From left to right:  Cynthia Mun, Carter Patterson, Jenni Marritt, Honorable Nevada Supreme Court Justice Kristina Pickering, Nihar Raju, Michaela Perry and Patricia Iannuzzi.

Every year, Yale Clubs around the country present the Yale Book Award to recognize outstanding high school juniors.  The 2015 Book Award went to Michaela Perry and Elissa Gray (not pictured).

Congratulations to all!

Join fellow Southern Nevada Yale alumni for the Yale Day of Service 2015 as we once again volunteer at Three Square.

The Yale Day of Service 2015 is Saturday May 9, 2015 and the Sort-a-thon will be held from 9 a.m. to noon.

Friends and family are welcome!

Please sign up at

If you have any questions, please contact Edith Cardiff.


The Yale Club of Nevada is proud to announce that Nevada Supreme Court Justice Kristina Pickering, a Yale alumna, will be the featured speaker at the Club’s annual award presentation event. Click here to RSVP for event: Yale Book Award RSVP.

DATE: Sunday March 15, 2015

TIME: Meet and Greet: 2:00 – 2:30.

Introductions: 2:30 – 2:45

Speaker: 2:45 – 3:45

Awards: 3:45 – 4:15

4:15 – 5:00 Pictures,  mingle with Yalies

LOCATION: UNLV Lied Library – 4505 South Maryland Parkway. Free event parking available.

RSVP: Yale Book Award RSVP


After growing up in Nevada, Justice Kristina Pickering graduated from Reno High School. She was named National Merit Scholar and Presidential Scholar from Nevada, and went on to Yale University, from which she graduated with honors. She attended law school at Georgetown University and the University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law. At King Hall, she served on the law review and was elected to the legal honor society, Order of the Coif.

As a native Nevadan who traveled East to attend Yale as an undergraduate, Justice Pickering is uniquely well positioned to share experiences and insights relevant to aspiring students in Las Vegas considering an Ivy League education.   Her comments are expected to address her experiences as a student at Yale and the ways those experiences have influenced her life after returning to Nevada.

Justice Pickering began her career as law clerk for United States District Judge Bruce R. Thompson in Reno.  She then entered private law practice and handled complex civil litigation at both the trial and appellate level in Reno and Las Vegas before her election to the Nevada Supreme Court in 2008.

Over the course of her legal career, Justice Pickering served in a variety of positions to improve the legal profession and court system in Nevada. She was a member of the Nevada Board of Bar Examiners from 1992 to 2007. She also served on committees at the state and national levels addressing court rules, lawyer ethics and professional conduct. She was an adjunct faculty member at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2000 and 2002.


Every year, Yale Clubs around the country present the Yale Book Award to recognize outstanding high school juniors.   The goals of the Book award include:

  • Strengthening the reputation of secondary schools as learning centers that seek to prepare students for Yale.
  • Encouraging students who may have not previously considered themselves likely candidates for Yale or similar universities to widen their horizons and lift their hopes.

This year, the Yale Club of Nevada will present its book awards on March 15, 2015 at the Lied Library on the UNLV campus, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.   The event is free and open to the public.  Top students from high schools throughout the Las Vegas Valley will be recognized.

At last year’s event, thirteen students from five high schools were awarded the Outstanding Scholar Award and three students received the coveted Yale Book Award.

The Book Awards celebrate the best and brightest of Clark County’s students.  Each award recipient will receive free college counseling through the Yale Club of Nevada. “Historically every year across the US, the Yale Book Award is given to acknowledge students’ academic achievements but it wasn’t done in Las Vegas, so the Yale Club of NV brought it here because our students deserved them,” said, Patricia Iannuzzi, Dean of UNLV Libraries and President of the Yale Club of NV, describing the genesis of the local awards in 2014.

“The Yale Book Award is a signal to Yale Admissions that the recipient is one of the best and brightest in the city. We have brilliant students who work hard to achieve so much in Clark County, we want to make sure that Yale knows about them early in the admission process,” said Cynthia Mun, ASC Director who oversees undergraduate recruitment for Yale in Nevada.