Rachel J. Anderson

Professor of Law
Phone: (702) 895-5806
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J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
M.A., Stanford University, International Policy Studies
Zwischenprüfung, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Rachel J. Anderson is a Professor of Law at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law. Her research and teaching interests focus on business law, civil and human rights, empirical legal studies, and international law. Professor Anderson’s legal expertise includes antitrust law, basic business law, contracts, corporate finance, corporate governance, human rights, international trade, legislation, project finance, securities, and Nevada law and policy. She has expertise in several economic sectors, including environmental issues, food and agriculture, human rights, international economic development, natural resources and mining, oil and gas, renewable energy, and transportation. Professor Anderson teaches business organizations and international business transactions.

Professor Anderson has published numerous articles in reputed general and specialty law journals, including the California Law Review, Denver University Law Review, Berkeley Journal of African American Law & Policy, Hastings Women’s Law Journal, Michigan State Journal of International Law, and the Women’s Rights Law Reporter. She also published a chapter in Banana Wars: Anatomy of a Trade Dispute and an entry in the award-winning Enslaved Women in America: An Encyclopedia. In addition, Professor Anderson has published in publications for legal practitioners such as the Nevada Lawyer, The Writ, and the National Bar Association Magazine, the official publications of the State Bar of Nevada, the Washoe County Bar Association, and the National Bar Association, respectively. Her work is widely cited in law reviews, books, and other publications. Her current research focuses on the use of empirical data – qualitative and quantitative – in legal analysis and she is the co-editor of the forthcoming second edition of the American Bar Association's Corporate Governance volume of The In-House Counsel's Essential Toolkit, and the editor of the National Bar Association Law Professors Division's Newsletter and the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association's Newsletter.

Professor Anderson is actively engaged in legal academia and organizations at the local, state, and national levels. She is often invited as a speaker and has given over forty presentations, including at academic conferences, Continuing Legal Education seminars, and community events, and has served as an expert witness on corporate governance in litigation. Professor Anderson is Vice President (2011-2013) and President-Elect (2013-2015) of the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association, and serves as a Director of the American Society of Comparative Law, a Director and Vice President of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, a Vice Chair of the Law Professors Division of the National Bar Association, a member of the National Bar Association's Judicial Selection Committee (2013-2015), a Director of the U.C. Berkeley Alumni Chapter in Las Vegas, and as a person-at-large on the State Bar of Nevada Business Section Executive Committee. She is a contributing member of law school committees, professional and community organizations, and serves as the faculty advisor for the law school’s Black Law Students Association and the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. She is also the co-advisor of the International Law Society, the Nevada Law Journal, and the Gaming Law Journal.

Before joining the law school in 2007, Professor Anderson worked on international development projects and general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and securities matters at MVV Consulting GmbH in Berlin, Germany, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, respectively. Professor Anderson graduated from Edward C. Reed High School in Sparks, Nevada, and earned her Zwischenprüfung from the Humboldt University in Berlin, her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, and her M.A. from Stanford University in International Policy Studies with a concentration in International Political Economy. In law school, she served as Articles Editor on the California Law Review, Executive Editor on the Berkeley Journal of International Law, and Managing Editor of the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy.

Professor Anderson is the recipient of an Olin Law and Economics Fellowship and a Justice Ira F. Thomson Fellowship from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, the Medal of Justice from the State Bar of Nevada, a Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Congressman Steven Horsford, and the Outstanding Service Award from the Law Professors Division of the National Bar Association.