CLE: The Ethics of the Laws of the Holocaust

04/05/2013 - 12:00pm

This program is approved for 1.5 ethics credits.

In this CLE co-sponsored by the William S. Boyd School of Law and the Jewish Federation, distinguished panelists will discuss the legality and ethics on how the Nazis committed the atrocities they did and how those currently committing mass killings are able to do the same. They will also address the following questions: the idea of what is “law” and why are so-called “laws,” such as the Nazi “Laws,” immoral but illegal? 

Lunch will be served.

This event is free for Boyd students and faculty - RSVP to Christine Smith. All other participants can register through the link at the bottom of this page. The RSVP/registration deadline is April 2.


Free parking will be provided in the visitor lot on Maryland Parkway and Harmon/Maude Frazier Way.


Carol Zucker, Esq., Kamer Zucker Abbott


Colin Loader, Ph.D., History Department Professor

Christopher Blakesley, The Cobeaga Law Firm Professor of Law


12:00-12:05 p.m. Introductions (Carol Zucker, Esq.)
12:05-12:40 p.m. Professor Colin Loader
12:40-1:15 p.m. Professor Christopher Blakesley
1:15-1:25 p.m. Questions and Answers
1:25-1:30 p.m. Closing Remarks (Carol Zucker, Esq.)

Speaker Bios

Professor Christopher Blakesley
Professor Christopher L. Blakesley is a Barrick Distinguished Scholar, 2009, and he holds The Cobeaga Law Firm Professorship at the UNLV Boyd School of Law. Professor Blakesley joined the Boyd School of Law faculty in 2002. Prior to his arrival here, he held the J.Y. Sanders Chair of International & Comparative Law at the Louisiana State University Law Center. He is the J.Y. Sanders Professor Emeritus at Louisiana State University Law Center. He has been elected to the prestigious American Law Institute. In addition to UNLV, he has been tenured at LSU, then at the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he taught from 1981-1986, then back to LSU, until 2002.

He received his J.D. from the University of Utah, Master of Laws and his Doctorate (Doctor of the Science of Law) from Columbia University, where he did his doctoral dissertation under the tutelage of Professors Roger Pinto and George Levasseur (at La Sorbonne, Paris I, Le Panthéon) and under Professors Oscar Schachter and Oliver Lissitzyn at Columbia University. He also received his M.A. in International Law & Diplomacy, from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and his B.A. from the University of Utah.

His prior legal practice was in the Office of the Legal Adviser to the U.S. Department of State under Dr. Henry Kissinger on matters of international criminal law, including counter-terrorism, extradition, and mutual assistance in criminal matters.

He has written nine books or twelve, if one counts each volume of a three volume set. His books include: Terrorism And Anti-terrorism: A Normative And Practical Assessment (2006); Global Issues In Criminal Law (co-authored, Thomson West, 2007); The International Legal System: Cases and Materials (co-authored, Foundation Press 5th Ed. 2001 and earlier editions); Terrorism, Drugs, International Law And The Protection Of Human Liberty (1992) (Part of the Innovations In International Law Series, Developed And Run by Richard Falk, Princeton University, who invited Blakesley to write the book); Louisiana And Comparative Family Law (a treatise, 1997); Contemporary Family Law (co-authored three volume treatise of family law throughout the United States, 1988). His work has been cited by state supreme courts, federal courts and many of the most renowned scholars in these fields. It has also been cited in most major law reviews and in the treatises of some of the most eminent legal scholars.

He teaches, among other courses: International Law, Comparative Law, Comparative Criminal Law, International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law, Family Law, and Terrorism.

He has also taught in Budapest, Hungary, Salzburg and Innsbruck, Austria, Amsterdam, Paris and Aix-en-Provence, France. He was invited to teach a two month courses in French at the Université de Lausanne, & the Université de Genève, Switzerland, and at Poitiers, France. He is on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of Comparative Law. He was elected as one of five Secrétairs Généraux Adjoints & to the Board of Directors of the Association Internationale de Droit Pénal, Paris. He is on the Board of Editors (Conseil de Rédacteurs), Revue International de Droit PÉNAL, France, and to the Board of foreign Contributors to the La Revue Pénitentiaire et de Droit Pénal, Paris, France. He was elected to the Board of Advisors, International Human Rights Law Institute and to the Board of Advisors, International Criminal Justice & Weapons Control Center.

Professor Colin Loader
Colin Loader received his Ph.D. from UCLA in European intellectual history. He came to UNLV in 1986 and teaches courses in modern German history and modern European intellectual history. While he has written on subjects such as Sherlock Holmes and German silent film, his primary research interests are in the history of German sociology between 1890 and 1933 and that discipline's relationship to others such as history economics and philosophy. Among the sociologists he has studied are Karl Mannheim, Max Weber, Alfred Weber and Werner Sombart.

Among his publications are Alfred Weber and the Crisis of Culture, 1890-1933 (New York, 2012), The Intellectual Development of Karl Mannheim (Cambridge, 1985), Karl Mannheim's Sociology as Political Education (with David Kettler, New Brunswick, 2002) and articles in The Journal of Modern History, CLIO, Sociological Theory, Film and History, The Canadian Journal of Sociology and German Studies Review.

Carol Zucker, Esq.
Carol earned a B.A., magna cum laude, at the university of Texas at San Antonio, and she earned her J.D. at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, California. Carol Zucker has twenty-five years' experience representing Nevada companies in labor and employment law matters, counseling clients that have included public agencies as well as companies in virtually every Nevada industry, and representing them before trial and appellate courts as well as most federal and state regulatory agencies. In 2001, before the United States Supreme Court, she was lead counsel securing a victory for the nation's sixth largest public school district in the sexual harassment-retaliation case of Clark County School District vs. Breeden, 121 S. Ct. 1508 (2001).

As part of her philosophy that businesses are better served by avoiding litigation, Carol has long focused upon advising companies on the implementation of sound human resources policies and practices. She develops and presents in-house training programs in such diverse areas as sexual harassment prevention, employment law, and union avoidance. A frequent seminar speaker, Carol has lectured under the auspices of the State Bar of Nevada, PESI, Council on Education in Management, the Nevada District Judges Association, the National Judicial College, and the Casino Management Association.

Carol has been recognized as a leading lawyer in labor and employment law by Chambers USA since 2003, and has been listed in Best Lawyers® since 1994. Over several years, Chambers has characterized Carol as a "hard working and well-respected attorney," "a bright litigator who is particularly knowledgeable about the gaming and hospitality industries," and as an "accomplished employment litigator" whose "attention to detail" and "passion for the work" sets her apart. Carol has been recognized as a Super Lawyer since 2007 by the Mountain States Super Lawyer magazine and more recently by Super Lawyers-Corporate Counsel Edition magazine and has consistently ranked each year in the magazine's list of "The Top 40 Women."

Carol has served on a number of federal court attorney advisory committees, and as a member of the Nevada Board of Bar Examiners, a Master of the Howard D. McKibben Nevada Inn of Court, and the Chair of the Nevada State Bar's Labor and Employment Law Section. Carol is also a member of the Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Sections of the American Bar Association, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel. Carol served nine years as a Settlement Judge of the Nevada Supreme Court, and nine years as a member of the Southern Nevada Disciplinary Board of the State Bar of Nevada.

A dedicated traveler and amateur photographer, Carol has journeyed with her husband Jeff, also an attorney, to diverse locales ranging from photographing icebergs in Greenland and Newfoundland, hiking the hills of Israel, Tuscany and British Columbia, to skiing at Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas' Lee Canyon. 


This event is free for Boyd students and faculty - RSVP to Christine Smith. All other participants can register by clicking here. The RSVP/registration deadline is April 2.