State Bar of Nevada
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Children Sought for Goldilocks DVD
Construction Law Meeting Jan. 11
New TIP Program Seeks Mentors
Join the New Litigation Section
LRIS Grant Money Available
ABA Business Law Section Meeting
VARN Celebrates 15th Anniversary
Final Live Ethics
CLE of 2011
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 discuss how improved communication and documentation can help avoid a bar complaint (as well as discipline), along with other frequent causes of bar complaints, whether from clients, opposing parties or opposing counsel.


Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011
Noon - 1 p.m.
1 CLE Ethics Hour

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Thursday, December 22, 2011
Goldilocks - Trial of the Century: A New Beginning

The Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Nevada is revamping its current Goldilocks - Trial of the Century DVD. Section members will be filming an updated version in January and are looking for children in 3rd through 5th grade to sit as jurors for the DVD. The new DVD will be used to present the Goldilocks - Trial of the Century program to 3rd and 4th graders in schools throughout Nevada.


Volunteer children will need to be at the William S. Boyd School of Law Moot Courtroom from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 7. If your child or any child you know is interested in taking part in this project, please contact Paola Armeni at
Construction Law Section Meeting

The State Bar of Nevada's Construction Law Section's annual meeting is scheduled for January 11, 2012 at noon at the offices of Lewis & Roca in Reno and Las Vegas. A video conferencing system will link the locations. Lunch will be served.


This meeting is open to non-members, however only members in good standing are permitted to vote. Please contact Andrea Pressler at with any questions.
Do you have what it takes to coach the next generation of lawyers?
Transitioning Into Practice  

The State Bar of Nevada's Transitioning into Practice (TIP) program is asking experienced attorneys to serve as mentors to newly admitted attorneys.


Beginning in April of 2012, mentors will be paired with new attorneys for six-month training sessions geared toward assisting them in acquiring the practical skills and judgment necessary to practice law in Nevada. For more information or to apply visit the state bar's website.


The deadline for mentor applications is January 2, 2012.
Join the State Bar Litigation Section

The newly formed Litigation Section of State Bar of Nevada is planning its "practitioner's toolbox" series - a series of workshop CLEs on practical litigation skills, including depositions, evidentiary foundation and persuasion strategies. The series will begin in January.


The section invites state bar members to join the Litigation Section and take advantage of the benefits of membership during the coming year. Join when you renew your bar registration or by visiting the Section's webpage. Litigation Section dues will be $30 for 2012.
LRIS Grant Money Available

The State Bar of Nevada is accepting applications for the LRIS Public Service Grant Program. Grants will be awarded to assist Nevada organizations in the funding of law-related public service and/or law-related educational activities. Awards are made annually on a "funds available" basis, and all applications are subject to review and final approval by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Nevada.


For an application or for more information, please visit the state bar's website or e-mail Lori Wolk at Applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2012.
ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting

The ABA's Business Law Spring Meeting will take place at Caesars' Palace in Las Vegas from March 22 through March 24. The event, sponsored by the ABA's Business Law Section, features more than 60 CLE sessions, multiple social and networking opportunities and a luncheon featuring keynote speaker, Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller.


Register by January 20, to receive an early bird discount.  To register and learn more about this event, visit the ABA's website.
VARN Thanks Supporters on its 15th Anniversary

Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevadans (VARN) celebrates its 15th Anniversary this month. Since its incorporation as a nonprofit in 1996, VARN has helped thousands of victims of domestic violence and low income individuals in the rural counties of Nevada. VARN's Domestic Violence Victims Assistance Program (DVVAP) provides assistance to victims of domestic violence in the rural counties of Nevada, while the Pro Bono Program provides legal assistance to low income individuals through a panel of volunteer attorneys.


On the occasion of this anniversary, VARN would like to thank all of its supporters, individual attorneys, law firms and businesses. Their commitment to Nevada's less fortunate is appreciated.


If you have any questions about VARN, the legal services it provides, volunteering or contributing, please call (775) 883-8278 or toll free at (866) 448-8276, or visit


E-Newsletter submissions: Melinda Catren,  


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