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Ethics Webinar


Twelve Tips on Avoiding Bar Complaints in 2012

Customer service issues are at the heart of most bar complaints, regardless of whether misconduct actually occurred. This webinar will teach attendees how improved communication and documentation can help avert a bar complaint (as well as discipline).

Also on the agenda is a look at some other frequent causes of bar complaints - from clients, opposing parties and opposing counsel.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Noon - 1 p.m.
1 CLE ethics hour

 Register Online



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State Bar of Nevada - Weekly E-Newsletter


E-Newsletter for the week of November 29, 2011


TIP Program Seeks Inaugural Mentors


The State Bar of Nevada has launched its new attorney mentorship program, Transitioning into Practice (TIP) and is seeking volunteer mentors to serve as one-on-one guides for newly admitted attorneys.


Beginning November 16, 2011, TIP replaced the long-standing Bridge the Gap seminar. TIP is a comprehensive program that pairs new attorneys with experienced and well-respected members of the legal community. Mentors and new attorneys are matched up based on both area of practice and physical location of practice. The mentorships last six months, during which time mentors assist their mentees in the completion of mandatory and elective elements designed to introduce new members to the practice of law in Nevada.


Mentors are approved by the State Bar of Nevada Board of Governors and will be formally appointed by the Supreme Court. Applications and information on the TIP program can be found on the state bar’s website along with a more comprehensive article on TIP.



Candidates Sought for Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics


The Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics has three vacancies beginning January 1, 2012. The Board of Governors of the State Bar of Nevada shall appoint attorney members to fill these vacancies.


The Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics was created to resolve ethical disputes arising in the course of judicial service or in the elective or appointment process. Each member is appointed for a two-year term with no member appointed to more than four consecutive terms.


If you are interested in applying for this position, please complete this online application form. Questions may be directed to Gale Skala, 600 E. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89104, All applications must be received by December 2, 2011.



Young Lawyers Toy Drive Starts Thursday


The holiday season is upon us and there are children in Nevada in need of assistance to make their season one to remember. The Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Nevada is holding its annual holiday toy drive from December 1 - December 9.


There will be several drop-off locations In Las Vegas including:  the law offices of Gordon Silver; Weide & Miller; the State Bar of Nevada; the Las Vegas City Attorney’s Office, Civil Division; and the William S. Boyd School of Law. Reno’s drop-off locations include: the law offices of Lionel Sawyer Collins, The Digesti Law Firm, O'Mara Law Firm and the Northern Nevada Bar Center.

For those too busy to shop, the Young Lawyers Section can do all the work.  Just mail a check to Paola Armeni at Gordon Silver, 3960 Howard Hughes Parkway, 9th Floor, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89169. Please make checks payable to the State Bar of Nevada and put YLS Toy Drive in the reference line.  Those interested in making their offices drop-off locations can contact Paola at



State Bar Diversity Committee Member Honored


Kathleen Ja Sook Bergquist, State Bar of Nevada Diversity Committee member, recently won the 2011 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Trailblazer award. Bergquist was one of nine attorneys selected for their demonstrated vision, courage and tenacity, who have made lasting contributions to the Asian Pacific American legal profession. The Trailblazer award is NAPABA’s highest honor and was presented at its annual convention in Atlanta on November 18.


Bergquist has been a member of the State Bar of Nevada since 2009 and is an associate professor at the UNLV School of Social Work.



Fastcase Tips: Using the Wildcard Operator


The wildcard operator is one of the most powerful Boolean operators in your toolkit. Fastcase uses the asterisk symbol (*) as its wildcard.


When a user puts the asterisk after the stem of a word, the search will return documents containing any word beginning with that stem. Using the wildcard is an effective way to include plural forms of keywords in searches as well as to conjugate verbs.


For example:


         “Termin*”: Search results containing the words termination, terminated, terminal, etc.


         “Litig*”: Search results containing the words litigator, litigation, litigious, etc.


         “Eat*”: Search results containing the words eat, eaten, eatery, eaters, eating


Fastcase is free to all active members of the State Bar of Nevada. Questions can be directed to Fastcase at (866) 773-2782 or