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UNLV Boyd School of Law To Host Symposium on Unmanned Aerial Systems Oct. 16

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National and university experts to discuss privacy, law and technology issues associated with aerial drone use.
Campus News  |  Oct 15, 2014  |  By UNLV Media Relations
Media Contact: Catherine Bacos, UNLV Boyd School of Law, (702) 895-5869


UNLV and national experts will discuss implications for the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, at a symposium sponsored by the UNLV Boyd School of Law and the law firm of Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas. Topics will include the future of UAS applications in Nevada, legal implications of unmanned vehicle technology, and the ability of UAS technology to efficiently gather data and conduct surveillance. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.


Oct. 16, 2 to 5 p.m.


Thomas & Mack Moot Court, UNLV Law School, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway


The symposium includes a panel discussion on the future of UAS applications in Nevada moderated by Steve Sebelius, columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, will deliver the keynote address on privacy, law and technology. The event's agenda is available on the law school's website.

Additional symposium speakers include:

  • Joel Lieberman, chair of UNLV's criminal justice department
  • Terance Miethe, UNLV professor of criminal justice
  • Daniel Hamilton, dean, Boyd School of Law
  • John Valery White, executive vice president and provost of UNLV and chairman of the Nevada Institute of Autonomous Systems
  • Paul Oh, Lincy Professor of Unmanned Aerial Systems, UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering
  • Tom Wilczek, industry specialist, Aerospace & Defense, Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development
  • Richard Jost, director, Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas
  • Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Irvine School of Law.
  • Lynn Fenstermaker, associate research professor, Desert Research Institute


Media may RSVP to Catherine Bacos, director of communications for the Boyd School of Law, (702) 895-5869 or