Alumni Spotlight: Samantha Rice Reviglio '16

November 16, 2018
Samantha Rice Reviglio

Tell us about your decision to attend the Boyd School of Law.

My decision to attend Boyd was not an easy one due to the long-standing athletic rivalry between UNLV and UNR, my alma mater. The hustle and bustle of Las Vegas was not exactly appealing to this Winnemucca-grown girl either. However, my desire to serve as an attorney in my home state, coupled with Boyd’s nationally-recognized programs and growing reputation, encouraged me to put my differences aside and make the move south. Despite my initial hesitation, I was immediately captivated by the collaborative environment and the professional and brilliant professors, who undoubtedly provided me with the tools to become a successful attorney. Turns out, choosing Boyd was one of the best decisions I have ever made; and I actively encourage Northern Nevada’s aspiring lawyers to choose Boyd, as well. But--just to be clear--I still bleed blue. (Go Wolf Pack!)

Share a brief overview of your career path after law school.

After a short period practicing civil litigation at a small Nevada law firm, an opportunity arose to pursue a state court clerkship position. My clerkship with the Honorable Barry L. Breslow of the Nevada Second Judicial District Court gave me the opportunity to see a wide variety of cases--everything from criminal trials and complex civil cases to judicial review of administrative decisions. Working on a tremendous range of cases helped me determine firsthand what I might (or might not) want to work on in the long term; as well as providing me hands-on experience across a broad range of topics By the time I left my clerkship, I had dabbled in nearly every area of law that a state court can address.

Now, I am fortunate to practice at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck among a very dynamic and talented group of attorneys. I am excited to establish my career in a firm known for high-quality legal service and for giving back to the community.  

Is there a nugget of advice you would give a recent Boyd Law graduate?

Do not be afraid to reach out to other, more knowledgeable attorneys for advice. The Boyd Law Alumni network is tight-knit, supportive, and continually growing. 

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