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:
Board of Bar Examiners:
The Board of Bar Examiners writes and grades the bar examination questions and oversees the administration of the two bar examinations. The board works closely with the Supreme Court and the Board of Governors in formulating rules and procedures for admission to the State Bar of Nevada.
Character and Fitness Committees – Northern and Southern Nevada:
The Character and Fitness Committees conduct investigations and hold informal and formal hearings with respect to bar applicants’ character and fitness. The committees must determine whether or not an applicant has the requisite character and fitness to be recommended for admission to the bar.
Clients’ Security Fund Committee:
The State Bar of Nevada’s Clients’ Security Fund (CSF) Committee seeks attorney members in Nevada. The CSF makes financial resources available to reimburse clients who fall victim to attorney theft. Committee members are volunteers appointed to three-year terms, subject to reappointment for a maximum of 9 years.
Each attorney committee member investigates approximately 10 to 15 claims filed with the CSF each year. All committee members will: 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. The expected time commitment of each committee member is approximately 20 hours annually, plus two half-day meetings each year.
Since typical CSF claims involve issues of bankruptcy, family/domestic, probate/estate, personal injury settlements and home loan modifications, experience in those areas of law is helpful.
Continuing Legal Education Committee:
The Continuing Legal Education Committee provides leadership and direction to the educational programs for lawyers to understand the particular nuances of Nevada law and to maintain and enhance the skills of practicing lawyers.
Fee Dispute Arbitration Committee:
The Fee Dispute Arbitration Committee resolves disputes of legal fees and costs (min. $250) between clients and attorneys through mediation or arbitration (binding if parties agree to be bound) (per SCR 86(12)).
Lawyer Advertising Advisory Committees – Northern and Southern Nevada:
The State Bar of Nevada seeks members in Nevada with diverse backgrounds in ALL areas of law to fill vacancies for volunteer appointments to both the Northern and Southern Lawyer Advertising Advisory Committees. Committee members are appointed to two-year terms, subject to reappointment for a maximum of 12 years.
Committee members meet once per month (either in-person or via E-meetings) to review attorney advertisements submitted pursuant to bar regulations, and renders advance advisory opinions upon request.
Because half of the review and communication will be online or via email, the best candidates should be proficient with computers, e-mail, and Internet use.
Lawyer Referral Committee:
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.
Mock Trial Committee:
The Mock Trial Committee promotes the education of the high school students of the State of Nevada through the administration of and participation in Nevada’s annual Mock Trial competitions.
Nevada Lawyer Editorial Board:
The Nevada Lawyer Editorial Board is responsible for overseeing the editorial content in Nevada Lawyer magazine. The mission of Nevada Lawyer magazine is to publish items of interest and importance to the Nevada legal community and to provide a forum for thoughtful and respectful commentary on current issues affecting bar members.
To provide editorial review, suggestions and advice to maintain and improve the quality of professional articles published in Nevada Lawyer magazine. The Board and editors are responsible for making all editorial decisions concerning its publication including types of articles, page limitations, format, and deadlines.
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 specific articles 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 journal or traditional news outlet.
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.
Standing Committee on Transitioning Into Practice (TIP):
The State Bar of Nevada seeks knowledgeable members in Nevada to fill volunteer appointments with the Transitioning Into Practice (TIP) Standing Committee. Committee members are appointed to two-year terms, subject to reappointment for a maximum of 9 years.
The TIP Standing Committee actively vets qualified mentors for the program, approves requests for program deferrals and supports the TIP program with their attendance at events like the TIP Kickoff in Las Vegas and Reno. Committee members also conduct periodic meetings to review the program and make recommendations for future change.
Qualified candidates should be licensed in Nevada for a minimum of 7 years and have no disciplinary history for the past 10 years.
We the People Committee:
The State Bar of Nevada seeks applicants to oversee and provide direction to the newly formed We the People Committee. This Committee will be comprised of 11 members, at least seven of whom must be attorneys in good standing with the State Bar of Nevada. Committee members will represent northern, southern and rural Nevada. Members may be appointed for two year terms, subject to reappointment for a total of eight years. Applications will be accepted thru May 26, 2017.
Members of the Committee provide guidance to staff about statewide coordination of the high school We the People district competitions, held annually in December, and the statewide competition in February. Competition responsibilities include recruitment of qualified judges, onsite training and support.
Ideal candidates to should have familiarity with We the People or other law related education initiatives.