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Issue Editor's Column: John R. Zimmerman, Esq.

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easily accessible via air travel, and the turnout this year indicates we were correct. Next year, we will be holding the Annual Meeting in the state of Nevada, which as many of you know, is a somewhat novel approach for us. Historically, or at least using recent history as a guide, meetings held in the state have not been well attended. However, we are hopeful that our new focus on content and partnership with the sections will make next year’s Annual Meeting as successful as this year’s. The meeting will be at Harvey’s and Harrah’s in Stateline, Nevada (Lake Tahoe) from July 25 through July 27. Aside from the continued focus on the content of the CLE offered at the Annual Meeting, we have moved the meeting from June to July to ensure a more “summer-like” experience at Lake Tahoe, which admittedly can sometimes be a bit “cool” in June. Thus, July at Tahoe will be a great place to get quality CLE and cool off, without getting “too cool.” The other initiative that Connie forecasted in her July 2011 column was the creation of a program to replace the “Bridge the Gap” CLE program that so many of us attended as a prerequisite to practice in the Silver State. Bar staff and many of you worked very hard on Bridge the Gap for many years, but we could never overcome the shortcomings generated by its one-size-fits-all approach. The solution again involved you; specifically, those of you who have been appointed as mentors by the Nevada Supreme Court. Officially, the mentoring program, or Transitioning Into Practice (TIP), is still in its pilot program phase, but the feedback received thus far has been very positive, especially as compared to the feedback we received over the years from many of you who attended Bridge the Gap. On behalf of the entire bar, I would like to thank those of you who stepped up and volunteered to be mentors. We think this is going to be a great program, and by demonstrating commitment and professionalism to our new admittees, YOU are making it great. Finally, Connie advised you that the bar has outgrown its Las Vegas office. The board, especially its Facilities Committee, and bar staff have made great strides since July 2011 in locating a new facility for your Las Vegas office. We are very confident that we will soon have a facility that is energy efficient, technologically current and a great place for your industrious bar staff to work. We are confident that just like the Northern Nevada Bar center, we will have ample space for CLE and other training, as well as space available for you and your occasional needs (e.g., mediations, larger conferences). There will also be ample parking. In sum, the Board of Governors and state bar staff continue to move the bar forward by reconnecting with the membership – you. We certainly cannot do it without you, and I want to thank all of you who have donated countless hours to the bar and its mission, and thus by extension, to the improvement of the legal profession and enhanced service to the public in Nevada. Please keep up the good work, and encourage your colleagues to join you in service to your bar.
A Note From the Issue Editor
As Nevadans, we are fortunate enough to live a relatively short distance from large areas of public land, a situation that presents numerous opportunities as well as challenges. If you enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, hunting or other outdoor pursuits, it’s likely that you will enjoy these activities on public land. This land is also used for other purposes – among them grazing livestock, mining and developing renewable energy sources – which provide financial support to our federal, state and local economies. In this issue of Nevada Lawyer we will learn about the huge amount of public land in Nevada (massive when compared with that in other states in the U.S.), and delve into a few of the varied and complex laws impacting the management of that land and the natural resources it offers. In this month’s first feature, Linda M. Bullen walks us through the complex network of federal, state, and local laws and regulations that natural resource practitioners must navigate in order to assist their clients in developing any large-scale renewable energy projects on public land. Second, Richard W. Harris brings us a concise introduction to federal land ownership in Nevada and how it affects resource development in the state. Finally, Sarah R. Liljefelt, W. Alan Schroeder and Therese A. Ure explore the difficulties inherent in establishing public rights-of-way – difficulties that can have a huge impact on our access to, use of and enjoyment of public lands. The law of public lands is steeped in the history of the American west and has adapted to meet the challenges and demands of the 21st century. As issue editor, I hope you enjoy reading about a few of the laws that impact our use of public lands in Nevada. And, while celebrating our nation’s independence this Fourth of July, we should take some time to reflect on the numerous benefits and opportunities provided by our right to use public lands in Nevada. JOHN R. ZIMMERMAN is a natural resources lawyer with Parsons Behle & Latimer, where he practices primarily water and mining law.
July 2012
Nevada Lawyer

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