John Valery White is the Ralph Denton Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He recently served as Acting Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education (2016-17), and Strategic Advisor to the UNLV President (2015-16), after terms as Executive Vice President and Provost of UNLV (2012-15) and as the Dean of the Boyd School of Law (2007-12).
Mr. White joined the Boyd School of Law from Louisiana State University (LSU) Paul M. Hebert Law Center where he was the J. Dawson Gasquet Memorial Professor of Law. At LSU, he taught for 15 years and wrote and lectured about civil rights law. He was also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Insubria in Como, Italy, where he explored the role of civil rights law and multicultural theories in responding to globalism. He helped organize and direct a summer school in comparative law in Insubria and twice directed the LSU summer program in Lyon, France. Before teaching law, he was an Orville Schell Fellow at Human Rights Watch in New York City where he worked on prison and human rights practices in Egypt.
He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). He is Chairman of the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS), a nonprofit organization promoting collaboration among researchers, educators and industry leaders for the purpose of creating a safe climate for research on and development of the future of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) while protecting privacy and public safety. He serves on the ARC Board of Directors for Opportunity Village. He is on the Board for the Andre Agassi Foundation, as well as the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. John served as a member of the Governing Board for the Universty Medical Center of Clark County and as a member of Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval’s Graduate Medical Education Task Force, which was charged with making recommendations to the Governor to expand and improve graduate medical education programs in Nevada.
Mr. White received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1991, where he was a Notes and Topics Editor for the Yale Law Journal and participated in the Jerome N. Frank Legal Service Organization.