From Dean Dan - May 7, 2021

Friday, May 7, 2021
Dean Dan Hamilton

On May 14 at 10 a.m., the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law will honor the class of 2021 in the Thomas & Mack Center with a limited-capacity ceremony open to our graduates and their families. This year, we are honored to welcome UNLV Boyd Alumna and Federal Magistrate Judge Brenda Weksler as our commencement speaker. Graduation will be broadcast online through this link for those unable to join us.

We are delighted to recognize the outstanding achievements of all of our J.D. and LL.M. students, and extend congratulations to the recipients of the 2021 graduation awards.

William S. Boyd Outstanding Graduate Award
Recognizes scholastic achievement, overall leadership, and contribution to the law school community

Skylar Arakawa-Pamphilon
Casey Rosenberg

James E. Rogers Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award
Recognizes outstanding overall scholastic accomplishments

John Bays
Anya Sanko

Barbara Buckley Community Service Award
Recognizes outstanding commitment to community public service

Cristian Gonzalez Perez

Inaugural Frank D. Durand Award
Recognizes outstanding leadership in building law school community

Dallas Anselmo
Jazmine Thompson

Dean's Award
Recognizes individual contributions or accomplishments of note to the law school community

Joseph Adamiak
Alfa Alemayehu
Radia Amari
Gillian Block
Sam Bruketta
Jordan Cloward
Elizabeth Davenport
Celssie Hardy
Reema Hassanieh
Dylan Lawter
Alisa McAffee
John McCormick-Huhn
Petya Pucci
Ryan Samano
Erika Smolyar
Alexis Taitel
Brittni Tanenbaum
JerMara Watkins

Clinic Legal Education Association Award
Recognizes excellence/achievement in the clinical program

Ashley Sutherland

LaFrance-Trimble Award
Outstanding graduate in the Intellectual Property Law concentration

Milica Bosnjak

Patrick N. Chapin Award in Workplace Law
Outstanding graduate in the Workplace Law concentration

Joseph Adamiak
Erika Smolyar

Patrick N. Chapin Award in Dispute Resolution
Outstanding student in the Dispute Resolution concentration

Petya Pucci

Clinic Legal Education Association Externship Award
Recognizes excellence/achievement in the externship program

Abigail Stanley

Scribes, The American Society of Legal Writers
Recognizes excellence in legal writing while in law school

Skylar Arakawa-Pamphilon
Robert Holley
Elizabeth Scheinman
Paige Silva
Jose Tafoya


Dean & Richard J. Morgan Professor of Law

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