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President's Message: Looking Backward

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NEVADA LAWYER
EDITORIAL BOARD Lisa Wong Lackland, Chair Michael t. Saunders Mark A. Hinueber, Chair-elect Gregory R. Shannon Patricia D. Cafferata, Vice Chair Stephen F. Smith Scott G. Wasserman, Beau Sterling Immediate Past Chair Heidi Parry Stern Erin Barnett Kristen Simmons Hon. Robert J. Johnston Richard D. Williamson Scott McKenna John Zimmerman BOARD OF GOVERNORS President: Cam Ferenbach, Las Vegas President-Elect: Constance Akridge, Las Vegas Vice President: Frank Flaherty, Carson City Immediate Past President: Kathleen England, Las Vegas James Bradshaw, Reno Elizabeth Brickfield, Las Vegas Amber L. Candelaria, Las Vegas Laurence Digesti, Reno Elana turner Graham, Las Vegas Bruce Hahn, Reno Jenny Hubach, Reno Alan Lefebvre, Las Vegas Vincent Ochoa, Las Vegas Richard Scotti, Las Vegas Mason Simons, Elko Ex-Officio Dean John Valery White, UNLV Boyd School of Law
Message from the President
Cam Ferenbach, State Bar of Nevada President
Looking Backward
“Our aim as lawyers and bar leaders must be to harness technology in order to allow for a better profession through better practice and, ultimately, better lives.”
July is a transition month for the State Bar of Nevada’s Board of Governors. It is a time for reflection as well as anticipation. Thanks to Kathleen England. Kathy’s hard work and leadership over the past 12 months will have a lasting impact on our state bar and on lawyering in Nevada. She has worked diligently with the Board of Governors and the staff to make the bar’s operations more transparent and to subject them to regular evaluation. Going forward, the board and staff will continue this process to fairly and efficiently fulfill the state bar’s mission statement: Our mission is to govern the legal profession, to serve our members, and to protect the public interest.
STATE BAR STAFF Executive Director: Kimberly K. Farmer Bar Counsel: Rob Bare Deputy Bar Counsel/ General Counsel: David Clark Director of Finance & Information Systems: Marc Mersol Director of Continuing Legal Education: Emily Ihrke NEVADA LAWYER STAFF Publications Manager: Jennifer Smith (jennifers@nvbar.org) Publications Assistant: Melinda Catren (melindac@nvbar.org) GRAPHIC DESIGN Georgina Corbalan
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Our Goals are... • to govern the legal profession in the state of Nevada, subject to the approval of the Supreme Court; • to aid in the advance of the science of jurisprudence and in the improvement of the administration of justice; • to promote reform in the law and in judicial procedure; • to uphold and elevate the standards of honor, integrity and courtesy in the legal profession; • to encourage higher and better education for membership in the profession; • to promote a spirit of cordiality and true friendship among members of the bar; and • to manage the business of the state bar in a prudent manner.
Executive Director Kimberly Farmer and her staff are also to be commended. The bar has continued to operate effectively and efficiently, despite many challenges. For example, dues were last raised in 2005, taking effect for calendar year 2006. When we last petitioned the Nevada Supreme Court for a dues increase, we made a commitment not to seek another dues increase for five years. The plan was to operate with a surplus at the beginning and then use that surplus to offset deficits which we would face toward the end of the “five-year dues cycle.”
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Because of the efficient administration of the bar, five years have passed and we have yet to operate at a deficit. Our budget for next year forecasts a modest surplus. This is a remarkable accomplishment and an especially gratifying one in our economic climate.
Looking Forward Consensus among bar leaders is rare. This year, however, everyone recognizes that technology creates significant challenges to the practice of law, as well as to the regulation of our profession. Those of us who litigate now spend a great deal of time dealing with the consequences of electronically filed court documents and problems related to e-discovery. All lawyers, no matter their areas of practice, work in an environment where e-mails and voice mails cascade into our in-boxes at a pace that calls to mind Harry Potter’s first invitation to attend Hogwarts! Consider three headlines from the April ABA Journal Tech Report: • Inspired by Richard Susskind, Lawyers Form “NoStaff, Paperless” Firm • “Trial From Hell:” Prosecutor Posts on Facebook; Jurors Text; Bailiff Chats • Robot Rules: Lawyers Ponder Liability for Actions by “Thinking” Machines
Our aim as lawyers and bar leaders must be to harness technology in order to allow for a better profession through better practice and, ultimately, better lives. Please visit www.nvbar.org to become familiar with information and services available from the state bar to help in this effort. Most notably you can gain access to Fastcase, an online legal research service, which is free to every active member of the State Bar of Nevada. If you have an issue and can’t find an answer on our website, please contact our staff. They will do their best to help you. If you wish to contact me on any matter, I am available by e-mail at camf@nvbar.org. Also, I have set up a voice mail line ((702) 317-1449) at the bar offices for bar-related matters apart from my practice at Lionel Sawyer & Collins. In the interest of my technological efficiency, please use this e-mail address or telephone number if your communication concerns the bar. A most enjoyable consequence of my service on the Board of Governors, and now as an officer of the bar, has been the opportunity to meet and get to know many Nevada lawyers. With the bar so large and our practices necessarily focused in limited areas, I would not have met these fine attorneys but for my affiliation with the bar. As your incoming bar president, I invite any bar member who wishes to meet face-to-face, for any reason or no reason at all, to leave me a message or send me an e-mail to coordinate our schedules. I look forward to hearing from you.
The State Bar of Nevada is Hiring!
Several positions are open for both attorneys and non-attorneys at the State Bar of Nevada’s Las Vegas office, including: • Director of Admissions • Assistant Bar Counsel • Paralegal Investigator • Publications Specialist
For full job descriptions for these positions, as well as instructions on how to submit an application, visit our website at www.nvbar.org > Bar Employment or contact us at hr@nvbar.org.
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