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Resolve to Get Involved with the Clark County Law Foundation
Southern Nevada Mock Trial Judges Needed
Free Information Session on UNR's Paralegal Studies Certificate Program
Family Court Releases Self-Representation Videos
Member Service: Using Fastcase to Copy Citations
Featured CLE Seminar
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) 

In 1977, Congress enacted the FCPA in response to claims of the widespread bribery of foreign officials by U.S. companies. The FCPA makes it a criminal offense to:

  1. Bribe foreign officials in order to obtain and retain business; and
  2. Falsify business books and records to cover up illegal payments.

Although this law has been around since the 1970's, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of investigations, civil actions and criminal prosecutions by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.


As Nevada businesses go global, compliance with the FCPA is essential and Nevada lawyers must be in a position to counsel their business clients on this law and the potential consequences of failing to comply with the FCPA.  


This CLE presentation offers a review of the FCPA along with a look at some of the programs businesses can put in place to lessen the likelihood that adverse action will be taken against them by the government.

City Hall
Las Vegas, NV   
Wednesday, Jan. 22
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
1.5 CLE credits

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Thursday, January 2, 2014  

Resolve to Get Involved with CCLF


The Clark County Law Foundation (CCLF) invites members of the legal community to its 2014 "Resolve to Get Involved" kick-off event. The event takes place on Tuesday, January 21, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, 725 E. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas. Refreshments will be provided.


Those wishing to attend should RSVP via email to Beverly at by Friday, January 17.


The CCLF provides community service and law-related education programs throughout southern Nevada. Its Community Service Committee focuses its efforts on children in need, while promoting the contributions of the legal profession in Clark County.

Southern Nevada Mock Trial Judges Needed


Southern Nevada's 15 high school Mock Trial teams are still looking for volunteers from the legal community to serve as scoring and presiding judges during their upcoming Southern Nevada Mock Trial Competition.


Scoring judges rate the performances of student attorneys and witnesses on both sides of the case; presiding judges play the role that real judges hold in actual trials.


The competition will take place at the Regional Justice Center on Saturday, February 8, 2014, from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Volunteers may sign up for just the afternoon session, just the morning session or both. Breakfast and lunch will be served.


To volunteer, contact Kathleen Dickinson via e-mail at or by phone at (702) 317-1408.

Free Information Session on UNR's Paralegal Studies Certificate Program


Paralegal training can lead to career advancement and job opportunities in a number of growing fields. To that end, the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) offers a Paralegal Studies Certificate Program. The course, now in its 22nd year, runs over eight weekends between February 1 and April 13, 2014.


Linda A. Bowman, an attorney and former Washoe County Second Judicial District Probate Commissioner, teaches the course along with Jim Spoo, an attorney and Sparks Municipal Court Judge. Both Bowman and Spoo have extensive experience in Nevada's state and federal courts and in transactional law.


Prospective students can learn more about the program at the upcoming Extended Studies Community Open House, taking place January 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the UNR Redfield Campus, 18600 Wedge Parkway, in south Reno. Attendees will receive discounts for on-site course registration and can enter a drawing to win a new iPad.


For more information, visit UNR's Extended Studies webpage.

Family Court Releases Self-Representation Videos


The Eighth Judicial District Family Court has posted videos on its website to help those representing themselves in Family Court.


Judge Gayle Nathan teamed up with the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law to produce "Putting Your Best Foot Forward." The video will assist propria persona (pro se litigants), or those who represent themselves in court. More than half of those appearing in Family Court are pro per litigants.


To view the videos, visit the court's website. A Spanish language version is in production and should be available early this year.

Member Service: Using Fastcase to Copy Citations


Don't let the tedious process of copying down case citations sidetrack your research project. Use the Copy Citation function in Fastcase to automatically copy and paste the citation of the case you are quoting into your working document.


Here's how it works:

  • First, access the case that you want to cite; make sure that you are in the full case text view and not on the results screen.
  • Second, select "Copy Citation" from the Document menu.
  • Finally, open the document (or e-mail) that you want to paste the citation into, and put your cursor in the appropriate spot in the document. Then just press "Ctrl + V" and the citation will be pasted into the document. (At present, this feature is only compatible with Internet Explorer).

Fastcase is a service available free of charge to all active members of the State Bar of Nevada. If you have questions about using Fastcase, just call customer support at (866) 773-2782 (5 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST, Monday through Friday) or e-mail

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