Nevada Judicial Selection Commission Announces Finalists for Clark County Position in Department 11
The Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection met November 15-16 to select three applicants to forward to Governor Steve Sisolak for appointment to fill the judicial vacancy in the Eighth Judicial District Court, Dept. 11.

The judicial position was made vacant by the retirement in August of Judge Betsy Gonzalez. The commission forwarded applications from:
  • Karl Armstrong;
  • Maria Gall; and
  • Elham Roohani.
There were 14 applicants for the position. Nevada attorneys with 10 years of legal experience and two years of Nevada residency were eligible to apply.
Sisolak has 30 days to select an appointee from the three names provided by the commission. The appointed judge is required to file as a candidate in the November 8, 2022, general election to serve the entirety of the term for Department 11. The current term expires January 4, 2027.
To view the public portions of the judicial application or for more information on the commission, please visit the commission’s website.
This Week at the State Bar
The Nevada Supreme Court will hold a public hearing at 3 p.m. today, Thursday, November 18, to consider a grant program proposed by the state bar’s Board of Governors. The program would put to use MCLE reserve dollars previously set aside by the court.

The Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility met November 12 to discuss the practice of attorneys admitted in Nevada but not maintaining Nevada offices, public comments received regarding prospective conflict waivers, and other issues.
The Intellectual Property Section met on November 12 to elect new officers, including Paxton Fleming, chair; Dave Kaplan, vice chair; Seaton Curran, secretary; and Benjamin Gordon, treasurer. The section also discussed planning for CLE events in 2022, and talked about pro bono activities in the new year, which includes possibly hosting a patents clinic at the Boyd School of Law at UNLV.
The Cannabis Law Section met November 4 to discuss the section’s new listserv, made plans for a mixer beginning at 5:30 p.m. today at Tacotarian in Las Vegas, and re-elected its executive committee to another term.
Holiday Help: Online Support Sessions for Lawyers Start Nov. 30
Keeping balance in our work and home lives can be a struggle for the best of us, even without the added pressures that surge around the holidays, such as social and family expectations, end-of-year deadlines, travel plans, burnout, and more.
You are not alone!

Join your colleagues in a virtual safe place that’s practical, constructive, and helpful. You’ll have encouragement in creating and maintaining well-being during the holiday season and learn more about coping through shared experiences unique to the legal profession.

This series of online support sessions begins at noon on Tuesday. Nov. 30 and continues weekly each Tuesday for a total of six sessions. To RSVP or ask questions, contact or call 702-389-4500.

Remittance of Unclaimed/Unidentified Funds in an IOLTA Account
Nevada Rule of Professional Conduct 1.15(f) provides direction to lawyers and law firms on what to do with unclaimed or unidentified funds in their Nevada client trust accounts. If a lawyer or law firm has made reasonable but unsuccessful efforts to disburse funds from their client trust account to their rightful owner(s), those funds may be remitted to the State Bar of Nevada’s Clients’ Security Fund after a term of five years.

If you have been holding unclaimed or unidentifiable funds in your Nevada client trust account for five or more years, please review the instructions on how to remit those funds on the Unclaimed Funds page of the bar’s website.
U.S. Court of Appeals Seeking Bankruptcy Judge Applicants
The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit invites applications from highly qualified candidates for a bankruptcy judgeship for the District of Nevada. This position is available immediately, however, the selection process may take up to 18 months to complete. The official duty station for this position is Reno.

The term of office is 14 years with a possible renewal appointment subject to reappointment procedures.

The Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Judge Application may be downloaded at Applicants are advised to allow for sufficient time to complete and submit the application. One completed and signed original must be sent to the Office of the Circuit Executive. One scanned version of the completed application must be submitted by email to

Applicants must submit their own applications in the format required by the Ninth Circuit, which must be received by 5 p.m., Thursday, January 20, 2022.
Featured CLE: Ethics Year in Review
Members of the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility will provide bar members with ethical considerations at the forefront of their work this year.
Presentations and speakers include:
  • Diversity & Inclusion/Bias Training – Melissa Brown
  • What Were You Thinking? – Joel Henriod
  • Recent Bar Disciplinary Action – Stephanie Barker and Rusty Graf
  • Responding to Online Criticism – Alan Freer and Joshua Gilmore
  • Opinion Update – Joe Garin
  • Substance Abuse/Mental Health – Steven Altig and Paul Hinshaw
Program Date:
December 8
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Las Vegas and Reno bar offices; webcast
CLE Hours:
3 CLE Credits (2 Ethics and 1 AAMH)