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Note from the Issue Editor: Beau Sterling, Esq.

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december 2009
This month, Nevada Lawyer has put together a cornucopia of features touching upon the theme of ethics and professionalism. Some of what you will find in the following pages is practical and informational, some is aspirational and some is cautionary. I would be remiss if I did not mention one aspect of attorney ethics and professionalism not covered in this issue – pro bono service. In that spirit, I would like to pass on some statistics shared by Chief Justice Hardesty during the kickoff ceremonies for this year’s Pro Bono Week. According to the state bar, Nevada’s attorneys reported 127,252 pro bono hours worked in 2008. They also reported $119,753 contributed in lieu of pro bono service. Given the size of the State Bar of Nevada (around 9,000 attorneys) these numbers demonstrate a commendable commitment to pro bono service. But it is not enough. To paraphrase the comments made by Justice Douglas: “Thank you very much, but you need to do more.” As we look forward to the coming new year, I encourage all attorneys to take Justice Douglas’ admonition to heart.
BEAU stERLING is the managing member of Sterling Law LLC, an appellate practice law firm, and a member of the Nevada Lawyer editorial board.
Las Vegas attorney John H. mobray is honored with the Lloyd d. George Professionalism Award, seen here.
Additional personal note from state bar President Kathleen J. England: John is a most worthy recipient of this award: he has given selflessly of himself to his profession, his community and his family, especially his beloved son, Tyler. John’s picture ought to be in the dictionary next to “professionalism.” John is also one of the bravest people I know: years ago, he had a somewhat unfriendly, but cute, pet raccoon which rode on his back while John rode his bike around town, and he once agreed to ride a rodeo-class bull at Horseman’s Park to raise money for charity. He is a wonderful lawyer, a terrific but gracious adversary and a loyal friend who is quick with a joke and smile. Most importantly, John’s heart is as big as the skies he loves to photograph.
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