The State Bar Board of Governors considers committee appointments during its regularly scheduled board meetings.
List of Committees Seeking Applicants:
Board of Bar Examiners
The Board of Bar Examiners writes and grades the bar examination and oversees the administration of the two bar examinations. Interested applicants need to be aware of the significant time commitment involved with serving on the Board of Bar Examiners.
Members of the committee are appointed for a three-year term, subject to reappointment. Applicants must demonstrate scholarly attainments and an affirmative interest in legal education requirements and the requirements for admission to the bar. Questions may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clients’ Security Fund Committee
The State Bar of Nevada’s Clients’ Security Fund (CSF) Committee is responsible for making 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 the claims in order to determine if attorney fees were earned and/or if attorney theft took place, evaluate the ongoing financial condition of the CSF and approve or deny reimbursement requests in accordance with these factors. Typical claims involve issues of bankruptcy, home loan modifications, family/domestic issues and personal injury law cases.
Members of the committee are appointed for a three-year term, subject to reappointment. Ideal candidates will have diverse backgrounds in more than one area of law. Questions may be directed to email@example.com.
Continuing Legal Education Committee
The Continuing Legal Education Committee is comprised of volunteer member attorneys who utilize their knowledge of the profession and the legal community to develop long-term strategic goals and plans to meet the educational needs of bar members; direct a core curriculum of programs; and direct the development of new and alternative program delivery methods. Ideal candidates will have experience in delivering and/or developing educational programs, and understand the nuances of Nevada law.
There are currently eight vacant positions on the CLE Committee. Members of the committee are appointed for three-year terms, subject to reappointment. Direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fee Dispute Arbitration Committee is comprised of volunteer attorneys and public members who resolve fee disputes between lawyers and clients through mediation and arbitration. Committee members are tasked with resolving disputes individually, or as part of an arbitration panel for claims of $10,000 or more. Claim materials are provided securely online, and committee members interact directly with the parties to establish hearing dates and times. Committee members are assigned an average of three claims per year; training is available for those seeking to gain experience.
Members of the committee are appointed for a three-year term, subject to reappointment. Ideal candidates will have computer proficiency and have diverse backgrounds in more than one area of law. Questions may be submitted to email@example.com.
Functional Equivalency Committee
The Functional Equivalency Committee, which includes up to 11 members plus one liaison from the Board of Governors, investigates and holds hearings on bar applicants who graduate from non-ABA accredited law schools. The committee must determine whether or not the applicant’s education is functionally equivalent to an ABA-accredited law school’s education, and if so, certify the applicant to sit for the bar examination.
Lawyer Advertising Advisory Committee
The Lawyer Advertising Advisory Committee meets once per month to review attorney advertisements submitted pursuant to bar regulations, and renders advance advisory opinions upon request. Because much of the review and communication will be online, the best candidates should be proficient with computers, e-mail and Internet use.
Committee members are appointed to two-year terms. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moral Character and Fitness Committee
The Moral Character and Fitness Committee conducts investigations and holds informal and formal hearings to determine if an applicant for admission to the bar has the requisite moral character and fitness to practice law in the State of Nevada. Two separate panels are appointed for the North and South.
Members of the committee are appointed for a three-year term, subject to reappointment. Candidates need some flexibility with schedules particularly in early May and October. Questions may be submitted to email@example.com.
Nevada Lawyer Editorial Board
Attorneys with backgrounds in all areas of law and a familiarity with publishing are sought to fill vacancies on the Nevada Lawyer Editorial Board. The Nevada Lawyer Editorial Board is responsible for overseeing the editorial content in Nevada Lawyer magazine. Board members rotate monthly issue editor duties; during the assigned month, the editor solicits, collects, reviews, edits and approves feature stories and cover art. Board members meet monthly via teleconference and twice annually in person in August and March for a full day. Questions may be directed to Jennifer Smith-Pulsipher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northern Nevada Disciplinary Board
The State Bar of Nevada is seeking attorneys and lay member applicants to fill a vacancy on the Northern Nevada Disciplinary Board.
The Northern and Southern Nevada Disciplinary Boards, which include both attorneys and laypersons, are responsible for conducting screenings and hearings concerning attorney discipline. Panel members sit as jurors and hear the presentation of discipline cases where there are allegations of professional misconduct.
Members of the committee can expect to commit approximately 20 hours annually to Disciplinary Board committee duties, in addition to any annual training/CLE provided by the state bar. Screenings are held quarterly in Reno and twice a month in Las Vegas, (on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 3 p.m.) and typically take about one hour. Disciplinary hearings can take two hours for uncontested hearings and four hours to three days for contested hearings. The Office of Bar Counsel averages between 3-6 hearings per month.
Members of the committee are appointed to three-year terms, with a term limit of 12 years. Ideal candidates will be lawyers in good standing and have demonstrated knowledge of the rules of professional conduct.
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. Intellectual property attorneys are actively desired by the committee, although lawyers from all practice areas are welcome. 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. Questions may be directed to Jennifer Smith-Pulsipher at email@example.com.
Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Ethics
The Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Ethics, which includes 11 members plus one liaison from the Board of Governors, is governed by Nevada Supreme Court Rules 222 though 228. The purpose of the committee is to make available advisory opinions on the ethical considerations of the practice of law, which shall function to prevent harm to the public from the unethical practice of law and to provide a clear and timely understanding of the ethics of practicing law.
Ideal candidates will have prior experience in legal ethics and professional responsibility matters; ability to conduct research on relevant issues and to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; and ability to devote sufficient time and attention to committee matters (at least five hours on a monthly basis). Questions may be directed to Manny Botello at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TIP Standing Committee
The Transitioning Into Practice (TIP) Standing Committee is comprised of volunteer member attorneys who actively vet qualified mentors and approve requests for deferments from the program. Members support the program each year through attendance at periodic meetings and TIP kickoff events in Las Vegas and Reno.
Ideal candidates must be experienced attorneys with seven or more years of practice in Nevada. Committee members are appointed by the Board of Governors for two-year terms, subject to reappointment. Questions may be directed to email@example.com.