State Bar of Nevada
In This Issue
Featured CLE
Music Law and Business: What Lawyers and Music Professionals Need to Know



This program, presented by the Entertainment Law Section, covers topics including:

  • Information on co-writing and band partnership agreements;
  • Music licensing; and
  • An analysis of music revenue streams and 360 deals.


Lawyers, professional musicians, judges, and UNLV professors and students are encouraged to attend. Register by February 17 for a $10 discount on tuition.



Thomas & Mack Moot Court, UNLV
Las Vegas     
Thursday, February 19  
  3 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.     
  3 general CLE credits               
State Bar of Nevada E-News
Thursday, January 29, 2015   

Seeking Volunteers for Board of Personal Injury Specialization


The State Bar of Nevada has approved a Personal Injury Specialization, with Nevada Justice Association certifying attorneys as Personal Injury Specialists. The bar's Board of Governors (BOG) plans to appoint four members to a governing board for the Personal Injury Specialization, and is seeking volunteers to comprise that board. All members appointed to the board shall be lawyers residing and practicing in Nevada, and will be subject to BOG approval.


Members of the board will: be responsible for the administration of the program for certification of Personal Injury Specialization; establish standards concerning education, experience and other relevant matters for certification; approve or deny applicants for certification; provide procedures for the investigation of applicants' qualifications; establish and enforce standards of professional conduct for personal injury specialized lawyers; and test and establish grading criteria.


Those interested in serving on the board should complete and submit an application no later than Thursday, February 12. Application forms are available on the state bar's website.

Nevada's Appellate Judges
Judges Gibbons, Silver and Tao

Nevada's Court of Appeals Already at Work


The Court of Appeals has signed the court's first 42 orders, all filed with the Supreme Court Clerk of the Court on Wednesday, January 21. This accomplishment comes just two weeks after the Court of Appeals received its initial 167-case caseload. According to Chief Judge Michael P. Gibbons, the Court of Appeals has already resolved 34 criminal and 11 civil cases. Three of these were consolidated cases.


Nevada voters approved the creation of a Court of Appeals in November 2014. The Supreme Court expects to assign approximately 700 cases annually to the three judges of the Court of Appeals. Governor Brian Sandoval appointed Judges Michael Gibbons, Jerome T. Tao and Abbi Silver in December 2014.

Help Children in Foster Care and Get Free CLE


Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada needs help from southern Nevada attorneys. There are many Clark County children in desperate need of legal representation and guidance; this is your chance to make a real difference in the life of a child.


Attorneys who have attended previous training may select an available case from the Pro Bono Project website. Those in need of training (or just wanting a refresher course), are encouraged to attend the Basics of Representing Children in Abuse and Neglect Cases free CLE seminar, on Wednesday, February 25, from 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.  


All attendees will receive a comprehensive volunteer manual, free primary malpractice coverage, a Children's Attorneys Project mentor, invitations to complimentary support luncheons and monthly brown-bag seminars, access to an online pleading bank, and many more helpful tools and resources. 


To learn more or to register, check out the Pro Bono Project CLE Calendar on the Legal Aid Center's website. Pro Bono Project staff will be happy to answer questions; email or call (702) 386-1444.

Practice Tips: Documenting Scope


Experienced attorneys will tell you that there is real value in documenting scope of representation on every new matter. Any time a new file is opened for a client, even a longstanding client, it is worth taking the time to document the scope of representation on that new matter.


Some attorneys worry that sending engagement letters to well-known clients is too formal or that it is simply too time consuming for flat-fee work that will be completed in less than a month. However, neither clients nor transactions are entirely predictable, memories are unreliable, and often a short letter or confirming email can save you time and money, and help you avoid unnecessary arguments.


For more valuable information on this subject, check out "It's All About Documenting Scope," by Mark Bassingthwaighte of ALPS. The complete article is available on the state bar's website.

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