Warn Clients of Jury Service Scam Alert
The Eighth Judicial District Court has informed the State Bar of Nevada of a scam relating to jury service. Individuals falsely identifying themselves as law enforcement officers are phoning Clark County citizens claiming that an arrest warrant has been issued against them for failure to appear for jury service. The scammers then offer to dismiss the warrant for a sum of money.
Attorneys should advise concerned clients that these phone calls are not coming from court officials, nor are they authorized or approved by the court. Residents should not disclose any personal information to these callers, but should report the matter to law enforcement officials for investigation. A key red flag to be aware of is any request for money. No official representatives of the court will call to solicit money for any purposes.
Information on legitimate jury service can be found on the District Court's website. A jury phone line is also available at (702) 455-4472.
The Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education Welcomes Applicants
The state bar Board of Governors will make appointments to the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education (NBCLE). The NBCLE is a working board. Applicants must be willing to attend quarterly meetings and standing committee meetings. The applicants must also be willing to chair a standing committee.
Applicants should submit letters of interest and resumes to the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education at 457 Court St., 2nd Fl., Reno, NV 89501.
For more information, please call the office of the NBCLE at (775) 329-4443. The deadline for applications is November 8, 2013.
State Bar Members Invited to Attend IP Social Event
The Intellectual Property Section invites bar members to attend its annual social event, which takes place prior to the annual Intellectual Property Law Conference. Both the conference and the social will take place on Friday, November 1, at UNLV's Thomas and Mack Moot Court.
The social is open, free of charge, to all members of the state bar, regardless of conference participation. It begins at 8 a.m. on Friday, November 1, at UNLV's Thomas and Mack Moot Court. Organizers will provide breakfast. Those wishing to attend should R.S.V.P. online.
The Intellectual Property Law Conference CLE will follow, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The seminar is worth 7 CLE hours, including 2 ethics hours. A registration form is available on the state bar's website.
Mentor a New Attorney and Help Shape the Future of the Bar
For those who have passed the bar exam and gained admission to the State Bar of Nevada, the next step is Transitioning into Practice (TIP). The state bar is recruiting experienced attorneys in good standing to serve as mentors in this mandatory program.
TIP matches each mentor with a newly admitted attorney for a period of six months. During that time, these two people will get to know each other, interact with other members of the bench and bar, share experiences and learn life lessons along the way.
Mentors receive training and a curriculum, which can be modified to meet the specific needs of the individual mentor and mentee involved. Mentors earn six CLE credits (two ethics) for each TIP cycle in which they serve, and they may claim hour-for-hour service on their pro bono reporting forms.
Find out how to become a TIP mentor by visiting State Bar of Nevada's website. Direct questions about the program to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nevada Supreme Court Launching a New Website
The Nevada Supreme Court will launch its redesigned website on Tuesday, October 29. The redesign streamlines existing features, making them easier to find and access, and adds new features. The redesign prominently features the court's oral argument calendar and case dispositions. Users can view live streaming of oral arguments as they occur, while audio links allow visitors to listen to already concluded arguments.
The new website can be accessed at www.supreme.nvcourts.gov. Prior to October 29, visit the original website at www.nevadajudiciary.us/. Visitors who still see the old Supreme Court website after October 29 may need to clear their browser's cache. Smartphone and tablet users may need to switch their devices to Airplane mode to clear the cache. Questions or comments about the Supreme Court website can be sent to the Supreme Court of Nevada IT Service Desk.
The Supreme Court website redesign is phase one of a larger redesign project that began a year ago. Phase two will be the redesign of the websites for the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Foreclosure Mediation Program and the Law Library. Those redesign projects are set to begin in the second quarter of 2014.