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

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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 2
“My sincere thanks go out to all of you who have worked so hard in furtherance of the important work of the State Bar of Nevada over the past 12 months.”
Last month’s President’s Message described: 1. Why an effective state bar association is critical to our system of justice; and 2. How the state bar’s effectiveness depends on its dedicated staff. Here are some other 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
3. The state bar’s effectiveness also depends on our volunteer committee, panel and section members.
Based on an informal inventory of our committees, panels and section leadership, we conservatively estimate that 29,000 hours of volunteer service, in furtherance of the mission of the State Bar of Nevada, were donated by our members in 2010. At $200 per hour, the value of these donated services would be $5,800,000, an amount almost equal to the state bar’s annual budget. Staff handles day-to-day operations – including coordinating the efforts of all these volunteers – but the Board of Governors is ultimately answerable to our members and the Supreme Court for the manner in which the state bar operates. Without the volunteer assistance of our members the job would not get done.
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ABA RETIREMENT FUNDS ............... 38 AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION ............................. 26 ARMSTRONG TEASDALE................. 24 BANK OF NEVADA .......................... 11 CLARK COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION ............................. 28 COGBURN LAW OFFICE .................. 13 DANIELS-HEAD INSURANCE ........... 27 FARR WEST ENGINEERING................ 7 FASTCASE ..................................... IBC FORENSIS GROUP .......................... 16 HUTCHISON & STEFFEN ................... 9 JULIE A. MERSCH ........................... 20 LAWPAY ......................................... 18 LAWYERS CONCERNED FOR LAWYERS ............................ 25 LAWYER REFERRAL & INFORMATION SERVICE ............. IFC LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL BUREAU ....BC LEWIS AND ROCA ........................... 35 MARSH........................................... 21 MCDONALD CARANO WILSON........ 37 NEEMAN & MILLS .......................... 45 OLD KIRBY PLACE .......................... 19 SATURNA TRUST COMPANY........... 36 SMITH LARSEN & WIXOM............... 25 ST MANAGEMENT .......................... 12 STATE BAR OF NEVADA ....................49 TOMPKINS PETERS ...........................27 TOP OF THE WORLD RESTAURANT...17 VERITI CONSULTING ....................... 23
4. The board of governors and staff work together to balance long-term benefits against short-term costs.
Taking advantage of technology is saving the bar money. All membership data is now maintained in a central
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database. In the past, different departments at the state bar had to maintain their own duplicate files on members within each department’s area of activity: Admissions, Discipline, Client Security Fund and Lawyer Referral, for example. Now, only one entry is required to update a member’s information and that update is automatically applied to all departments. We have expanded online and podcast CLE. Our own video-conferencing equipment and teleconferencing bridge saves time and travel costs. We are evolving toward paperless files, which save time and storage costs and create better-preserved records. Even the Board of Governors has done away with its board book, which used to contain hundreds of pages for each meeting. The book has been replaced by delivery of electronic files via the internet, which board members view on their laptops during our meetings. One major cost/benefit issue facing the bar involves our Las Vegas office. The state bar purchased our office building at 600 East Charleston in 1997. At that time, the bar had 5,886 members and 27 employees. Now it has 10,584 members and 44 employees statewide. We have been gradually increasing staffing in the Northern Nevada Bar Center (9456 Double R Blvd. in Reno) and now have five employees based there. This relieves some of the crowding in Las Vegas. However, we have run out of room in our 10,440 square foot office. To efficiently accommodate staffing, hearings, meetings and CLE programs, the state bar requires more configurable square footage for various purposes. With a larger facility we would realize significant reduction in fees and expenses incurred when we rent space off-site for CLEs and bar exams; we would also see more functional space for discipline hearings and committee meetings. Our facilities committee is exploring options for consideration by the Board of Governors. My sincere thanks go out to all of you who have worked so hard in furtherance of the important work of the State Bar of Nevada over the past 12 months. I also greatly appreciate the input I received from members throughout the year. Serving as your president has been truly an honor and a pleasure.
A Note From the Issue Editor
BY MARK A. HINUEBER, ESQ.
Whether as an employer, employee, partner or associate, every Nevada lawyer is touched in some way by the issue of health care. As the populations of the United States and Nevada age, and medical technology makes significant leaps forward, all lawyers face challenging health care questions, both personally and on behalf of their clients. Added to that is the ongoing debate at the national level over the new 2,400-page health care reform legislation known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The act, if upheld in the courts, will fundamentally affect nearly every health care issue in the United States. This issue was conceived with the idea of helping Nevada lawyers better understand some of the issues and rapidly approaching deadlines in PPACA. In Rick Roskelley and David Keene’s insightful article on PPACA, some of the key provisions in the new law and the timelines for implementation are laid out. In another article, Mark Hutchison gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges facing PPACA, including a lawsuit in which Hutchison is representing the State of Nevada as it challenges the individual mandate provisions of PPACA. Erin Flynn presents a detailed look at the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, also known as GINA. The new act, which protects against discrimination by insurers and employees based on an individual’s genetic information, is a direct response to medical advances. The law is designed to prevent genetic discrimination against potential employees as a result of new screening technologies. And, while he used more than 140 characters, John Zimmerman’s Back Story on Tweets is a must-read for lawyers who use social media or think they may do so in the future. Mark Hinueber is Vice President and General Counsel of Stephens Media, LLC, publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and other Nevada newspapers.
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