The UNLV Paralegal Certificate Program is a nationally recognized program because of the efforts of a dedicated few. Among them is Margaret Pickard, who has been an instructor for the UNLV Paralegal Certificate courses since 2003 and developed the UNLV Cooperative Parenting program. She is a phenomenal instructor, who is very passionate about what she does. The UNLV Division of Educational Outreach has honored Pickard with its 2015 Faculty Excellence Award for her wealth of knowledge and love for educating others, which shows through in her dedication and passion exhibited in her work.
Pickard is also a family law attorney, author/educator, and was recently appointed as the Las Vegas Juvenile Drug Court Hearing Master for the 8th Judicial District Court. The Mediators of Southern Nevada awarded Pickard the 2011 "Peacemaker of the Year," recognizing her for developing and teaching UNLV’s Cooperative Parenting program to the Las Vegas community members and family court litigants. She was again nominated for the Award in 2012. In 2014, Margaret was honored by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys as one of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Nevada.
During her teaching career, Margaret has also taught at Duke University, University of California Davis, University of California Berkeley, University of Montana, and Brigham Young University. She is the author of Business Organizations for Paralegals, Job Strategies for Paralegals, The Unbroken Circle of Love, and Proof-Positive Parenting: What Social Science Research Tells Us About Raising Responsible Kids. Margaret is licensed to practice law in Nevada, California, Montana, and before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The UNLV Division of Educational Outreach and Continuing Education extend our gratitude to Pickard for her service to her students, UNLV, and the Las Vegas community.