April Issue of Nevada Lawyer Reviews Disability, Public Assistance Laws and Rules
Whether you are an employer trying to handle issues relating to the Family and Medical Leave Act, or you are helping a family member create a special needs trust, at some point in our lives, we have all needed to know the rules regarding disability and public assistance. The April issue of Nevada Lawyer explores laws that pertain to helping those with disabilities and who need public assistance.
 
This month’s issue offers tips on navigating extended leave accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, explores neurodiversity in Nevada and the legal field, discusses special education services for children suffering from trauma, and reviews special needs trust planning for those receiving government needs-based assistance.
 
The April magazine also profiles several other African American attorney “firsts” in Nevada.
 
As always, the magazine includes regular features such as the president’s message, news and notes, and the bar counsel report. While you are there, check out the Nevada Lawyer archives for a lengthy list of back issues.
Project REAL Wants Adults to Talk About Law with Returning Students
Project REAL is launching #NVRRETURNREADY, a public education campaign asking every adult with young people in their lives to have a brief conversation with them about “thinking within the law” and making it clear that “ignorance of the law isn't an accepted defense for breaking it.”
 
The campaign, which will run until May 1, will offer a free toolkit to help shape that discussion.
 
During the last year and then some, Nevada’s young people have mostly stayed close to home while spending in-person time with groups of friends and peers that were dramatically reduced in size. As things appear to be returning to normal, that return does not come without some risks, including pent-up youthful energy.
 
For the young people of Nevada, the pent-up opportunity, the missed friends, and the return to having unsupervised and unstructured time while further away from home and out in the community can be a perfect recipe for innocent mistakes of youth. Project REAL is concerned that many minors in our state may unknowingly get into situations with the potential to result in legal trouble involving the authorities.
 
For more information, email mkamer@projectrealnv.org
U.S. District Court Virtual Conference Scheduled for May 25
The U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada has announced that its 2021 court conference will take place as a virtual event on Tuesday, May 25. The theme is “Adaptability in Uncertain Times,” and the content of the conference will focus on the ways the practice of law has progressed in the past year, including sessions on virtual lawyering and how the bench and bar have adapted in the pandemic.
 
For more information, and to register, visit usdcnvconference2021.com.
Fastcase Presents Free Webinar on the Death Penalty 
Fastcase, a State Bar of Nevada business partner, is offering a free webinar titled “The Death Penalty: Past, Present, and Future,” at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 14 as part of its “Leaders in Law” webinar series.
 
This webinar will take a look at the past history, present events, and future of the death penalty. Judge Russell Canan of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia will speak with guests Ngozi Ndule, senior director of research and special projects at the Death Penalty Information Center, and Henderson Hill, senior staff attorney of the Capital Punishment Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. 
Clark County School District Seeks Attorney or Law Firm
The Clark County School District (CCSD) has released a request for qualifications (RFQ) for an attorney or law firm to represent the Board of School Trustees. Interested parties may find the RFQ and submittal instructions at ccsd.bonfirehub.com or contact the CCSD Purchasing Department at 702-799-5225.
 
The deadline to file a RFQ is noon on Thursday, April 22
State Bar Membership Awards: Nominations Close April 15
Nominations are currently open for the State Bar of Nevada’s 2021 membership awards. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, April 15. Nominations may be submitted online via the links below; direct questions to Manny Botello at mannyb@nvbar.org.
 
Awards are currently being accepted in the following categories:
 
  • The Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented to a member for outstanding volunteer service to the State Bar of Nevada and/or the legal community. The selection committee will give primary consideration to nominees who have served or continue to serve on state bar committees or sections and have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the profession and to the protection of the public.

  • The Young Lawyer of the Year Award will be presented to a young lawyer or lawyers whose professional and public service achievements merit special recognition. Although all commitments to civic participation and community service achievements that advance the state of the profession are considered, special consideration is given to contributions to the State Bar of Nevada and its Young Lawyers Section. Recipients will ordinarily be Nevada lawyers who are either under the age of 36 or who have been engaged in the practice of law for less than five years.
 
  • The Medal of Justice Award is awarded to a person, group or entity that supports Nevada’s legal community. Recipients are those who inspire by example and who demonstrate commitment to the advancement of the profession and to the protection of the public.

A list of past recipients of the State Bar of Nevada’s membership awards is available on the state bar’s website. 
Ask a Nerd: Resending Emails in Outlook
If you need to send nearly-identical emails to a few people – not enough to justify a mail merge – there’s an easy way to take an email you’ve already sent and modify it for another recipient by “resending” it using Microsoft Outlook.
 
To do so, open up the sent email you wish to copy, click on “…”, then select “Actions” and choose the “Resend this message” option.
 
Outlook will open up a new mail that is identical to the one you’ve sent previously. You can then modify it as you would a normal email – change the recipient, change the salutation, etc. This process saves a lot of time, even more than you would if you just cut-and-paste the content into a new email, because it will duplicate everything, including the subject line, attachments and more.
Featured CLE: Commercial Bankruptcy 101
With tens of thousands of U.S. businesses permanently closing in recent months, the demand for bankruptcy lawyers is expected to rise.
 
In this presentation, speaker Samuel Schwartz will provide an overview of the commercial bankruptcy process. He will dive into the nuts and bolts of the beginning, middle and end phases of bankruptcy cases. Schwartz will also discuss when bankruptcy is most productive for debtors and creditors. 
Date:
April 7
 
Time:
10 – 11 a.m.
 
Location:
Webinar
 
CLE Hours:
1 CLE Hour