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Executive Director's Message: Executive Director's Mid-year Report

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NEVADA LAWYER
EDITORIAL BOARD Scott G. Wasserman, Chair Michael t. Saunders Lisa Wong Lackland, Chair-elect Gregory R. Shannon Mark A. Hinueber, Vice-Chair Stephen F. Smith Beau Sterling, immediate Past Chair Heidi Parry Stern Erin Barnett Kristen Simmons Patricia D. Cafferata Richard D. Williamson Hon. Robert J. Johnston John Zimmerman Scott McKenna BOARD OF GOVERNORS President: Kathleen J. England, Las Vegas President-Elect: Cam Ferenbach, Las Vegas Vice President: Constance Akridge, Las Vegas Immediate Past President: Bruce Beesley, Reno James Bradshaw, Reno Amber L. Candelaria, Las Vegas Laurence Digesti, Reno Frank Flaherty, Carson City Elana turner Graham, Las Vegas Bruce Hahn, Reno Jenny Hubach, Reno Gregory J. Kamer, Las Vegas Alan Lefebvre, Las Vegas Vincent ochoa, Las Vegas Bruce Shapiro, Las Vegas Mason Simons, Elko Ex-officio Dean John Valery White, UNLV Boyd School of Law
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE
Looking Forward As Our Leadership Changes
Kimberly Farmer, State Bar of Nevada Executive Director
STATE BAR STAFF Executive Director: Kimberly K. Farmer Bar Counsel: Rob Bare Deputy Bar Counsel/ General Counsel: David Clark Director of Finance & Information Systems: Marc Mersol Director of Continuing Legal Education: Emily ihrke NEVADA LAWYER STAFF Publications Manager: Jennifer Smith (jennifers@nvbar.org) Publications Assistant: Melinda Catren (melindac@nvbar.org) GRAPHIC DESIGN Georgina Corbalan
Each year in June, the State Bar of Nevada passes the gavel to its new leadership. The new president, Cam Ferenbach, as well as new bar officers and board members will take their oaths of office at the Annual Meeting on June 25. I’d like to express a hearty welcome to our new officers; we look forward to a productive year. I personally want to congratulate and thank President Kathleen J. England on a great year as bar president. Kathleen has used the “big tent” approach to include a wide range of members in program development and decision-making and, as a result, we have seen increased involvement from several groups within the bar. Kathleen will continue to serve as past-president, thus we will still have the pleasure of her humor, knowledge of the profession and passion for serving the members. As the new leadership comes in, we’ll also have to bid farewell to individuals who’ve served the bar with skill and dedication. Please join me in thanking outgoing board members Gregg Kamer and Bruce Shapiro for their excellent service to the bar as members of the Board of Governors. Their leadership and wisdom will be missed. Although the state bar leadership changes in June, bar staff is at the midway point in the work year, making June an excellent time to review the bar’s status so far for 2010. Here are just a few highlights from bar staff’s six-month report card: • State bar membership continues to increase. We welcomed the February new admittees to the state bar and saw our membership increase to slightly over 9,811 active and inactive members. We anticipate by year’s-end, we will surpass the 10,000 membership mark. • We’ve implemented online dues payments. Online services are a convenience to our members, but they’re also a cost-saving measure for our organization. Nearly 2,700 members have used this feature to pay 2010 bar fees. • We’re giving back. Revenues received from the Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) program are used to fund the Public Service Grant Program. Earlier this year, $148,000 were awarded to 12 different Nevada organizations offering legal services or education. • We’re providing you with more options. For example, our new online CLE catalog offers more options than ever, allowing members to purchase and use CLE courses in the most convenient ways. In addition to our live seminars, you can now attend CLE via webcast or download digital audio to an MP3 player.
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• We continue to expand bar benefits. As of last month, 20 percent of our members are using Fastcase, the bar’s free legal research benefit, with that number increasing monthly as our members become aware of the features and cost savings the research tool provides. In addition, our online career center, provided through the Association Career Network, lets job-seekers and hiring firms browse local, relevant job listings easily. • We’re taking on more work. Here are just a few departments that have seen significantly increased activity in 2010: o The total number of grievances the Office of Bar Counsel has received from January 1, 2010 through March 31, 2010 is 409. Of those 409 grievances received, 87 have been opened. The general trends in types of complaints are, unfortunately, misappropriation of trust accounts, fraud, and criminal convictions. Fee Dispute has received 120 fee dispute filings so far in 2010 (in 2009 there were 312 filings) – demonstrating an increase in the number of clients and attorneys seeking the assistance of the bar’s Fee Dispute Arbitration Committee. Our Clients’ Security Fund (CSF) is on track to receive a record number of claims in 2010. In 2009 the CSF received 88 claims for awards totaling $244,849. To date the CSF has received 75 claims.
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We are looking forward to continuing our progress through the latter half of the year under our new leadership. Congratulations Kathleen England for a banner year. We’re excited to continue her work and the work of previous bar presidents under the leadership of Cam Ferenbach as he takes the helm.
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The State Bar of Nevada is Hiring!
Several positions are open for both attorneys and non-attorneys at the State Bar of Nevada’s Las Vegas office, including: • Director of Admissions • Admissions Coordinator • Paralegal Investigator • Publications Coordinator • Fee Dispute/Client Security Fund Coordinator
For full job descriptions for these positions, as well as instructions on how to submit an application, visit our website at www.nvbar.org > Bar Employment or contact us a hr@nvbar.org.
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