Students

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!

Congratulations to Professor Trimble’s “Cyberlaw” Students

Congratulations to the 45 Boyd Law students who have taken the “Cyberlaw” course with me this semester. They have all successfully completed the course, which exposed them to a variety of legal issues associated with the internet and prepared them for today’s practice of law that inevitably involves the internet. This semester the course was particularly dynamic because of the world’s extraordinary reliance on the internet during the pandemic and the many recent internet law-related controversies. In addition to the “traditional” internet law topics, such as internet domain names, internet service provider liability, online dispute resolution, and cybercrime, and the typical internet law statutes, such as the Communications Decency Act (Section 230), the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Section 512), and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, we also covered online privacy, network and search neutrality, and antitrust issues of internet service providers. Of course, we also discussed legal issues of geoblocking, cyberwar, and human rights on the internet.

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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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.

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!

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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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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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 Law’s Black Law Student Association is “Chapter of the Year” in the Western Region

Congratulations to Boyd Law’s Black Law Student Association on its recognition as the “Chapter of the Year” by the Western Region of the National Black Law Students Association. The significance of the recognition is heightened by the size of the Western Region, which comprises 40 law schools with more than 350 members throughout Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

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Education Advocacy Clinic – Fall 2020 Highlights

Professor Rebecca Nathanson shared the following notes on the work of Boyd Law’s Education Advocacy Clinic: “As we reflect on 2020, I wanted to highlight the work of the Education Advocacy Clinic this fall and congratulate our student advocates Jennifer Brodie, Samantha Goett, Celssie Hardy, Nina Hebibovich, Dylan Lawter, William Levins, Naomi Muhamed, and Taylor Reeves. Together, the Education Advocacy Clinic demonstrated what it is like to be a great advocate through hard work and zealous advocacy, working to:

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Celebrating Boyd Law’s Firsts

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.

Kids’ Court School at Boyd Law Assists Children, Even During COVID-19

Professor Rebecca Nathanson developed the Kids’ Court School at Boyd Law 18 years ago and has run the program ever since. The program prepares children and youth, ages 4 – 17, for upcoming legal proceedings in which they will be involved; the two-hour sessions are designed to make the young participants familiar with court proceedings, and the training culminates in a mock trial in the Thomas & Mack Moot Courtroom. The children also learn strategies to help reduce the anxiety that is typically associated with participation in the judicial process.

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Boyd Law’s Magazine, “UNLV Law” – The 2020 Issue

Looking for something to read during the first weekend of 2021? The 2020 issue of the “UNLV Law” magazine is now available here. In this issue you can read about Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford, the expertise of the Boyd Law faculty, including Professors Jean Sternlight and David Orentlicher, Boyd Law’s community service commitment, Boyd Law’s Immigration Clinic, Boyd Law students’ Workplace Law Club, and much more.

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.