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Appellate Court Finalists Selected
SBN Now Accepting LRIS Public Service Grant Applications
Mock Trial Volunteer Judges Needed
CLE: Landlord/Tenant Basics & Foreclosure & Bankruptcy
CLE: The Science of Substance Abuse
Free Information Session on UNR's Paralegal Studies Certificate Program
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Attorney Ethics in Handling Death with Dignity Cases

 

 

In this webinar, presented by the Elder Law Section of the State Bar of Nevada, expert speakers Kim Boyer and Keith Tierney will focus on attorneys' ethical responsibilities when handling death with dignity cases.

 

Among the topics Boyer and Tierney will cover are:

 

  • Dealing with clients with diminished capacity;
  • Ethical considerations in making end-of-life decisions under current law;
  • Death with dignity laws in other jurisdictions; and
  • Bar Counsel guidelines in other states.

 

Webinar    
Thursday, Dec. 18       
  12 p.m. - 1 p.m. 
  1 CLE Ethics Credit     

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Thursday, December 11, 2014  

Appellate Court Finalists Selected

 

The Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection has named nine finalists to fill three positions on Nevada's new Court of Appeals.

 

The commission selected the nominees following interviews conducted December 1-4. Governor Brian Sandoval will appoint three new judges from the list of nominees. 

 

The nine nominees for the three open positions are:

 

Court of Appeals - Department 1

  • Hon. David A. Hardy, District Court Judge, Second Judicial District
  • Kirby J. Smith, Esq., Lionel Sawyer & Collins
  • Hon. Jerome T. Tao, District Court Judge, Eighth Judicial District

Court of Appeals - Department 2

  • Thomas D. Beatty, III, Esq., Law Offices of Thomas D. Beatty
  • Hon. Michael Patrick Gibbons, District Court Judge, Ninth Judicial District
  • Hon. Susan Holland Johnson, District Court Judge, Eighth Judicial District

Court of Appeals - Department 3

  • Hon. Allan Ray Earl, District Court Judge, Eighth Judicial District
  • Hon. Abbi Silver, District Court Judge, Eighth Judicial District
  • Joan Chisholm Wright, Esq., Allison Mackenzie Pavlakis Wright & Fagan

A total of 36 attorneys submitted applications for the vacancies. The selected applicants are all Nevada attorneys with at least 15 years of legal experience, two of those in Nevada. To see the applications, visit the Supreme Court Website.

SBN Now Accepting LRIS Public Service Grant Applications

 

The State Bar of Nevada is accepting applications for the Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) Public Service Grant Program. Grants are awarded to assist Nevada organizations in funding law-related public service and/or law-related educational activities.

 

The state bar grants these awards annually on a funds-available basis. All applications are subject to review and final approval by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Nevada.

 

For applications and more information, please visit the state bar's website, or email Lori Wolk at loriw@nvbar.org. Applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2015.

Mock Trial Volunteer Judges Needed

 

Nevada's mock trial teams need volunteers to judge their upcoming high school mock trial competitions in both northern and southern Nevada.

 

The Southern Regional Competition takes place on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. Volunteers are needed for both the morning (7:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) and afternoon (12:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.) sessions. Those interested in participating in the southern competition should contact Kathleen Dickinson at kathleend@nvbar.org.

 

Volunteers are also needed for the Northern Regional Competition, taking place on Friday, February 20, 2015, and the state competition on March 6-7, 2015. Both events will take place at the U.S. Federal Court House in Reno. Those interested in volunteering for either of the northern competitions should contact Gina MacLellan at gina@wcbar.org.

CLE: Landlord/Tenant Basics & Foreclosure & Bankruptcy

 

Nevada Legal Services (NLS) presents a Housing Law Double Feature, taking place Tuesday, December 16, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Culinary Arts Academy Parlor D, 710 West Lake Mead Blvd. in Las Vegas.

 

This seminar, worth three CLE credits, is intended for individuals interested in learning about basic landlord/tenant law and the intersection between bankruptcy and foreclosure. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Admission is free for attorneys willing to take a pro bono case or volunteer at an NLS legal clinic. For those wishing to attend without volunteering, there is a $100 fee. 

 

For more information or to register, contact Carmela Reed at creed@nlslaw.net.

CLE: The Science of Substance Abuse

 

Dr. Melissa Piasecki, Senior Associate Dean at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, will discuss the physiological causes and effects of substance abuse. The seminar will take place in Las Vegas on Tuesday, December 16, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Culinary Arts Academy, Westside Bistro; and in Reno on Friday, December 19, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at a location to be determined.

 

Admission is free for attorneys willing to take a pro bono case or volunteer at an NLS legal clinic. For those wishing to attend without volunteering, there is a $75 charge. Attendees can earn 2 AAMH credits.

 

For more information contact Carmela Reed at creed@nlslaw.net in Las Vegas, or Renee Kelly at rkelly@nlslaw.net in Reno.

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 23rd year, runs over eight weekends between February 7 and April 19, 2015.

 

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 14, 2015, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the UNR Redfield Campus, 18600 Wedge Parkway, in south Reno. Attendees will be entered in a drawing to win a new iPad.

 

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

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