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Note from the Issue Editor: Peter A. Clancy, Esq.

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A note From the Issue Editor
By Peter A. Clancy, Esq. For close to three years I have been a member of the Editorial Board of Nevada Lawyer. Every month, the state bar staff does an amazing job of putting together a top-notch publication, all the while coordinating between different attorneys in different offices, cities and even states. The February issue focuses on personal injury and has a fascinating article from Michael Lowry regarding Nevada’s comparative negligence statute. We hope the article is useful and that it will stimulate some debate. This month’s issue also contains an article on keeping your sanity while practicing law – especially valuable guidance for personal injury practitioners. As always, thanks for reading Nevada Lawyer! Pete ClanCy is licensed in both California and Nevada. He started practicing in Nevada in 2002, and in California in 2004. He lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area, practicing both in Nevada and California. He and his wife (Precilla Diaz, also a Nevada-licensed attorney) started Clancy & Diaz, LLP in the summer of 2007. Pete can be reached at pclancy@ clancydiaz.com.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
NE VADA
DECEMBER 2009 • VOLUME 17 • ISSUE 12
Judge Gerry Hardcastle’s article in the Dec. 2009 Nevada Lawyer urging Civility in the Courtroom L AW YER was excellent. Indeed, litigants and their attorneys deserve their day in court “without being Oath of Attorney sucker-punched in an abusive and degrading process.” Unfortunately, many attorneys think that zealous advocacy means they have to be mean and nasty. But, as Judge Hardcastle wrote, such a tactic Professionalism and the Legal Community in Nevada often backfires. The fact that an opposing attorney disagrees with the point you are making does not mean that they are stupid or unethical. Judges should not tolerate abusive tactics. If all litigators followed Judge Hardcastle’s advice, there would be a lot less stress in this profession.
THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE STATE BAR OF NEVADA
I do solemnly swear, or affirm, that I will support the Constitution and government of the United States and of the State of Nevada; I will maintain the respect due to courts of justice and judicial officers; I will support, abide by and follow the Rules of Professional Conduct as are now or may hereafter be adopted by the Supreme Court; and I will faithfully discharge the duties of an attorney at law to the best of my knowledge and ability.
Civility in the Courtroom: Why it is a Necessity to the Profession Are You Making the Right Impression? Find Out From Your Judges!
2009 Professionalism Summit Report
Plus: Fall Bar Exam Results
Albert G. Marquis Marquis & Aurbach, Attorneys at Law February 2010 Nevada Lawyer 5

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