professor Francine Lipman said tax figures are likely even higher because the study didn’t account for indirect taxes, such as payroll taxes, paid by undocumented immigrants.”

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."

Professor Lipman has written extensively on tax and accounting issues for legal journals, including the Wisconsin Law Review, Florida Tax Review, Virginia Tax Review, Nevada Law Journal, American University Law Review, Harvard Environmental Law Review, Harvard Latino Law Review, Harvard Journal on Legislation, The Tax Lawyer, The Practical Tax Lawyer, Taxes and Tax Notes.

Professor Sara Gordon Talks Floyd Mayweather in Deadspin and The Washington Post

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

Professor Gordon was recently quoted in two publications for stories about Floyd Mayweather and the destruction or unavailability of photographic evidence concerning the boxer’s domestic violence convictions.

In an April 30 article for Deadspin titled “This Is How Las Vegas Protects Floyd Mayweather,” she spoke about the legality of destroying evidence.

The article read: “Is that legal? In Nevada, absolutely. UNLV associate law professor Sara Gordon said that in Nevada criminal cases, anyone involved in a criminal case can apply for an order asking that exhibits be released or destroyed. If they are acquitted (and Floyd was) they can apply immediately afterward. ‘In considering the application,’ Gordon said, ‘the court considers whether the loss of the evidence would prejudice any parties in ongoing cases or in the event of a retrial, and whether there are any appeals pending in the case.’”

On May 1, The Washington Post published an article titled “Las Vegas officials don’t want you to think about Floyd Mayweather’s domestic violence conviction, report says,” in which they referenced parts of Deadspin’s investigative report, including Professor Gordon’s comments.

Professor Gordon's research focuses on law and psychology and the impact of cognitive and social psychology on jurors and other legal decision-makers.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Assistant Dean Layke Martin Appointed to NALP Board of Directors

Assistant Dean for External Relations Layke Martin has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). Dean Martin will serve a two-year term. She is the first representative from the William S. Boyd School of Law to serve on NALP’s Board of Directors.

NALP is an association of more than 2,500 legal career professionals who advise law students, lawyers, law offices, and law schools in North America and beyond. NALP members work to collect and publish accurate legal employment data and information, and champion education and standards for recruiting, professional and career development, and diversity and inclusion.

As Assistant Dean for External Relations, Dean Martin provides leadership and strategic direction to the law school’s Career Development, Alumni Relations, Development, and Events departments.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Professor Marketa Trimble Places New Article

Marketa Trimble is an Associate Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Professor Trimble has written a forthcoming book chapter titled, "Extraterritorial Enforcement of National Laws in Connection with Online Commercial Activity." The chapter will appear in the Research Handbook on Electronic Commerce Law (John A. Rothchild ed., Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2015).

The abstract to Professor Trimble's chapter reads, "Online commercial activity is subject to laws that are mostly the laws of individual countries, even if some of the laws happen to be highly harmonized among the countries. In the online context, the enforcement of national laws is problematic: A country may lack the ability to enforce its laws against actors who are located outside the country and who locate their assets outside the country ... This chapter discusses the enforcement of national laws on the internet, including enforcement against absent actors, and considers whether that enforcement can be improved."

In her research, Professor Trimble focuses on intellectual property and issues at the intersection of intellectual property and private international law/conflict of laws.