Dec 06, 2022  
2009-2011 Graduate Catalog 

William S. Boyd School of Law


The William S. Boyd School of Law, which commenced classes in August 1998, is the first state-supported law school in Nevada history, and the only law school in the state. The school offers three juris doctor degree programs: a part-time evening program, a part-time day program, and a full-time, day program and three dual degree programs: a J.D./MBA, J.D./M.S.W and J.D./Ph.D in Education. These programs are designed to train ethical and effective lawyers and leaders for Nevada and for the legal profession. The curriculum is designed to stress professionalism, community service, and dispute avoidance/dispute resolution through a combination of skills training and traditional pedagogy and exposure to different public policy players and sources of law. More information is available on the Boyd School of Law website.


John Valery White, Dean

     (2007) B.A., Southern University; J.D., Yale Law School.

Associate Deans

Johnson, Steve R.
  (2001) E. L. Weigand Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research; B.A., St. Francis College; J.D., New York University School of Law.
Kindred, Kay P.
  (1999) Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; B.A., Duke University; J.D., Columbia University School of Law.
Thronson, David B.
  (2002) Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Studies; B.S., University of Kansas; J.D., Harvard Law School.

Associate Dean and Graduate Coordinator

Smith, Christine
  (1998) Associate Dean for Administration and Student Affairs; B.S., Arizona State University; M.Ed., Northern Arizona University.


Anderson, Rachel J.
  (2007), Associate Professor; M.A., Stanford University; J.D., University of California, Berkeley.
Bayer, Peter
  (2001) Lawyering Process Professor; B.A., Hamilton College; J.D., New York University School of Law; M.A., New York University; LL.M., Harvard University.
Berkheiser, Mary E.
  (1998) Professor; B.A., J.D., James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona.
Birdsong, Bret C.
  (2000) Professor; B.A., Princeton University; J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Blakesley, Christopher L.
  (2002) Cobeaga Law Firm Professor; B.A., University of Utah; M.A., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; J.D., University of Utah; LL.M. and J.S.D., Columbia University.
Brown, Richard,
  (1998) Professor Emeritus; B.A., University of California, Berkeley; J.D., Indiana University School of Law; M.L.L. , University of Washington.
Cammett, Ann
  (2008) Associate Professor; B.F.A., School of Visual Arts; J.D., City University of New York School of Law; LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center.
Correales, Robert I.
  (1998) Assistant Professor; B.A., University of North Texas; J.D., University of Kansas School of Law; LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center.
Geer, Martin
  (2001) Externship Director; B.A., University of Michigan; J.D., Wayne State University; LL.M., Columbia University.
Gordon, Sara G.
  (2007) Lawyering Process Professor; B.A., Pitzer College; J.D., James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona.
Grant, Douglas L.
  (1999) Cord Foundation Professor; B.A., University of Iowa; J.D., University of Colorado School of Law.
Henderson, Lynne
  (2000) Professor; B.A., J.D., Stanford University.
Kruse, Katherine R.
  (2002) Professor; B.A., Oberlin College; M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison; J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School.
LaFrance, Mary
  (1999) William S. Boyd Professor; A.B., Bryn Mawr College; M.A., J.D., Duke University.
Lazos, Sylvia
  (2003) Justice Myron Leavitt Professor; B.A., St. Mary’s University; M.A., St. Mary’s University; J.D., University of Michigan Law School.
Mader, George
  (2007), Lawyering Process Professor, B.A., St. John’s University; M.A., University of Wisconsin; J.D., University of Minnesota.
McAffee, Thomas B.
  (1998) Professor; B.S., University of Utah; J.D., University of Utah College of Law.
Mootz III, Francis J.

(2008) William S. Boyd Professor of Law, B.A., University of Notre Dame; A.M., Duke University; J.D., Duke University.

Morgan, Richard J.
  (1997) Dean Emeritus; B.A., University of California, Berkeley; J.D., University of California, Los Angeles.
Nathanson, Rebecca
  (2003) James E. Rogers Professor of Education and Law, Associate Professor, Joint Appointment with Department of Educational Psychology; B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara.
Patterson, Raymond W.
  (2005) Associate Director of the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution; B.S., State University of New York, Stonybrook; M.A., Adelphi University; J.D., Yeshiva University, Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.
Pindell, Ngai L.,
  (2000) Professor; A.B., Duke University; J.D., Harvard University Law School.
Pollman, Terrill
  (1998) Ralph Denton Professor and Director of the Lawyering Process Program; B.A., J.D., University of Arizona. Rapoport, Nancy (2007) Gordon and Silver, Ltd. Professor/B.A., Rice University; J.D. Stanford University.
Price, Jeanne
  (2008), Associate Professor and Director of the Wiener-Rogers Law Library and Associate Professor, B.A., Yale University; J.D., University of Texas; M.L.S., University of Maryland.
Rapoport, Nancy
  (2007) Gordon and Silver, Ltd. Professor; B.A., Rice University; J.D. Stanford University.
Reilly, Peter
  (2006) Associate Professor, Director of Negotiation Training, Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution; A.B., Princeton University; J.D. Harvard Law School; LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center.
Rowley, Keith A.
  (2001) William S. Boyd Professor; B.A., Baylor University; J.D., University of Texas Law School.
Saucedo, Leticia
  (2003) Professor; A.B., Bryn Mawr College; J.D. Harvard Law School.
Scharf, Rebecca
  (2004) Lawyering Process Professor; B.A., Brandeis University; J.D. Harvard Law School.
Shoben, Elaine
  (2005) Judge Jack and Lulu Lehman Professor, A.B., Barnard College; J.D., University of California Hastings College of the Law.
Stempel, Jeffrey W.
  (1999) Doris and Theodore B. Lee Professor; B.A., University of Minnesota; J.D., Yale Law School.
Sternlight, Jean R.
  (2003) Michael and Sonya Saltman Professor and Director of the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution; B.A., Swarthmore College; J.D., Harvard Law School.
Tanenhaus, David.
  (2002) James E. Rogers Professor of History and Law, Associate Professor, Joint Appointment with Department of History; B.A., Grinell College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Chicago.
Whitney, Jean M.
  (1999) Ralph Denton Lawyering Process Professor and Associate Director of the Lawyering Process Program; B.A. and M.Ed., Minnesota; J.D., William Mitchell College of Law.

The mission of the William S. Boyd School of Law is to prepare students for the competent and ethical practice of law. At the same time, the Boyd School of Law recognizes that the skills and knowledge acquired in the juris doctor program may be transferred easily to other fields of endeavor and that many students seek legal training for the value it may have in pursuits other than the practice of law. The Boyd School of Law is dedicated to preserving, transmitting, and advancing the current state of legal knowledge, to developing programs which meet the changing needs of society, and to encouraging its graduates to apply the knowledge they gain for their own personal development and for the good of society. The curriculum responds to the needs of the students as well as the needs of the profession. In the early stages of legal education, the curriculum stresses professionalism, community service, and the roles and importance of lawyers in our society, all in an effort to acquaint students with the nature and nobility of the legal profession and with the opportunity that lawyers have to improve the society in which they live. Throughout the curriculum, emphasis is placed on writing, professionalism and community service, and in the final year, in our clinical and externship programs, we provide students with the opportunity of a substantial lawyering experience under close supervision.

Admission Requirements and Selecting Applicants

The Boyd School of Law seeks to enroll an accomplished and diverse group of women and men who will contribute to the enrichment of the school’s educational program and to the community and the profession after graduation. We seek students who have demonstrated significant accomplishments in their lives, for example by achieving distinguished academic records as undergraduate or graduate students, by engaging successfully in important and demanding careers, by providing significant service to their communities or by meeting challenges associated with the applicant’s race, ethnicity, gender, economic status, or disability. We believe that the law school can and should have a student body that is both academically well-qualified and diverse. The presence in the school of students who have diverse backgrounds, attitudes, and interests contributes to the breadth and quality of the classroom and non-classroom dialogue that is a critical element to legal education.

In assessing applicants, the Admissions Committee looks to:

  1. Academic Capability. To assess an applicant’s undergraduate academic capability, the committee considers such factors as the applicant’s undergraduate GPA, the trend of college grades, the difficulty of the applicant’s course of undergraduate study, the quality and grading pattern of the undergraduate institution, the extent of work or other activities undertaken while in college, the date of the undergraduate degree, graduate studies, and performance on the Law School Admissions Test.
  2. Nonacademic Accomplishments. The committee will consider evidence of significant accomplishments in extracurricular activities, employment, military service, and community service.
  3. Individual Background. The committee will consider the applicant’s state of residency, cultural, ethnic, racial and socioeconomic background, and evidence of significant handicaps overcome by the applicant. The committee will also consider any history of criminality or academic misconduct.

Applicants must:

  1. have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university;
  2. have taken the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). The test is given in June, October, December, and February. In order to ensure full consideration of their application, applicants are encouraged to take the LSAT by December 2009 (although it is possible to take the February 2010 LSAT and complete an application in a timely manner). Applicants must have a currently reportable LSAT score in their Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS) file.  For guidance, see current LSAT/LSDAS Information Book. LSAT registration materials and receive further information from the Law School Admission Council at or at (215) 968-1001;
  3. register for and maintain an up-to-date file with the Law School Data Assembly Service. It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that an official transcript from each institution they have attended is sent by that institution to LSDAS. Please do not have transcripts sent directly to the Boyd School of Law.

For additional information regarding admissions and law school programs, please call the Dean for Student Advancement or Director of Admissions at (702) 895-3671.