Deadline to Apply for New Incubator Class is Jan. 31
If you are new to the practice of law – or looking to enter private practice for the first time in your career – get the mentoring and resources you need through the state bar’s Handle|BAR Incubator Program.

This program is designed for those with an entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm about serving low- and modest-income clients. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 31.

“The incubator program is exactly what I hoped it would be,” said Shalisa Cumberbatch, a member of the incubator’s second class. “The wealth of knowledge and guidance available through the program is immeasurable. I was a bit nervous about starting my own practice after being admitted to the bar – I didn’t know where to start! Fortunately, through the guidance of the program, I am building my practice from the ground up, brick by brick, and am learning so much about not just how to run a law firm, but also the ins and outs of entrepreneurship.”

Benefits include:
  • Furnished office and meeting room space within the State Bar of Nevada’s Las Vegas and Reno offices;
  • Free CLE;
  • Weekly mentoring, education, and tips on how to start and build your practice from our practice management advisor;
  • Support from the state bar’s business partners;
  • Information from experienced attorneys who have opened their own practices; and
  • Sessions with judges providing tips from the bench.
For information, visit the state bar’s website
This Week at the State Bar
Kait Flocchini and Bruce Hahn in the state bar’s Office of Bar Counsel presented a webinar to attendees of the National Association of Bar Counsel on the Nevada Supreme Court’s recent decision in Arabia, Rules of Professional Conduct 3.8, and supporting case law.
The Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility is meeting Friday, January 21, to discuss the practice of attorneys admitted in Nevada but not maintaining Nevada offices, and the practice of attorneys residing in but not admitted in Nevada.
The State Bar of Nevada’s Real Property Law Section met January 18 to review feedback on the Real Property Manual, discuss 2023 legislative proposals, and encourage attendance at the state bar’s Annual Bar Conference.
The State Bar of Nevada’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section met January 19 to receive an update on the proposed Short Trial and Arbitration Rules, promote the state bar’s Annual Bar Conference, learn about ADR in the courts, discuss plans for 2022 CLEs, and more.

The application for the July 2022 bar exam is now available online.
Justice Hardesty, Chief Judge Bell to Address Civil Bench-Bar Meeting
Nevada Supreme Court Justice James Hardesty and Eighth Judicial District Court Chief Judge Linda Bell will discuss Administrative Orders 21-09 and 22-02 at the Eighth Judicial District Court Civil Bench-Bar Meeting at noon on Tuesday, February 8.
The Zoom conference will be hosted by Lincoln, Gustafson & Cercos.
Questions about these important Administrative Orders may be submitted in advance to the bench-bar email account ( to be read by program moderators Judge Gloria Sturman and Committee Chair Alexandra McLeod (please advise if you wish to remain anonymous). Additionally, the chat feature will be monitored by Zoom host Shannon Splaine, who will ask any questions posted in the chat.
The deadline to submit questions is 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 1.
The agenda will the Zoom link will be emailed Friday, February 4
High School Mock Trial Competition Goes Virtual; Volunteers Needed
The State Bar of Nevada’s high school mock trial competition has gone virtual, and volunteers are still needed to judge competition rounds.
To accommodate the virtual events in February and March, competition rounds for the northern and southern Nevada regional and state competitions have been spread over two days each and the times for competition rounds have been adjusted. Volunteers who have previously signed up to serve are asked to register again; openings remain for those who still wish to volunteer. Attorneys may judge any round of competition, regardless of location (northern or southern).
Each round of competition is approximately two hours; training is provided. Attorneys may earn 1 hour of CLE credit for every 4 hours of competition judging, for a maximum of 4 hours annually. Questions may be directed to Eric Johnson at
Eighth Judicial District Court Reassigns Civil, Criminal Court Cases
The Eighth Judicial District Court has issued Administrative Order (AO) 22-03, which reassigns cases for civil and criminal courts.
According to the order:

  • Departments 6 and 9 will continue to have a criminal assignment; however, one third of the open and one third of the closed non-homicide criminal cases in the outlying criminal track will be randomly reassigned to Department 10.
  • All non-homicide criminal cases currently being heard in Department 10 will be reassigned to Department 11.

  • Department 11 will replace Department 10 in Track 3 of the Criminal Case Flow Model. Forty percent of all civil cases currently assigned to this department will be randomly reassigned to all other civil departments in proportion to the currently established caseloads for each department. The remaining 60 percent of all civil cases will remain in Department 11.
Softcover Copies of Nevada Real Property Manual Now Available
Printed copies of the inaugural edition of the Nevada Real Property Practice and Procedure Manual are now available. The manual provides attorneys with a complete step-by-step guide to real estate law in Nevada, including practice tips and industry forms.

This edition, compiled by expert practitioners, focuses on the history and current law affecting real property in Nevada and is a valuable reference for attorneys working in the field. The book includes 11 chapters on topics such as: 

  • Estates and interests, 
  • Conveyancing, 
  • Common interest communities, 
  • Regulation of sales, 
  • Title insurance and escrow, 
  • Landlord and tenant, 
  • Zoning and land use regulation, 
  • ... and more. 
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
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
CLE Hours:
1 General Credit