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We the People State Finals
Annual Philip Pro Lectureship in Legal History
Bar President Accepts ABA Law Day Award
Board of Bar Examiners Committee Openings
Project Salute
Annual Spring Fling
Featured CLE
Ethics in Discovery 

Presenters Commissioner Bonnie Bulla and David Clark, State Bar of Nevada Bar Counsel will discuss ethical obligations encountered when:  

  1. Conducting and defending depositions;
  2. Identifying and interviewing witnesses;
  3. Answering written discovery and serving subpoenas;
  4. Dealing with unrepresented persons; and
  5. Dealing with opposing counsel.
Las Vegas:
Lloyd George Federal Courthouse
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013
2 p.m. - 4 p.m  
2 CLE Ethics Hours

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Thursday, February 14, 2013 

Written Opinions Sought on Reappointment of Magistrate Judge Foley


The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge George W. Foley, Jr., expires on August 3, 2013. The United States District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of the magistrate judge to a new eight-year term.


The duties of a magistrate judge in this court include conducting preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; trials and dispositions of misdemeanor cases; conducting various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from the judges of the district court; and trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants.


The public is invited to submit written comments on whether or not the panel should recommend Foley for reappointment. Please send comments to Magistrate Judges Panel, c/o U.S. District Court Executive, 333 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101. Comments must be received by Friday, March 1, 2013. Please mark all correspondence confidential.

Las Vegas Solo & Small Firm Section Mixer

The Solo & Small Firm section of the State Bar of Nevada invites current and future section members to a mixer on February 21, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The venue for the get-together is The View, located at 420 South Rampart, Tivoli Village.


Take this opportunity to network with other solo and small firm practitioners while checking out one of Las Vegas' most popular new wine bars. RSVPs are appreciated but not required. Those planning to attend may RSVP to

Bar President Accepts ABA Law Day Award
bar president accepts award
Bar president Frank Flaherty accepts ABA award.

The American Bar Association (ABA) honored Nevada's bench and bar at its midyear meeting in Dallas. On February 8, 2013, the ABA presented bar president Frank Flaherty with an award recognizing the strength of Nevada's 2012 Law Day programming. Nevada is one of only three states in the nation receiving the ABA Law Day Outstanding Activity Award - an award it also won last year.


Law Day is a nationwide, law-related educational program that takes place every spring.  


Organizers are planning another comprehensive, month-long Law Day program for 2013. This year's theme is Realizing the Dream: Equality for All. Events will kick off with Law Day Live on April 25.


For more information on Law Day, and the Law Day 2013 theme, visit the ABA's website.

Hon. Nancy J. Koppe Investiture 


Bar members and the public are invited to attend the investiture ceremony for Hon. Nancy J. Koppe, United States Magistrate Judge. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 4 p.m., in the Special Proceedings Courtroom on the seventh floor of the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse, 333 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas.

Family Law CLE Series 

The Willick Law Group and Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada (LACSN) are offering four CLEs for $30 each. The classes are free to attorneys who accept one new pro bono case prior to the CLE course, or at the door. 


The four three-hour classes are:

  • Pensions and Divorce: Friday, February 22, 2013
  • Effects on Custody After Fleeing Domestic Violence: Friday, April 5, 2013 
  • Child Custody - A Primer: Friday, July 12, 2013
  • Property Division: Friday, October 11, 2013

All of the classes will take place at the Zenoff Hall Training Center from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit low-income individuals seeking assistance through LACSN.


To register, please contact the Willick Law Group at (702) 438-4100. For more information, visit LACSN's website. Attendees who would like to take a pro bono case in lieu of payment should contact Melanie Kushner at or (702) 386-1070, extension 137.

Fourth Annual Spring Fling

Bar members, Boyd Law School alumni and other members of the Boyd Law School community are invited to a day of food, fun and fresh air at the Spring Fling barbecue and softball tournament. This free event takes place on Saturday, March 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UNLV Eller Media Softball Stadium on the corner of Harmon and Swenson in Las Vegas.


Those planning to attend should register online so that event organizers can get a headcount. If you have suggestions, want to volunteer, or plan to play softball or organize a team, contact BSL Director of Special Programs Elaina Bhattacharyya at


Photos from last year's Spring Fling are posted on the law school's Facebook page.

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