The William S. Boyd School of Law will host the second annual Public Interest Law Film Festival on Sept. 13 & 14.
The theme of this year's festival is "Legitimacy, Process and Penalty."
The festival will feature award winning filmmaker Yoav Potash, Executive Director of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada Barbara Buckley, UC Davis School of Law Professor Gabriel “Jack” Chin, closing remarks by Nevada Supreme Court Justice Michael L. Douglas, and the following films: Crime After Crime, Hot Coffee, and abUSed.
Legitimacy, Process & Penalty
What makes legal processes and penalties fair? Who is responsible when they’re not? This year’s film festival features three compelling films that examine these questions in the context of three areas of law: criminal, personal injury, and immigration. Each film asks us to question the roles of lawyers, litigants, judges, lawmakers, the media, and the public in legitimizing the legal system—and changing it when its legitimacy is in question.
This year’s festival also features a lunchtime roundtable discussion on Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions: civil penalties that result from criminal convictions and the full extent of which are usually unknown by defendants, lawyers, and judges at the time of sentencing, but can last a lifetime. The roundtable brings together legislators, legal experts, religious and community leaders to discuss the impacts of collateral consequences on Nevada and the nation, and new, model legislation that addresses the problem.
To sign up for film festival events, please RSVP.
Make a Donation
If you would like to contribute to the film festival, make a donation on the UNLV Foundation website (from the "Designation" drop-down menu, select "Public Interest Law Film Festival").