Symposium on UAS in Nevada: Implications for Privacy, Law and Technology

10/16/2014 - 2:00pm
Thomas and Mack Moot Court Facility

The UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law and
Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas

Symposium on UAS in Nevada
Implications for Privacy, Law and Technology
Keynote address by Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of UC Irvine School of Law

Thursday, October 16, 2014
2:00-5:00 p.m.
Thomas & Mack Moot Court, UNLV Boyd School of Law
Reception to follow

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To RSVP for this symposium, click here. This program has been approved for 3 CLE credits.

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The symposium brings together a diverse group of professionals who will initiate a discussion of how unmanned vehicle technology advances will impact legal concepts of privacy. Unmanned aerial vehicles with their ability to efficiently gather data and conduct surveillance will be the prime focus of such discussions. Nevada’s recent successes in fostering the development of the UAS industry makes the UNLV Boyd School of Law the logical forum to begin the discussion.

2:00 p.m. – Privacy and Unmanned Aerial Systems

  • Introduction by Joe Brown, Director, Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas 
  • Latest Research Findings by Dr. Joel Lieberman, Chair, and Dr. Terance Miethe, UNLV Criminal Justice Department
  • Open Discussion on Privacy, Law and UAS in Nevada
    Moderated by Daniel Hamilton, Dean, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law

3:00 p.m. – The Future of UAS Applications in Nevada
Panel discussion moderated by Steve Sebelius, Las Vegas Review-Journal


  • John Valery White, Executive Vice President and Provost, UNLV and Chairman, Nevada Institute of Autonomous Systems
  • Paul Oh, Lincy Professor of Unmanned Aerial Systems, UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering
  • Richard Jost, Director, Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas
  • Dr. Lynn Fenstermaker, Associate Research Professor, Desert Research Institute
  • Tom Wilczek, Industry Specialist - Aerospace & Defense, Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development

15-minute break before keynote

4:00 p.m. – Keynote Address: Privacy, Law and Technology

  • Introduction by Rebecca Scharf, Associate Professor of Law, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
  • Keynote address presented by Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law

Reception to immediately follow the keynote.


UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas
UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering
UNLV Department of Criminal Justice
Desert Research Institute