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UNLV Boyd School of Law
Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic
Spring 2014
A Message from Dean Daniel Hamilton
Students, alumni, and community members constantly remind me of the key role of our clinics and externship programs in shaping lawyers and the law. In our programs, including the India Program, Kids’ Court School, and our new Small Business and Non-Profit Clinic, students and faculty are collaborating on field study and empirical research, empowering clients, and developing policy reforms. For students, these real world experiences are the highlight of law school and ignite a lasting passion for this work. With the appointment last fall of Anne Traum as Associate Dean for Experiential Legal Education, we have a leader focused on ensuring that these terrific programs continue to thrive. We are proud that our faculty and students collaborate on this creative work with a real world and scholarly impact, and we are grateful for the continuing support of the Thomas and Mack families, whose generosity makes our work possible.

India Program

Pushing the Borders of Human Rights: Boyd Students Fight for Workers’ Rights in India


Eleven Boyd students, supervised by Professor Fatma Marouf, traveled to New Delhi over the winter session to engage in human rights study and fieldwork. In partnership with Indian students, they examined conditions for some of the world’s most vulnerable workers. Read more »


In the Community: The Business of Grassroots Organizing

Ahead of its official launch in fall 2014, the new Small Business and Nonprofit Legal Clinic (the “Clinic”), directed by Professor Eric Franklin, is already assisting community groups, including its first client, Nevadans for the Common Good (“NCG”), a grassroots political organization. Read more »

A Laboratory for Scholarship: Research Probes Efficacy of Kids’ Court School

Our dual degree and law students are conducting empirical research on the Kids’ Court School that could potentially add significantly to the literature in child witness research. UNLV’s innovative Kids’ Court School educates children and youth about the judicial process, using a standardized, empirically based curriculum. Read more »

Clinic Connections: Gaining Appellate Expertise: Alumnus Seth Floyd ’10

Since doing the Appellate Clinic, Seth Floyd '10 has been building a career as an appellate litigator. This spring Seth will argue a family case before the Nevada Supreme Court. Seth was assigned the case through the Nevada Appellate Pro Bono Program, a new program that Professor Anne Traum took a lead role in creating. Read more »


Immigration Detention Project

In November 2013, the Immigration Clinic published a report on conditions for immigration detainees at the Henderson Detention Center. The report has attracted attention from the media, congressional representatives, and community organizations. In partnership with PLAN Nevada and Mi Familia Vota, the Immigration Clinic continues to work towards detention reforms. Read more »

Juvenile Justice 

Motivated by their experience representing children in juvenile court last semester, students in the Juvenile Justice Clinic under the leadership of Professor Mary Berkheiser are working on a policy proposal to develop “safe harbors” for child victims of sex trafficking so that these children are provided assistance and not simply prosecuted as offenders.


Professor Jean Whitney has been appointed as UNLV’s new Externship Director, after serving in that position on an interim basis since 2012. In Spring 2014, 29 students are serving as externs in 29 different placements - 17 in judicial placements, 20 in Government & Public Interest placements, and 1 each in Congressional and Legislative placements – including the Cook Inlet Housing Authority in Anchorage, Alaska, and the United States Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division in Washington, D.C.


In an innovative pilot program designed to implement the Sixth Amendment rights of immigrants, students in the Immigration Clinic are advising the Clark County Public Defender on criminal cases that might have immigration consequences.

Family Justice

With the launch of the Post-Conviction Community Needs Assessment Project, the Family Justice Clinic (“FJC”) continues to explore the impact of criminalization on the family. Read more »


The Strasser Mediation Clinic is exploring how it can help inmates in Nevada's prisons to reintegrate into their communities with pre-release mediation services.


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