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Broken Bodies And Broken Dreams: How Social Safety Net Programs Subsidize Professional Boxing And The Need To Improve Legal And Health Protections For Prizefighters, Robert I. Correales Jan 2019

Broken Bodies And Broken Dreams: How Social Safety Net Programs Subsidize Professional Boxing And The Need To Improve Legal And Health Protections For Prizefighters, Robert I. Correales

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This article explores the lack of basic health and insurance protections for professional boxing participants and proposes changes in policy that will reflect the dangerous nature of professional boxing and the modem cost of medical services. Recognizing that a legislative remedy may never arrive, this article also examines previously unexplored or underutilized legal doctrines such as tort and workers' compensation law that may provide an alternative to inadequate insurance protection, and suggests a more aggressive approach along those lines to compel fuller protection for prizefighters.


The Criminalization Of Walking, Michael Lewyn Jan 2017

The Criminalization Of Walking, Michael Lewyn

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The simple act of walking is sometimes criminalized in the United States. Anti-jaywalking statutes and ordinances—originally motivated by auto-industry lobbyists in the 1920s—call for fines and, sometimes, imprisonment for crossing the street. Additionally, some localities have interpreted statutes against “child neglect” to encompass a parent’s decision to let their kid walk outside alone. The result of this criminalization? Such policies have reduced pedestrian liberty, increased automobile traffic and pollution, and created a disincentive for physical activity in the midst of an obesity and diabetes epidemic. In addition to discussing these effects, this Article argues that the purported safety benefits of …


You Make Me Feel Like Dancing: Students, Scholars, And Sources In The Law Library, Jeanne Price Jan 2015

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing: Students, Scholars, And Sources In The Law Library, Jeanne Price

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Reimagining Access To Justice In The Poor People’S Courts, Elizabeth L. Macdowell Jan 2015

Reimagining Access To Justice In The Poor People’S Courts, Elizabeth L. Macdowell

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Access to justice efforts have been focused more on access than justice, due in part to the framing of access to justice issues around the presence or absence of lawyers. This article argues that access to justice scholars and activists should also think about social justice and provides a roadmap for running a legal services program geared toward making court systems more just. The article also further develops the concept of “poor people’s courts,” a term that has been used to describe courts serving large numbers of low-income people without representation. The article argues that access to justice efforts can …


Say The Magic Word: A Rhetorical Analysis Of Contract Drafting Choices, Lori D. Johnson Jan 2015

Say The Magic Word: A Rhetorical Analysis Of Contract Drafting Choices, Lori D. Johnson

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Drafters of complex contracts often face a thorny dilemma – determining whether to retain “magic words” included in form documents, especially when considering the advice of current contract style scholars advocating for the removal of all traditional contract prose. But the drafter need not remove all terms that serve as elegant shorthand for more convoluted legal concepts, particularly where the inclusion of the term advances client interests. The application of rhetorical criticism – the analysis of methods of communicating ideas – to drafters’ use of the term “time is of the essence” sheds light on the dominant motivations of drafters …


Taking Pro Bono To The Next Level, Anne R. Traum Jan 2014

Taking Pro Bono To The Next Level, Anne R. Traum

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Dean's Column: Empowering Kids In The Courtroom At Unlv's Kids' Court School, Anne R. Traum Jan 2014

Dean's Column: Empowering Kids In The Courtroom At Unlv's Kids' Court School, Anne R. Traum

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Dean's Column: Students Know Best Why The Unlv Experience Pays, Daniel W. Hamilton, Anne R. Traum Jan 2014

Dean's Column: Students Know Best Why The Unlv Experience Pays, Daniel W. Hamilton, Anne R. Traum

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Dean's Column: In Law School, It's Pro Bono From Day One, Anne R. Traum Jan 2014

Dean's Column: In Law School, It's Pro Bono From Day One, Anne R. Traum

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Silence Is Golden . . . Except In Health Care Philanthropy, Stacey A. Tovino Jan 2014

Silence Is Golden . . . Except In Health Care Philanthropy, Stacey A. Tovino

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The Sincerest Form Of Flattery: Examples And Model-Based Learning In The Law School Classroom, Terrill Pollman Jan 2014

The Sincerest Form Of Flattery: Examples And Model-Based Learning In The Law School Classroom, Terrill Pollman

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Responding to a changing landscape of law practice, law schools are searching for ways to structure the classroom experience and broader curriculum to promote more efficient and better learning outcomes. Although imitation, modeling, and the use of examples have become pre-eminent features of modern legal education, these pedagogies have remained largely unexamined. This article shows the power of teaching with examples in both the traditional and legal writing classroom, as well as how skillfully to limit the use of such pedagogy for maximum effect. Specifically, this article applies the findings of cognitive load research and composition theory to show that …


Dean's Column: Health Law At Unlv, Anne R. Traum, Daniel W. Hamilton Jan 2014

Dean's Column: Health Law At Unlv, Anne R. Traum, Daniel W. Hamilton

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Wagging, Not Barking: Statutory Definitions, Jeanne Price Jan 2013

Wagging, Not Barking: Statutory Definitions, Jeanne Price

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Legislative text is distinguished by the frequency with which it specifies the meaning of the words it employs. More than 25,000 terms are defined in the United States Code alone. In few other contexts is there a perceived need to so carefully and repeatedly clarify meaning. This Article examines the roles played by definitions in a reader's understanding and application of a legislative text; it demonstrates that the effects of defining are not as straightforward as we might assume. The discussion is framed by the distinction between legislation as a communication vehicle and as an instrument of governance. In some …


Theorizing From Particularity: Perpetrators And Intersectional Theory On Domestic Violence, Elizabeth L. Macdowell Jan 2013

Theorizing From Particularity: Perpetrators And Intersectional Theory On Domestic Violence, Elizabeth L. Macdowell

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The role of identity-based stereotypes about perpetrators in domestic violence cases has not received much attention in legal scholarship, which has instead focused on the identities of victims. However, stereotypes governing who is a recognizable victim (e.g., that victims are white, middle-class, passive, and dependent women in heterosexual relationships) cannot by themselves explain why nonconforming victims are sometimes successful in family court cases and other, more “perfect” victims are not. Drawing on intersectionality theory, which studies the ways experiences are shaped by the interaction of multiple identity categories, I argue that understanding this phenomenon requires a relational analysis that examines …


Through The Eyes Of Jurors: The Use Of Schemas In The Application Of "Plain-Language" Jury Instructions, Sara Gordon Jan 2013

Through The Eyes Of Jurors: The Use Of Schemas In The Application Of "Plain-Language" Jury Instructions, Sara Gordon

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"Through the Eyes of Jurors" is the first law journal article to consider all of the major cognitive psychology studies that examine how "schemas," or the preexisting notions jurors have about the law, shape jurors' use of jury instructions, even when those jurors are given "plain-language" instructions. This Article examines the social science research on schema theory in order to advance our understanding of how schemas continue to influence jurors' use of jury instructions, even when those jurors are given "plain language" instructions.

A significant body of legal literature has examined jurors' use and understanding of jury instructions, and many …


Mass Incarceration At Sentencing, Anne R. Traum Jan 2013

Mass Incarceration At Sentencing, Anne R. Traum

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Courts can address the problem of mass incarceration at sentencing. Although some scholars suggest that the most effective response may be through policy and legislative reform, judicial consideration of mass incarceration at sentencing would provide an additional response that can largely be implemented without wholesale reform. Mass incarceration presents a difficult problem for courts because it is a systemic problem that harms people on several scales-individual, family, and community-and the power of courts to address such broad harm is limited. This Article proposes that judges should consider mass incarceration, a systemic problem, in individual criminal cases at sentencing. Sentencing is …


Preserving The Past In The Present For The Future: Las Vegas Chapter Of The National Bar Association Archive At The Wiener-Rogers Law Library, Jeanne Price, Rachel J. Anderson Feb 2012

Preserving The Past In The Present For The Future: Las Vegas Chapter Of The National Bar Association Archive At The Wiener-Rogers Law Library, Jeanne Price, Rachel J. Anderson

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This co-authored article documents the establishment of the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association (LVNBA) Archive in 2011 at the Wiener-Rogers Law Library at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law, which may be the first of its kind in the nation. The LVNBA archive was established in cooperation with the LVNBA, the local affiliate of the National Bar Association, which is the nation’s oldest minority bar and largest national association of over 44,000 predominately African-American lawyers, judges, professors, and law students. Materials donated by the LVNBA and its members document the role …


Taking Cognitive Illiberalism Seriously: Judicial Humility, Aggregate Efficiency, And Acceptable Justice, Jeffrey W. Stempel Jan 2012

Taking Cognitive Illiberalism Seriously: Judicial Humility, Aggregate Efficiency, And Acceptable Justice, Jeffrey W. Stempel

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Black Swans, Ostriches, And Ponzi Schemes, Nancy B. Rapoport Jan 2012

Black Swans, Ostriches, And Ponzi Schemes, Nancy B. Rapoport

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The Worst Supreme Court Case Ever? Identifying, Assessing, And Exploring Low Moments Of The High Court, Jeffrey W. Stempel Jan 2012

The Worst Supreme Court Case Ever? Identifying, Assessing, And Exploring Low Moments Of The High Court, Jeffrey W. Stempel

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The Lady, Or The Tiger? A Field Guide To Metaphor & Narrative, Linda L. Berger Jan 2011

The Lady, Or The Tiger? A Field Guide To Metaphor & Narrative, Linda L. Berger

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Metaphor and narrative reassure us that things hang together, providing a sense of coherence to the patterns and paths we employ for perception and expression. In this field guide, I hope to illustrate - with images and stories when possible - how better understanding of metaphor and narrative can guide those engaged in legal rhetoric and persuasion.

The article briefly summarizes cognitive theory relating to metaphor and narrative, provides snapshots of their use in the field, in real-life legal persuasion, and suggests ways to adapt metaphor and narrative to a specific example of legal persuasion. In the field guide section, …


Taking The Ethical Duty To Self Seriously: An Essay In Memory Of Fred Zacharias, Samuel J. Levine Jan 2011

Taking The Ethical Duty To Self Seriously: An Essay In Memory Of Fred Zacharias, Samuel J. Levine

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You Can Only Race If You Can’T Win? The Curious Cases Of Oscar Pistorius & Caster Semenya, Shawn M. Crincoli Jan 2011

You Can Only Race If You Can’T Win? The Curious Cases Of Oscar Pistorius & Caster Semenya, Shawn M. Crincoli

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Rlt: A Preliminary Examination Of Religious Legal Theory As A Movement, Samuel J. Levine Jan 2011

Rlt: A Preliminary Examination Of Religious Legal Theory As A Movement, Samuel J. Levine

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Ensuring Public Trust At The Municipal Level: Inspectors General Enter The Mix, Patricia E. Salkin, Zachary Kansler Jan 2011

Ensuring Public Trust At The Municipal Level: Inspectors General Enter The Mix, Patricia E. Salkin, Zachary Kansler

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Although federal, state and local government officials are subject to applicable codes of ethical conduct and are under the jurisdiction of ethics enforcement agencies created pursuant to these laws, ethics oversight agencies are limited in the breadth and scope of covered activities. With an increase in reported allegations of corruption, particularly at the local government level, this article explores the addition of the audit function, through inspectors general, to ensure greater transparency and accountability of public officials.

The article begins with a very brief historical overview of the emergence of the inspector general concept in Europe and its adoption in …


Lawyering Decisions—October 2009 Term, Eileen Kaufman Jan 2011

Lawyering Decisions—October 2009 Term, Eileen Kaufman

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Damage Anchors On Real Juries, Shari Seidman Diamond, Mary R. Rose, Beth Murphy, John B. Meixner Jr. Jan 2011

Damage Anchors On Real Juries, Shari Seidman Diamond, Mary R. Rose, Beth Murphy, John B. Meixner Jr.

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Experiments reveal anchoring as a powerful force, even when participants see the anchor as irrelevant. Here, we examine the reactions of real deliberating jurors to attorney damage requests and concessions in 31 cases involving 33 plaintiffs in which the jury awarded damages. Jurors were critical consumers of attorney suggestions. They reacted more negatively to, and were less influenced by, plaintiff ad damnums for pain and suffering than to damage requests in categories grounded in more objective evidence. Deliberations revealed that jurors often perceive plaintiff ad damnums not only as irrelevant, but also as outrageous, impressions reflected in their verdicts. These …


Once Upon A Time In Law: Myth, Metaphor, And Authority, Linda H. Edwards Feb 2010

Once Upon A Time In Law: Myth, Metaphor, And Authority, Linda H. Edwards

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We have long accepted the role of narrative in fact statements and jury arguments, but in the inner sanctum of analyzing legal authority? Surely not. Yet cases, statutes, rules, and doctrines all have stories of their own. When we talk about legal authority, using our best formal logic, we are actually swimming in a sea of narrative, oblivious to the water around us. As the old Buddhist saying goes, "We don’t know who discovered the ocean, but it probably wasn’t a fish."

This article teases out several familiar archetypes hidden in discussions of cases and statutes. In the midst of …


Refugee Credibility Assessment And The “Religious Imposter” Problem, Michael Kagan Jan 2010

Refugee Credibility Assessment And The “Religious Imposter” Problem, Michael Kagan

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Credibility assessment in refugee status determination (RSD) poses unique challenges when the outcome of asylum applications turns on the question of whether an asylum seeker is actually a member of a persecuted religious minority. These cases require secular adjudicators to delve into matters of religious identity and faith that are, by their nature, subjective and beyond the realm of objective analysis. This Article explores practical means of addressing this challenge through a case study of the RSD interviews of Eritrean asylum seekers in Egypt who based their refugee claims on Pentecostal religious associations. Analysis of the interview methods used in …


The Weiner-Rogers Law Library: An Invaluable Legal Resource, Jeanne Price Jan 2010

The Weiner-Rogers Law Library: An Invaluable Legal Resource, Jeanne Price

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