The Melanie Kushnir Access to Justice Fellowship was created by the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada in honor of Melanie Kushnir, who dedicated her life to inspiring pro bono attorneys, law students, bar leaders, the judiciary, and the community, to donate their time, knowledge, and experience to those in need. The Kushnir Fellowship recognizes a law student who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to public interest law, and who will carry on Melanie’s legacy of service. The Fellow receives a $10,000 stipend for their summer at Legal Aid Center, and works as part of the Pro Bono Project assisting with access to justice projects. I want to congratulate 1L Brittni Tanenbaum who was named the next Melanie Kushnir Fellow for her project creating a domestic violence victim/survivor partner program to empower victims and survivors with educational training. Brittni is a Public Interest Fellow at the law school who has volunteered her time and talent to advocating for homeless and at-risk youth.
I would also like to congratulate State Senator Nicole Cannizzaro (J.D. '10) who was unanimously selected this week as the Nevada Senate Majority Leader, marking the first time in our state's history a woman has held this position. She joins fellow alum Jason Frierson (J.D. '01) who is Speaker of the Assembly in leadership roles. We are incredibly proud two Boyd alums lead both houses in the Nevada Legislature.
I hope you can join us for "Dignity, Tradition, & Constitutional Due Process: Competing Judicial Paradigms" from March 14-15 which will address the question: what should be the proper predominant - overarching - judicial standard or paradigm to apply the U.S. Constitution's Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments Due Process Clauses? My thanks to Professors Ruben Garcia and Peter Bayer for hosting this very timely symposium. Please RSVP here.