Eighth Judicial District Court Pauses Longer Jury Trials in Response to Pandemic
On January 12, the Eighth Judicial District Court issued Administrative Order 22-02, which pauses jury trials that are expected to take longer than a calendar week, as part of the court's response to the pandemic.

The order states that jury trials that are expected to take longer than a calendar week are paused for 30 days from the date this order is filed. Jury trials that can be completed within a calendar week should move forward under the COVID-19 Jury Trial Plan and AO 21-09.

According to the Eighth Judicial District Court's blog, "With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Clark County, it has become challenging for the court to complete lengthy jury trials. The disruption of trials raises concerns about potential mistrials, increased cost to litigants, and unnecessary inconvenience to jurors. At the same time, the Court is aware of the importance of continuing to conduct trials when possible."

This Week at the State Bar
The state bar’s High School Mock Trial Committee seeks attorneys to serve as judges for competitions on February 4 in Las Vegas and March 4-5 in Reno. Each round is about two hours; training and orientation is provided. Attorneys may earn 1 hour of CLE credit for every 4 hours of competition judging, for a maximum of four hours annually. Questions may be directed to Eric Johnson at ericj@nvbar.org.
 
The Construction Law Section met January 5 to discuss attending the state bar’s Annual Conference and brainstorm ideas on increasing membership.
 
The Young Lawyers Section met on January 6 to discuss plans for the upcoming Trial Academy, which is scheduled for April 21-22.
CHECK YES! to Support Pro Bono Legal Services
The State Bar of Nevada is counting on its members to CHECK YES! to support the bench and bar’s efforts to meet the great need for pro bono services caused by the pandemic.
 
COVID-19 continues to stress legal aid resources. This year, the Nevada Bar Foundation used reserves to grant critical aid to partially offset financial shortfalls in legal aid budgets, but it is not enough. Your support is critical now.
 
If you haven’t yet renewed your 2022 license, please make a voluntary donation when you do, or if you’ve already renewed, you can make a donation via the Nevada Bar Foundation’s website. Your contribution will support pro bono programs in the area where you practice, or law-related education funded by the Nevada Bar Foundation.
 
SO, CHECK YES! to Pro Bono – Rule 6.1 provides an aspirational goal for pro bono service hours or a donation of $500 in lieu of pro bono. One hundred percent of your donation is distributed directly to a Nevada legal aid provider in the area where you practice.
 
AND CHECK YES! to the Nevada Bar Foundation – Nevada Bar Foundation Trustees steward charitable giving, including grants for the State Bar of Nevada’s statewide High School Mock Trial program, promoting future careers in the legal profession.
 
Please support the efforts of the bench and bar to provide critical pro bono services at a time when it is needed most. Your help is needed now, more than ever!
Business Court to Resume Bench-Bar Meetings January 27
The Business Court’s next bench-bar meeting will occur at noon on Thursday, January 27, in Courtroom 16A or via BlueJeans at the Regional Justice Center (RJC). The meeting will last approximately one hour. 
 
New Business Court judges Susan Johnson and Joanna Kishner will be introduced.
 
All lawyers who practice in Business Court are welcome to attend. Please sign up to receive a BlueJeans link by contacting Karen Lawrence at lawrencek@clarkcountycourts.us.
 
Since it has been almost two years since the last meeting, an agenda will be created and the court will leave time for questions and answers. Lunch will not be provided, and applicable Administrative Orders regarding masking will be enforced. 
Legal Aid Center offers CLE on Asylum Law to Assist Afghan Evacuees 
In the wake of the Afghanistan evacuation in August 2021, more than 100 Afghan families are settling into life in Nevada and need representation in their asylum cases.

In response, the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada is hosting Responding to The Needs of Afghan Evacuees: Introduction to Asylum, a 3.0 general credit CLE, at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 18, via webinar, to give pro bono attorneys the tools to represent Afghan evacuees in asylum cases. All attendees who take an immigration case through the Pro Bono Project will be able to attend this course at no charge and receive CLE credit.

Other upcoming pro bono opportunities sponsored by the Legal Aid Center include:

Do You Advertise? Don't Forget to File!
Lawyers who advertise their services to Nevada clients – whether through conventional print, radio, or television media, or via online platforms – must file their advertisements with the state bar’s Lawyer Advertising Advisory Committee within 15 days of dissemination. Although law firm websites are not included in this requirement, all advertising disseminated in exchange for something of value must be filed.
 
Not sure how to file? Here’s how. Access the Lawyer Advertisement Filing Form, fill in the requested information, upload your media files, and remit the filing fee. Once the advertisement is submitted, an automatic confirmation will be emailed.
 
A copy of the amended Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct and the Lawyer Advertising Interpretive Guidelines can also be found online. For questions regarding the filing process and/or submitting your advertising filing forms, please contact rhorne@nvbar.org
Featured CLE: Cultivating Leadership
for DEI Initiatives
Recent McKinsey research demonstrates that employees will leave their jobs if they don’t feel a sense of belonging in your organization. Often, firms have one or two leaders moving the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) conversations forward, feeling fatigued and unsuccessful.
 
Judy Hisson, president of Nesso Strategies, will lead a conversation to define belonging and explore how you champion it while building a stronger coalition interested in bringing DEI to the forefront of your firm. 
Program Date:
January 27
 
Time:
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
 
Location:
Webinar
 
CLE Hours:
1 General Credit