Nevada Bar Foundation Approves More Than $180,000 in Grant Funding
The Nevada Bar Foundation met September 21 to review applications for a newly established grant program that directs late CLE fees collected from providers and attorneys to programs that support diversity, civility, pro bono, and pipeline programs.

The foundation approved $180,378 in grant funds and another $77,500 in matching funds. Matching funds draw on community support to make available dollars go further.
This Week at the State Bar
The Public Lawyers Section held its annual Nevada Government Attorneys Conference in Stateline, Nevada. The conference featured expert speakers, including Nevada Supreme Court justices and judges.

The Real Property Section met September 20 to review its 2023 budget, discuss its 2023 legislative proposals and the associated lobbying fees, consider partnering with other sections on CLEs and social events, and set its next meeting date at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 18.

The ADR Section met September 21 to discuss current issues facing practitioners, consider procedures for changing its bylaws, and evaluate CLE opportunities. 
Supreme Court Schedules Meeting on ADR, Short Trial Rules
The Nevada Supreme Court has scheduled a public hearing for 3 p.m. Thursday, October 6, 2022, on the filed report of the Committee to Study the Rules Governing Alternative Dispute Resolution and Nevada Short Trial findings and recommendations, including proposed rules.
 
An order filed on September 15, 2022, contains the proposed amendments and modifications, explains how to participate in the hearing, and how to submit written comments regarding the proposal.
Governor Extends Deadline to Apply for State Public Defender 
Governor Steve Sisolak has extended the deadline for applications for the position of Nevada State Public Defender to 5 p.m. Tuesday, November 15.

 
The new public defender will lead the NSPD into a new era, reimagining and redefining the office and its impact on the field of indigent defense across rural Nevada. The selected candidate will create a modern vision for the office and develop a sophisticated approach to implementing that vision. They will identify new policy needs and create opportunities for the improvement of indigent defense services throughout the rural counties. In partnership with DIDS, the public defender will plan, assess, and map the future of the NSPD, working to build growing access to holistic defense services, including social workers, investigators, and mitigation specialists.
 
The new public defender must be an attorney licensed to practice law in Nevada. Applicants who do not currently possess a Nevada bar license may qualify for a temporary license pursuant to Nevada Supreme Court Rule 49.1.
 
The ideal applicant will also demonstrate sufficient experience, through the Department of Indigent Defense’s Rural County Application, to be approved to handle at least non-capital category A felony cases. The requisite experience requirements may be found in the Regulations of the Board on Indigent Defense Services, NAC 180, Section 30-37.
 
If any interested applicants have questions, they can email DIDS at didscontact@dids.nv.gov
Nevada Legal Services Hosting Champions of Justice Luncheons
Nevada Legal Services is hosting its annual 2022 Champions of Justice Award Luncheon for Northern Nevada at noon on Wednesday, September 28, at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno.
 
The 2022 Champions of Justice are Anthem Nevada Medicaid, Lisa Board, and Sue Laliberte.
 
The other honorees are:
 
  • Marybeth Gardner, Pro Bono Attorney of the Year;
  • Trevor D. Hartzell, Pro Bono Attorney of the Year;
  • John A. White, Solo Practitioner of the Year;
  • The O’Mara Law Firm, P.C.; Law Firm of the Year;
  •  Immunize Nevada; Partner Organization of the Year;
  • Karen S. Monrreal-Salazar, Muriel Skelly Special Recognition Award;
  • Nancy L. Moss-Chusn, Rodney Sumpter Special Recognition Award; and
  • Angeline J. Portel, Andrew Puccinelli Special Recognition Award.
 
To RSVP in Reno, please contact Edith Medina at 775-284-3491, ext. 237 or email her at emedina@nevadalegalservices.org.
 
The Champions of Justice Award Luncheon for Las Vegas will be held at noon on Thursday, October 13, at Morton’s the Steakhouse.
 
To RSVP in Las Vegas, please contact Yrene Chavez at 702-386-0404, ext. 145, or email her at ychavez@nevadalegalservices.org
Take the Disability Equity Habit-Building Challenge
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 challenge is a personal experience. To participate, simply check the assignment list here and read or watch the recommended content.
 
Done individually and at your own pace, the challenge guides participants through a seven-day curated list of reading and viewing recommendations. Its goal is to assist each of us to become more aware and engaged in the quest for disability equity, and specifically to learn more about the members of the disability community, many of whom are from other marginalized communities, as well as barriers, biases, stereotypes, and discrimination they encounter in everyday life.
Office Space Available to State Bar of Nevada Members
The State Bar of Nevada makes office and meeting room space available to members at no charge. Meet with clients, use office resources, or reserve temporary workspace in either the Las Vegas headquarters, located at 3100 W. Charleston Blvd, Suite 100, or at the Northern Nevada Bar Center, located at 9456 Double R Blvd., Suite B, in Reno. Call 800-254-2797 to make a reservation.
State Bar’s Fee Dispute Arbitration Committee Has Several Openings
The State Bar of Nevada is looking for qualified individuals to fill open positions on the Fee Dispute Arbitration Committee.

The committee is comprised of volunteer member attorneys who resolve disputes of legal fees and costs (min. $250) between clients and attorneys through mediation or arbitration (binding if parties agree to be bound) (per SCR 86(12).
 
The deadline to apply for the committee is no later than Wednesday, October 5.
Featured CLE: Ethics Lessons
from HBO’s “Succession”
Attorney Brent Turman discusses ethical issues in the HBO show Succession, explaining whether a character's on-screen actions comply with specific ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct (spoiler alert: most of the time they don't!) Through the lens of this captivating series, Turman provides an entertaining way for attorneys to obtain ethics credit.
Program Date:
October 5
 
Time:
Noon to 1 p.m.
 
Location:
Webinar
 
CLE Hours:
1 Ethics Credit