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2013 Ely Family Law Conference
Construction Law Section Holiday Fundraiser
Chief Justice Awards
ABA's Favorite Law Blogs
Featured CLE 
Ethics Year in Review  

The Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility has put together a great ethics program covering some of the more prominent ethical concerns raised during 2012.


The program's agenda includes:

  • When lateral hires become toxic;
  • Rulings and rule changes;
  • How not to leave a firm; and
  • An ethics round-up.  

Lionel Sawyer & Collins
 Las Vegas, NV
Simulcast to: NNBC
 Reno, NV 

Monday, Dec. 10, 2012
1:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
3 CLE Ethics Hours

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December 6, 2012
Register Now for the 2013 Ely Family Law Conference


The theme of the 2013 Family Law Conference is Evidence and Financial Disclosure: Telling the Story. The conference takes place Thursday, March 7 - Friday, March 8, at the Bristlecone Convention Center in Ely, Nevada.


This year, district court judges and private practice lawyers will participate in a group presentation, followed by an open forum for discussion, questions and comments. Topics will include: developing alimony cases and evidence; a comprehensive review of the Financial Declaration Form and corresponding evidence for various line items; valuation problems; a review of retirement benefits; and suggested findings for inclusion into orders to ease the QDRO drafting process.


Regular registration rates end February 15, 2013, so make your plans and register today. A full schedule of CLE offerings and social events is now available online.

Construction Law Section Holiday Fundraiser

The Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Nevada wants to brighten the holiday season for Nevada children in need. The State Division of Welfare and Supportive Services for both Washoe and Clark County have passed along the names and wish-lists of children who, without help, won't be receiving anything this holiday season.


The section is asking for donations of money, gently used items and new items. Wrapped gifts should include sticky notes describing the contents of the gift. Bar members also have the option of providing gifts for a specific child (or two).


For more information on how to help, or to obtain a child's name and holiday wish list, contact Andrea Pressler at (775) 786-3930 or


The deadline for donations is December 14, 2012.

2012 Chief Justice Awards
2012 Chief Justice Awards
Justice Cherry (center) with award recipients Oesterle (l) and McGroarty (r).

Chief Justice Michael Cherry honored Nancy Oesterle, a retired justice of the peace, and John McGroarty, a retired district court judge, with the 2012 Chief Justice Awards on Monday, December 3. The awards presentation took place at the Las Vegas Supreme Court Courtroom and all seven Nevada justices were in attendance.


McGroarty helped establish the mental health court system and served as an inspiration and influential figure to judges, justices and attorneys alike. Oesterle promoted law related education (LRE) by doing her own courtroom tours and working with other LRE programs. She also held several positions with the Clark County Bar Association.

The ABA's Favorite Law Blogs of 2012

This month, the American Bar Association released a list of its top 100 law blogs of 2012. The practice is an annual ABA tradition.


The "Blawgs," run largely by practicing attorneys, vary in content and atmosphere. Some are humorous, like Zombie Law, while others, like Small Firm Innovation, focus on helping attorneys grow their practices, or expand skills like legal writing - the purpose of LawProse.


For a complete list and summaries of the ABA's top picks, visit the ABA website.

E-Newsletter submissions: Melinda Catren,  


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