From Dean Sara - April 8, 2022

As we head into the final weeks of the semester, we have several pieces of good news to share with you from the law school. Last week, US News & World Report released its newest rankings and the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law was ranked 67, which once again places us among the top public law schools in the country. Our legal writing program was ranked first in the nation for the fifth consecutive year and the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution was again included among the top ten programs in the country in Dispute Resolution. In all, fourteen of our programs ranked in the top 100

From Dean Sara - March 11, 2022

As you all saw last week, it is an exciting time at the law school. We have completed our dean search and I’m am so thrilled that UNLV has named Leah Chan Grinvald the next dean of Boyd. Dean Grinvald is a nationally recognized intellectual property scholar and professor and is currently the associate dean for academic affairs at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. She will also be the first Asian American to lead the UNLV Boyd School of Law. We look forward to welcoming Dean Grinvald when she officially joins Boyd on July 1. Please click here if you would like to learn more about Boyd’s

From Dean Sara - February 25, 2022

Last night, we were excited to once again gather in person for the 23rd Annual Public Interest Law Association (PILA) Silver State Auction. This signature Boyd event raises funds to support students who are doing important public interest work during the summer and also recognizes members of our legal community who have made significant contributions to public interest in Nevada. It is my honor to congratulate and thank the following award recipients: 

  • Silver Embrace Award: Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevada
  • Silver Service Award: Marisa Rodriguez, Esq.
  • Silver Smith Award: Associate Dean

From Dean Sara - January 28, 2022

As the new spring semester begins, we are thrilled to welcome back students, faculty, and staff to the law school. Some of us are here in person, while others remain online, but we are grateful to be back together however that happens.  There is a lot happening at the law school in the coming weeks. As many of you know, we are currently engaged in the search for the next Dean of the law school; I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to engage with our first two candidates and encourage all of you to attend the upcoming sessions to meet our final two candidates. Please remember to share

From Dean Sara - December 3, 2021

Today it is my great pleasure to thank two of Boyd Law’s longtime supporters, Sam and Lexy Lionel, for their generous gift of $1 million to establish the Samuel S. Lionel Externship Program. This endowment not only supports our students as they gain practical experience in our externship program but also recognizes Mr. Lionel’s significant and lasting contributions to the Las Vegas legal community.

Since its founding Boyd Law has recognized the importance of both fostering students’ engagement with the communities we serve and ensuring that our students are prepared to practice in an

From Dean Sara - November 23, 2021

Today was the last day of classes at the law school, with students, faculty, and staff finishing up what turned out to be a challenging but successful fall semester. Although this semester still looked a little different than years past, I am grateful we had the chance to return to campus and reconnect with each other and the Boyd community. We would not be able to do all we do at Boyd without each of you and your commitment to the law school and each other. As we head into the long holiday weekend, I hope you all have a chance to spend time with friends and family, get some rest, and we’ll

From Dean Sara - November 12, 2021

The Society of Advocates (SOA) at the Boyd School of law is an organization whose members represent the school in interscholastic competitions throughout the United States. SOA sends teams to a variety of competitions every year: appellate advocacy competitions, where students argue issues before a simulated United States Circuit or Supreme Court panel; client counseling competitions, where students conduct an interview with a client and explain how they would proceed in the hypothetical situation; negotiation competitions, where students negotiate a legal problem with another team to achieve

From Dean Sara - November 5, 2021

We have much to celebrate at the law school this week. On Wednesday, we received news that President Biden has nominated Boyd Professor and Associate Dean for Experiential Education Anne Traum to serve as a federal district judge in Nevada. Dean Traum is a nationally recognized expert in criminal law and access to justice issues and has spent much of her career assisting pro se individuals and advancing indigent defense reform. She has taught and mentored students in law school clinics that cover the gamut of criminal defense, from misdemeanor defense to appellate advocacy.  Through that

From Dean Sara - October 22, 2021

In July of this year, a few months before the City of Las Vegas commemorated the fourth anniversary of the October 1 shooting, the Center for Disease Control released its most recent statistics on the number of firearm deaths in the United States. In 2019, there were 39,707 firearm-related deaths in the United States, or more than 12 deaths for every 100,000 Americans. Killings involving a gun accounted for nearly three quarters of all homicides in the US that year and cities around the country – including ours – are seeing an historic increase in homicides, violence that disproportionally