Student Spotlight

  • Taylor Buono
    04/03/2020 - Dance has been a big part of your life. Tell us more. I miss dancing every day and wish I could still do it! But even though I can’t be in a ballet studio everyday like I used to be, dance and the arts have remained important to me. Dance provided me with so many life skills that I think have helped me become... read more
  • Christopher Rose
    03/27/2020 - You did an epic hike of the Appalachian Trail. Give us the highlights. Six months, 2156 miles, all uphill. My trail name was “Popsicle,” because I almost froze to death. The first of many times I almost died. Got lost in nighttime fog so thick I couldn’t see my feet; was followed by a bear in the Smokies (also at... read more
  • Tracie Jefcik
    03/13/2020 - What's the secret to balancing being a mom and a full-time law student? read more
  • Hayley Beza
    03/06/2020 - You got married right in the middle of this past Fall semester. How did you manage law school and wedding prep all at once? read more
  • Gillian Block
    02/28/2020 - You are, shall we say, a political enthusiast, yes?  Yes! I majored in Political Science at the University of Nevada, Reno and worked on a handful of local political races after college. Eventually I ended up working on U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto's campaign and in her senate office once she was elected.... read more
  • Elizabeth Davenport
    02/21/2020 - You came to law school with an eye toward practicing environmental law. Is that still the plan? read more
  • Hannah Nelson
    02/14/2020 - Tell our readers about your experience with the House of Commons in the UK. read more
  • Erika Smoylar
    02/07/2020 - What did you enjoy most about growing up in Chicago? I’d love to say the snow, but that’s definitely not true. I’ve always loved the summers, the city itself, the thunderstorms, and mostly my family and the friends I grew up with.  You are the president of Boyd's Workplace Law Club. Tell our readers about what... read more
  • Christian Ogata
    01/31/2020 - As an undergrad, you were a debater, and you also held judicial positions in student government. Which of the two has proven to be more useful in your legal studies? Both student government and debate provided me with useful tools for law school, but I would say that debate overwhelmingly shaped my approach to... read more
  • Anna Guida
    01/24/2020 - What was the highlight moment of your four years playing soccer for UNLV as an undergraduate? There were many highlights in my four years as a collegiate athlete including over-time wins, outstanding travel experiences, and community service events. But the stand-out moment was winning our senior night game and... read more
  • Eli Bergida
    12/13/2019 - You spent four years studying in a rabbinical seminary.How did that experience influence your path to law school? read more
  • Alexandra Matloff
    11/22/2019 - You are the president of Boyd's Sports and Entertainment Law Association (SELA) this year. How is the group doing? read more
  • Jerrell Berrios
    11/15/2019 - You've been involved in debate for some time.Are you still active in coaching high school debaters? Yes, I am! I’ve coached for free at low-income schools for several years, but I’m currently coaching a new debate team at West Tech. We won first place in varsity Lincoln-Douglas in the last local tournament.... read more
  • Ryan McConnell
    11/08/2019 - Tell us about your experience as an educator prior to law school. Before law school I taught seventh grade social studies and high school U.S. history at an online charter school. It was a unique experience teaching students from an office while they were learning from their homes all across Nevada. It allowed me... read more
  • Jazmine Thompson
    11/01/2019 - You played collegiate softball at Weber State University. What was the highlight of your playing career? Making school history by playing in the NCAA Division I Regional tournament back to back was unimaginable. Additionally, I am grateful for the mental toughness softball demanded. I apply it to my academic and... read more
  • Nikole Chumley
    10/29/2019 - Please tell our readers about the cool award you just earned! The short documentary I directed, entitled "Lights, Camera, Representation," won the Youth Visions Gold Award from the Seattle Social Justice Film Festival. My producer is my best friend Joceline Waite, my director of photography was a wonderful film... read more
  • Jessica Patton
    10/18/2019 - You're from the northwest, growing up in Idaho and studying as an undergraduate at Willamette University. What made you decide to depart for Las Vegas and Boyd? When I visited Boyd, I was amazed at how welcoming and supportive the community was. I had heard horror stories about the hostile atmospheres of most... read more
  • Yvanna Cancela
    10/11/2019 - You are a state senator and a law student. How does each role inform the other?  read more
  • Jungmin Park
    10/04/2019 - You attended United States Marine Corps Officer Candidate School over the summer. What was that experience like? I was humbled by my first real taste of the discipline and camaraderie that our service members rely upon on a daily basis to keep our country safe. I have never appreciated the luxury of private... read more
  • Tammi Musumeci
    09/27/2019 - You are a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. How did you come to be so proficient at that particular martial art? I began practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu at age six. What has made me so proficient is hard work. I would make small goals for myself, such as competing in an upcoming tournament, and do everything... read more
  • Petya Pucci
    09/20/2019 - Tell us about your summer in our nation’s capital! My summer was phenomenal! I interned for the Office of Management and Budget within the Executive Office of the President. My job entailed providing research and analysis on a broad range of issues involving Energy, Science, and Water policy. What I loved most... read more
  • Siobhan Wilkinson
    09/13/2019 - What's your fondest memory of your days as an undergraduate at Georgetown University?  I had the privilege of being the coxswain for the men’s rowing team. One morning, our coach sent us out on the river to row for what seemed like hours. When everyone was absolutely beat, the team asked if I could sing to help... read more
  • Elva Castañeda
    09/06/2019 - How was your summer? It was great! I had time to visit my family in So Cal, clerked at De Castroverde Law Group, attended the International Academy on Law and Mental Health Conference in Rome where I presented – with fellow Boydian and friend Ariana Caruso – on Medical Legal Partnerships, and attended the Annual... read more
  • Kyle Hill
    08/30/2019 - You were a special education teacher in the Washoe County School District for several years. Tell us about that experience. read more
  • Alexis Taitel
    05/17/2019 - Prior to your arrival at Boyd last August, you worked for the U.S. Department of State. What stood out about that experience? read more

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