October's Nevada Lawyer Explores Renewable Energy and Nevada’s Public Lands
Nevada is uniquely rich in minerals critical to renewable energy technology, and the October issue of Nevada Lawyer takes a look at how the state’s public lands can be utilized for this – and other – important efforts. 
 
This month’s issue contains articles that explore the green energy domestic mineral supply chain, the development of utility-scale renewable energy projects on public lands, and the history of and who controls Nevada’s public lands.

The issue also spotlights the Young Lawyers Section’s survey of young lawyers, and part two of a series of CLE articles on the U.S. Constitution. 
 
As always, the magazine includes regular features such as the president’s message, news and notes, and the bar counsel report. While you are there, check out the Nevada Lawyer archives for a lengthy list of back issues.
This Week at the State Bar
Results from the July 2021 Bar Exam will be released no earlier than 3 p.m. on Friday, October 8, 2021. Announcements will be posted first to the bar's social media accounts. For the fastest possible access, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn.

The Probate & Trust Section met and heard from Judge Gloria Sturman on how cases would proceed with the pending retirement of Probate Commissioner Wesley Yamashita. The section also discussed upcoming executive committee elections.

The Gaming Law Section met to discuss plans for its upcoming Gaming Law Conference, taking place Nov. 5. After deliberation, the section voted to change the format from an in-person meeting to a virtual conference.

The Appellate Litigation Section met to elect new officers to its executive committee and to discuss proposed revisions to the Nevada Rules of Appellate Procedure. 
Ethics Committee Issues Opinion on Conflict Waivers
The State Bar of Nevada’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility has presented its findings in Formal Opinion No. 58, regarding possible conflict waivers pursuant to Nevada Rule of Professional Conduct 1.7.
 
The committee has issued opinions on the following questions:

  • Does Nevada accept the general principle in Comment 22 to ABA Model Rule 1.7 and allow prospective conflict waivers?

  • If so, what must a prospective conflict waiver contain to be effective and avoid running afoul of the Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct?
 
The committee finds that prospective conflict waivers may be permitted under Nevada Rule of Professional Conduct 1.7 if the prospective waiver meets all the requirements for waiving a present conflict of interest under Nevada Rule of Professional Conduct 1.7(b).
 
This opinion is issued by the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility of the State Bar of Nevada, pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 225. It is advisory only.
NLV Justice Court Issues Order to Improve Eviction Filings
On October 4, the North Las Vegas Justice Court issued Administrative Order 2021-06, regarding the filing of eviction seven-day notices to pay or quit.
 
Recently, the court has experienced several instances in which landlords have been using forms that contain Las Vegas Justice Court information, as opposed to North Las Vegas Justice Court information. This trend has resulted in tenants filing answers with the wrong court, and subsequently, summary evictions are granted in error. The court has issued this order to improve the process.
 
According to the order, the North Las Vegas Justice Court clerks shall reject eviction filings due to improper service as follows:
 
  • The notice contains references or links to the Las Vegas Justice Court address and website.
  • The notice fails to provide the physical address and website for the North Las Vegas Justice Court.
  • The notice erroneously provides the link to Tyler Host electronic filing.
State Bar Members Invited to TIP Kickoff Event on October 13
Come join us for the kickoff of the Fall 2021 Transitioning into Practice cycle at noon on Wednesday, October 13. All State Bar of Nevada members are invited to attend this meeting, at which our newest members will receive information about all the benefits the bar has to offer.
 
During the program cycle, TIP mentors will work with newly admitted attorneys over the course of six months. Together, mentors and mentees will work through the required elements of the TIP Mentoring Plan and may choose to develop elective elements unique to the new attorney’s area of practice.
 
The benefits of serving as a TIP mentor are numerous. In addition to earning six CLE credits (four general, one ethics and one AAMH), TIP mentors and their mentees have formed lasting professional relationships going beyond the TIP cycle. Mentorship opportunities are available statewide to attorneys who have been in practice seven years or more. Mentors willing to work with attorneys outside their law firms are especially encouraged to apply.
 
For more information about the TIP program and how to apply to serve as a mentor, review the TIP Mentor Application or contact Theresa Freeman at theresaf@nvbar.org.  
Featured CLE: Tips for Avoiding Disputes
and Defending Your Fees
Don’t let your hard work go unpaid. This on-demand program, presented by the State Bar of Nevada’s Fee Dispute Arbitration Program, offers practical tips on drafting your fee agreements, your ethical obligations to your clients, and the costs associated with defending your fee and billing practices.
 
This presentation also highlights the Fee Dispute Arbitration Program offered by the state bar as a free resource to attorneys and clients. It also provides the steps for navigating through the arbitration and mediation process. 
Original Date:
October 1, 2020
 
Time:
1 Hour
 
Location:
On Demand
 
CLE Hours:
1 Ethics Credit