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
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.
Personal Injury Board
The State Bar of Nevada's Board of Governors is looking to fill a vacancy on the Board of Personal Injury Legal Specialization.
The Board of Personal Injury Legal Specialization, in cooperation with the Nevada Justice Association, certifies attorneys as personal Injury specialists. Members of the board 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.
Applicants should be practicing in personal injury whether defense or plaintiff. Those interested in serving on the board should complete and submit an application no later than January 11.
Application forms are available below: