Reid Reemerges: Gets public welcome at UNLV's Law School

Former Senator Harry Reid with Brian Sandoval at Boyd Law School. Reid welcomed as distinguished fellow. 4/20/17 (Jeff Gillan | KSNV)

He walks in the door, arguably, the most famous "professor" at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Ten days ago, UNLV announced that Reid, Nevada's former Democratic US Senator, will become the law school's first Distinguished Fellow in Law and Policy.

Thursday, the Boyd School of Law officially and publicly welcomed Reid with a gathering of Nevada's political and legal elite, including Governor Brian Sandoval, former US Senators Richard Bryan, and John Ensign.

"I have profound respect for Senator Reid," said Sandoval.

Joining the former Senator were UNLV President Len Jessup, the law school's namesake, gaming pioneer William S. Boyd, law school Dean Daniel Hamilton, along with Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Cherry and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Johnnie Rawlinson.

Reid is making UNLV one of his post-Senate homes.

Just last month, the school, together with MGM Resorts announced that Reid and former House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, will co-chair a new public policy think tank at UNLV's Greenspun College of Urban Affairs.

As a Distinguished Fellow, Reid will lecture and write, and give students a chance to learn policy from a man who was at the center of Washington. With 34 years on Capitol Hill, he was Nevada's longest-serving representative in the Nation's Capital.

In March 2015, two months after an accident that left him virtually blind in one eye, Reid stunned Nevada by announcing he would not run for a 6th Senate term.

Reid's hand-picked candidate, Catherine Cortez Masto, succeeded him in January. Her victory was a rare Democratic bright spot on election night.

Reid has stayed silent for the first months of the Trump Administration, watching from the sidelines a candidate he vociferously opposed during the 2016 election.

What does he think of Washington, now that he's gone?

"I'm living in the future, not the past, so I'm not going to rain on Schumer's (Senator Chuck Schumer - the current Senate Minority Leader) parade or anyone else's, so others are going to have to take care of that," Reid told me.

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