2021 March

Boyd Law Pro Bono Honors Program

Overseen by Associate Dean Christine Smith, the Boyd Law Community Service Program continues to serve Nevadans. In addition to teaching free legal classes in their first year of law school, Boyd law students may enroll in a Pro Bono Honors Program, during which they work for 20 or more hours on pro bono projects. Boyd Law awards special recognition to students who complete 60, or 100 or more hours of pro bono work with “Pro Bono Honors” and “Highest Pro Bono Honors,” respectively. Students graduating with Pro Bono Honors are recognized at graduation and receive a pro bono honors notation on their final transcript.

Boyd Law’s Intellectual Property Law Concentration

Since the Fall Semester of 2017, Boyd Law has offered its students the opportunity to focus on intellectual property (“IP”) law by enrolling in the Intellectual Property Law Concentration. To meet the concentration requirements students first take two mandatory foundational IP courses, “Copyright” and “Patents, Trademarks, and Trade Secrets.” Additionally, students complete at least six credits from a list of IP-law related courses, such as “Entertainment Law,” “International Intellectual Property,” and “IP Licensing.” Students may fulfill the remainder of the 15-credit concentration requirement by taking other courses, such as “Antitrust,” “Administrative Law,” and “Federal Courts,” or by writing an IP law-related paper, participating in an IP law-related externship, or competing in an IP law-related moot court competition. Importantly, concentration students benefit from mentoring by their faculty advisors. At Boyd’s graduation ceremony the most accomplished student in the concentration receives the LaFrance-Trimble Award, graciously funded by Samuel and Lexy Lionel.

Professor Lipman Published on Humanizing the Tax System

Professor Francine Lipman’s article, “Humanizing the Tax System: What National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson Did for America’s Kids and Their Families,” was published in the Pittsburgh Tax Review. In the article, Professor Lipman describes the exceptional advocacy put forth by Nina Olson, who led the Taxpayer Advocate Service, which resulted in the reshaping of the Earned Income Tax Credit. Professor Lipman describes “how empowering taxpayer rights has helped to lift millions of children and their families out of poverty.”

Professors LaFrance and Trimble Speak on the Engineering Research Ethics Panel

Flowers in front of Boyd Law
(Marketa Trimble, March 9, 2021)

Professor Mary LaFrance and I regularly have the pleasure of collaborating with colleagues from the UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering and the University Libraries by participating in a workshop that they organize each spring and fall about research ethics. The workshop, which is designed for new graduate engineering students, includes a lecture about publication, computer coding, and research ethics, a presentation about intellectual property law, and a panel discussion by the engineering and law faculty. Students ask questions, and Professor LaFrance and I not only respond to intellectual property law-related questions but also share information about law as a career path for engineers, and about Boyd Law and the Intellectual Property Law Concentration at Boyd Law. Congratulations on the successful workshops go to the organizers, Associate Dean Dr. Mohamed Trabia (UNLV Engineering), Ms. Meadan Madariaga-Hopkins (UNLV Engineering), and Ms. Susan Wainscott (Engineering Librarian, the University Libraries). A 2016 paper, “Training Graduate Engineering Students in Ethics,” discusses the program.

Boyd Law LLM Student Publishes on Macau Gaming Industry

Mr. Pedro Cortés, a student in Boyd Law’s LLM Program in Gaming Law and Regulation, wrote an article, “Macau Gaming Industry 8.0—Public Policy Beyond 2022,” which was published by the Gaming Law Review. Mr. Cortés is a partner at Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés in Macau and is, as part of the LLM program, completing a legal externship with the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Mr. Cortés holds a law degree from the Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

Congratulations to Mr. Cortés!

Professor McGinley Writes on the Masculinities Theory’s Effect on Feminism & Law

Professor Ann McGinley has authored a chapter entitled “Masculinities Theory as Impetus for Change in Feminism and Law.” The chapter will be published later this year in The Oxford Handbook of Feminism and Law in the United States – a volume edited by Deborah L. Brake, Martha Chamallas, and Verna L. Williams. The chapter is now available on SSRN.

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Professor Garcia to Speak at A National Labor Law Conference on March 26, 2021

Professor Ruben Garcia will speak at the conference “Labor in the 21st Century Challenges and Opportunities.” The virtual conference is organized by Cornell University and sponsored by the Lois Gray Labor Innovation Initiative. According to the conference website, the conference “will focus on labor’s vision for a worker-centered economic recovery, labor’s agenda in a changing legal and regulatory environment, and labor’s strategy on a contested political terrain.” Professor Garcia will speak on the panel “A Changing Legal and Regulatory Environment”; the panel will focus on “some of the most pressing legislative and regulatory issues for workers and their organizations” and explore “current challenges and opportunities for reform.”

Invitation to Attend An Auction and to Contribute to Public Interest Law at Boyd Law

The Public Interest Law Association (PILA) at Boyd Law will hold its popular annual auction on March 25, 2021, and is asking you to consider donating to public interest law causes at the auction or otherwise!

Here is the invitation from Ms. Gabriella Nellis, PILA’s vice-president of donations:

“PILA has been an essential part of the Boyd and Las Vegas communities since shortly after the law school’s founding. PILA’s Summer Grant Program makes it possible for students to explore careers in public interest by awarding qualifying students with grants of $2500 or $5000 each year. Previous winners have used the grant to support their work for a variety of government agencies and non-profit organizations. Because most public interest positions are unpaid, PILA raises funds to support these student grants through an annual auction. This year’s auction will be held virtually on Thursday, March 25th, 2021. It is shaping up to be a wonderful event and is a fun opportunity for the community to come together, raise money for PILA’s public interest grants, and honor local leaders! We hope you will choose to invest in our students and our community, and we look forward to having you join us at this year’s Auction! Donations can now be made at pila.givesmart.com.”

Professor White and Assistant Dean Wall to Speak at “The Legacy of the Pandemic” Symposium on March 18, 2021

Professor John Valery White will moderate a panel and Assistant Dean Brian Wall will speak at the symposium “The Legacy of the Pandemic: How the Experience of the Pandemic Will Drive Lasting Innovation and Disruption in the Legal System.” The symposium, which is organized by the Law School Admission Council, will take place on Thursday, March 18, 2021. According to the symposium webpage, the symposium “will feature a moderated panel discussion focused on the pandemic’s lasting impact on legal education, legal services, assessments, and disruption of the pipeline to law school, as well as workshops which will address each of these impacts and their effects moving forward.”

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Boyd Law Student Co-Authors an Article on College Athletes’ Rights

Boyd Law student Victoria Nguyen co-authored an article, “It’s All About the Benjamins: College Athletes Getting Paid for Their Name, Image, and Likeness,” which was published by New Jersey Lawyer, a bimonthly publication of the New Jersey State Bar Association. While Victoria’s co-author is a practicing attorney (Desha Jackson), Victoria is a second-year student at Boyd Law. In their article they discuss new laws that a number of U.S. states have adopted that allow college athletes to profit off their name, image, and likeness.

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