Clinic Spotlight - Kerry Kleiman

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Juvenile Justice Clinic Student Attorney Kerry Kleiman’s resume is an impressive one. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the UNLV Gaming Law Journal and won both IAGA's 2015 Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award and the 2014 Anthony Cabot Award for Best Student Note for her article on conflicting international anti-money laundering protocols for casinos. As a member of our Society of Advocates, she was named second best oralist at Fordham University School of Law's 2014 Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition.

Beyond Kerry’s stellar resume and accomplishments is a devoted and passionate advocate for women and children. As an undergraduate at the University of Southern California, Kerry became involved with the VDay organization, a global activist movement founded by playwright Eve Ensler. Through her work with VDay, Kerry became interested in advocating for sexually exploited women and children.

In law school, the Juvenile Justice Clinic was the perfect fit for Kerry. As a student attorney, she represented juveniles in the criminal justice system, and began to combat sex trafficking of minors. During the 2015 legislative session, she testified in front of the Nevada State Assembly that would protect sexually exploited youth and work to end the practice. As a result of her work and advocacy, Kerry was recently appointed to the board of The Embracing Project, a local non-profit dedicated to serving trafficked children and kids affected by gang violence.

“Clinic is the most rewarding experience I’ve had since coming to Boyd,” Kerry says. “Clinic taught me a lot of skills that couldn’t learn in the classroom, like how to get a scared client to trust you, and how to think on your feet in court.” Kerry is grateful for the opportunities she received through her time in the Juvenile Justice Clinic, and the clinic was fortunate to have such a passionate advocate.