UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
Boyd Briefs
Sept. 1, 2016
UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
From Dean Dan

This past Saturday more than 50 UNLV Boyd School of Law students kicked off the school year by working with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and countless others throughout our community to help more than 350 Nevadans seal their criminal records, a process that can help individuals secure employment and, in fact, begin a new life. This was Boyd’s 7th annual Community Law Day and it brought out the best in our legal community. The effort was led by Barbara Buckley, executive director of the Legal Aid Center, and, at the law school, by Christine Smith, associate dean for public service, compliance, and administration.

To say that this was a group effort is an understatement. Together with the Legal Aid Center attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants and Boyd students, graduates, faculty, and staff who orchestrated the event, 50 pro bono attorneys, attorneys and staff from Nevada Legal Services, staff from three local police departments, the Nevada Departments of Public Safety, Corrections, and Parole & Probation, and the offices of the district attorney from Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson all came together to serve the needs of our community. And, of course, the culminating step in the process required the presence of three mobile courtrooms, with judges and staff who reviewed petitions and signed orders. Thanks to the efforts of all of these offices and individuals, a process that normally takes months was, for many, accomplished in one day.

Thank you to everyone for such incredibly hard work and to Barbara and Christine especially for their vision and diligence in serving the legal needs of Nevada. We are proud of our students, faculty and staff and grateful for our collaborations with our community partners.

Community Law Day(From left) Elizabeth MacDowell, Boyd professor of law; Barbara Buckley, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada executive director; and Violeta Mendez, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada paralegal, at the Aug. 27 Community Law Day event


Dean & Richard J. Morgan Professor of Law

Faculty Spotlight

What's the most important thing you are working on right now?
I am continuing to build out the UNLV Health Law Program, an academic partnership between the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law and the UNLV School of Community Health Sciences. The Program is multi-dimensional and includes a comprehensive curriculum for law and community health sciences students, a health law concentration for law students, a speaker series, continuing education programs, interprofessional conferences and symposia, film screenings, cutting-edge law and public health scholarship, sponsored research, and local, national, and international academic consulting, including legislative drafting.

Which of your recent articles should I read? I would suggest my forthcoming Washington Law Review article titled "The House Edge: On Gambling and Professional Discipline" as well as an article I just submitted for publication titled "On Health, Law, and the House of God." "The House Edge" weaves together elements of mental health law, disability law, and professional responsibility law in the context of gambling disorder and shows how individuals with this condition do not receive the same legal protections and benefits as do individuals who are addicted to alcohol or drugs. "The House of God" identifies and resolves four questions that lie at the intersection of law, religion, and health care finance that have received scant attention from constitutional law and law and religion scholars. These questions relate to Medicare financing of religious non-medical health care, home health care, and hospice care.

What is your favorite part of your job as a law school professor and a health law program director? Hands down, my favorite part of my job is seeing my students accomplish their career goals. Our students obtain jobs in large and small health law firms, federal and state health and social services agencies, local departments of health, general and special hospitals, public and private academic medical centers, and for-profit and not-for-profit health care institutions. They keep me on my toes!
Student Spotlight

Which will take place first, your graduation from law school or your beloved Chicago Cubs finally ... finally ... winning the World Series?
Ouch! We’re going there, are we? To avoid further cursing of my beloved Cubbies, I’ll only say that the Cubs won’t win the World Series until they win the World Series.

You're a part-time evening student. Tell us about your day job. I work at one of our local hospitals as the director of environmental services. Although my job might not imply it, I have enjoyed tremendous exposure to and hands-on experience not only in health care law, but also in other areas such as regulatory, labor and employment, immigration, and of course corporate law.

And you also have a pretty full house to which you return at the end of the day/evening, right? Ah, yes. The shock value never diminishes whenever professors and classmates learn that I’m married with five young children [Emma, age 9; twins Evelyn and Ethan, 7; Elizabeth, age 4; Emmett, age 2], especially when folks find out that our youngest was due my first day of law school. Fortunately, he was born five days early. Needless to say, my wife, Emily, is obviously an incredible person as she has been so strong and supportive of me while taking on a greater share of the parenting while I’m in school. The kids have also been very supportive, and two of my oldest have even attended class with me on occasion.

What about Boyd has stood out for you so far? I can’t say enough about how supportive everyone is. I’m continually impressed with how everyone wants you to succeed here at Boyd. The support I’ve received has served as a constant reminder that I chose the right law school.
Alumni Spotlight

Marjorie Hauf is a partner at Ganz & Hauf in Las Vegas, and is serving as a charter class reunion committee member for the Annual Alumni Dinner in November.

You're a member of the Alumni Leadership Circle. Why do you feel it is important to donate to the law school? Also, in what capacity do you feel your membership in this group impacts the school? I was extremely fortunate to be among the first class of students admitted to the Boyd School of Law. I have watched the institution begin as, and continue to be, a law school this community can be proud of. Those of us who have benefited from the hard work of the faculty and staff at Boyd have a responsibility to ensure that the school maintains a consistent level of quality and prestige. You can’t escape the fact that it will take volunteer time, money, and input from those of us out in the trenches, so to speak, every day. I only hope to be able to give back just a little of the opportunity that Boyd has given me.

You're involved in a lot -- service, philanthropy, entrepreneurialism, family. How do you keep a healthy balance? I can’t claim to have all the answers for a good work-life balance. As the managing partner of a litigation-heavy law practice, a wife, and mother of two young boys, finding enough hours in the day to be everything can be challenging. I set myself personal goals, when not in trial, such as dropping them at school in the morning, always leaving work with enough time to see my boys and tuck them into bed, making attending their sports events a priority, and working from home on Friday. However, I also feel that my family benefits from my example of hard work and dedication both to the practice of law and giving back to the community.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I have a passion for travel. In what spare time I have, I find that travel allows me relief from the high-stress environment of litigation, while allowing me to concentrate on my family and create wonderful memories for my children.
Community Spotlight

Jeffrey Rodefer is General Counsel & CCO at Golden Entertainment, Inc. and a member of the Gaming Law Advisory Board at the Boyd School of Law.

Tell me about your decision to serve on the Gaming Law Advisory Board and what makes the Boyd School of Law’s mission meaningful to you. I began working closely with the Boyd School of Law in my role as Chairman of Gaming Law Section (GLS) for the State Bar of Nevada in 2001. At that time, I approached Dean Morgan about the GLS hosting a charitable golf tournament to raise scholarships for law school students. He was on board. Even if we only raised $500, he thought it would be a great way to spread the word about the law school. From 2001-2011, the GLS held an Annual Law Scholarship Golf Tournament that raised slightly more than Dean Morgan's hope of $500; the event generated more than $330,000 in scholarship funds. More recently, the GLS has sponsored the Faiss Lecture Series and Schreck Gaming Moot Court Competition, as well as funding $40,000 for GLS scholarships to be awarded to two students in the LL.M. in Gaming Law and Regulation program each year from 2016-2019. It’s great to see Nevada with its own accredited law school, something that was long overdue and that, thankfully, Bill Boyd's generosity brought to fruition. When I started law school in the fall of 1985, my only option was to leave the state. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to be a recipient of the W.I.C.H.E. (Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education) scholarship that made law school possible. In turn, I've tried to give back through my service as a Trustee on the University of Nevada, Reno's Foundation, the GLS and now the Gaming Law Advisory Board.

What was your first or most memorable job? By far the most memorable would be as an assistant purchasing agent for a casino in Carson City while I was in high school. It was my responsibility to do inventory and negotiate with vendors on everything from linens, food & beverage, paper products, glassware, silverware, playing cards, liquor, etc. I guess back then no one cared that a kid was essentially buying booze and playing cards and stocking the liquor room that ran out to the bars. Today, that would obviously be frowned upon.

What advice would you give to current Boyd students? Be flexible. I went to law school thinking I'd be an environmental lawyer and work with the TRPA. However, I returned to Nevada to fulfill my W.I.C.H.E. commitment and never became an environmental lawyer. After a year in the AG's Office, the new Attorney General thought with my undergraduate degree in finance and accounting I should be a tax lawyer. A few years later, I was transferred to the Gaming Division. I've largely been a gaming lawyer since ’93. Although, in-house corporate work might be better classified as 90% crisis management and 10% the practice of law.
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