State Bar of Nevada
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Hot Topics in Mediation and Judicial Settlement
Family Court Truancy Diversion Program Receives Grant
The Power of One
Las Vegas Latino Bar Association Board Election
Featured CLE
Ethics Year in Review 2014 


The ever-popular Ethics Year in Review program has returned. Presenters include: Bar Counsel David Clark and Janeen Isaacson, Alan Freer, Denise Bradshaw, Shawn Harpen, Paul Hejmanowski, Brett Kandt, Brad Richardson and Greg Shannon. They will discuss the discipline process for attorneys, Nevada Supreme Court cases impacting the legal profession, ethics, civility and difficult clients, websites, experts and LinkedIn endorsements, and more.


Lloyd George Federal Courthouse, Las Vegas
Simulcast to NNBC, Reno 
Tuesday, November 13   
1:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. 
  3 CLE Ethics Credits   

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Thursday, October 30, 2014  

Hot Topics in Mediation and Judicial Settlement


The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section will present a day-long seminar in both Las Vegas and Reno. Attendees will get an overview of many important aspects of mediations and settlements, including: the advantages and disadvantages of facilitative versus evaluative mediation, ensuring confidentiality is working for fairness (not against it), when mediation discussions are confidential and privileged, and more. Speakers will also discuss what role psychology plays in avoiding ethical mishaps and where to look for a mediator based on their subject matter expertise and/or style.


This seminar will take place in Las Vegas on Friday, November 14 and in Reno on Friday, December 5. Attendees can earn 6.5 CLE hours, including 3 Ethics hours. Lunch will be provided. For more information or to register for either the Las Vegas seminar or the Reno seminar, visit the state bar's website.

Family Court Truancy Diversion Program Receives Grant


The Eighth Judicial District Court's Family Division Truancy Diversion Program (TDP) is one of just four programs nationwide to receive a $600,000 grant from the Department of Justice. The grant will pay out over a three-year period. This funding will help double the number of schools benefitting from the TDP, which seeks to keep kids in school and out of court.


Clark County reported nearly 120,000 truant children for the 2013-2014 school year. Individuals without high school diplomas are more likely to face unemployment and the associated negative consequences. The TDP is a collaborative effort between the Family Court and the Clark County School District (CCSD), structured to prevent and reduce youth crime, re-engage students in learning and reduce potential costs to our welfare and justice systems. It is a non-punitive, incentive-based approach to at-risk school students with truancy problems. A team, made up of a judge, a family advocate and school personnel, works with students and their families. Judge Gerald Hardcastle established the program in 2002. Since 2007, Judge Jennifer L. Elliott has overseen the program in collaboration with the CCSD.  

The Power of One... Make a Difference with Pro Bono Work       


Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada's Pro Bono Project needs your help.  This is an opportunity to make a difference in the life of someone in need. The center's clients represent the most vulnerable members of our community, and members of the State Bar of Nevada are uniquely qualified to protect their rights. Visit the Legal Aid Center's website to view the case summaries of clients waiting for helpThe site also includes links for those wishing to help in a specific practice area.


Those who need training can register for the Basics of Family Law, a free CLE course for those willing to accept a case. The seminar takes place on Wednesday, November 12, from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Attendees will learn how to handle divorce and custody matters. All attorneys accepting pro bono cases will receive free primary malpractice coverage, mentors, sample pleadings and much more. 


Contact the Pro Bono Project at with questions or for further information.

Las Vegas Latino Bar Association Board Election


It is time for Las Vegas Latino Bar Association (LBA) members to nominate LBA officers and directors to serve on its board during the 2015 calendar year. The board consists of six officers and six directors at large. All members in good standing may run for a position or be nominated by a member. The deadline for nominations is November 4 at 2 p.m. Just send your name, the nominee's name/s (if nominating someone else) and the position for which the person is being nominated, to


The election will take place at an LBA luncheon, scheduled for November 20 from noon to 1:15 p.m. at Desert Pines Golf Club, 3415 E. Bonanza Road, Las Vegas. Lunch will begin at noon and the elections will begin at 12:30 p.m. All nominees will have time to address the membership prior to the voting. This event provides members with an opportunity to network with colleagues and get to know the candidates.


All members in good standing who have paid their 2014 dues by November 6 are eligible to vote in the election. RSVP to by November 18. Lunch is $20 for LBA members and $25 for non-members.

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