Thursday, February 8, 2024

State Bar of Nevada eNews

Eight Attorneys Apply to Fill Vacancy in Eighth Judicial District Court

Chief Justice Elissa Cadish announced the Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection received eight applications from individuals who wish to fill the judicial opening in Department 27 of the Eighth Judicial District Court.

As of January 11, there were seven applicants for the vacancy. On January 22, the commission voted to reopen the application period for an additional two weeks. The result of the additional application period was one more application, for a total of eight.


The commission will nominate a panel of three to fill the vacancy. Department 27 is vacant through the resignation of the Honorable Nancy Allf in January. The applicants in alphabetical order are as follows:


  • Martina Bauhaus;
  • David Reed Clayson;
  • Tracy Ip Hibbetts;
  • Alexandra McCleod;
  • Erika Mendoza;
  • Robert Allen Stephens; and
  • Timothy P. Thomas.


Interviews to fill this vacancy will be held February 16, in Las Vegas. Interviews will be streamed live through the Supreme Court’s YouTube channel and are open to the public.

After the interviews, the commission will nominate three finalists to Governor Joe Lombardo.

This Week at the State Bar

Congratulations to:


These Nevada firms are among the first to receive the Partner in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Medallion from the State Bar of Nevada in 2024. Download a flyer for more information on how to earn a DEI medallion, or contact Judi DeMarco at

The State Bar of Nevada is hiring an Assistant Bar Counsel for its Las Vegas office. 

The next Civil Bench Bar meeting will be held at noon on Tuesday, February 13, in Courtroom D as well as via Zoom. For information, email

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Justice Parraguirre Pens Article on Water Law Cases in Nevada

Nevada Supreme Court Justice Ron Parraguirre, who serves on the court’s Commission to Study the Adjudication of Water Law Cases, has written an article outlining the state’s new approach to adjudication of water law cases.


The feature article will appear in the March issue of Nevada Lawyer magazine, and it is available now on the state bar’s website.

Renewing? Check Yes to Assist Pro Bono, Nevada Bar Foundation

Donations matter when State Bar of Nevada members renew. They support pro bono in Nevada and legal education through the Nevada Bar Foundation (NBF). If you renew yourself, we encourage you to select a voluntary donation to legal aid pro bono programs and/or the Nevada Bar Foundation. If someone renews for you, donate online and select your preferences.


Every year, more and more responsibility is placed on Nevada’s legal aid providers to help Nevadans get fair legal outcomes. The Nevada Bar Foundation’s legal education includes helping fund the High School Mock Trial Competition, which affords the opportunity for students to get excited about the legal profession. One hundred percent of pro bono donations go to legal aid providers based on your voting district, and 100 percent of your NBF donation supports legal education. Your donations make a big impact.

Pro Bono Challenge Volunteers Earn Points Now Through May 31

Since the challenge kicked off February 1, six volunteers have already earned 15 points! Sections on the board include Appellate Litigation, Family, Labor and Employment, Probate and Trust, and Solo and Small Practice.


This year all section members can participate. Join in, give back, feel great, and enhance the image of the legal profession.


It’s easy as 1, 2, 3:


  • Donate online and earn 1 point for every $500 in section donations. 100 percent goes to legal aid.
  • Volunteer online and earn 2 points for every Ask-A-Lawyer or Lawyer in the Library.
  • Volunteer online and earn 3 points for every case taken.

You can select your favorite legal aid provider online or reach out directly. During the 2023 challenge, sections earned 1,472 points – sections are encouraged to beat last year’s number and make a difference. Join in and learn more.


The 2024 Challenge runs through May 31.

Volunteers Urgently Needed in South for Mock Trial Competitions

More than 30 teams have signed up to participate in this year’s High School Mock Trial competition – 10 more than last year. The state bar is thrilled with the interest, but there is now a desperate need for judges, especially in Las Vegas. Volunteers can help mentor Nevada’s best and brightest. By volunteering, not only will you witness firsthand the enthusiasm, talent, and potential of high school students immersing themselves in the world of law, but you'll also earn valuable CLE credits.


Join us at the federal courthouses in Las Vegas for these exciting rounds on Thursday, February 22:


  • Round 1: 8:30 a.m.
  • Round 2: 11 a.m.
  • Round 3: 2 p.m.


Join us at the state finals in Las Vegas for these exciting rounds on March 7-8:


  • Round 1: (2 p.m. Thursday, March 7)
  • Round 2: (4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7)
  • Round 3: (8:30 a.m. Friday, March 8)
  • Round 4: (11 a.m. Friday, March 8)
  • Championship Round: (2 p.m. Friday, March 8)


Volunteer for any (or all) of the competition dates – your support is greatly appreciated.

Sign Up Today: Mock Trial Judge Registration


Questions? Contact CLE Director Eric Johnson at

Legal Aid Center Hosting View from the Bench CLE

The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada is hosting a CLE, “View from the Bench: Best Practices for Family Law, with Judge Gregory Gordon and Judge Regina McConnell,” from noon until 1 p.m. on Friday, February 23, in the Englestad Family Classroom A at the Legal Aid Center.


Family Court judges Gordon and McConnell will discuss the best practices for family law cases.


This CLE will include lunch and a question-and-answer session where attendees can ask questions as a new or experienced practitioner. This is a 1.0-hour general CLE credit available to those who take a new pro bono case. The CLE offers a great opportunity to hear from two of the newest Clark County District Court judges.

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

  • Represent a client in a family law case: View Cases!
  • Represent a child in an abuse and neglect case: View Cases!
  • Volunteer for an Ask-A-Lawyer session: Click here for more information and to volunteer! 

PILA Hosting 25th Annual Silver State Auction

The Public Interest Law Association (PILA) at the William S. Boyd School of Law extends an invitation to State Bar of Nevada members to attend its 25th Silver State Auction.


Every year, PILA hosts an auction to raise funds for law students who pursue legal careers in the nonprofit sector. This year's Silver State Auction marks the 25th anniversary! The auction will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, February 29, at the Thomas & Mack Strip View Pavilion. The event includes a sit-down dinner for all attendees, a silent auction, and a live auction for select items. PILA will also be honoring retired Nevada Supreme Court Justice James W. Hardesty; Chris Peterson, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada; Melissa Corral from the Thomas & Mack Immigration Clinic; Priscila Venzor from the Immigration Justice Corps; and attorney Paul Padda.


All the money raised at the auction goes toward funding scholarships for law students who go into public interest work over the summer. 


Anyone interested in attending can RSVP at Employees of public interest organizations get free admission! If you wish to contribute to the student scholarships, you can make a donation by visiting 

Featured CLE: Advanced Legal Writing

The Appellate Litigation and Litigation sections are sponsoring a CLE seminar focusing on best writing practices.


Taught by national speaker Elizabeth Francis, this course will apply advanced composition principles to legal writing, particularly writing in litigation and appellate contexts.


Learning objectives include:


  • Learn to define and compose clear, coherent, cohesive, and well-argued legal prose.
  • Learn to recognize best practices in legal and judicial writing at this historical moment.
  • Learn to consider relationships among writing, decision-making, and argument.
  • Learn to acknowledge our inheritance of the plain language movement and the effects of that movement on current practice.

Lunch will be provided.

Program Date:

Thursday, March 21



9 a.m. – 4 p.m.



Live at State Bar office in Las Vegas


CLE Hours:

6 General Credits


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