As the Assistant Dean for External Relations, Layke oversees the law school's career development, alumni relations, communications, event, and advancement departments.
Layke is a native Nevadan and a graduate of UNLV. After attending law school at Boston University, she practiced for nearly five years as an associate with the Las Vegas law firm Marquis Aurbach Coffing. She joined the William S. Boyd School of Law in 2009 as an Adjunct Professor teaching an advanced legal writing course in pre-trial litigation. She joined the law school full-time as the Director of Career Development in 2011, where she discovered a passion for teaching skills including interviewing, networking, negotiation, and career planning to law students and graduates. The students voted her Staff of the Year in 2013.
Layke has presented at national conferences on topics related to legal career planning and advancing women in the legal profession. Layke served on the Board of the National Association for Law Placement from 2015-2017 and was the 2015-2016 Chair of the Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Nevada. The State Bar awarded her Young Lawyer of the Year in 2015. Layke previously served on the Board of Junior League of Las Vegas, and she is a longtime volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada. She received Vegas Inc.'s "40 Under 40" Award in 2016.