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 was Dean of UNLV's Boyd School of Law (2007-12), Executive Vice President and Provost of UNLV (2012-15), Strategic Advisor to the UNLV President (2015-16), and Acting Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education (2016-17). He is Chair-elect of the Law School Admission Council and an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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.
Professor White 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 Board of Directors for Opportunity Village and the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
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.