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.Continue reading “Boyd Alumnus Tyre Gray Is President of the Nevada Mining Association”
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.
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.
An article in the February 2021 issue of Nevada Lawyer, “National Bar Association and Las Vegas National Bar Association: Still Standing Strong,” reports on the Las Vegas chapter of the National Bar Association. In the article, co-authors Angela M. Cook, Karen Cormier, Augusta Massey, Keith J.D. Hightower, and Brittnie T. Watkins discuss the history of the 66,000-member National Bar Association since its beginnings in 1925 as a “nonprofit, nonpartisan, national organization that focuses its efforts on supporting and advancing the interests of Black legal professionals.” The Las Vegas chapter was founded in 1981 when there were fewer than 20 Black attorneys in Nevada. It is estimated that there are now about 157 Black attorneys in Nevada, with about half being members of the National Bar Association. The Las Vegas National Bar Association supports Boyd Law students, including through financial support to law students.
In its January 2021 issue, “Nevada Lawyer” – the magazine of the State Bar of Nevada – features Boyd Law Alumna Mayra Salinas-Menjivar (Holley Driggs Law Firm). In 2020, Mayra was named one of the “Top Lawyers Under 40″ by the Hispanic National Bar Association. Read more about Mayra in Nevada Lawyer.
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.
Congratulations to Boyd Law’s 1Ls on their completion of the first semester of law school. They are the first – and we hope the only – Boyd Law students to take their first-semester courses entirely online. As we celebrate their resolve, flexibility, and perseverance let us think of Boyd Law’s charter Class of 2001 – the class whose students we will celebrate this year when we mark the 20th anniversary of their graduation. There are parallels between the two classes, such as their stepping into the unknown and studying in an uncertain environment, and we expect that they will equal each other in the tremendous impact that they have had and will have in Nevada. For a window into Boyd Law’s beginnings see this 1998 article.
On Sunday, January 10, 2021, the State Bar of California released to the public the list of candidates who passed the October 2020 California Bar Examination. Congratulations to Camilla Dudley-Sherry (a law clerk with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office), Monique Jammer (Dickinson Wright PLLC), Zaniah Jordan (a judicial clerk to the Honorable Timothy C. Williams at the Eighth Judicial District Court), Maliq Kendricks (Hutchison & Steffen PLLC), Emily Meibert (Allison MacKenzie), and to any other Boyd Law alumni who passed the exam!
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.
Congratulations to all Boyd Law graduates who passed the Nevada Bar Exam in August 2020! Here is a list of all successful August 2020 Bar candidates: August 2020 Nevada Bar Exam Results
Congratulations to all Boyd Law students who graduated in 2020! Their studies were interrupted by COVID-19 but they soldiered on, took law classes online, and finished in time to serve the many legal needs of Nevadans. Here is a list of all Boyd Law students who graduated in Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020: 2020 Boyd Law Graduates