Student Spotlight

  • Erika Smoylar
    February 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
    January 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
    January 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
    December 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
    November 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
    November 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
    November 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
    November 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
    October 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
    October 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
    October 11, 2019 - You are a state senator and a law student. How does each role inform the other?  read more
  • Jungmin Park
    October 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
    September 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
    September 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
    September 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
    September 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
    August 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
    May 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
  • Christopher Guy
    May 10, 2019 - Tell our readers about your grandfather and the influence he's had on your professional goals. read more
  • Anna Sichting
    May 03, 2019 - You are a law student, your husband is in the Air Force, and your kids are...well, kids. Is making all that work as challenging as it sounds? It is a balancing act and team effort! My husband and I are constantly comparing schedules for the family. I have also learned to ask for help! At times, this has meant... read more
  • Patrick Harrington
    April 26, 2019 - As an undergraduate at St. Mary's College of California, you majored in "Great Books." Which of the 'great books" do you hold above all others? It is the Odyssey. I wrote my senior thesis proving Odysseus’ journey home was a dream, using Life is a Dream and the Leviathan. It changed Odysseus’ journey from a hero’... read more
  • Rebecca Crooker
    April 19, 2019 - From earning a bachelor's degree in French Studies at Portland State University to the brink of earning a JD at Boyd 10 years later...a lot probably happened in between, yes? read more
  • Ariana Reed
    April 12, 2019 - Tell us about your undergrad years studying chemistry at Syracuse University?  read more
  • Will Carter
    April 05, 2019 - As an undergraduate at UNLV, you studied in China for a semester. How did that go? read more
  • Breanna Switzler
    March 29, 2019 - Tell us about your work last summer in the Governor's Office in Carson City.   read more

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