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2012 Annual Meeting Report

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Sandcastles on Coronado Beach. Annual Meeting attendees enjoyed a dinner cruise around San Diego Harbor on Thursday, June 28.
State Bar oF neVada 2012 annual Meeting
BY JENNIFER SMITH, PuBLICATIONS MANAGER, STATE BAR OF NEVADA All photos in this article, courtesy of Beau Sterling, unless otherwise noted.
While the atmosphere at the historic Hotel Del Coronado may have had guests feeling like they were stepping into the past, the CLe courses offered at this year’s Annual Meeting were current and immediately relevant to the law practitioners who joined the state Bar of nevada in Coronado, California in late June.
CLE Highlights
In fact, one particular CLE session was so timely that it involved national breaking news. On Thursday, June 28, Mark Hutchison and Nevada Insurance Commissioner Scott J. Kipper presented a breakout session titled “The Constitutional Challenge to the Affordable Care Act,” only a few hours after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision to uphold the act. Hutchison, who participated in the litigation as special lead counsel for Nevada, altered his presentation on the fly to discuss the ramifications of the act with a packed house. Numerous participants commented that it was exciting to discuss such an immediately relevant point of law during the meeting. Other popular CLE presentations included “Breakfast with the Supreme Court.” On the morning of Friday, June 29, six of Nevada’s Supreme Court justices answered candid questions about their perspectives on the state of legal practice in Nevada,
during an interview conducted by Richard Pocker, a member of the state bar’s Board of Governors. Pocker lightened up the discussion by asking the justices some offbeat questions as well. Although casual and fun, the interview was also informative. Chief Justice Michael Cherry presented a brief overview of the current state of the Nevada Supreme Court. Returning for a third year, the popular Trial Academy featured 19 expert faculty members, including nine judges and two Supreme Court justices. These presenters led students through a three-day series of hands-on courses that included every aspect of preparation for a jury trial. During a general session presentation by Ari Kaplan, national legal analyst and noteworthy author, attendees received a copy of Kaplan’s latest book, “Reinventing Professional Services,” reviewed in the May 2012 issue of Nevada Lawyer. The author held book signings before and after his session on reinventing and revitalizing legal practice in the coming decade. Other general session speakers included Hon. Johnnie Rawlinson, Judge for the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto; constitutional law expert and popular speaker Prof. Erwin Chemerinsky; and a panel of gaming law experts. In total, the Annual Meeting offered more than 24 CLE courses, with 15 CLE credits possible, most of which were produced by state bar sections, including the Litigation,
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Insurance and Health Law, Family Law, Real Property Law, Labor and Employment Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Bankruptcy Law sections. The state bar sincerely thanks the sections, volunteers, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors that made this event possible. For more information, including detailed lists of sponsors and exhibitors, visit
Richard Pocker (right) interviewed Nevada Supreme Court Justices Cherry, Pickering, Douglas, Saitta, Hardesty and Gibbons during a breakfast session on Friday, June 29.
Leadership and Awards
Annual Meeting Week: Aug. 13-17
if you missed the state Bar of nevada’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Coronado, you won’t want to miss this week in August! Presentations from the meeting will be replayed over the internet throughout the week – pick and choose which sessions you’d like to view. Purchase more than one in the same transaction and receive a discount. Visit www.nvbar. org/cle/liveseminars for more information and registration.
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Hon. Johnnie Rawlinson (left) presented a CLE seminar on effective appellate practice.
The state bar’s new Board of Governors officers and members were sworn in on Friday, June 29, in a brief ceremony conducted by Chief Justice Cherry. New officers include Frank Flaherty, President; Alan Lefebvre, President Elect; Elana Graham, Vice President; and Connie Akridge, Immediate Past President. New board members include Ann Morgan and Paola Armeni. A complete list of the Board of Governors is available on p. 4. After the swearing-in ceremony, the state bar recognized the recipients of the 2012 membership awards. The recipients include: • Presidential Award: Presented to the Nevada Law Foundation and the Access to Justice Commission for their continued collaboration to support pro bono initiatives throughout Nevada. • Volunteer of the Year Award: Presented to Robert Cerceo for extraordinary service in support of numerous Family Law Section projects, including the annual specialization exam, the Family Law Practice Manual, the annual Family Law Conference, and more. • Medal of Justice Award: Presented to the leaders and contributors responsible for development of the Feb. 2012 special issue of Nevada Lawyer magazine on Black History Month, which fostered understanding of a portion of Nevada’s legal history.
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Don’t Miss Out – Plan Early to Join us Next Year
Courtesey of Judge Mathew Harter.
Next year’s Annual Meeting will take place July 25-27 at Harrah’s and Harvey’s in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Register now and reserve your spot at one of Nevada’s biggest CLE events of the year. Contact the state bar’s CLE team at (702) 382-2200 or email for more information.
Judge Mathew Harter and family in front of the Hotel Del Coronado
Fun in the Sun
But the Annual Meeting was certainly not all work and no play. The event location – the famous Hotel Del Coronado, built in 1888 – offered visitors immediate access to the island’s beautiful beaches and gorgeous views of San Diego Bay. In addition to visiting the beach, event attendees gathered during numerous social events to spend valuable time networking with fellow attorneys, judges, justices and other leaders of Nevada’s legal community. Optional events included a dinner cruise across San Diego Harbor, an afternoon lunch on a beachside lawn, complete with classic lawn games, walking tours of the historic neighborhoods of Coronado Island and much more.
Beginning May 1, 2012 attorneys across the state earned raffle tickets by supporting pro bono work. nevada pro bono agencies issued one raffle ticket per attorney for each case taken during the two months leading up to the state bar’s Annual Meeting. the prize was a nine-foot-long, electric green and yellow Hobie surfboard, designed by terry Martin and signed by nevada’s judges and justices. Holland & Hart sponsored the purchase of Raffle winner and pro bono the surfboard. supporter Tom Fell receives the drawing took place at the his prize from Immediate Past Annual Meeting on the morning President Connie Akridge of saturday, June 30, 2012. Bar member tom Fell of Gordon and silver won the board and received a visit from the bar’s immediate past president, Connie Akridge, who personally delivered the prize to Fell’s office in Las Vegas. Fell’s name has appeared on the Pro Bono Honor Roll (see page 44) three times this year!
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