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UNLV Boyd School of Law
Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic
Fall 2014

A Message from Dean Daniel Hamilton

15th Anniversary CelebrationThis fall the Thomas and Mack Legal Clinic celebrated its 15th anniversary with a very special event honoring Joyce Mack and Professor Mary Berkheiser, who is our inaugural Joyce Mack Professor of Law. The celebration brought together two extraordinary women, who built this law school and its clinical program from scratch. Joyce Mack and the Thomas and Mack families were early backers of the law school and its clinic, and remain steadfast and generous supporters. Professor Berkheiser, who was founding faculty and started the clinical program, directs the Juvenile Justice Clinic, and teaches and writes about criminal law and procedure. Many friends of the law school joined us, most notably, four generations of Macks, and three generations of Thomases.

The event also featured an inspiring conversation on juvenile justice with special guest Patricia Puritz, Executive Director of the National Juvenile Defender Center, with commentary from Professor Berkheiser; David Tanenhaus, James E. Rogers Professor of Law and History; and Assemblyman Jason Frierson, BSL Class of 2001.

As we celebrate this milestone, we are as committed as ever to our educational and service missions and proud that our clinic serves as a laboratory for justice, teaching, and scholarship.


Confronting Invisible Punishments: The Collateral Consequences Project


After people are convicted of crimes and serve their sentences, they often discover that there are a myriad of other, invisible consequences that flow from criminal convictions, including impacts on child custody, parental rights, access to employment and housing, and the accrual of debt. Read more »

In the Community: Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic One of Seven Organizations in the Nation to Receive Justice AmeriCorps Grant to Serve Immigrant Children

For immigrant children, immigration court is a daunting place and having a lawyer can mean the difference between staying here or being deported. Read more »

A Laboratory for Scholarship: Immigration Clinic Advocates for Rights of Mentally Incompetent in Removal Proceedings

The Immigration Clinic is at the forefront of advancing the rights of mentally incompetent individuals in deportation proceedings. In addition to providing representation to mentally incompetent clients, the Clinic is actively shaping ... Read more »

Clinic Connections: Lucy Flores JD ’10: Legislative Externship Paves the Way to a Career in Politics

Some students catch the political bug in law school. For Lucy Flores (BSL 2010), the legislative externship was a stepping-stone on her pathway to a political career. As a 2L in 2009, Flores participated in the legislative externship, which is ... Read more »


Small Business and Nonprofit Legal Clinic

Student attorneys in the inaugural Small Business and Nonprofit Legal Clinic have embarked on a range of client projects, including forming a nonprofit that mentors children who have lost a guardian, representing a company that provides translations of self-help legal forms, and helping a nonprofit address the problem of unlicensed elder care facilities. In addition, the clinic helped the Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities apply for tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service. The Guinn Center is a nonprofit, bipartisan, "think-do" tank that provides analysis of critical policy issues facing the state of Nevada. The Guinn Center was awarded tax-exempt status in August 2014.


The Small Business and Nonprofit Legal Clinic provides representation to nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and entrepreneurs in transactional matters. Under the close supervision of Professor Eric Franklin, law students assist clients in forming businesses or nonprofit organizations; reviewing and negotiating contracts; assisting nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt applications and maintenance of tax-exempt status; working with federal, state, and local government agencies; and providing advice concerning intellectual property issues.

Juvenile Justice 

Students in the Juvenile Justice Clinic are extending their representation of their clients to include post-disposition work. By maintaining our close relationships with our clients during this crucial phase, we are able to assist them with, among other things, school disciplinary matters and compliance with conditions of probation, and thereby minimize recidivism.

Appellate Pro Bono

This fall law students are earning pro bono service hours handling pro bono appeals in the Nevada Supreme Court. Professor Anne Traum, who directs the Appellate Clinic and was instrumental in expanding the Nevada Appellate Pro Bono Program, recruited students to volunteer to work on the cases under the school’s Partners in Pro Bono Program, which pairs law students with attorneys handling pro bono cases. In September eight law students were paired with eight experienced appellate lawyers to handle pro bono appeals from around the state. Having this one-on-one opportunity to work with an experienced lawyer is a valuable practical experience for students, who can get certified as student attorneys and handle most attorney tasks under supervision. Students who complete sixty hours of pro bono service earn “Pro Bono Honors” on their transcript.


The Mediation Clinic continues to work in partnership with Clark County's Family Court and the Neighborhood Justice Center where students mediate divorce and small claims cases. In addition, Mediation Clinic students are engaged in projects to educate the legal community about different kinds of mediation and are also developing mediation training materials for mediators of small claims cases.


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