Lewis Roca Offers Approach to DEI with Practical Applications for Any Firm
The State Bar of Nevada has asked firms to share their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives to foster conversations and provide ideas for how other Nevada firms might incorporate them into their own organizations. This week’s initiative comes from Lewis Roca, a multijurisdictional firm with offices in nine locations including Las Vegas and Reno.
 
Lewis Roca believes it is a better place today because it values, encourages, and supports diversity of thought and the inclusion of diverse attorneys and staff. The firm participates in Mansfield Rule 5.0, which is a nationwide effort to use data-driven metrics enabling firms to systematically incorporate DEI concepts in all aspects of their practices and firm management.
 
Whether it’s sharing links so all its employees can learn more about the history and importance of Juneteenth, sponsoring an in-house presentation by a nationally renowned author of soul food, or catering firm events from local eateries owned and operated by diverse entrepreneurs, the firm strives to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity through things it is already doing or can easily expand.

Instead of creating new DEI programs, Lewis Roca tries to bring a new DEI focus to what is already a natural part of the firm’s culture and history. It’s just easier that way, and way more effective. Lewis Roca says it is excited for the progress it has made, but even more excited about what comes next!
 
If your firm has a DEI initiative it would like to share in a future announcement, contact Lisa McGrane at lisam@nvbar.org
This Week at the State Bar
The State Bar of Nevada invites attorneys to join other lawyers across the nation in participating in the American Bar Association’s Disability Equity Habit-Building Challenge. The seven-day challenge will begin in a few weeks. Visit our challenge page to sign up for email reminders.

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 Handle|BAR Incubator Program. The next incubator class begins in September. The deadline to apply is Friday, August 19.

The State Bar of Nevada’s Appellate Litigation Section is holding its annual meeting at noon on Tuesday, August 16. To receive the Zoom link, please email section chair Marilee Cate: MCate@da.washoecounty.gov.

The Nevada Bar Foundation established a grant program funded through late fees and penalties assessed through the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education. The deadline to apply is August 12. Grant applications may be completed online. Any questions may be directed to Lisa McGrane at lisam@nvbar.org.
More Time for You. More Time for Clients. 
LawPay, a State Bar of Nevada Business Partner, wants to help lawyers reclaim their time with the ease and efficiency offered by LawPay’s flexible, modern payment technology.

As the leading online payment solution for legal professionals for more than 15 years, LawPay enables members to accept credit, debit, and eCheck payments from clients anywhere, at any time. LawPay is committed to providing an unparalleled experience by protecting trust accounts against third-party debiting and offering expert support from real people.

Legal Aid Center Offers Free CLE, Lunch for Pro Bono CAP Attorneys
The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada’s Pro Bono Project and Children’s Attorneys Project (CAP) are hosting a 1.0 general credit CLE, Lunch with CAP: Supporting High Needs Foster Youth, from noon until 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 1.

While the goal for kids in CAP is to be placed in the most family-like and least restrictive setting possible, many foster youth have significant mental health or behavioral needs and find themselves institutionalized. Some may also have a delinquency case and remain detained while waiting for an appropriate placement. Join other pro bono CAP volunteers and CAP staff attorneys to discuss strategies for identifying appropriate services and placements for those high needs foster youth. Those who have an active Pro Bono CAP case or take a new CAP case are welcome to join for free and receive the CLE credit. Lunch will be provided.

Ready to take a CAP case? You can view available cases here.

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

  • Represent a client in a federal civil rights suit: View Cases.
  • Volunteer for an Ask-A-Lawyer session: Click here for more information and to volunteer.
  • Speak a foreign language?: Click here to learn about the Volunteer Interpreter Program and volunteer.
Stay Competitive by Offering Health Benefits to Employees
The State Bar of Nevada Health Insurance Marketplace offers members access to the most competitive group health insurance solutions on the market. Enjoy unique cost-saving opportunities, complimentary enrollment technology, valuable human resources tools, and voluntary premier-level ancillary benefits with special pricing and concessions. Speak to a benefits counselor and request a free quote today: memberbenefits.com/nvbar.
 
The Health Insurance Marketplace is a State Bar of Nevada Business Partner that offers members the ability to access the insurance and benefits they need to stay happy and healthy. From health insurance to disability coverage, participants are covered. The Health Insurance Marketplace offers a broad level of choice and concierge-level of support designed exclusively for members, employees, and dependents.
Featured CLE: An Evening with the Court 
The Appellate Litigation Section will host “An Evening with the Court,” a reception followed by a one-hour CLE at the Supreme Court Courtroom in Carson City. The reception will be held from 5-6 p.m. with the CLE running from 6-7 p.m.
 
The CLE will focus on practice pointers for oral arguments and briefing. All seven justices will participate. The CLE will be a question-and-answer session, with questions submitted in advance to Marilee Cate at MCate@da.washoecounty.gov. The deadline to submit questions is Thursday, August 25.
 
The CLE will be offered live in Carson City and as a webinar. The live attendance is capped at 60. Once the cap has been reached, the option for live attendance will be removed. 
Program Date:
September 8
 
Time:
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
 
Location:
Carson City in person; also available via Zoom
 
CLE Hours:
1 General Credit