Dear Nevada Bar Member:

As you may know, the civil legal needs for many citizens in our state continue to be a tremendous problem. Over the past year, Nevada’s lawyers have contributed more than 130,000 hours and in excess of $111,000 to their fellow Nevadans. We thank you for your generosity.

Rule 6.1 offers attorneys guidance for providing pro bono services and financial contributions in addition to or in lieu of pro bono. In 2014, the State Bar reported more than 11,500 members in Nevada, yet only 32 percent participated in pro bono. Though we are grateful for those members who provided pro bono service, we acknowledge the fact that pro bono service from more members of the State Bar is needed to meet the crises that thousands of Nevadans face daily.

We encourage you to become an active participant in the ONE Promise Nevada Campaign to assist with addressing this enormous need. The ONE Campaign encourages every attorney to take just one pro bono case through one of the five legal services organizations across the state. Whether you decide to take a pro bono case or make a donation to the Campaign if taking a pro bono case is not feasible, please get involved. If you already actively participate in pro bono services, be an ambassador and inspire another attorney to get involved. Visit the ONE Promise Nevada Campaign website (www.onepromisenevada.org) today for more information about pro bono training and volunteer opportunities to help someone in need.

Please consider a financial contribution in the form of dues check off when you submit your State Bar reporting information for 2016. All money collected directly benefits legal aid in your area. Every donation is appreciated and no donation is too small. Finally, because of your participation in Nevada’s Interest on Lawyers Trust Account (IOLTA) Program, we anticipate being able to continue the support of legal services organizations in Nevada. If you have not already done so, please visit www.nvbar.org to ensure that your IOLTA eligible trust funds are placed in an approved participating financial institution pursuant to SCR 217.

Thank you for your support of pro bono in Nevada; working together, we can make a difference.

Sincerely,

Chief Justice James Hardesty                           

Co-Chair, Access to Justice Commission

Justice Michael L. Douglas

Co-Chair, Access to Justice Commission