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Vote Yes on Ballot Question One!
State Bar of Nevada Litigation Section Meeting
Earn CLE Credits and Support Pro Bono
Save the Date: 18th Annual PILA Auction
Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto Receives 2014 William J. Raggio Award
Featured CLE
You Filed or Received a Complaint; Now What?  


Join a trio of experienced attorneys for an "A to Z" walk through of high-stakes personal injury litigation. Attendees will learn from the perspective of both the plaintiff and defense, while exploring issues that include:


  • Better practices for truly meaningful discovery,
  • Narrowing the triable issues of fact through motion practice,
  • Effective and efficient use of motions in limine, voir dire, the rejection process, opening statements and the art of storytelling; and
  • Direct and cross examinations.


Faculty: Jeremy Alberts, Robert Murdock and Howard Russell

   Oquendo Center,
Las Vegas  
     Wednesday, Oct. 8     
  8:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 
  4 CLE Credits

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Thursday, September 18, 2014  

Vote Yes on Ballot Question One!question one


Question one on November's Nevada state ballot seeks to establish a three-judge appellate court in Nevada. A court of appeals will enhance Nevada's judicial process by reducing case backlog, efficiently managing the appeals process and allowing the Nevada Supreme Court to focus on the most pressing, complex issues of the court and state.


Given how busy the Nevada Supreme Court is (it handles 2,500 cases per year: the highest per-justice filings in the nation) justice is too often delayed. The innocent must wait to be cleared, child custody decisions come painfully slowly, criminal cases are stacked up, business litigation remains unresolved and the result is that many Nevadans are denied justice. 


Vote Yes on Ballot Question One!

SBN Litigation Section Meeting


The Litigation Section will hold a general membership meeting on
Wednesday, September 24, from noon to 1:15 p.m. Guest speakers Judge Richard F. Boulware, II, Judge Jennifer Dorsey and Judge Andrew Gordon will address the section.


The meeting will take place in both northern and southern Nevada at the offices of Lionel Sawyer & Collins in Reno and Las Vegas. The two offices will be connected via video-conference. Northern Nevada members will meet at 50 W. Liberty Street, Suite 1100, and southern Nevada members at 300 S. Fourth Street, Suite 1700. Lunch will be provided at both locations.


Those wishing to attend should RSVP to Jerri Hunsaker at (702) 869-8801 or, by Tuesday,

September 22. Remember to mention the preferred location when responding.

Earn CLE Credits and Support Pro Bono


Join the State Bar of Nevada in support of Pro Bono Celebration Week, while increasing your legal know-how and earning CLE ethics credits. "Ethics and Practice Tips in Trial and Appellate Practice" will take place in both Las Vegas and Reno. Featuring Justice Michael Douglas and Justice James Hardesty, this engaging and educational seminar will cover a variety of ethical issues in trial and appellate practice. Attendees can earn 1.5 ethics credits and .5 AAMH credits.


The Las Vegas event, sponsored by Bank of Nevada, will take place on Tuesday, October 21 from 3:45 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Downtown Grand. The Reno seminar, sponsored by First Independent Bank, is on Thursday, October 23, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Nevada Museum of Art. An hour-long networking event will immediately follow the seminar in both locations.


All proceeds from this CLE event will benefit pro bono service providers in Nevada. Online registration is open for both the Las Vegas seminar and the Reno seminar. Space is limited, so register now.

Save the Date: Annual PILA Auction


The 16th Annual Public Interest Law Association (PILA) Auction will take place on February 19, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. at the Reynolds Hall Lobby of Las Vegas' Smith Center for the Performing Arts. This year's Silver Staircase Honoree is Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez. All proceeds raised by the auction will fund student summer grants for public-interest legal work.


For more information on sponsors and auction items, to RSVP, or to make a monetary or in-kind donation, visit PILA's auction webpage.

Masto Receives 2014 William J. Raggio Award

Masto with Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson
Masto with Clark County D.A. Steve Wolfson, who nominated her for the award


The Nevada Advisory Council for Prosecuting Attorneys (NVPAC) named Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto the recipient of the 2014 William J. Raggio Award. The announcement took place on Sept. 10, during the Nevada Prosecutors Conference in South Lake Tahoe. 


Masto has served as Nevada Attorney General for the past eight years. The award recognizes her distinguished service in the position, her dedication and innovation as chief law enforcement officer for the state and her strong commitment to justice for all.


Each year, NVPAC presents the William J. Raggio Award to a current or former prosecutor who has contributed significantly to the improvement of the administration of justice in Nevada. More about the award and a list of previous recipients can be found on the NVPAC website.

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