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John Valery White, J.D.

Strategic Advisor to the President


John Valery White was named Executive Vice President and Provost of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), effective July 1, 2012. Prior to being appointed to this position, John was the second dean of UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law.

John Valery White joined the Boyd School of Law from Louisiana State University (LSU) Paul M. Hebert Law Center where he was the J. Dawson Gasquet Memorial Professor of Law. At LSU, he taught for 15 years and wrote and lectured extensively about civil rights law. He was also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Insubria in Como, Italy, where he explored the role of civil rights law and multicultural theories in responding to globalism. He helped organize and direct a summer school in comparative law in Insubria and twice directed the LSU summer program in Lyon, France. Before teaching law, he was an Orville Schell Fellow at Human Rights Watch in New York City where he worked on prison and human rights practices in Egypt. Dean White received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1991, where he was a Notes and Topics Editor for the Yale Law Journal and participated in the Jerome N. Frank Legal Service Organization.

John is married to attorney and UNLV alumna Jocelyn Cortez and they have a daughter.