Lawyering Process - Adjunct Faculty

Matthew Christian graduated magna cum laude from the Boyd School of Law in December 2002 where he was a member of the Nevada Law Journal.  An associate at Kolesar and Leatham in Las Vegas, Mr. Christian practices in complex civil litigation, primarily in the areas of commercial construction and surety bond claims.  Mr. Christian has published numerous articles in his areas of practice.  After obtaining his B.A. from the University of Illinois in 1992, Mr. Christian worked for several years in the Las Vegas and Grand Canyon travel industries. He has been teaching the third semester LP course – Litigation – since 2008.

Richard A. Rawson, a founding partner at Ballard Rawson, Chartered, practices primarily in the areas of business and real estate transactions. He graduated Cum Laude from the William S. Boyd School of Law, where he was an Articles Editor for the Nevada Law Journal. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Rawson was a financial systems consultant and responsible for the implementation of financial systems for Mission Research Corporation, Bechtel SAIC Company, and TRW Environmental Safety Systems.

Seth T. Floyd practices in the areas of commercial litigation, appellate litigation, and government affairs at McDonald Carano Wilson LLP. Prior to joining McDonald Carano Wilson, he clerked for the Honorable Justice James W. Hardesty on the Nevada Supreme Court. He received his undergraduate degree in Public Policy Analysis with honors and distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and graduated magna cum laude from the William S. Boyd School of Law. In law school, he argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and received the Outstanding Graduate Award.

Karlee Phelps is an associate at Holland & Hart, practicing primarily in the areas of healthcare and insurance law. Ms. Phelps graduated summa cum laude from the William S. Boyd School of Law in May 2011, at which time she also received the Outstanding Graduate Award. While in law school, Ms. Phelps worked as Managing Editor of the Nevada Law Journal and a student attorney at the Thomas and Mack Legal Clinic. Ms. Phelps also won second place at the National Asylum and Refugee Moot Court Competition, coached a moot court team, published an article in the Nevada Law Journal, and served as Student Chapter President of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. After law school, Ms. Phelps worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Philip M. Pro of the United States District Court.

Cristen Thayer is a law clerk to the Honorable Kristina Pickering of the Nevada Supreme Court.  She graduated summa cum laude from the William S. Boyd School of Law in 2012 and received the James E. Rogers Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award. While in law school, she was staff member of the Nevada Law Journal, a member of the Society of Advocates, and a student attorney in the Appellate Clinic where she argued a successful Title VII employment discrimination appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Thayer also externed with the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada and worked as a summer associate for Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP.  After law school, Ms. Thayer clerked for the Honorable Philip M. Pro of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada for a year before joining Justice Pickering’s chambers.