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President's Message: A Fond Farewell to a Rural Judge

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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
A FOND FAREWELL TO A RURAL JUDGE WITH MUCH TO CONTRIBUTE
“We truly value the enormous contributions of SBN rural members such as Judge Puccinelli and…I encourage SBN members living and working in rural communities to join the SBN in celebrating the life and legacy of Judge Puccinelli by becoming active in the work of the SBN.”
The State Bar of Nevada’s (SBN) 2010 Membership Demographic Report found the following distribution of attorneys for active SBN members practicing in Nevada: Clark County 71.3 percent, Washoe County 19.5 percent, Carson City 5 percent, rural areas less than 5 percent (with Douglas County 1.2 percent, Elko County at 1 percent and each of the other counties in Nevada less than 1 percent). As a Las Vegas attorney, I would suspect that some of my fellow SBN members who live and work in a rural Nevada community may think that Reno and Las Vegas attorneys consider the rural areas over which Southwest Airlines flies between Nevada’s two major metropolitan areas to be “fly over country.” Nothing could be further from the truth. The SBN and the state of Nevada depend on the extraordinary contributions and talents of its rural SBN members. While small in number, many of our rural members make large contributions not only to their rural communities but to SBN and the state of Nevada. I don’t think we spend enough time recognizing our rural members, especially the ones who have made such an impact. Every year the Board of Governors holds one of its meetings in rural Nevada. During my tenure on the board, we’ve had meetings in Elko, Winnemucca, Gold Hill, Minden and Ely. At each meeting we have dinner the night before with the members of the local judiciary and fellow SBN members. Last year we had our BOG rural meeting in Elko. Fourth Judicial District Court Judge and former SBN President Andrew Puccinelli joined us for dinner, along with some of our SBN members and Elko County Bar leaders who live and work in Elko. The next day Judge Puccinelli came to our Board of Governors meeting and shared his wisdom on a number of issues we were discussing that day.
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On August 8, 2011, we were shocked and saddened to learn that Judge Puccinelli passed away that morning after a battle with cancer – such an enormous loss for all of us. It’s important that we all remember Judge Puccinelli the Nevadan, the attorney, the judge, the state bar president, the husband, the father, the man. Judge Puccinelli was born and raised in Elko, Nevada. He graduated from Elko High School in 1971 and, in 1975, he graduated with distinction from the University of the Pacific. He received his law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1978 where he was named an outstanding student advocate by the Moot Court Honors Board. During his time in law school, he worked summers as a law clerk for the Nevada Supreme Court, primarily for the late Justice Cameron Batjer. Following law school graduation, Judge Puccinelli returned to Elko where he joined his father, Leo Puccinelli, in the practice of law. His dad also served as president of the SBN from 1976-1977. For 24 years, Judge Puccinelli practiced law at Puccinelli & Puccinelli, a general practice firm emphasizing probate, real estate, civil litigation and criminal defense. During his years in private practice, Judge Puccinelli was active in the State Bar of Nevada, serving as its president in 1998-1999. He further worked as a Nevada Supreme Court arbitrator and civil settlement judge. Judge Puccinelli was appointed to the Fourth Judicial District Court bench on September 23, 2002, where he served as a civil, criminal and juvenile judge. In 2005, he established the Adult Drug Court Program in Elko County and in 2007 the Juvenile Drug Court Program: programs which successfully helped many people in Elko County. He was a member of the Court Improvement Committee, the Access to Justice Commission and Specialty Court Funding Committee. He served as president of the Nevada District Judges Association in 2010-2011. Judge Puccinelli enjoyed playing golf and worked as a high school sports official, officiating football and basketball games for 33 years. He is survived by his wife Margaret, and children Cassie, James and Phillip. We truly value the enormous contributions of SBN rural members such as Judge Puccinelli and, in reflecting upon his wonderful contributions as president of the SBN and as a judge and community leader, I want to take
this opportunity to encourage SBN members living and working in rural communities to join the SBN in celebrating the life and legacy of Judge Puccinelli by becoming active in the work of the SBN, whether by joining a section or a committee. As a rural member your numbers may be small but with your help, the rural contributions will continue to be enormous. Tell us how you would like to participate in the work of the SBN and let us know what’s on your mind and how the SBN may assist you in your practice. We have one rural member of the Board of Governors, Mason Simons, Elko Family/Juvenile Court Master who is serving his second term as a board member. Please contact Mason at masonsimons@gmail.com and/or me at conniea@ nvbar.org. Let’s celebrate Judge Puccinelli’s life and legacy together.
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