Don't Forget: You Can Still Say Yes to Pro Bono!
If work can't wait, donate. Every dollar donated by checking the box on your state bar membership documents goes to civil legal aid offices in Nevada.
If every active attorney who checked "no" in 2011 had donated just one billable hour in cash, they could have potentially raised more than a million dollars for civil legal aid, helping veterans, seniors, children and many more of the 41 percent of Nevadans who are living on 200 percent of poverty or less. In 2011, attorneys donated $140,000 total (and we thank you).
This year, resolve to take a case, donate, pledge time or do all of the above. Just check the corresponding box on your dues statement. If you already submitted your bar dues forms, please consider donating directly to the legal aid provider in your area and plan to check "yes" in 2013! Thank you.
Commission on Judicial Discipline Needs Alternate Member
Beginning in February 2013, the Commission on Judicial Discipline will have an opening for an alternate member for Washoe County. The State Bar of Nevada's Board of Governors appoints members to this committee. Terms are for four years and there are no term limits for this committee.
The commission meets approximately six times a year and by teleconference as necessary. Their main offices are located in Carson City. Committee members are required to travel occasionally. The commission was created by a Nevada Constitutional amendment to investigate allegations of judicial misconduct in office, violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct or disability of judges.
An alternate member on the commission shall serve:
a) When the appointed member is disqualified or unable to serve; or
b) When a vacancy exists.
Interested applicants should complete an online application form. All applications must be received no later than January 28, 2013.
Nevada Bar Foundation Seeks Candidates for Board of Trustees
The Nevada Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) corporation established to provide law-related educational programs and charitable services, seeks members to serve on its Board of Trustees. Trustees are responsible for governing the foundation by managing its financial investments and making appropriations and distributions that further the foundation's objectives. The Board of Trustees meets regularly in person or by telephone or videoconference. Trustees are appointed by the Board of Governors for two-year terms, subject to reappointment for a lifetime total of eight years. There are currently vacancies for two attorney members and one non-attorney member. Apply online:
the deadline to apply is January 24, 2013.
Pickering Begins Term as Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court
On Friday, January 5, Justice Michael Cherry's term as Chief Justice ends, and Justice Kristina Pickering will take on the duties of the chief.
Cherry's term as chief began in early May. "Serving as Chief Justice was a very memorable and fulfilling experience, despite the Supreme Court's growing caseload and the state's challenging economic climate," Cherry said.
Justice Pickering will preside during the 2013 legislative session and will be responsible for giving a state of the judiciary speech to legislators. Her term will conclude in January 2014.