The State Bar Board of Governors mandates all vacancies on state bar committees must be announced in Nevada Lawyer and on www.nvbar.org to allow for maximum participation by its members.
List of Vacancies
Character and Fitness:
The Board of Governors will appoint three members to the Committee on Character and Fitness (a subcommittee of the Board of Bar Examiners as per SCR 49(3)). One of the new members will sit on the northern panel and two of the new members will sit on the southern panel.
The committee is responsible for reviewing the character and fitness of applicants seeking admission to the State Bar of Nevada, and making recommendations to the Nevada Supreme Court, thus ensuring that applicants meet the character and fitness requirements of SCR 51. Members of the committee are required to participate in character and fitness hearings throughout the year and must be active members, in good standing, of the State Bar of Nevada. A minimum of 10 consecutive years of active law practice and/or service as a judge in Nevada is preferred. Applicants who have received a public or private reprimand or an order of suspension from the State Bar of Nevada will not be accepted.
Applications must be submitted online, via the State Bar of Nevada's website link, by August 21. Applicants should provide a short description outlining their interest in serving on the committee, and upload a current C.V. along with the application.
Any questions may be directed to Admissions Director Dean J. Gould, at email@example.com.
Commission on Judicial Discipline:
Commission on Judicial Selection:
The Commission on Judicial Selection has begun the process to fill the vacancy in the Eighth Judicial District Court (Clark County) and the Ninth Judicial District Court, Department 2 (Douglas County). Pursuant to Article 6, Section 20, Subsection 4(c) of the Constitution of the State of Nevada, the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Nevada will appoint a temporary member of the Commission on Judicial Selection. The appointee must be a member of the State Bar and reside in the county for which they are applying.
Interested applicants should complete an online application form. All applications must be received NO later than NOON on January 20, 2015.
Fee Dispute Committee:
The Fee Dispute Committee has several openings for volunteers to assist in resolving disputes of legal fees and costs between clients and attorneys through mediation or arbitration.
Attorneys serve as mediators, sole arbitrators and/or arbitration panel members; non-attorneys serve as mediators and/or arbitration panel members. Members enjoy judicial immunity and handle an estimate of four claims per year, for a time commitment of approximately 40 hours per year.
Members may have mediation training (AAA, National Judicial College, Neighborhood Justice Center) or experience as an arbitrator (court-annexed program, practitioner).
Clients' Security Fund:
The State Bar of Nevada's Clients' Security Fund (CSF) Committee is seeking one new lay member from Northern Nevada. The CSF makes financial resources available to reimburse victims of attorney theft.
Attorney committee members investigate 10 to 15 claims filed with the CSF each year. All committee members analyze claims to determine whether or not attorney fees were earned and/or if attorney theft occurred; evaluate the ongoing financial condition of the CSF; and approve or deny reimbursement requests accordingly. All committee members are expected to attend two half-day meetings that take place in Las Vegas each year.
Typical claims involve issues of bankruptcy, home loan modifications, family/domestic and personal injury law so background in those areas is helpful but not necessary. Because it is anticipated that some review and communication will be accomplished through electronic media, committee members should be proficient with computers, e-mail, and Internet use.
The Lawyer Referral Committee meets quarterly to review panel requirements and Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) member applications.
Members must participate in regularly scheduled meetings and help enhance the LRIS service at the State Bar of Nevada, as well as participate in the State Bar of Nevada Public Service Grant Program. There is an estimated time commitment of 10 hours per year.
The Publications Committee is responsible for creating print and electronic publications of rules, handbooks, articles and manuals dealing with legal education and specifically with Nevada law. The committee comprehensively evaluates the publications needs of Nevada bar members.
Committee members attend four teleconferences and two meetings per year to continue progress on ongoing publications projects. Members may be called upon to coordinate ad-hoc committees devoted to individual publications projects, solicit authors and editors for individual communications projects and draft copy for use in publications.
Intellectual property attorneys are actively desired by the committee, although lawyers from all practice areas are welcome. Members must have a strong grasp of topics of interest to the Nevada legal community and be able to evaluate both general topics and detailed publications for relevance to bar membership. Members should have a familiarity with the publishing process, including lead times, deadlines and proofreading processes. Ideal applicants will also have previously authored copy for use in a printed publication, such as a legal manual or reference book.
Appointment of Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics and Election Practices
The Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics and Election Practices has a vacancy for a two year term beginning January 1, 2015. The Board of Governors of the State Bar shall appoint an attorney member to fill the vacancy at their December 10, 2014 meeting.
The Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics and Election Practices is created to resolve ethical disputes arising in the course of campaigns for judicial office, and to provide judges and aspirants to judicial office advisory opinions regarding ethical matters that may arise in the ordinary course of judicial service, or in the elective or appointment process. Each member is appointed for a two year term with no member appointed to more than four consecutive terms.
Interested applicants should complete an online application form. All applications must be received by November 21, 2014.