State Bar of Nevada
In This Issue
Opening for Eighth Judicial District Court Judge
Justice Kennedy to Speak at Luncheon
Become a TIP Mentor
Attorneys Needed to Visit Schools
Volunteer Award Nominations
Free Indian Law CLE
B.B.B. Seeking Arbitrators
Featured CLE 
Renewable Energy, Public Utilities Practice and Regulatory Lawyer Ethics 

This year's annual program is a day-long event presented by the Energy, Utilities and Communication Law Section. The program includes a keynote message from Nevada P.U.C. chair, Alaina Burtenshaw. An hour of ethics programming focuses on issues facing regulatory attorneys.


Regulators, representatives of the regulated and private practice attorneys engaged in the field will present three in-depth panels: the first is a renewable energy panel, debating the best ways to address impediments to developing Nevada's renewable energy industry; the two other panels are on the "anatomy of a rate case," one focusing on the cost of capital topics, and the other on rate design issues.

Simulcast between the Las Vegas and Carson City offices of the P.U.C.  

Friday, April 20, 2012
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
6 CLE Hours (including 1 Ethics Hour) 

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April 5, 2012
Opening for Eighth Judicial District Court Judge

The Commission on Judicial Selection is now accepting applications for the position of judge in the Eighth Judicial District Court, Department 4, due to the retirement of the Honorable Kathy Hardcastle.


Applications may be obtained via the  Supreme Court website. Applications are due by Friday, April 20, at 5 p.m. Applications may be submitted in hard copy only. Deliver or send completed applications to the commission secretary in accordance with the instructions in the application. Use only the application provided for this vacancy.


The commission revised its rules to provide for a more open selection process. Rule 3(C) provides that certain information disclosed on the application, which is not considered confidential, can be made available to the public and will be posted on the Supreme Court website. New Rule 4(D) provides that candidates' interviews, discussions of qualifications and balloting for nominations shall be held in a public session. A complete copy of the rules can be found on the Nevada Supreme Court website.


Questions should be directed to Myrna Byrd at the Administrative Office of the Courts at (702) 486-3201.

Justice Kennedy to Speak at Judicial Leadership
Summit Luncheon
Justice Kennedy  

A luncheon speech by United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will highlight the Nevada Judiciary's quadrennial Judicial Leadership Summit and Nevada attorneys are invited to attend. The luncheon will take place on May 1, 2012 at the M Resort in Las Vegas.


Nevada attorneys may register by visiting the Supreme Court website, creating an account, registering and paying for the luncheon.


The registration cost is $55. This event is not open to the general public.
Become a TIP Mentor Today!
Transitioning Into Practice  

Join the more than 200 attorneys who have volunteered to serve as mentors in the State Bar of Nevada's Transitioning into Practice (TIP) mentorship program and apply to serve as a mentor today.


Attorneys may elect to mentor within their own firms or to mentor attorneys in another office who practice in the same or a similar area of law. Mentors receive training and are eligible to receive three CLE credits for each six-month cycle in which they serve.


For more information, see the state bar's TIP webpage or e-mail us at The deadline for applications is May 21, 2012.

Attorneys Needed to Visit Schools in
Las Vegas and Laughlin

The Law Related Education (LRE) Department of the State Bar of Nevada is in desperate need of attorney volunteers to speak to students in second through 12th grades in honor of Law Day. Law Day takes place on Friday, April 27.


Sixty schools statewide have signed up to receive attorney visits. Twenty more attorneys are still needed in order to fill those requests. Most of the remaining schools are in west and northwest Las Vegas; an attorney is also needed to visit a school in Laughlin.


If you are willing to give up some spare time in order to visit a school in one of these areas, please contact LRE Coordinator Kathleen Dickinson at or (702) 317-1408.

Volunteer Award Nominations

State Bar of Nevada members work hard to contribute to our organization, donating countless hours of volunteer time every year. In recognition of these members' efforts, the state bar has created three membership awards, and is currently seeking nominees to receive these recognitions.


Nominations for the 2011 calendar year must be received no later than April 20, 2012. Award recipients will be honored at the  State Bar of Nevada Annual Meeting, which takes place June 27-30, 2012 at the Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, California.


To submit a nomination, visit the state bar's website and click on the individual award links to download nomination forms. Forms include complete descriptions of each award as well as instructions for submitting nominations.

Indian Law CLE Offered Free to Attorneys Taking on Pro Bono Cases

Ballard Spahr, Nevada Legal Services and Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada are teaming up to sponsor a three-credit-hour CLE on Friday, May 11, 2012. The presentation will take place at Ballard Spahr, 100 North City Pkwy., Suite 1750, in Las Vegas from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Some of the topics on the agenda are the background of Indian Law, jurisdiction for civil and criminal issues, family law issues for tribal members and how to do business on a reservation. Speakers will include: Lee Storey, partner at Ballard Spahr; Anna Marie Johnson, Executive Director of Nevada Legal Services; and Kim Robinson, Indian Law Attorney at Nevada Legal Services.


Tuition is free to attorneys who agree to accept one new pro bono case or who volunteer for two shifts at an Ask-A-Lawyer program or Tenants Rights Center. For more information and to sign up please download a registration form.

Better Business Bureau Seeks Arbitrators for Dispute Resolution Program

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is seeking arbitrators for its BBB AUTO LINE program. BBB AUTO LINE is a national dispute resolution program created to help resolve lemon law complaints between car owners and manufacturers. Automobile manufacturers such as Ford, General Motors and Honda participate in this program.


BBB provides training for individuals to arbitrate hearings for this national program. Applicants must be attorneys or experienced arbitrators. Applications and more details on arbitrator requirements can be found on the BBB's website.


Those with questions may contact BBB at (702) 320-4500, (775) 322-0657, or

E-Newsletter submissions: Melinda Catren,  


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