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President's Message: Celebrate - Make Pro Bono Part of the Fabric of Your Life

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NEvADA LAWYER
EDITORIAL BOARD Mark A. Hinueber, Chair Gregory R. Shannon Patricia D. Cafferata, Chair-Elect Stephen F. Smith Michael T. Saunders, Vice-Chair Beau Sterling Lisa Wong Lackland, Kristen E. Simmons Immediate Past Chair Scott G. Wasserman Erin Barnett Richard D. Williamson Hon. Robert J. Johnston John Zimmerman Scott McKenna BOARD OF GOvERNORS President: Constance Akridge, Las Vegas President-Elect: Frank Flaherty, Carson City vice President: Alan Lefebvre, Las Vegas Immediate Past President: Cam Ferenbach, Las Vegas James Bradshaw, Reno Elizabeth Brickfield, Las Vegas Laurence Digesti, Reno Eric Dobberstein, Las Vegas Elana Graham, Las Vegas Vernon (Gene) Leverty, Reno Paul Matteoni, Reno Richard Pocker, Las Vegas Bryan Scott, Las Vegas Richard Scotti, Las Vegas Mason Simons, Elko Hon. David Wall (Ret.), Las Vegas Ex-Officio Dean John Valery White, UNLV Boyd School of Law Richard Trachok, Chair Board of Bar Examiners
Message from the President
Connie Akridge, Esq., State Bar of Nevada President
CELEBRATE: MAKE PRO BONO PART OF THE FABRIC OF YOUR LIFE
“While we should all be proud of our efforts over the past year, the need for pro bono services continues to increase, along with Nevada’s high unemployment rate and difficult economic climate. ”
For the third consecutive year, the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service is leading a nationwide pro bono celebration. This year the Celebration occurs October 23 through 29. According to the ABA, “The Celebration is a coordinated national effort to meet the ever-growing needs of this country’s most vulnerable citizens by encouraging and supporting local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services, and by showcasing the great difference that pro bono lawyers make to the nation, its system of justice, its communities and most of all, to the clients they serve.”
STATE BAR STAFF Executive Director: Kimberly K. Farmer Bar Counsel: David A. Clark Director of Finance & Information Systems: Marc Mersol Director of Continuing Legal Education: Emily Akerberg Director of Admissions: Laura Gould NEvADA LAWYER STAFF Publications Manager: Jennifer Smith (jennifers@nvbar.org) Nevada Lawyer Coordinator: Melinda Catren (melindac@nvbar.org) Publications Specialist: Christina Alberts (christinaa@nvbar.org) GRAPHIC DESIGN Georgina Corbalan
Plan to Join in Celebration Events
There are numerous opportunities to join in the Celebration by participating in one or more of the many events planned across the state during this week. For a complete listing of events, please check out Access to Justice Commission Director Kristina Marzec’s article in this issue on page 36 and take a look at the Access to Justice Commission website at www.nvbar.org.
ADvERTISING INDEX
ABA RETIREMENT FUNDS ............... 50 AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION ............................... 7 ARMSTRONG TEASDALE................. 28 BANK OF NEVADA .......................... 47 BAUMAN LOEWE WITT & MAXWELL ... 23 CLARK COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION ............................. 33 COGBURN LAW OFFICE .................. 31 CORE VAULT ................................... 51 DANIELS-HEAD INSURANCE ........... 39 EQUITY GROUP .................................25 FARR WEST ENGINEERING.............. 27 FASTCASE ..................................... IBC FENNEMORE CRAIG........................ 43 FORENSIC FINANCIAL STRATEGIES....10 FORENSIS GROUP .......................... 43 GAMING LAW SECTION .................. 30 HOLLAND & HART .......................... 26 HUTCHISON & STEFFEN ................. 21 JAMS.............................................. 15 JULIE A. MERSCH ........................... 35 LAWPAY ......................................... 34 LAWYERS CONCERNED FOR LAWYERS .............................. 5 LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL BUREAU ....BC LISA LOCATI ................................... 24 MAINOR EGLET............................... 52 MACDONALD CARANO WILSON ..... 16 NEEMAN & MILLS .......................... 41 NOTEWORLD SERVICING CENTER ....20 PREMIER TRUST ...............................12 TOP OF THE WORLD RESTAURANT.....6 TOMPKINS & PETERS .......................25 TRANSITIONING INTO PRACTICE......IFC VALLEY BANK OF NEVADA ................19 VERITI CONSULTING ....................... 32
Thanks for Your Pro Bono Support.
As we join communities across the United States to take part in the National Pro Bono Celebration, I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all SBN members who, during the past year, helped to ensure quality legal representation for our most vulnerable citizens by taking pro bono cases and making donations to pro bono service providers. My thanks are also extended to attorneys whose IOLTA accounts generated interest last year that allowed the Nevada Law Foundation to grant $1.5M to pro bono service providers across the state, and an additional $100k to Law Related Education (LRE) programs and to Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Thanks also to the attorneys on the SBN’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) panel, whose participation in the program allowed the SBN to make grants to pro bono service providers amounting to $408,547 in 2010.
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TAKE A CASE TO CELEBRATE AND BECOME A PRO BONO REGULAR!
While we should all be proud of our efforts over the past year, the need for pro bono services continues to increase, along with Nevada’s high unemployment rate and difficult economic climate. The group of attorneys who regularly take pro bono cases is relatively small. It would be great to expand the pool of attorneys who take at least one pro bono case each year. It would even be better to expand the pool of law firms and attorneys who regularly take pro bono cases as part of their practice of law. I encourage SBN members to weave support for the pro bono effort into your law firm and into your everyday life. Make sure your firm has: 1. A written pro bono policy that provides associates credit for performing work on pro bono cases; and 2. A pro bono coordinator, who acts as the contact to pro bono service providers who regularly send cases to the firm. Thanks for making pro bono part of your life so that those less fortunate can have a better life.
with meals, needed support, assistance with grocery shopping or child care, or whatever the situation might warrant. The program began in Louisiana in 2002 with a few attorneys and legal professionals forming the initial assistance network. The network is now supported by the Louisiana State Bar Association and is made up of more than 5,000 legal professionals, all within e-mail reach. SOLACE operates on the principle that “There’s Nothing Too Big, There’s Nothing Too Small.” Former SBN President and Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Nancy L. Allf (Department 27) has graciously agreed to lead the SOLACE program on behalf of the SBN in association with the Member Benefits and Services Committee. Members are invited to contact Connie Akridge regarding the state bar at (702) 382-2200 ext. 452, or via e-mail at conniea@nvbar.org.
ANNUAL MEETING FACTOID
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A NEW SBN BENEFIT: THE SOLACE PROGRAM
The SBN Board of Governors has approved the SOLACE Program. SOLACE is an acronym for “Support for Lawyers/Legal Personnel, All Concern Encouraged.” The sole purpose of the program is to enable the legal community to reach out in a small, but meaningful and compassionate way to those judges, lawyers, court personnel, paralegals, legal secretaries and their families who experience a death or some catastrophic illness, sickness or injury. It is the brainchild of New Orleans attorney Mark Surprenant and U.S. District Court Judge Jay Zainey. It originated when Mark Surprenant’s wife was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm and Judge Zainey asked if there was anything he could do to help. Mark didn’t need anything, but thought about those in a similar situation and where they might turn for help. The program’s concept is simple. Members notify the program administration when they learn of some tragedy or dire circumstance occurring to someone in the legal community. Working with that member and close friends of the family, a determination is made as to what would be the most appropriate expression of support and concern. Those expressions may range from simply sending the family a card signed by recognized local and state leaders to providing the family
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