The following is the initial syllabus. The syllabus is subject to change.

U.S. Federal Gaming Law
LAW 678-1001

William S. Boyd School of Law
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Spring Semester – 2018

Class Meetings:

Monday and Wednesday 7:25 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

Adjunct Professors:

The Adjunct Professor is Greg Gemignani. Greg is an attorney at Dickinson Wright with 16 years of experience practicing in Las Vegas in the areas of gaming, intellectual property, technology and general commercial law. His office telephone number is (702)-550-4468; his cellular telephone number is (702)-809-3554; and his e-mail address is

Course Materials:

Course materials will be distributed by e-mail and also made available through the class website,

Other course materials include:

    Other course materials will be provided
    without charge and will be provided through e-mail or in class and may be in pdf, HTML, or MP3 format.

    Course Summary:

    The gaming industry operates in a highly regulated environment that includes federal statutes, state statutes, and state regulations. Meanwhile, technology innovations are impacting all other industries that are not subject to similar regulatory restrictions.

    Course Objectives:

    This course will focus on how technological innovations and developments are impacting laws and regulations that are unique to regulated gaming.

    Class Attendance and Punctuality:

    As future attorneys, students are expected to act professionally. This means keeping appointments and being on time. Class absences and tardiness may cause a reduction in your grade. The instructors reserve the right to disenroll a student who fails to attend at least 80% of the scheduled classes.

    Class Participation:

    Classes are structured to require student participation, which will account for 10% of the student's grade. Students may be assigned questions on the next class topic to be answered at the next class meeting. Students are expected to have meaningful questions for guest lecturers. Class participation may encompass special research assignments.

    Recording, Computer, & Texting Policy

    Students are to use reasonable judgment in using technology in class. Computers may be used during lectures from or discussion by Professors Gemignani or Roberts, provided such use is for taking notes or conducting research relevant to the topic or discussion.
    The use of computers during guest lectures is not permitted. This policy is consistent with Section 6.01 of the Student Policy Handbook.

    Physical attendance is required for this course and recording the class is not permitted. This policy is consistent with Section 6.02 of the Student Policy Handbook.

    Texting during class is not permitted.


    The final examination will be open-book and open-note. The exam will include multiple choice and written essay questions on any topic discussed in class or contained in materials provided by the instructors


    Grades will be based up to 90%-99% on the exam and up to 10% on class participation.

    Disability Statement:

    Disability Resource Center (DRC) – The UNLV Disability Resource Center (SSC-A 143,, 702-895-0866) provides resources for students with disabilities. If you feel that you have a disability, please make an appointment with a Disabilities Specialist at the DRC to discuss what options may be available to you.  If you are registered with the UNLV Disability Resource Center, bring your Academic Accommodation Plan from the DRC to the law school Registrar's office to develop strategies for implementing the accommodations to meet both your needs and the requirements of the course. 


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    Religious Holidays Policy:

    Any student missing class quizzes, examinations, or any other class or lab work because of observance of religious holidays shall be given an opportunity during that semester to make up missed work. The make-up will apply to the religious holiday absence only. It shall be the responsibility of the student to notify the instructor no later than the end of the first two weeks of classes, of his or her intention to participate in religious holidays which do not fall on state holidays or periods of class recess. For additional information, please visit:

    NOTE: The syllabus may be changed from time to time during the semester in order to accommodate the schedules of guest lecturers.

    Initial Class Topics


    Introduction to gaming law and gaming law concepts


    Common gaming law concepts and current issues


    Common gaming elements Part 2


    A brief overview of American Indian Gaming and the historical role of the federal government with regard to gaming regulation and prohibition


    The Federal Wire Act Part 1


    The Federal Wire Act Part 2


    Federal Taxation


    The Illegal Gambling Business Act Part 1


    The Illegal Gambling Business Act Part 2




    Wagering Paraphernalia Act and Travel Act


    Internet Gaming Part 1


    Internet Gaming Part 2


    (no slides) Gaming Policy Committee - Federal / State legal tension regarding marijuana.








    Horse Racing




    New Jersey PASPA




    IGRA (no slides guest speaker)


    Social Gaming


    Advertising Issues


    Tribal, Federal and State roles in the Regulation of Tribal Government Gaming


    Tribal Trust Lands and its Acquisition


    Current issues in Indian Gaming


    Current Issues for Federal Gaming Law