SB377, signed by Governor Brian Sandoval this month, created the Nevada Right to Counsel Commission, a 13-person commission charged with improving the delivery of indigent defense services in Nevada. The governor will appoint 10 of the members among various interested entities. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nevada will serve as an ex-officio member.

The Governors of the bar will nominate a total of six members, two of which will be selected by the governor for positions on the board. Three nominees must be chosen from attorneys in good standing from counties above 100,000 people in population, and three nominees will be chosen from counties with fewer than 100,000 people. The governor will then select one member from each set of nominees.

Members of the commission must possess significant experience in providing legal representation to indigent persons charged with public offenses or children who are alleged to be delinquent or in need of supervision. Current judges, justices and judicial officers; prosecuting attorneys and their employees; law enforcement officers and attorneys who may obtain any financial benefit from policies adopted by the commission are ineligible to serve. Members serve until a successor is appointed.

To apply, complete and submit the online form by the end day Wednesday, June 21.

Nevada Right to Counsel Commission Application