Leading Social Indicators in Nevada:
Quality of Life in the Silver State*

Justice & Democracy Forum Series

UNLV Center for Democratic Culture
William S. Boyd School of Law
Friday, November 5, 2004 **

Session 1. 9:00 – 12 Noon
Children and Youth in Nevada

Moderator: Mary Berkheiser

Opening Statement
Dmitri Shalin, Director, UNLV Center for Democratic

Welcome to Conference Participants
Richard Morgan, Dean, William S. Boyd School of Law

Child Abuse, Teen Pregnancies, and Unwed Mothers
Susan Klein, Director, Clark County Family Services
Annette Appell, Associate Dean, Clinical Studies & Co-Director, Child Welfare Clinic, Boyd School of Law

Teen Substance Abuse, Teen Suicide, and Youth Services
Kirby Burgess, Director, Juvenile Justice Administration, Clark County
Valerie Wiener, Senator, Nevada State Legislature

High School Dropouts, Graduation Rates, and Special Education
Rebecca Nathanson, Professor of Special Education & Law, School of Education & Boyd School of Law
Sandra D. Owens-Kane, School of Social Work, UNLV

Public Education Spending, School Accountability, and the Quality of Education in Nevada
Carlos Garcia, Superintendent, Clark County School District
Chris Giunchigliani, Nevada Assembly

Mary Berkheiser, Professor of Law & Co-Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic, Boyd School of Law

Luncheon. 12 Noon - 1:00 p.m.*** 

Session 2. 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Community Involvement and Quality of Life

Moderator: Hal Rothman

Opening Statement
Dmitri Shalin, Director, UNLV Center for Democratic Culture

Employment, Gaming, and Other Growth Industries
Billy Vassiliadis, President & CEO, R & R Advertising
Keith Schwer, Director, Center for Business & Economic Research, UNLV

Housing, Homelessness, and Urban Growth
Leroy H. Pelton, School of Social Work , UNLV
Craig Walton, Founding Director, Program on Ethics and Policy Studies, UNLV

Health Care, Access to Medical and Mental Health Services, and Nevada Health Indicators
Robert W. Shreck, Senior Medical Director, HealthInsight, QIO
Kathryn E. Landreth, Legal Advisor, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Gambling Addiction and the Sex Industry
Fred Preston, Professor of Sociology, UNLV
Kate Hausbeck, Professor of Sociology, UNLV

Crime, Race, and Community Relations
Phil J. Kohn, Clark County Pubic Defender
Ben Graham, Chief Deputy District Attorney

Politics of Social Health
Hal K. Rothman, Professor & Chair, Department of History, UNLV

*Conference attendance is free and open to the public; the forum is held at William S. Boyd School of Law, Room 102.
**Luncheon in honor of panelists is in Room 112; ticket is $24, for reservations email cdclv@unlv.nevada.edu.
***To arrange for CLE credit through Clark County Bar Association, please email cdclv@unlv.nevada.edu.
****For more information about the Justice & Democracy Forum series visit www.unlv.edu/centers/cdclv.