Nancy B. Rapoport

Garman Turner Gordon Professor of Law
Garman Turner Gordon Professor of Law, Boyd Law School
Affiliate Professor of Business Law and Ethics, Lee Business School
Expertise: Bankruptcy, Business Ethics, Corporate Governance, Law, Ballroom Dancing, UNLV Top Tier Planning


Nancy Rapoport's specialties are bankruptcy ethics, ethics in governance, higher education governance, and the depiction of lawyers in popular culture. Among her published works are Enron and Other Corporate Fiascos: The Corporate Scandal Reader 2d (Nancy B. Rapoport, Jeffrey D. Van Niel & Bala G. Dharan, eds.), which addresses the question of why we never seem to learn from prior corporate scandals, and Law School Survival Manual: From LSAT to Bar Exam, co-authored with Jeffrey D. Van Niel (Aspen Publishers, 2010).

She is admitted to the bars of the states of California, Ohio, Nebraska, Texas, and Nevada and of the United States Supreme Court. In 2001, she was elected to membership in the American Law Institute, and in 2002, she received a Distinguished Alumna Award from Rice University. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. She currently serves as the dean of faculty of the American Board of Certification, the entity that develops, grades, and certifies lawyers for specialties in business bankruptcy, consumer bankruptcy, and creditors’ rights.

She has also appeared in the Academy Award-nominated movie, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Magnolia Pictures, 2005) (as herself).

In her spare time, she competes, pro-am, in American Rhythm and American Smooth ballroom dancing with her teacher, Sergei Shapoval. Currently, she is ranked 4th in the country in two of her ballroom categories.

Nancy B. Rapoport In The News

Business Insider
June 24, 2019
Personal bankruptcies have been on the decline since the recession ended, but one reason people may not be filing for them is that the process is too expensive.
San Francisco Chronicle
January 30, 2019
By filing for bankruptcy, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. pressed a giant “pause” button Tuesday on thousands of claims for as much as $30 billion in damages from Northern California wildfires. The claims will be rerouted from local courts to a federal bankruptcy court in San Francisco, where the victims will stand in line with other creditors, wait a year or longer, and, if the company’s plan is approved, probably wind up with less than they lost.
Las Vegas Review Journal
February 20, 2018
At a time when the state’s colleges are inwardly focused on their own strategic growth, they’re also being asked to look beyond Nevada’s borders for ways to make gains in student success.
December 20, 2017
They are piling up like hotcakes at the diner. As of this writing, at least 15 women have come forward, alleging that Alex Kozinski engaged in inappropriate behavior while he served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Articles Featuring Nancy B. Rapoport

Campus NewsMarch 12, 2013
Law School ranks 68 out of 194 accredited law schools, climbing 8 spots from last year.
October 11, 2006
Nancy Rapoport specializes in bankruptcy ethics, ethics in governance, and the depiction of lawyers in popular culture