Boyd Offers Free Legal Education Classes on Community Law Day
The UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law held its 3rd Annual Community Law Day on Aug. 18.
The on-campus event, which was free and open to the public, featured a series of free legal education classes and helped 176 people this year, according to Associate Dean Christine Smith.
“I think it went great this year. The turnout of the community was a lot better than when we were taking [the legal classes] on the road,” Smith said.
Nevada Legal Services and the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada partnered with the Boyd School of Law on the program. The event was further supported and attended by students, faculty, staff and alumni.
The event offered seven classes, including one on Family Law that was taught in Spanish. Additionally, all class materials were made available in Spanish.
Other classes included Bankruptcy, Family Law – Divorce, Guardianship, Small Claims/Tenants’ Rights, Family Law – Paternity/Custody, and Foreclosure: What Are Your Options.
Smith said that the preparation for the event was mostly getting the word out to the public.
“The biggest task was advertising and organizing the volunteers,” she said.
Individuals who attended the classes were allowed to apply for pro bono assistance while there. Over the last 14 years, Boyd-sponsored legal education classes have helped more than 45,000 people in the community.
Smith said she hopes to keep the attendance figures high and growing.
"We are the state's law school, and we take seriously our commitment to the community," she said in a press release. "Making sure that our students learn, early on, how important lawyers can be to people in need is one of our key missions, and we're so glad that our students can work hand-in-hand with alumni and with attorneys with our community partners—Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and Nevada Legal Services—on this important project.”
Below is a list of volunteers at this year’s Community Law Day:
Michael Van Luven
Faculty and Staff