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Harry Reid joining UNLV law school as distinguished fellow

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Steve Marcus

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid speaks during an opening ceremony for the Federal Justice Tower, a new office building in downtown Las Vegas, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016.

Former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid will be joining the UNLV Boyd School of Law as its first distinguished fellow in law and policy.

The school announced today that Reid, who served as the Democratic leader in the Senate, will work with Boyd students and alumni, lecture and participate in classes and pursue writing projects.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity for Boyd School of Law students to interact with and learn from one of the most prominent lawyers and policymakers in the history of Nevada,” Daniel Hamilton, dean of the law school, said in a statement.

Reid served 30 years in the Senate, including nearly a decade as majority leader.

“The creation of the UNLV Boyd School of Law 20 years ago added a great deal to the legal profession here in Nevada,” Reid said in a news release. “As a longtime supporter of the law school, I am looking forward to joining the UNLV Boyd community and to working with the state’s future lawyers and leaders.”

Along with former Republican House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Reid will also co-chair the new MGM Resorts Public Policy Institute at UNLV.

The university describes the institute as “a think tank that will seek bipartisan solutions on a range of economic, social, political and workplace issues” and says it will “focus on local, national and international policies that impact the travel, tourism, hospitality and gaming industries.”