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Adjunct Professor Fritz Serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern Nevada Conservancy

Adjunct Professor Frank Fritz, who also serves as a Senior Fellow at Boyd Law, has joined the Board of Directors of the Southern Nevada Conservancy (SNC). The “SNC works as a cooperating association partner to federal land management agencies, providing services and programs that enhance the visitor experience at some of Nevada’s most popular public lands” (from the SNC website). Professor Fritz worked for a number of years at the Environmental Protection Agency, and his current teaching and scholarship at Boyd Law focuses on the topic of climate change.

Professor Main Moderates a Panel on Discovery Costs

Professor Thomas Main served as a moderator on a panel at the GW Discovery Proportionality Benefit-Burden Model Bench-Bar Conference, which was organized by The George Washington University Law School on March 25–26, 2021. Professor Main moderated a panel entitled “Deep Dive into New Framework: Projecting Discovery Cost for Each Identified Custodian by Data Source.” Among the conference speakers were 12 federal judges and 23 prominent practitioners; approximately 100 complex litigation practitioners and discovery experts attended the event. 

Professor Lipman on the New Child Tax Credit

Professor Francine Lipman was interviewed by KNPR’s State of Nevada on the topic of the new child tax credit. In the interview she explains how the credit will benefit families and she addresses the details of the child tax credit; she also speaks about the larger implications of the program as it helps low-income families: “”Eliminating childhood poverty makes these kids and their families more healthy, get a better education, more likely to be able to get a job and hold a job, and of course, if you have a job and can hold a job what do you do? You pay taxes.” According to the Census Reporter, 17% of Nevada children live below the poverty line.

Professor Orentlicher’s Profile in The Nevada Independent

Professor David Orentlicher’s profile was featured in The Nevada Independent as part of a series on new Nevada lawmakers. Professor Orentlicher joined the Nevada Assembly in 2020 as a member of the 81st session of the Nevada Legislature. He is not new to the role of a legislator; before he joined Boyd Law, he served for three two-year terms as a State Representative in the Indiana General Assembly.

The full profile in The Nevada Independent is available here.

Boyd Law Students Contribute to a Report on Gun Violence

Earlier this year, Prosecutors Against Gun Violence released “Mass Shooting Resource Guide for Prosecutors: How to Prevent, Protect, and Prosecute.” Boyd Law students Haley Beza, J. Gregory Cloward, and Hannah Nelson assisted in the preparation of the Guide, Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, a “non-partisan group of leading prosecutors focusing on gun violence prevention strategies ranging from policy advocacy to improved enforcement of existing laws.”

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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.

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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Professor Trimble to Present on Personal Jurisdiction on the Internet on March 17, 2021

The Institute of State and Law of the Czech Academy of Sciences invited me to give a presentation about current issues in the U.S. law of personal jurisdiction as it operates in internet-related cases. I am looking forward to presenting on the hot topic, which I also discuss in my recent article, “Targeting Factors and Conflict of Laws on the Internet” (published by the Review of Litigation). The online event will take place on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at 10:30 am PDT/18:30 CET, and it will be in the Czech language. Registration is available here.

Professor Trimble and the Kyoto Guidelines on Conflict of Laws in Intellectual Property Cases

The International Law Association’s Committee on Intellectual Property and Private International Law successfully completed its multi-year project drafting the Guidelines on Intellectual Property and Private International Law. The Committee, on which I had the honor to serve since 2011, presented the Guidelines at the 79th Conference of the International Law Association in Kyoto, Japan, at which the “Kyoto Guidelines” were adopted.

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Boyd Law’s Public Policy Clinic Presented on AI to the Consumer Product Safety Commission

On March 2, 2021, a team of Boyd Law’s Public Policy Clinic consisting of Boyd Law students Julia Armendariz, Pete Reyes, and Kelsey DeLozier, gave a presentation to the Consumer Product Safety Commission at its forum on artificial intelligence and machine learning. The Clinic team represented its client, the Consumer Federation of America.

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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.”