David Tanenhaus is one of University of Nevada, Las Vegas Boyd School of Law’s most esteemed scholars. Professor Tanenhaus is a distinguished historian of juvenile justice who earned his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. Tanenhaus started teaching in the History Department at UNLV in 1997, and is presently the Chair of that department. Shortly after the William S. Boyd School of Law was launched, Tanenhaus was named the James E. Rogers Professor of History and Law. His administrative responsibilities and scholarship straddles the history and law schools, although dazzles in both departments is a more accurate descriptor.

Professor David Tanenhaus’s forthcoming book is titled Juvenile Justice in Global Perspective. The book is now in print production at NYU Press. Tanenhaus is a co-editor with two other distinguished professors: Franklin E. Zimring of the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, and Maximo Langer of the UCLA School of Law. The book is truly global in its perspective; borrowing from the publisher’s announcement, this book offers “original contributions from some of the world’s leading voices … [in] countries from Western Europe, to the former Soviet Union, to rising powers like China, India, and countries in Latin America.”

Several years ago, in an op-ed piece for The New York Times, Professor Tanenhaus articulated “the enduring idea that children are different.” Tanenhaus’s earlier books and articles have probed the history of that idea — as well as the consequences of that idea, including our nation’s creation of a separate juvenile justice system. In his most recent book, Tanenhaus and others take a comparative look at the differential treatment of children. The book describes juvenile justice systems in the developed and developing world, with the goal of promoting a richer understanding of problems and possible solutions.

Professor David Tanenhaus is a model scholar and faculty colleague. He is also a first-rate teacher. As one of our student colleagues reported anonymously on a website that purports to rate professors, Tanenhaus’s was the “[b]est class I took during law school! Excellent, excellent teacher. He is kind and engaging.”

Source: UNLV Law Faculty Spotlight