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A Note from the Issue Editor: Scott Wasserman, Esq.

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A Note From the Issue Editor
By Scott Wasserman, Esq.
The February issue of Nevada Lawyer focuses on the 2011 legislative session begins on February 7. One of the feature articles in this month’s edition focuses on the legal aspects of the redistricting task that faces the Legislature in 2011. The Back Story on page 50 delves into the origins of the term “gerrymander.” The other feature article on the 2011 legislative session is a topical listing of bill draft requests (BDRs) that have been requested for the 2011 legislative session. This topical listing allows the reader to find bill draft requests by topic and to use the legislative web site’s bill tracking tool to monitor if and when the BDR is introduced and scheduled for hearings. Ironically (and unfortunately), a statement I included in this column two years ago just prior to the 2009 legislative session, noting the grave budgetary concerns facing the state, could have been written today. In the February 2009 issue, I noted that “(w)hile budgetary issues will dominate the news, as you can see from a review of the description of the bill draft requests, there are many other topics of interest to the bar being considered by the Legislature.” That description is still applicable today. Also in this issue, State Bar of Nevada President Cam Ferenbach explains Supreme Court Rule 217, requiring members to state whether or not each trust account reported on the membership disclosure form is “an Interest on Lawyer Trust Account (IOLTA) created in accordance with SCR 217.” In the Dean’s Column, guest writer Associate Professor of Law Anne R. Traum writes about the great success of the Boyd School of Law‘s Appellate Clinic. Professor Traum shares the work experience of the appellate clinic student attorneys and the clinic’s major victory of a published Ninth Circuit opinion. The Bar Counsel column introduces us to new Bar Counsel David A. Clark. Clark is new as Bar Counsel, but not new to the office where he has served for 10 years. Finally, Young Lawyers Chair Ryan J. Works writes about the ABA Young Lawyers Division’s 2011 Spring Conference to be held in Las Vegas on May 12-14. Author’s biography on page 31.
February 2011
Nevada Lawyer
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