State Bar Announces 2021 Membership Award Winners
The State Bar of Nevada is proud to announce the recipients of the annual Membership Awards. The winners will be recognized at the President’s Dinner tomorrow night during the state bar Annual Bar Conference in San Diego.

The winners are:
 
  • Presidential Award – J. Randall Jones is deeply dedicated to pro bono work, having served as a board member for the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada since 1995, and he was named a Colleague by the Nevada Bar Foundation.

  •  Medal of Justice – Constance A. Akridge has served as president of the Nevada Bar Foundation since 2013, when she led the effort to revive that organization in order to support law-related education programs in Nevada.

  • Trailblazer Award – Bryan K. Scott is a past president of the State Bar of Nevada, and he led the effort to emphasize the importance of diversity in the legal community.

  •  Volunteers of the Year – Claudia Aguayo and Augusta Massey. As president of the Latino Bar Association, Aguayo has re-energized the organization, plotting a three-year plan, including more than 25 goals, to help the LBA support its members. The membership of the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association (LVNBA) has grown by more than 30 percent since Massey’s first year serving as that organization’s president; the LVNBA attributes that growth directly to Massey’s leadership.

  • Young Lawyer of the Year – Ashley Biehl, an attorney with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, represents abused and neglected children in Clark County, providing advice and representation to children who have never before had the help of an attorney to serve as their voice before the court and within their communities.
 
For live updates from the Bar Conference this week, follow us on social media at #WavesOfChangeSBN.
Courts Issue Orders Regarding Public Access and Pandemic Protocols
The Nevada Supreme Court issued an order in ADKT 0554 rescinding several administrative orders related to COVID-19 safety protocols and replacing them with new requirements for accessing appellate court facilities in person, including the use of Nevada’s updated OSHA guidance. The new protocols became effective June 1.
 
Oral arguments in individual cases are now being held in-person at the appellate courthouses. The public is also now permitted to attend oral arguments in-person. Attorneys may, with appropriate judicial permission, remove their masks when presenting arguments to the courts.
 
Members of the public entering the Carson City and Las Vegas appellate courthouses must observe social distancing of three feet, must observe hygiene protocols, and must wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth in common areas of the courthouses. Visitors who have been diagnosed with or been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the previous 10 days shall not enter the courthouses. For more information, see ADKT 0554.
 
In addition, other Nevada courts have issued these recent orders and plans:
 
Gordon Named Interim Dean of UNLV Boyd School of Law
UNLV announced that Sara Gordon has been named the interim dean of the William S. Boyd School of Law, effective July 1.
 
Gordon, a professor of law who has served as the associate dean for academic affairs since 2018, steps in for Dean Daniel W. Hamilton, who announced in April he will be leaving the post.
 
Gordon teaches courses in criminal law, mental health law, and evidence, and she is a member of the law school’s Health Law Program. She has been with the Boyd School of Law since 2006. Gordon’s research examines how psychology and mental health intersect with the criminal justice system.
 
Prior to joining the faculty at Boyd School of Law, Gordon practiced commercial litigation and employment law at Hale Lane, now Holland and Hart, in Las Vegas. She earned her juris doctor from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers School of Law, where she was the managing editor for the Arizona Law Review. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Pitzer College in Claremont, California.
Looking for Referrals? Consider the Lawyer Referral Service
Each year, the state bar refers more than 15,000 people to attorneys through its Lawyer Referral Service (LRS). If you are an attorney and would like to join LRS, visit our referral website for more information.
 
To be eligible to join the service, attorneys must be a member in good standing with the state bar, not at any time in the past five years prior to application been subject to discipline by the State Bar of Nevada or in any jurisdiction in which the attorney is licensed, provide proof of errors and omissions insurance with minimum coverage of $250,000 per claim and $500,000 aggregate limits, and pay an annual registration fee of $50. 
Notes Available from Recent State-Federal Judicial Council Meeting
The Nevada State-Federal Judicial Council held its most recent meeting on May 24. Notes detailing the meeting activity are now available.
 
During the meeting, the participants discussed current issues in the state and federal judiciaries, as well as the tribal court, and provided updates on the Federal Court Pro Bono Program.
 
The council’s next meeting is estimated to occur next fall; however the date and location is still to be determined.
Ask a Nerd: Apps to Help Schedule Meetings
Scheduling large meetings with out-of-the-office clients or contacts can be a pain. We all know that one person who throws a wrench into a near-final date with the dreaded “Sorry, that time doesn’t work for me” email at the last minute.
 
Zapier has a great article recommending applications to help schedule complex meetings. The article includes thorough reviews with lots of detail, and the application recommendations include free and phone-based options, in addition to traditional desktop apps and browser plug-ins.
Featured CLE: Effective Holiday Schedules
The Hon. Margaret Pickard presents this informative and humorous seminar providing an overview of strategies and techniques to create effective parenting plans for high-conflict custody cases.
 
This seminar will offer specific drafting tips and strategies, as well as proposed templates, to help practitioners write parenting plans to minimize conflict for caregivers and their children.
 
Holiday schedules for multiple religious sects will be presented, with sample draft language. 
Date:
June 24
 
Time:
Noon – 1 p.m.
 
Location:
Webinar
 
CLE Hours:
1 CLE Hour