This week, we were so pleased to welcome new students and welcome back returning students to Boyd for what promises to be another interesting year. The start of a new academic year always reminds us how grateful we are to our students and to all of the Boyd community and how much we have missed them – never more so than this past eighteen months. Although this year may again look a little different, with some of our students on campus and others continuing to take classes remotely (and some doing a little bit of both), I know that what makes the Boyd community special – the relationships we build and the work we do – will continue no matter how we interact.
It is also a different sort of year for me, as I will be serving as Interim Dean of the law school for the academic year while we begin a search for a new permanent dean. I’ve been at the law school for over fifteen years as a professor and then as an associate dean and in all of that time I’ve seen the law school community face challenges together and in a spirit of goodwill. This coming year we will of course continue to adapt to changes caused by the pandemic – changes nationally, changes in our community, and changes at home. This year may test us, as have the last eighteen months, but I know that we will support one another, learn from each other, and continue to make a difference in Las Vegas and around the state.
Welcome back and I look forward to seeing you all, whether virtually or in-person, very soon.