LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89154-1003

Telephone: (702) 895-3671



The William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is the first state-supported law school in Nevada history, and the only law school in the state. The school offers full-time day, part-time evening, and part-time day J.D. programs, as well as J.D./M.B.A., J.D./M.S.W., and J.D./Ph.D. (Education) programs. The school’s curriculum is designed to stress professionalism, community service, and dispute avoidance/dispute resolution through a combination of skills training, traditional pedagogy, and exposure to different public policy players and sources of law.


History Since opening its doors in August 1998, the Boyd School of Law has established itself as a national institution. The school was approved by the legislature in 1997, and Richard J. Morgan, then dean of the Arizona State University College of Law, was chosen as founding dean. In just over a year, Dean Morgan and his staff managed to hire faculty, recruit students, develop an academic program, renovate a temporary facility, create a law library, and enroll a charter class of 140 students.


The law school achieved provisional American Bar Association accreditation in 2000, the earliest possible time, and graduated its first class in May 2001. A year later the school moved to its permanent home on the UNLV campus, William S. Boyd Hall and the James E. Rogers Center for Administration and Justice. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy spoke at the dedication of the new building.


Shortly thereafter, the law school achieved full accreditation, and in early 2004 gained membership in the Association of American Law Schools. In fall 2007, the law school opened the Thomas & Mack Moot Court, a 6,000-square-foot facility designed to support the school’s trial advocacy, Kids’ Court, and appellate advocacy programs and to provide a venue for judicial proceedings by state and federal courts, including the Nevada Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


In August 2007, John Valery White, a faculty member of the Paul M. Herbert Law Center at Louisiana State University, became Boyd’s second dean and will lead the school as it enters its second decade. In the 2007-2008 academic year, the law school had a student body of over 450.


Faculty Excellence The faculty of the law school is well known nationally and internationally for scholarship and innovative teaching. Faculty publications include hundreds of books, book chapters, law review articles, and dozens of bar publications. Faculty members bring their expertise into the classroom and challenge students to achieve excellence. In 2007-2008, Boyd faculty members have given presentations at many excellent law schools including Harvard Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington University School of Law, and University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Faculty Profiles:


Alumni & Student Achievements Boyd students and alumni have earned praise throughout the state of Nevada and beyond for their top-notch legal skills, professionalism, and commitment to serving the community. In addition to joining some of the best law firms in Nevada and nationwide, Boyd graduates have served in the Nevada State Legislature and more than a dozen have clerked in the chambers of judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Boyd students have compiled an impressive record of distinction in national and regional moot court competitions, particularly in the areas of negotiations and client counseling. In the annual American Bar Association client counseling national competitions, Boyd students have placed first, second, or third since 2005 and represented the United States at the 2007 international competition, where they finished third.


Community Outreach The law school’s mission of training ethical and effective lawyers and leaders emphasizes the importance of contributing to the community. Through Boyd’s mandatory community service program, first-year students work with Clark County Legal Services and Nevada Legal Services to prepare and conduct weekly workshops for unrepresented people. Open to the public, these free classes cover basic procedures in family or small claims court and matters related to paternity, custody, guardianship, and bankruptcy.


Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic Opened in 2000, the innovative interdisciplinary Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic gives student attorneys the chance to work under faculty supervision with UNLV graduate social work, education, and psychology students to provide high-quality representation to children, and adults.


Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution The Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution, established in 2003, hosts scholarly presentations and other special events on such topics as theories of conflict resolution, substantive analysis of specific conflicts that affect the public interests, and methods of conflict avoidance and resolution. In addition, a practice component provides hands-on experience to students.


Lawyering Process Program The nationally recognized Lawyering Process Program emphasizes professionalism while giving students the opportunity to explore the relationship between legal analysis and a variety of lawyering skills, including legal writing in advocacy and transactional contexts, research strategies, oral advocacy, client interviewing, counseling, and negotiation.


Dean and Professor of Law: John Valery White (702) 895-1876

Director of Admissions and Financial Aid: Gerald Sequeira (702) 895-4107

Dir. of the Wiener-Rogers Law Library & Assoc. Prof. of Law:

Jeanne Price (702) 895-2404

Director of Career Services: Cynthia Asher (702) 895-2425

Associate Dean for Administration and Student Affairs:

Christine Smith (702) 895-1872

Dean for Student Advancement: Frank Durand (702) 895-1240

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Kay Kindred (702) 895-2438

Assoc. Dean, Fac. Dev. & Res. and E.L. Weigand Prof. of Law:

Steve Johnson (702) 895-4990

Associate Dean for Clinical Studies and Professor of Law:

David Thronson (702) 895-2422

Dir., Saltman Ctr. Con. Res., Michael & Sonja Saltman Prof.:

Jean Sternlight (702) 895-2358

Dir., Lawyering Proc. Prog. & Ralph Denton Prof. of Law:

Terrill Pollman (702) 895-2407

Assoc. Dir., Lawyering Pro. Prg. & Ralph Denton Prof. of Law:

Jean Whitney (702) 895-2357

Director of Communications: Catherine Bacos (702) 895-5869




JOHN VALERY WHITE, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1991, Connecticut; 1993, New York. Education: Southern University (B.A., 1988); Yale Law School (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination, International Human Rights, Race and Law. Email:john.white @


RACHEL J. ANDERSON, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2006, New York. Education: Universität zu Berlin (1998); Stanford University (M.A., 2002); University of California, Berkeley (J.D., 2005). COURSES:Business Law, Private International Law, Public International Law, Transnational Law. Email:rachel.anderson @


PETER BRANDON BAYER, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1978, New York. Education: New York University (M.A., 1971; J.D., 1978); Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1984). COURSES:Lawyering Process, Legal Writing, Administrative Law, Jurisprudence, Employment Discrimination. Email: peter.bayer @


MARY E. BERKHEISER, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1984, Arizona. Education: University of Arizona (B.A.; J.D., 1984). COURSES:Appellate Practice, Clinical Legal Education, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Juvenile Justice Clinic, Federal Courts. Email:mary.berkheiser @


BRET C. BIRDSONG, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1994, New York; 1996, District of Columbia. Education: Princeton University (A.B., 1987); Hastings College of Law (J.D., 1993). COURSES:Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Natural Resources.


CHRISTOPHER L. BLAKESLEY, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1973, Utah; 1975, District of Columbia. Education: University of Utah (B.A., 1968; J.D., 1973); The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University (M.A., 1970); Columbia University (LL.M., 1976; J.S.D., 1985). COURSES:Comparative Criminal Law & Procedure, Domestic Criminal Law, Family Law, International Criminal Law, Public International Law. Email:chris.blakesley @


RICHARD L. BROWN, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1975, California. Education: University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 1967); University of Washington (M.L.L., 1973); Indiana University School of Law (J.D., 1975). COURSES: Wills, Trusts and Estates, Property. Email:richard.brown @


JAY S. BYBEE, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1981, District of Columbia. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 1977); Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Federal Courts. Email:jay_bybee @


ANN CAMMETT, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2001, New York; 2007, District of Columbia. Education: School of Visual Arts (B.F.A., 1985); City University of New York School of Law (J.D., 2000); Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., 2008-expected). COURSES: Civil Procedure I & II, Family Law. Email:ann.cammett @


ROBERT I. CORREALES, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1992, Kansas. Education: University of Kansas (J.D., 1991); Georgetown University (LL.M., 1993). COURSES:Employment Law, Evidence, Torts, Worker’s Compensation. Email:robert.correales @


LINDA H. EDWARDS, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1977, Colorado; 1978, Idaho; 1988, New York. Education: Florida State University (B.A., 1970); University of Tennessee College of Law (J.D., 1976); Harvard Law School (Visiting Scholar, 2002). COURSES:Legal Writing (Analysis, Process), Wills, Trusts, Estates, Property Damage, Employment Discrimination. Email:linda.edwards @


MARTIN A. GEER, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1977, Michigan; 1994, Maryland; 2001, New York; 2002, Nevada. Education: University of Michigan (B.A., 1974); Wayne State University (J.D., 1977); Columbia University (LL.M., 1991). COURSES: Civil Rights, Criminal Procedure, Clinical Legal Education, Externships, International Human Rights. Email:martin.geer @


SARA G. GORDON, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2004, Nevada. Education: Pitzer College (B.A., 1998); James E. Rogers College of Law (J.D., 2004). COURSES:Community Property, Lawyering Process, Employment Law, Legal Drafting, Advanced Advocacy. Email: sara.gordon @


DOUGLAS L. GRANT, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1967, Colorado; 1977, Idaho. Education: University of Iowa (B.A., 1962); University of Colorado (J.D., 1967). COURSES:Property, Real Estate Finance, Water Law. Email: doug.grant @


JENNIFER GROSS, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1993, New Jersey. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1990); Pace University School of Law (J.D., 1993); University of Washington (M.L.S., 1995). COURSES: Advanced Legal Research, Nevada Legal Research. Email:jennifer.gross @


LYNNE N. HENDERSON, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1979, California. Education: Stanford University (B.A., 1975; J.D., 1979). COURSES: Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Feminist Jurisprudence, Victim’s Rights, Violence Against Women. Email:lynne.henderson @


STEVE R. JOHNSON, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1982, New York. Education: St. Francis College (B.A., 1976); New York University (J.D., 1981). COURSES:Administrative Law, Gaming Law, Statutory Interpretation, Tax Law, Estate & Gift Tax. Email:steve.johnson @


KAY P. KINDRED, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1984, New York. Education: Duke University (A.B., 1977); Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 1980). COURSES:Children and the Law, Contracts, Education Law, Family Law, Remedies. Email:kay.kindred @


KATHERINE R. KRUSE, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1989, Wisconsin; 2002, Nevada. Education: Oberlin College (B.A., 1984); University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.A., 1986; J.D., 1989). COURSES:Clinical Legal Education, Criminal Law, Professional Responsibility, Evidence. Email:kate.kruse @


MARY LAFRANCE, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1987, Pennsylvania; 1988, District of Columbia; 1989, Florida. Education: Bryn Mawr College (A.B., 1981); Duke University School of Graduate Studies (M.A., 1986); Duke University of Law (J.D., 1986). COURSES:Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property, Trademark Law, Tax. Email:mary.lafrance @


SYLVIA R. LAZOS, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1987, Puerto Rico. Education: St. Mary’s University (B.A., 1977; M.A., 1979); University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1986). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Critical Race Theory/LatCrit Theory, Immigration Policy, Race & Law, Voting Rights & Initiatives, Legislation. Email:sylvia.lazos @


GEORGE MADER, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2000, Minnesota. Education: St. John’s University (B.A., 1987); University of Wisconsin (M.A., 1991); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 2000). COURSES:Appellate Advocacy, Constitutional History, Lawyering Process, Statutory Interpretation.


THOMAS B. MCAFFEE, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1979, California. Education: University of Utah (B.S., 1976); University of Utah, College of Law (J.D., 1979). COURSES: Constitutional Law, American Legal History, First Amendment Rights. Email:tom.macaffee @


ANN C. MCGINLEY, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1982, Pennsylvania; 1984, Minnesota; 1987, New Jersey. Education: Rosemont College (B.A., 1973); University of Delaware (M.A., 1974); University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 1982). COURSES:Torts, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Disability Law, Civil Procedure. Email: ann.mcginley @


FRANCIS J. MOOTZ III, (Law Professor), Education: University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1983); Duke University Graduate School (A.M., 1986); Duke University School of Law (J.D., 1986). COURSES:Sales, Payment Systems, Jurisprudence Seminar. Email:jay.mootz @


REBECCA NATHANSON, (Law Professor), Education: University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 1983); University of California, Santa Barbara (M.A., 1986; Ph.D., 1993). COURSES: Education Clinic, Child Witness, Children & the Law. Email:rebecca.nathanson @


RAYMOND W. PATTERSON, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1996, Massachusetts; 1997, New York. Education: State University of New York at Stony Brook (B.S., 1969); Adelphi University (M.A., 1973); Yeshiva University (J.D., 1996). COURSES: Mediations. Email:ray.patterson @


NGAI PINDELL, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1996, Maryland. Education: Duke University (A.B., 1993); Harvard University Law School (J.D., 1996). COURSES: Property, Land Use Regulation, Local Government Law, Community Economic Development. Email:ngai.pindell @


TERRILL POLLMAN, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1990, Arizona. Education: University of Arizona (B.A., 1973); University of Arizona College of Law (J.D., 1990); University of Illinois College of Law (LL.M.). COURSES:Lawyering Process, Property, Indian Law, Negotiation, Feminist Jurisprudence.


JEANNE F. PRICE, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1982, Texas. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1978); University of Texas (J.D., 1982); University of Maryland (M.L.S., 1999). COURSES: Research Methods, Information Policy. Email:jeanne.price @


NANCY B. RAPOPORT, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1987, California; 1993, Ohio; 1999, Nebraska; 2001, Texas; 2008, Nevada. Education: Rice University (B.A., 1982); Stanford Law School (J.D., 1985). COURSES: Bankruptcy, Business Ethics, Corporate Governance, Law and Popular Culture, Professional Ethics, Contracts. Email:nancy.rapoport @


PETER REILLY, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1994, Pennsylvania; 1996, District of Columbia. Education: Princeton University (A.B., 1988); Harvard Law School (J.D. 1993); Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., 2004). COURSES:Negotiations. Email:peter.reilly @


KEITH A. ROWLEY, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1992, Texas. Education: Baylor University (B.A., 1985); Harvard University (M.P.P., 1987); University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1992). COURSES:Commercial Law, Contracts, Economics and the Law, Sales & Leases, Secured Transactions, Securities Regulation. Email:keith.rowley @


LETICIA M. SAUCEDO, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1996, Texas. Education: Bryn Mawr College (A.B., 1984); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1996). COURSES:Torts, Clinical Legal Education, Immigration Law, Labor and Employment Law. Email:leticia.saucedo @


REBECCA L. SCHARF, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1992, New York; 1996, District of Columbia. Education: Brandeis University (B.A., 1988); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1991). COURSES:Family Law, Legal Drafting, Lawyering Process. Email:rebecca.scharf @


JEFFREY W. STEMPEL, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1981, Minnesota; 2001, Nevada. Education: University of Minnesota (B.A., 1977); Yale Law School (J.D., 1981). COURSES:Civil Procedure, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Insurance Law, Contracts.


JEAN R. STERNLIGHT, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1984, New York; 1985, Pennsylvania. Education: Swarthmore College (B.A., 1979); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1983). COURSES:Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Civil Procedure, Mediation. Email:sternlight @


DAVID S. TANENHAUS, (Law Professor), Education: Grinnell College (B.A., 1990); University of Chicago (M.A., 1991); University of Chicago (Ph.D., 1997). COURSES:Juvenile Justice, Legal History. Email:david.tanenhaus @


DAVID B. THRONSON, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1995, Massachusetts; 1995, New York; 1997, New Jersey; 2003, Nevada. Education: University of Kansas (B.S., 1985); Columbia University (M.A., 1990); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1994). COURSES:Civil Procedure, Human Rights, Clinical Legal Education, Immigration Law, International Law. Email:david.thronson @


ANNE TRAUM, (Law Professor), Education: Brown University (A.B., 1991); University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D., 1996). COURSES:Criminal Procedure, Appellate Clinic. Email:anne.traum @


JEAN M. WHITNEY, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1988, Minnesota. Education: University of Minnesota (B.A., 1974; M.Ed., 1980); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1988). COURSES:Lawyering Process, Legal Drafting, Professional Responsibility, Juvenile Law, Legal Education & Assistance to Prisoners. Email:jean.whitney @