Volume 22, Issue 3 of the Nevada Law Journal
University of Nevada, Las Vegas 
William S. Boyd School of Law
Scholars of Law, Public Policy, or Related Matters

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue of the Nevada Law Journal on state laws that have expanded or would in the future expand individual civil rights beyond those accorded by federal law and its interpretation by the federal judiciary. 

Although federal law has traditionally protected the civil rights of individuals in the U.S., the promise of federal civil rights legislation has remained frustratingly unrealized, a situation stemming from a combination of events limiting the effectiveness of federal law. 

Recent judicial appointments have yielded a conservative 6-3 majority on the U.S. Supreme Court as well as a large percentage of non-diverse, conservative judges on the lower federal benches. Combined with a decades-old propensity of federal judges liberally to grant motions to dismiss and for summary judgment in federal civil rights cases and the U.S. Congress’s failure to overturn limiting interpretations of federal civil rights law, these recent appointments will likely further frustrate effective enforcement of civil rights.  The federal court advantage for defendants has become so pronounced that failure to remove a civil rights claim initially filed in state court is regarded as borderline malpractice.

A future of primarily federal court litigation will likely be one of fewer protections against identity-based discrimination in employment, voting, housing, public accommodations, and other crucial areas. In response, progressive state legislative bodies have taken up the challenge of protecting their residents’ civil rights by enacting civil rights legislation that grants greater rights to individuals and that allows state court judges to interpret the state law with more robust protection of civil rights. This legislation has already played an important role in filling the gap left by weak federal protections of individual rights and has the potential to continue to play an increasing role in protecting civil rights.

This Nevada Law Journal Issue seeks to foster interdisciplinary research and analysis, both empirical and theoretical, of state legislation that has been passed or that could be enacted to fill the gaps left open by federal law by granting greater protection to individual civil rights. 

Interested parties should submit abstracts of at least 375 words (we encourage longer abstracts; draft papers are also permitted) to with the heading “Call for Papers.”  We seek proposals for short essays and for longer articles (30,000 words or fewer). Abstracts are due on or before June 7, 2021.  We will notify authors of the acceptance of their proposals by June 14, 2021.  Completed first drafts of essays and articles will be due on October 4, 2021. Submissions will be published in Volume 22, Issue 3 of the Nevada Law Journal, in April or May 2022.

Potential paper topics include, but are in no way limited to, civil rights regarding: race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexuality, sexual orientation, religion, immigration status, disability, mental health, in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, voting, education, etc.   

Besides traditional law review articles and essays from academics, we are interested in practitioners,’ state legislators,’ and lobbyists’ analyses of effective state civil rights legislation and strategies to enact these laws. Regardless of an author’s topic, the editors will carefully review all proposals and make selections based on quality and relevance. We encourage both established and emerging scholars to submit proposals.  

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Ann C. McGinley at or Madeleine Coles at
With gratitude,

William S. Boyd Professor of Law, Ann C. McGinley
Nevada Law Journal Editor in Chief, Madeleine Coles


The Nevada Law Journal &
UNLV’s Program on Race, Gender & Policing present:
Symposium:  Race AND Gender AND Policing

To Be Published April 2021


Stewart Chang, Frank Rudy Cooper, and Addie C. Rolnick
Professors at UNLV Boyd School of Law and co-facilitators of its Program on Race, Gender, and Policing

Topics of Discussion

The Death of Loreal Tsingine 
Theresa Rocha Beardall - Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech, Department of Sociology

Deadly Police Shootings as Wrongful Convictions
Valena Beety - Professor and Deputy Director of the Academy for Justice at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law

The Elusiveness of Self-Defense for the Black Transgender Community
Shawn Fields – Assistant Professor, Campbell University Law School

An Empirical Analysis of the Racial and Gender Differences That Remain in NYC Policing
Henry F. Fradella - Professor and Associate Director, Arizona State University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Weston J. Morrow – Professor, University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Criminal Justice
Michael D. White - Professor and Associate Director, Arizona State University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice 

The Impact of Covid-19 in Prisons, Jails, and Detention Centers
Danielle C. Jefferis, Assistant Professor, California Western School of Law

Women of Color in Immigration Enforcement
Kit Johnson – Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma, College of Law

Anomalous Anatomies:  How the TSA Should Screen for Transgender People
John M. Kang - Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law
Karissa J. Kang – LGBTQ Activist, Student at Emory College

Enough! Eliminating Police Abuse of Individuals of Color with Disabilities
Ann C. McGinley, Professor and Co-Director, Workplace Law Program, UNLV

Juvenile Probation:  A Form of Family Regulation
Jyoti Nanda, Associate Professor, Golden Gate University Law School