Joe Regalia’s return to Boyd Law final fall was most welcome. His analysis and educating focuses on authorized writing, persuasion science, expertise and innovation, environmental regulation, and insurance coverage regulation. He’s growing a pilot undertaking in partnership with main authorized tech and innovation consultants throughout the globe. The undertaking goals to coach regulation college students and attorneys methods to leverage cutting-edge expertise and innovation of their observe. He used his tech experience to assist the Boyd Regulation group shortly transition to on-line studying this previous spring semester. He additionally based and runs the Professional Se Bootcamp, a undertaking that trains professional se litigants to navigate the authorized system.
Regalia additionally holds positions within the Authorized Writing Institute, the Affiliation of Authorized Writing Administrators, and the Authorized Writing Part of A.A.L.S. His work has been featured in publications such because the Kentucky Regulation Journal, the New Mexico Regulation Assessment, and the Virginia Environmental Regulation Journal.
Once you’re out in the neighborhood or touring, what’s the most important false impression you encounter about UNLV?
All of us meet loads of of us who consider the Strip once they hear the phrases Las Vegas, regardless of the context. And the identical goes for UNLV. “Wait, isn’t Las Vegas only a bunch of casinos?”
And I get it. In case you’ve solely come right here as a vacationer and also you by no means left downtown, you’d by no means notice that such a singular and great group is hiding simply off Las Vegas Boulevard.
Everybody who involves UNLV shortly finds out that we’re a vibrant and numerous group. We’re entrepreneurs. We’re professionals. We’re so many different issues. However no, we don’t all hang around on the Strip each evening.
What’s the final huge undertaking you accomplished and the way did you rejoice/decompress afterward?
I lately had the pleasure of main a particular digital authorized bootcamp right here at UNLV. The boot camp was a collaboration between UNLV’s regulation faculty and our native authorized group. The objective was to supply sensible coaching to our regulation college students and new regulation graduates that may get them prepared for his or her jobs within the authorized area now that the observe of regulation has largely grow to be digital.
Watching our college students work arduous to serve our group — with all that is happening proper now — was each humbling and galvanizing. However it was an intense couple of weeks. So I unwound by spending a night with my spouse and our greatest buddies enjoying board video games, certainly one of our favourite pastimes.
Greatest tip or recommendation for somebody new to UNLV?
Dive into our wealthy group. It’s straightforward to return to a giant faculty like UNLV, maintain your head down, and plow by way of your tutorial work. However don’t try this. We have now an thrilling group right here on the faculty — and you’ll be a lot better off when you grow to be part of it. There are such a lot of scholar teams to become involved with. So many school who can function mentors. And all these relationships will comply with you lengthy after you graduate. I hear from graduates on a regular basis that they cast relationships at UNLV that led to enterprise partnerships, jobs, and longtime friendships. That’s quite a bit to go up.
I’m the college advisor for a brand new scholar group at UNLV that’s aiming to publish articles about how the regulation impacts on a regular basis folks. And it began as a result of a number of college students had a terrific thought and discovered methods to make it occur. You’ll be able to, too.
Outdoors of your analysis, what are you enthusiastic about?
In all probability too many issues. I like discovering new concepts and constructing these concepts into initiatives that may serve our college students or our group. I all the time discover myself working with a lot of completely different folks on various things — which is precisely how I prefer it. Many of those initiatives give attention to how attorneys can higher use expertise to serve others.
One other ardour helps folks perceive how the authorized system works, even when they’ve by no means gone to regulation faculty. It is a urgent downside as a result of many Nevadans want authorized assist however can’t get it. Educating them methods to characterize themselves is a technique we are able to make that downside a little bit higher. So I’ve been engaged on a digital coaching platform that helps of us perceive their authorized points and methods to get by on their very own.
Outdoors work, my greatest passions are my household and buddies (I do know that sounds trite, however it’s true!). I can typically be discovered constructing one thing with my spouse, spending time with our buddies, getting out into nature, or engaged on some writing undertaking.
In case you weren’t working at UNLV, the place do you assume you’d be?
That’s a tricky one, as a result of it could sound corny, however there’s nowhere else I’d quite be than right here. If I had been pressured to select, I’d most likely nonetheless be educating regulation or writing or educating expertise to of us someplace. Or perhaps I’d go choose up a second profession as a coder. Know-how is opening up so many alternatives, particularly right here in Nevada, and I need to be part of that future.
What’s one thing folks can be shocked to find out about you?
Whereas a scholar at UNR (sorry!), I drove a faculty bus for the Washoe County College District. I’ve had a number of jobs through the years, however that may all the time stand out as certainly one of my favorites. My youngsters had been so enjoyable, and my colleagues had been great, too.
One other enjoyable truth is that my spouse and I constructed our home subsequent to our greatest buddies’ home right here in Las Vegas. So we mainly picked our personal neighbors — which was an excellent resolution.
What’s your responsible pleasure?
It is a boring one, however like so many attorneys, I drink a number of espresso. Like, quite a bit.
Have you ever ever taken a persona take a look at?
I’ve! I assumed it was surprisingly correct, and my spouse and buddies agree. I’m apparently very analytical — no shock for a regulation professor.
Extremely, social science has shined sufficient gentle on how of us assume and act that we are able to begin to attract some strains round completely different personalities. I’m no professional, however I’m a fan of gaining insights from information once we can. Most significantly, that information can provide us new views on issues. And I like something that may get me considering from a special perspective.
Christmas music: yay or nay?
1,000,000 yays. I like Christmas. Considered one of my lifelong desires is to place up sufficient Christmas decorations that I get invited on TLC’s Christmas Light Fight present. So sure, just about any time after Oct. 31 you will discover me listening to a broad array of Christmas music wherever I am going.
What’s your day usually like proper now?
I believe for everybody working at dwelling, day by day blurs collectively. Fortunately my smartphone and laptop remind me what day it’s, or else I would overlook. Most days for me proper now encompass assembly with college students (I am educating a summer time class), spending a number of hours engaged on analysis, then a number of extra hours both getting ready for my lessons that week or engaged on different initiatives.
What do you miss most about campus?
This will sound apparent, however my colleagues and college students. Zoom is nice, and I imagine college students can be taught lots by way of top-notch on-line lessons UNLV provides. However there’s something particular about being collectively in particular person. With the ability to stroll down the corridor and listen to about wonderful issues my colleagues are doing. Or having college students drop by to talk a couple of undertaking they’re engaged on. There isn’t any straightforward solution to substitute that on-line.
What’s the silver lining in all of this for you?
As a result of I used to be already so all in favour of expertise main into this transition, in some ways, it has been an thrilling time for me. I’ve had the possibility to steer a number of webinars, be concerned in several working teams, and assist help new initiatives geared toward supporting regulation college students and others throughout these attempting occasions.
One undertaking we’re engaged on launching proper now could be lawjobresources.com — a free web site meant to assist regulation college students and up to date graduates get extra significant experiences. There’s additionally extremely essential work being executed throughout the authorized area with variety and inclusion. With all of the hardship proper now, there are a lot of alternatives to assist others. So that could be a silver lining.
Have you ever had any mishaps or humorous moments working from dwelling?
So many. Working from dwelling simply lends itself to comedic mishaps. My canine, Turtle, has video-bombed a number of of my lessons — typically with out me realizing till a scholar pointed it out. He tends to mill round close to my desk, which is ideal for my webcam to select him up peeking out from behind me.