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 email@example.com.
Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility
The Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, 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 Lisa Dreitzer at 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.
Mock Trial Committee
The Mock Trial Committee, which includes attorneys and non-attorneys, provides direction for and oversees the operations of the regional and state Nevada high school mock trial competitions. The committee may amend as necessary the Nevada High School Mock Trial Rules, subject to approval by the Board of Governors.
Committee members are appointed to two-year terms. The committee meets annually and members must be available for competitions in February and March. There are three non-attorney positions open; one for Southern Nevada and two for Northern Nevada.
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 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.