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Good Bye and Best Wishes: The End of Spring 2021 Brings the End of Professor Trimble’s Boyd Law Bytes

Professor Trimble’s Boyd Law Bytes was conceived to support the Boyd Law community during the pandemic. In fall 2020 the Bytes took the form of live online events with guest speakers; in spring 2021 the Bytes transformed into this blog, which I have run since December 29, 2020. The blog has shared uplifting news about the Boyd Law community since then while we all have been waiting for the vaccine. My goal for the blog was to post at least one piece of good news per day – a goal that was easily met. Now, with the end of the 2021 spring semester and vaccinations well on their way, the blog will close.

It has been a pleasure for me to share all the wonderful news from the Boyd Law community during this academic year. It is now time to return to normal and pass the baton to Boyd Law’s Marketing and Communications Department to continue with all the good news from Boyd Law.

Best wishes to all!

Thanks to Boyd Law’s Spring 2021 Teaching Assistants

Many thanks to all the Boyd Law students who have worked as teaching assistants for Boyd Law courses in Spring 2021; their assistance was crucial to the success of the Boyd Law faculty in teaching their courses online this semester. My personal and special thanks go to my wonderful teaching assistants, Ms. Christal Folashade and Ms. Alexandra Matloff, who assisted me with my courses “International Intellectual Property” and “Cyberlaw,” respectively. Without them my courses could not have offered as much material as they did and run as smoothly as they did. Best wishes to Alexandra as she prepares to sit for the bar exam and enter the legal profession, and best wishes to Christal as she finishes her second year at Boyd Law and embarks on her final year of law school!

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.

More Than 75,000 Nevadans Received Free Legal Information from Boyd

A Tree in Front of Boyd Law
(Marketa Trimble, February 23, 2021)

Associate Dean Christine Smith was a part of the founding of Boyd Law and has contributed to the school in many ways. She has been the major force behind Boyd Law’s robust free legal education classes and other pro bono programs. Since Boyd’s founding in 1998, Boyd Law students have provided free legal information classes to more than 75,000 Nevadans. Class topics have included Divorce, Paternity Custody, Small Claims, Guardianship, Bankruptcy, Immigration – Pathways to Legal Status, Immigration – Removal Defense, Immigration – Adjustment of Status, and Sealing Records. Classes are offered year-round and information on class days and times and other services can be found here. A thank you goes to Dean Smith from all the Nevadans she has helped.

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.

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!

Boyd Law’s Career Development Office Records Increases in Employment Data

Boyd Law’s Career Development Office has recorded increases in Boyd graduate employment data; in 2019, overall employment at graduation was 74.4% (compared to 64.2% in 2018), and overall employment at 10 months after graduation was 92.6% (compared to 88.7% in 2018). Congratulations to the Career Development Office Director Rachael Adair and her team – Nikki Harris, Jennifer Cutshall, and Michael Hawk. Follow the Office on its Facebook page.

More Than 75,000 Nevadans Received Free Legal Information from Boyd

Associate Dean Christine Smith was a part of the founding of Boyd Law and has contributed to the school in many ways. She has been the major force behind Boyd Law’s robust free legal education classes and other pro bono programs. Since Boyd’s founding in 1998, Boyd Law students have provided free legal information classes to more than 75,000 Nevadans. Class topics have included Divorce, Paternity Custody, Small Claims, Guardianship, Bankruptcy, Immigration – Pathways to Legal Status, Immigration – Removal Defense, Immigration – Adjustment of Status, and Sealing Records. Classes are offered year-round and information on class days and times and other services can be found here. A thank you goes to Dean Smith from all the Nevadans she has helped.