Staff

  • Michael Kagan, Director

    Prof. Kagan is a noted scholar of international refugee law and immigrant rights in the United States. Before coming to Boyd in 2011, Prof. Michael Kagan spent 10 years building legal aid programs for refugees throughout the Middle East and Asia. In addition to directing the UNLV Immigration Clinic, he has consulted on hundreds of criminal cases involving non-citizens with the Clark County Public Defender. Visit Prof. Kagan's faculty page for more about his scholarship and teaching.

  • Laura Barrera, Bernstein Fellow, Attorney

    Laura Barrera, Esq., has a B.A. in philosophy and French from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School. As an attorney, Ms. Barrera primarily represents unaccompanied immigrant children in removal proceedings in Immigration Court as well as with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Her focus is in Special Immigrant Juvenile petitions and asylum cases. She also speaks French and Spanish.

  • Mayra Salinas-Menjivar, Clinic Fellow, Attorney

    Mayra Salinas-Menjivar, Esq. graduated from the Boyd School of Law in 2017. As a student attorney in the Immigration Clinic, she handled complex asylum, bond and deportation defense litigation in three states. She was a member of the American Bar Association Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Council, and was a Circuit Governor for the ABA Law Student Division's 14th Circuit. Ms. Salinas-Menjivar has known two homes: her native Chalatenango, El Salvador, where she was born; and Las Vegas, Nevada, where she grew up. She is a proud Nevadan who graduated from UNLV with a BSBA in Finance.

  • Martha Arellano, Legal Secretary

    Martha Arellano is originally from Los Angeles, California, where she grew up speaking English and Spanish. Ms. Arellano's love of language led her to expand on her formal English education to also study Spanish and French. She is a twenty-seven year resident of Las Vegas, Nevada and former UNLV engineering student, where she maintained a 4.0 GPA. In 2014, Ms. Arellano began working at the Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic and was instrumental in the implementation of the AmeriCorps program for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children, the predecessor of the Edward M. Bernstein and Associates Children's Rights Program. Over the last few years at the Clinic, she has served as an interpreter, translator, administrative assistant, and legal secretary. She has been described as the program's "heart and soul."