2021 February

Professors LaFrance and Trimble Discussed International Intellectual Property Law at Rutgers Law

Professor LaFrance and I had the pleasure of discussing international intellectual property law on February 24, 2021, on a panel that the Intellectual Property Law Society at Rutgers Law School organized for Rutgers Law students. We were joined on the panel by Mr. Michael Skrein (Reed Smith LLP, London) and Professor William J. McNichol (Rutgers Law School – Camden). The organizers kindly extended an invitation to participate to Boyd Law students, who had the opportunity to see their professors sharing their expertise with law students across the United States.

Boyd Alumnus Tyre Gray Is President of the Nevada Mining Association

Mining is one of the principal industries in Nevada, and Boyd Law is proud to have its alumnus, Tyre Gray, serve as president of the Nevada Mining Association. Tyre graduated in the top of his class at Boyd Law and began his legal career at Fennemore Craig. When Tyre assumed the role of president of the Nevada Mining Association in 2019 he was the first African American to head a major trade association in Nevada. Fox5 featured Tyre in a story for Black History Month.

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Mr. Skorup and Professor Trimble Discussed ISP Immunity and Section 230

On Monday, February 22, 2021, Boyd Law’s Federalist Society hosted a presentation by Mr. Brent Skorup, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Dr. Skorup gave a presentation on section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which provides immunity to internet service providers for user-generated content. The Federalist Society invited me to offer my comments on the topic, which I also cover this semester in my Cyberlaw course.

Boyd Alumna Brittnie Watkins Featured in Nevada Lawyer

The February 2021 issue of Nevada Lawyer features Brittnie Watkins in its article “Meet Brittnie Watkins: The First Black Woman Elected to the State Bar of Nevada’s Board of Governors.” While at Boyd Law Brittnie was involved in the Family Justice Clinic and Kids’ Court School, and she externed for the Children’s Attorney Project of Legal Aid of Southern Nevada. Brittnie was the recipient of the Barbara Buckley Community Service Award and the Roosevelt Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Leadership.

Professor Rolnick Appointed to a Committee on Racial Differences in Criminal Justice

Professor Addie Rolnick has been appointed to an ad hoc committee on racial differences in criminal justice. The committee has been convened by the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. According to the Committee website, the ad hoc committee will “review and assess existing evidence on how observed racial differences in criminal justice might be reduced through public policy. As appropriate, the committee will make evidence-driven policy and research recommendations for key criminal justice stakeholders with the ultimate goal of identifying ways to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system.”

Professor Sternlight’s “Psychology for Lawyers” Is in Its Second Edition

Professor Jean Sternlight and Professor Jennifer K. Robennolt (University of Illinois) co-authored “Psychology for Lawyers: Understanding the Human Factors in Negotiation, Litigation, and Decision Making,” and this month ABA Book Publishing has published the book in its second edition. Congratulations to Professor Sternlight and Professor Robbenolt!

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Boyd Alumna Mona Kaveh Featured in the ABA Journal

Boyd Alumna Mona Kaveh (Kemp Jones & Coulthard) is featured in a February 2021 article in the ABA Journal entitled “Mona Kaveh Gives a Voice to Foster Children in Las Vegas,” which presents Mona as the recipient of the 2018 “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award.” As a student Mona participated in the Kids’ Court School, helped high school students through Street Law, Inc., and externed with the Children’s Attorneys Project. She continued her community engagement after law school by volunteering with the Children’s Attorney Project of Legal Aid of Southern Nevada, where she has represented nearly 30 foster children.

Professor Rapoport Featured in the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal

The February 2021 issue of the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal features “Billing Tips from a Fee Examiner: An Interview with Prof. Nancy B. Rapoport.” The article presents Professor Rapoport’s many achievements and her extensive work as a bankruptcy fee examiner in major court cases. In the interview Professor Rapoport speaks about bankruptcy fee examiner work, her approach to fee application review, and the relationship between clients and bankruptcy professionals.

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