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Note from the Issue Editor: Steven F. Smith, Esq.

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OCTOBER 2009
FROM THE ISSuE EDITOR:
BY STEVEN F. SMITH, ESQ.
The October issue of Nevada Lawyer features ADR (alternative dispute resolution) and a legislative update, entitled “Summary of Selected Legislation Relating to Courts, Judicial Procedure and Criminal Justice.” The latter was compiled by former chief deputy counsel for the Legislative Counsel Bureau, and current Editorial Board chair, Scott Wasserman. It is a must-read for all attorneys because, as they say, “no one is safe while the legislature is in session” and no lawyer is safe from changes in the law. Ignorance of the law is absolutely no excuse here. We also have an issue jam-packed with ADR content. You might want to start with Commissioner Chris Beecroft’s “The State of Court-Connected ADR in Nevada.” For those who are considering compelling arbitration, attorneys Phil Aurbach and Craig Robinson’s piece on the subject will be of interest. We are also featuring a column by the chair of the state bar’s ADR Section, M. Nelson Segel, on ADR in Nevada. Finally, for a look at something new in Nevada’s legal community, check out Richard Vilkin’s Back Story on a very unique courtroom. In this issue, you’ll also find the usual Nevada Lawyer lineup, featuring Tips from Bar Counsel, the Bar Counsel Discipline Report, and columns from the bar president, the dean of UNLV, and News and Notes. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together.
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stEphEN F. sMIth has been a practicing attorney in Las Vegas since 1991 and is a member of the editorial board of Nevada Lawyer Magazine.
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