2021 January

The Boyd Law Tulips Will Be Back in 2021

Campus in Bloom. March 30, 2020 (Lonnie Timmons III/UNLV Photo Services)

In 2020, just weeks after the pandemic hit, beautiful tulips and grape hyacinths went into full bloom in front of Boyd Law. The thanks go to Kerry Martinez, Boyd Law Business Manager, and Beau Barnett, the UNLV Landscape and Grounds Manager, who planned the beautiful flower display for 2020. Because of the pandemic, most of the Boyd Law community could admire the flowers only in pictures, such as the one that accompanies this blog. However, according to Mr. Barnett, the tulips will be back in 2021 – and let’s hope that we will all soon be back as well. To learn more about UNLV landscaping see the UNLV tree map, the UNLV Arboretum page, and the UNLV Drought Response Plan.

Professor Edwards Writes on and Affects Securities Law Expungement Rules

In his latest article in the Business Law ProfBlog, Professor Benjamin Edwards writes about significant developments in securities law, specifically in rules related to when information about a customer dispute may be expunged from a broker’s record. Professor Edwards advocated for the change in his recent law review article “Adversarial Failure,” published by the Washington & Lee Law Review, and also in his comment letter that he submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission in October 2020. For an overview of the changes made to the rules see Professor Edward’s article. Congratulations to Professor Edwards on his successful advocacy.

Professor Howarth to Deliver a Keynote at the Law & Leadership Conference

On January 29, 2021, Professor Joan Howarth, Boyd Law’s Interim Associate Dean for Experiential Legal Education and Distinguished Visiting Professor, will deliver a keynote address at the 2021 Law & Leadership Conference. The topic of the conference, which is organized each year by the BYU Law School, is “Paths to Bar Licensure,” and Professor Howarth’s keynote is entitled “A Short History of Attorney Licensing: Tales of Protection, Prestige, Exclusion, & Good Faith.” Professor Howarth, who served in the past as associate dean at Boyd Law and as dean of the Michigan State University College of Law, is a national expert on legal education.

Professor McGinley Co-Authors Book and Writes Article: Feminist Perspectives on U.S. Supreme Court Decisions

In October 2020, Cambridge University Press published the book “Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Employment Discrimination Opinions,” which was co-edited by Boyd Law Professor Ann McGinley and University of Toledo College of Law Professor Nicole Porter. The book is part of a series in which authors critically review and rewrite judgments from feminist perspectives. Additionally, in an article recently published by the Connecticut Law Review Online, Professor McGinley, Professor Porter, and other contributors to the book discuss the June 2020 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, which held that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is discrimination based on sex, and therefore prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Congratulations to Professor McGinley on her book and article.

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Professor Hanan Writes on “Invisible Prisons”

Professor Eve Hanan’s article “Invisible Prisons” has been published in the U.C. Davis Law Review. In her article Professor Hanan explores weaknesses in punishment theory using the new branch of political philosophy called epistemic injustice theory. She recommends that lawmakers, courts, and sentencing authorities consider prison experiences when deciding punishment, that they give increased consideration to prisoners’ points of view regarding prison harshness, and that they consider the variability of prison conditions when sentencing.

Professor Bates’ Timely New Book, “An Aristocracy of Critics”

Congratulations to Professor Stephen Bates, Associate Professor at the UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies and Adjunct Professor at Boyd Law, on his new book “An Aristocracy of Critics: Luce, Hatchins, Niebuhr, and the Committee That Redefined Freedom of the Press” (Yale University Press, 2020). In his book Professor Bates takes his readers back to a time when many in the United States were concerned about “newsroom bias, distrust of the media, foreign and domestic propaganda, corporate domination of political discourse, a fragmenting and polarized electorate, hate speech and demagoguery” – not in the past few years, as these concerns might suggest, but rather in the 1930s and 1940s when the same concerns alarmed media critics. He shows what we can learn from the deliberations of the Commission on Freedom of the Press – a commission that in 1947 finally produced the report A Free and Responsible Press – a report that is, as Professor Bates suggests, “in some respects … more apt today than it was in 1947.”

Boyd Alumnus Caleb Green Writes on Intellectual Property Law in Service of the Right to Protest

Boyd Alumnus Caleb Green (Dickinson Wright) authored an article about authors’ intellectual property rights, specifically the rights under the Visual Artists Rights Act and their possible use to protect authors’ right to protest. The article, “Defending the Right to Protest Through Intellectual Property Law,” was published in the January 2021 issue of the National Bar Association Magazine. Caleb completed the Boyd Law IP Law Concentration and assisted in designing and taught community service classes on IP law.

More Than Seventy Boyd Law Courses in Spring 2021

In Spring 2021 Boyd Law will offer more than 70 courses. In addition to the first-year and upper-level required courses, the schedule includes a wide variety of elective courses designed to prepare the next generation of successful lawyers. Among the courses are law school staples, such as Remedies, Federal Courts, and Conflict of Laws; long-established Boyd Law electives, such as Entertainment Law and International Intellectual Property; and newer additions, such as ADR in Employment Law, Climate Law Practicum, and Identities, Culture, & Law. Among courses designated as “Special Topics in Law” are Writing for Judges, Professional Sports Law, and Privacy, Publicity, & Defamation. Thanks to Boyd Law Registrar Stacy Shiroma and his colleagues in the Registrar’s Office for running the course registrations and all the other administrative aspects of the Boyd Law courses so smoothly!

Justice Michael L. Douglas PreLaw Fellows Visit Boyd Law

From January 11 to 15, 2021, Boyd Law hosted the inaugural class of Fellows of the Justice Michael L. Douglas PreLaw Fellowship Program. The Fellows – Nevada college students from underrepresented communities – heard from Boyd Law faculty, judges, attorneys, and legislators about leadership in law, the benefits of a legal education, and the law school admission process. Boyd Law created the program in honor of Justice Michael L. Douglas (ret.), the first African-American Justice on the Nevada Supreme Court.

Boyd Law’s Black Law Student Association is “Chapter of the Year” in the Western Region

Congratulations to Boyd Law’s Black Law Student Association on its recognition as the “Chapter of the Year” by the Western Region of the National Black Law Students Association. The significance of the recognition is heightened by the size of the Western Region, which comprises 40 law schools with more than 350 members throughout Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

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Education Advocacy Clinic – Fall 2020 Highlights

Professor Rebecca Nathanson shared the following notes on the work of Boyd Law’s Education Advocacy Clinic: “As we reflect on 2020, I wanted to highlight the work of the Education Advocacy Clinic this fall and congratulate our student advocates Jennifer Brodie, Samantha Goett, Celssie Hardy, Nina Hebibovich, Dylan Lawter, William Levins, Naomi Muhamed, and Taylor Reeves. Together, the Education Advocacy Clinic demonstrated what it is like to be a great advocate through hard work and zealous advocacy, working to:

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