2017 Annual Meeting

Las Vegas, Nevada


For the first time in the Society’s history, the 2017 annual meeting will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada. The meeting will be held from October 26, 2017 to October 29, 2017, and the meeting hotel is the Red Rock Casino Resort Spa. The University of Nevada Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law is the principal sponsor of the meeting, and part of the meeting will be held at the School. The Plenary Lecture will be delivered by Tomiko Brown-Nagin of Harvard Law School and a Preliminary Program is now available. Transportation will be provided linking the Resort with the School. The Closing Reception will be held on the “Strip” at the Mob Museum, and bus transportation will be provided. The Local Arrangements Committee has produced a flyer.

Pre-registration and discounted hotel booking for the 2017 ASLH Annual Meeting is no longer available. However, on-site registration will be available on-site.

The Las Vegas airport is McCarran International Airport, which offers direct flights from throughout the United States, from Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia.

Airport Transportation

Red Rock Complimentary Airport and Strip Shuttle

Red Rock Resort provides a free shuttle to and from the airport for hotel guests. The travel time is approximately 30 to 40 minutes. Guests are accommodated based on first come, first served basis. One Airport Shuttle runs according to the schedule above and accommodates up to 28 guests. The shuttle provided by Red Rock Resort picks up from the Zero Level of Terminal 1. If your flight arrives into Terminal 3 you will need to take the airport-provided shuttle over to Terminal 1. Once at Terminal 1, Zero Level can be found by going one level below baggage claim. At the Zero Level, you will see an area that is designated for hotel courtesy shuttles. This is where you will need to be to catch the shuttle. Red Rock Resort does not have an assigned parking space number at the Zero Level, but they normally try to park somewhere between spaces 19 and 23. Their shuttle is white and says ‘Celebrity’ on the side; it will also have ‘Red Rock’ signs on the windows.

Airport to Red Rock:
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  • 8:00AM
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  • 12:00PM
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  • 9:00PM

Red Rock to Airport:

Drops off at departure level

  • 5:00AM
  • 7:00AM
  • 9:00AM
  • 11:00AM
  • 1:00PM
  • 3:00PM
  • 5:00PM
  • 7:00PM

To the airport:

  • Shuttle Passes are issued at the Bell Desk
  • Shuttle Passes are for registered guests only
  • Guests can only be issued a Shuttle Pass for day of transportation 30 minutes prior to scheduled Shuttle departure times.
  • Guests may only book a maximum of 4 guests per Shuttle Pass per room (please refer larger groups directly to a Bell Captain)
  • Shuttle Passes are issued on a first come first serve basis
  • Guest that have misplaced their Shuttle Passes may be issues a new Shuttle Pass based on availability
  • Delays may result due to circumstances beyond our control such as weather, mechanical, traffic, etc.
  • Please be advised that all schedules are subject to change.


Taxi ($60) (https://www.mccarran.com/Transportation/Taxi)

Uber ($26-$56) and Lyft ($26-56) (https://www.mccarran.com/Transportation/RideShare)

Transportation to Boulder Station Hotel

Boulder Station Hotel does not provide free airport shuttle service but is less than a 20-minute drive from McCarran Airport.

Taxi ($35) (https://www.mccarran.com/Transportation/Taxi)

Uber ($16-$33) and Lyft ($16-$33) (https://www.mccarran.com/Transportation/RideShare)

Car rentals

Relatively inexpensive car rentals are available at the airport should you wish greater freedom.

Suggested Attractions

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

For those staying at the Red Rock Casino, Resort, and Spa, Red Rock Canyon’s nearly 200,000 acres and hundreds of millions of years of geology are little more than six miles away. Its sandstone peaks are breathtaking, and the hiking and biking opportunities are well worth investigating. Wild burros and desert tortoises may be part of your trip, and the Visitors Center provides helpful background, interpretive material, and information about trails. For more information, see http://www.redrockcanyonlv.org.

Springs Preserve

This 180-acre “desert central park” at the site of the original Las Vegas Springs includes desert botanical gardens, walking trails, a wetlands habitat with a variety of birds and other animals, a Desert Living Center that focuses on sustainability, a museum that emphasizes early Las Vegas history and water issues, historic buildings and replicas of old Las Vegas sites, and a café open for lunch complete with great views of the Strip and the valley. Next door, the Nevada State Museum traces the state’s history from the beginnings of known geologic time to the present. See https://www.springspreserve.org/ and http://nvculture.org/nevadastatemuseumlasvegas/.

Neon Museum

The two-acre Neon Boneyard features 200 signs, many of them from the classic Las Vegas Strip and downtown of the early post-World War II era. The visitors center is the former La Concha Motel, designed by Paul Revere Williams and a classic example of Googie architecture. It is conveniently located to downtown and the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Park. To book tours, see http://www.neonmuseum.org/.

Atomic Testing Museum

From 1951 to 1963, the federal government conducted 100 aboveground nuclear tests at the Nevada Test Site, about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas, and another 800-plus underground tests in the next 30 years. This museum traces the world’s atomic history, with a focus on the Test Site, its people, and popular culture, and is just two miles east of the Strip. See http://nationalatomictestingmuseum.org/ for details.


Las Vegas is called the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” and continues to be long after Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr., Liberace and Siegfried & Roy have left the scene. The most popular “production shows” are Cirque du Soleil, including Mystére, Love, and O, while Penn & Teller combine comedy, drama, and illusion. Many entertainers are in “residence” as part of shows or at specific hotels; during the conference, they include Elton John, Bill Maher, and Terry Fator. Numerous sites provide information, prices, and special rates for tickets; a good place to start is https://www.vegas.com/shows/.


From the Rolling Stones to George Strait, numerous stars perform in large arenas up and down the Strip or in hotel showrooms on weekends. Diana Ross and Ringo Starr are among the entertainers appearing during conference weekend. For more details, see https://www.vegas.com/shows/.

Restaurant Suggestions

Coffee and breakfast at Red Rock Resort. There is a food court with a Starbucks, the Grand Cafe is open 24/7, and the Feast Buffet opens at 8am.

Red Rock Casino/Summerlin/Spring Valley (Chinatown)

There are several restaurants at Red Rock Resort including the Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar (Moderate to Expensive), 8 Noodle Bar (Moderate), Libre Mexican Cantina (Moderate), and the Yard House (Moderate).

Andiron Steak and Sea, 1720 Festival Plaza Dr., Price: Expensive

Chada Street, 3839 Spring Mountain Rd., Price:   Moderate

Eatt Gourmet Bistro, 7865 W. Sahara Ave, Suite 104 and 105, Price:   Moderate

Eat Summerlin Proper (breakfast and lunch only), 1910 Village Center Circle, Suite 1, Price:   Moderate

Raku, 5030 Spring Mountain Rd. Suite 2, Price:   Expensive

Salud Mexican Bistro and Tequileria, 8125 W Sahara Ave, Suite 110, Price:   Moderate

Boulder Station/ East Side

There are several restaurants at Boulder Station including The Broiler (Expensive), Cabo Mexican Restaurant (Moderate), and a Grand Cafe (Inexpensive to Moderate, open 24/7).

Lindo Michoacan (2.1 miles from Boulder Station), 2655 E Desert Inn Rd, Price:   Moderate

Lotus of Siam (3.9 miles from Boulder Station), 953 E. Sahara Ave. A5, Price:   Moderate


Cugino’s Italian Deli & Pizza Restaurant, 4550 S. Maryland Pkwy (across the street from campus), Price: Inexpensive

Einstein’s Bros. Bagels, 4626 S. Maryland Pkwy (across the street campus), Price: Inexpensive

In-N-Out Burger (next to campus), 4705 S. Maryland Pkwy, Price: Inexpensive

Lindo Michoacan (2.2 miles from UNLV), 2655 E Desert Inn Rd, Price:   Moderate

Lotus of Siam (4.6 miles from UNLV), 953 E. Sahara Ave. A5, Price:   Moderate

Mint Indian Bistro (.2 miles from UNLV), 730 E. Flamingo Rd, Price:   Moderate

Naked City Pizza on Paradise (.2 miles from UNLV), 4608 Paradise Rd., Price:   Moderate

Pink Taco (Located in the Hard Rock Hotel, .2 miles from UNLV), Price:   Moderate

On the Strip

Bardot Brasserie (Located at Aria), Price:   Expensive

Cut Las Vegas (Located at Palazzo), Price:   Expensive

Joe’s Seaford, Prime Steak & Stone Crab (Located in the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace), Price:   Expensive

The Peppermill Restaurant & Fireside Lounge (open 24/7), 2985 Las Vegas Blvd S., Price:   Moderate

Picasso (Located at Bellagio Hotel), Price: Expensive

Red Square Restaurant and Vodka Lounge (Located at Mandalay Bay), Price:   Expensive

Twist (Located at Mandarin Oriental), Price: Expensive

Downtown (near the Mob Museum)

Bronze Café, 611 Fremont St., Price: Moderate

Carson Kitchen, 124 S. 6th Street, Price:   Moderate

Chow—The Chinese & Chicken Joint (next to The Writer’s Block independent bookstore), 1020 Fremont St., Price: Moderate

Container Park (various), 707 Fremont St., Price: Moderate

Eat, 707 Carson Ave (breakfast and brunch only), Price:   Moderate

Hugo’s Cellar (located at Four Queens Hotel), Price:   Expensive

Le Thai, 523 Fremont St., Price: Moderate

7th and Carson, 616 E. Carson Ave. Suite 110, Price:   Moderate

Triple George Grill, 201 N. 3rd St., Suite 120, Price: Moderate

Pizza Rock, 201 N. 3rd St., Price:   Moderate

Turmeric Flavors of India, 700 Fremont St., Price:   Moderate

VegeNation, 616 E. Carson St. Suite 120, Price:   Moderate

Only in Vegas

The Barrymore (Swanky-Retro), 99 Convention Center Dr., Price:   Expensive

Herbs & Rye (1920s Speakeasy), 3713 W. Sahara, Price:   Moderate to Expensive

Theatre options Las Vegas October 2017

In or near downtown LV:

The King & I – Oct. 25-29 @ 7:30 pm, Oct. 27-29 @ 2pm, at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave., Las Vegas. A first-class national tour of the Tony-winning 2015 Lincoln Center revival, receiving rave reviews all over the country. Leading roles played by highly regarded Broadway veterans. Gorgeous costumes and scenery, lush orchestrations. Highly recommended. Tickets and info: www.thesmithcenter.com

Frankenstein Oct. 26-28 @ 8 pm, Oct. 29 @ 2 pm, at the Art Square Theatre, 1025 S. 1st St. Las Vegas. A professional production of Nick Dear’s brilliant and moving stage adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel. This is completely different from the movie. The London production received rave reviews. Tickets and info: www.cockroachtheatre.com

W;t (aka Wit)– Oct. 27-28 @ 7:30 pm, Oct. 29 @ 2pm, at The Usual Place, 100 S. Maryland Pkwy., Las Vegas (entrance behind PublicUs coffee house).  A professional production of Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer-winning drama. Post-show discussions after every performance. Tickets and info: www.apublicfit.org

On campus:

Good Kids – Oct. 26-28 @ 7:30 pm, Oct. 28-29 @ 2pm, at Alta Ham Fine Arts Bldg., UNLV. Inspired by the Steubenville, Ohio, high school rape case of 2012. Produced by UNLV’s professional theatre training program. Tickets and info: www.unlv.edu/nct/events

A short drive west of the Strip:

The Birds – Oct. 25-28 @ 8 pm, Oct. 28-29 @ 2pm, at Las Vegas Little Theatre, 3920 Schiff Dr., Las Vegas. Community theatre production of Conor McPherson’s stage adaptation of the Daphne Du Maurier story that inspired Hitchcock’s film. Tickets and info: www.lvlt.org

A slightly longer drive (Summerlin community):

Oliver — Oct. 24-26, 28, 30 @ 7:30 pm (no Fri. or Sun.), by Signature Productions, at the Summerlin Library & Performing Arts Center, 1771 Inner Circle Dr., Las Vegas. Community theatre production of the Broadway classic. Tickets and info: www.signatureproductions.net

Hold the Dates

The 2018 ASLH Annual Meeting will take place in Houston, Texas from November 8 to 11, 2018.

The 2019 ASLH Annual Meeting will take place in Boston, Massachusetts from November 21 to 24, 2019.

Host an ASLH Conference

The American Society for Legal History’s Standing Committee on Annual Meetings solicits volunteers from the Society’s friends to serve as local arrangements chair for the Society’s future Annual Meetings. Interesting venues, affordable hotel rates, tax exemption for out-of-state non-profits and reasonable funding support for meeting events are highly favored in site selection. Contact the committee’s chair, Craig Joyce of the University of Houston Law Center by email.