Based on a theme of “The Great Debate,” the 2019 Annual Meeting invites speakers to frame their presentations in a way that poses a question – and through the presentation, explore the issue further. The State Bar of Nevada is excited to bring the following nationally-recognized speakers to the 2019 Annual Meeting.


Ed Walters: The Malpractice of Hunches                                                                    

Businesses rely on data analytics for almost every part of their operations – from marketing and supply chains to personnel and sales. But lawyers answer client questions, for the most part, based on limited experience (at best) or hunches (at worst). As clients seek to make more data-driven decisions, what obligation do law firms have to collect and refine data about opposing parties, judges, outcomes, and costs?  Under the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Fastcase co-founder and Georgetown Law professor Ed Walters asks, “Are lawyers obligated to employ and supervise artificial intelligence and data analytics tools?”

Keith and Dana Cutler: The Language of Inclusion                                                   

We’ve heard and read about issues of implicit bias, microaggression, and the importance of promoting diversity in the profession. The #MeToo movement brought home the ideals of gender equality. We don’t want to offend, but do we do so inadvertently? Partners in life and in law practice, Keith and Dana Cutler will have you questioning whether you speak the language of inclusion.


Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we Must Reclaim                                    

Does political campaign financing weaken the American democracy? Does the dependence of candidates for office on the funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens create corruption in our political system? With rapid-fire visuals, Harvard Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig will explore the political funding process and the effects on our political system.