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Message from the President: Reflections on the State Bar of Nevada, Part I

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NEVADA LAWYER
EDitoRiAL boARD Lisa Wong Lackland, Chair Michael T. Saunders Mark A. Hinueber, Chair-Elect Gregory R. Shannon Patricia D. Cafferata, Vice Chair Stephen F. Smith Scott G. Wasserman, Beau Sterling Immediate Past Chair Kristen E. Simmons Erin Barnett Richard D. Williamson Hon. Robert J. Johnston John Zimmerman Scott McKenna boARD of goVERNoRs President: Cam Ferenbach, Las Vegas President-Elect: Constance Akridge, Las Vegas Vice President: Frank Flaherty, Carson City immediate Past President: Kathleen England, Las Vegas James Bradshaw, Reno Elizabeth Brickfield, Las Vegas Amber L. Candelaria, Las Vegas Laurence Digesti, Reno Elana Turner Graham, Las Vegas Bruce Hahn, Reno Jenny Hubach, Reno Alan Lefebvre, Las Vegas Hon. Vincent ochoa, Las Vegas Bryan Scott, Las Vegas Richard Scotti, Las Vegas Mason Simons, Elko Ex-officio Dean John Valery White, UnLV Boyd School of Law Liaison to the Board of Bar Examiners Richard Trachok
message from the President
Cam ferenbach, State Bar of nevada President
REFLECTIonS on THE STATE BAR oF nEVADA, PART I
“We rely on our staff to take the lead, with significant help from our member volunteers, in administering all functions.”
Next month, Connie Akridge will begin her year as our state bar president. Connie and I have served together in leadership of the Clark County Bar Association and then the State Bar of Nevada for at least a dozen years. She succeeded me as the Clark County Bar president eight years ago. Connie has been working hard preparing for her state bar “presidential year,” and I know she will do a great job. Reflecting back over my time as a member of the Board of Governors and a state bar officer, it’s amazing how quickly the years have passed. Like practicing law, serving in bar leadership positions is a constant learning experience. Here are some things I have learned about the State Bar of Nevada:
stAtE bAR stAff Executive Director: Kimberly K. Farmer bar Counsel: David A. Clark Director of finance & information systems: Marc Mersol Director of Continuing Legal Education: Emily Akerberg Director of Admissions: Laura Gould NEVADA LAWYER stAff Publications manager: Jennifer Smith (jennifers@nvbar.org) Nevada Lawyer Coordinator: Melinda Catren (melindac@nvbar.org) Publications specialist: Christina Alberts (christinaa@nvbar.org) gRAPhiC DEsigN Georgina Corbalan
1. An effective state bar association is critical to our system of justice.
The primary functions of the state bar are admissions, discipline and client protection (fee dispute resolution, Client Security Fund administration and other related programs). The primary goal of the admission and discipline functions is to ensure that legal practitioners in our state are competent and comply with the Supreme Court’s Rules of Professional Conduct. Client protection functions focus on mitigating adverse consequences suffered by clients whose attorneys fail or become unable to fulfill their professional obligations. We also work to increase public understanding of the importance of the Rule of Law in our society and the role that attorneys play in maintaining the Rule of Law. Additional functions include producing CLE programs (live, recorded and online), publishing Nevada Lawyer
ADVERtisiNg iNDEX
aMERICaN aRBITRaTION aSSOCIaTION ............................. 40 aRMSTRONG TEaSDaLE................. 24 BaNK OF GEORGE .......................... 20 BaNK OF NEVaDa .......................... 11 CLaRK COUNTy BaR aSSOCIaTION ............................. 26 COGBURN LaW OFFICE .................. 23 CORE VaULT ................................... 15 DaNIELS-HEaD INSURaNCE ........... 39 FaSTCaSE ..................................... IBC HUTCHISON & STEFFEN ................... 9 JaCKSON/LEWIS ............................ 30 JEFFREy BURR ............................... 28 JIMMERSON HaNSEN P .............. 21 .C. JULIE a. MERSCH ........................... 35 LaWPay ......................................... 22 LaWyERS CONCERNED FOR LaWyERS ............................ 35 LEWIS aND ROCa ........................... 31 LEGISLaTIVE COUNSEL BUREaU ....BC LIONEL SaWyER & COLLINS .......... 48 NEEMaN & MILLS .......................... 45 OLD KIRBy PLaCE .......................... 13 PERFORMaNCE MaRKETING .......... 29 SaTURNa TRUST COMPaNy........... 25 SIERRa CONSULTING GROUP ........... 8 ST MaNaGEMENT .......................... 12 STaTE BaR OF NEVaDa ....IFC, 32 & 33 TOP OF THE WORLD RESTaURaNT...17 VERITI CONSULTING ......................... 7
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serve our members and protect the public interest. This mission statement appeared in
magazine and books on Nevada law, producing law-related education programs, operating our Lawyer Referral and Information Service and promoting Access to Justice throughout all geographic areas and demographics of our state. All these functions support the mission of the State Bar of Nevada: govern the legal profession, my first President’s Message but now, having experienced the work of the bar association on a daily basis, having responded to a number of complaints from members of the public and a few from members of the bar, having worked with the governors and our staff on all aspects of our operations, I realize how critical our primary and additional functions are. Consistent, dedicated and careful work by our staff and volunteers is essential. Although our profession is far from perfect, we can be proud of the effectiveness with which the state bar operates.
2. The state bar’s effectiveness depends on its dedicated staff.
Beginning and ending with each year’s Annual Meeting, the work of the state bar moves through a predictable annual cycle. We rely on our staff to take the lead, with significant help from our member volunteers, in administering all functions. Executive Director Kimberly Farmer leads our staff with the support of Gale Skala, Administrative Manager; David Clark, Bar Counsel; Marc Mersol, Controller; Laura Gould, Admissions Director; Emily Akerberg, CLE Director; Jennifer Smith, Publications Manager; and Lisa McGrane, Client Protection Manager. Under the leadership of this management team, the level of service by the 40plus employees of the state bar has been excellent. Many state bar employees deal with the public or members of the bar in stressful circumstances. Deadlines loom and workloads are significant. The reputation of our profession depends greatly on our staff fulfilling their duties in accordance with the highest standards. They deserve our support and thanks. Next month, I’ll discuss the work of member volunteers, including the Board of Governors and officers, as well as some ongoing issues we face.
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