Boyd Law holds Internet gaming symposium
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Professors, professionals discuss regulations
The William S. Boyd School of Law hosted a symposium on Internet gaming regulation on Friday.
The event was held at the Thomas & Mack Moot Court Facility, where prominent speakers and authors highly knowledgeable in their respective fields of gaming regulation gathered and contributed to the publication of an Internet gaming regulation comparative law book.
Boyd’s associate dean of academic affairs and professor of law Ngai Pindell, and the Lewis and Roca LLP’s partner and Practice Group Leader of the Gaming Law group, Anthony Cabot, hosted the symposium.
Six credits of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) were available to attorneys who attended the symposium. A varied group of internet gaming specialists were in attendance, as well.
“We brought together a diverse group of people,” Pindell said. “We have lawyers, academics, regulators, operators and engineers as speakers and in the audience — so people involved in gaming and internet gaming who occasionally get the chance to be in the same room and talk, but not often.”
Panelists included Babak Barin, an expert in international dispute resolution who served as a guest professor at UNLV, and Marketa Trimble, a law professor at Boyd who researches intellectual property and issues at the intersection of intellectual property and private international law and conflict of laws.
Bo Bernhard, executive director of the International Gaming Institute at the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, and David Schwartz, director of the UNLV Center for Gaming Research, were also featured guests.
For Cabot, the entire gaming spectrum is his expertise, which he is trying to expand to others through awareness of holding events and producing publications.
“I tried to go to Ngai Pindell to try and come up with, in a publication, 12 authors with expertise in particular areas to provide our own chapter in a book,” Cabot said. “Meanwhile, we figured why not have a symposium at the same time where authors can present their papers with traditional dialogue?”
The event covered topics about age, identity and location verification, as well as cheat prevention, resolutions, technological systems and licensing. Additionally, areas of discussion revolved around responsible gaming, player accounts security, accounting, transactions, taxation and advertising.
Each speaker participated in a question and answer session after their presentation. There were also periods where panels of experts discussed others’ topics.
“For each of the chapters we were looking for the person who [has] legal knowledge but also a person with the ability and willingness to write a scholarly chapter,” Cabot said. “So everybody is an expert in their area and [does] a lot of work to get it done.”
In addition to the extensive panel of experts in the gaming regulation industry, the symposium and publication provided the opportunity for the joint involvement of multiple departments within UNLV.
“This is a good chance for UNLV ‘s … departments to get together,” Pindell said. “It is a joint effort with the law school, law library, and the hotel college to get together to publish presentations and a book in the fall.”
The gaming industry in Nevada is the largest in the United States.
If there is one thing Nevada prides itself upon, it is gaming, Pindell said.
“Nevada is the appropriate venue for the symposium because Nevada has such a rich history of successful regulation,” Pindell said. “UNLV is the perfect venue within Nevada because it is and should be the intellectual hub center of developing new ideas for gaming. UNLV in particular is a place you can bring together a flock of people from different disciplines to come up with new ideas. That’s what we are trying to do in the eye gaming contacts.”
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