Community Service

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.