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President's Message: Thoughts on the Annual Meeting

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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 Heidi Parry Stern Erin Barnett Kristen Simmons Hon. Robert J. Johnston Richard D. Williamson Scott McKenna John Zimmerman 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 Vincent Ochoa, Las Vegas Richard Scotti, Las Vegas Mason Simons, Elko Ex-Officio Dean John Valery White, UNLV Boyd School of Law
Message from the President
Cam Ferenbach, State Bar of Nevada President
THOUGHTS ON THE ANNUAL MEETING
“Increased attendance at the Annual Meeting promotes the collegiality and functionality of the state bar. ”
I missed many of you at our meeting in Monterey. We had a great time, but it would have been better with you there. Among the highlights, the Young Lawyers’ Section organized and ran “The First Annual Trial Academy.” It was a stunning success. There is great potential here for expansion. The enthusiastic participation of our volunteer instructors was key. I observed the opening session where Rob Dotson and Judge Brent Adams set the tone. Thanks to everyone for a great job. Increased attendance at the Annual Meeting promotes the collegiality and functionality of the state bar. Supreme Court Rule 94 mandates the holding of an Annual Meeting, with “maximum participation by a broad spectrum of the bar.” This year, however, only 125 attorneys and judges attended the Annual Meeting. The average attendance for the last five years was 142, the highest being 200 when the Annual Meeting was held in Kaua’i. We are returning to Kaua’i next year. In addition to the out-of-pocket costs, which are balanced by receipts from attendees and sponsors, many hours of staff time must be devoted to planning and working the Annual Meeting. We face two questions: (1) How can we increase member participation in the Annual Meeting?; and (2) If we can’t increase participation in this type of Annual Meeting, should we seek a change in the SCR 94 and devote staff resources to other state bar projects? I would greatly appreciate your thoughts on this matter, preferably by email to camf@nvbar.org or by leaving a message at (702) 317-1449.
STATE BAR STAFF Executive Director: Kimberly K. Farmer Bar Counsel: Rob Bare Deputy Bar Counsel/ General Counsel: David Clark Director of Finance & Information Systems: Marc Mersol Director of Continuing Legal Education: Emily Ihrke NEVADA LAWYER STAFF Publications Manager: Jennifer Smith (jennifers@nvbar.org) Nevada Lawyer Coordinator: Melinda Catren (melindac@nvbar.org) GRAPHIC DESIGN Georgina Corbalan
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LAWyERS CONCERNED FOR LAWyERS
Another highlight was a presentation by Michael Burke, a disbarred Michigan attorney. He lost his license because he stole over $1,000,000 from his clients. After serving a prison sentence, he began a career as an author, speaker and advocate urging increased recognition of and treatment for gambling addiction. His book, Never Enough, is available from the ABA. Proceeds from book sales go toward his ongoing restitution efforts. Here’s a link to the ABA Website describing the book: www.abanet.org/abastore/index. cfm?section=main&fm=Product.AddToCart&pid=1620382
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Joining Burke was Carol O’Hare, who is the executive director of the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling, a non-profit information and referral agency whose efforts are focused on addressing the impact of problem gambling in Nevada. Here’s a link to their website: www.nevadacouncil.org/index.php. Whether through a client, employee, colleague, friend or family member, we have all had contact with problem gamblers or will have to face that issue in the future. Problem gambling can be a major factor in bar discipline cases. The Council on Problem Gambling recently published an information and resource guide, which can be downloaded from their website. You can also order printed copies by calling (702) 369-9740. This guide is useful for every practicing attorney. If a problem gambling issue arises in your practice, among your colleagues or in your personal life, the guide will prove its worth. The ongoing state bar-affiliated program, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, exists to help members with addictions. Here’s a link to the LCL page on the state bar website: www.nvbar.org/lcl.htm. When a member contacts Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers to receive help, every aspect of that contact is kept confidential. The program is entirely separate from the Office of Bar Counsel. The hope is that timely contact and intervention will prevent situations which require disciplinary actions. Of course, if ethical violations have already occurred, they will have to be addressed and resolved. The sole focus of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers is helping the state bar member recover from his or her addiction. A committee of the Board of Governors is looking into the possibility of expanding this program and having it operate as a distinct, but integral, department of the state bar. As always, member input on these issues would be greatly appreciated.
TECHNOLOGy UPDATE
All six volumes of the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center, 2010 Legal Technology Survey Report are now available online. Here’s the link to a web page providing details about the report: www.abanet.org/ tech/ltrc/survstat.html. Those who participated in the survey were permitted to download one volume for free. The one on mobile lawyers reports that 95 percent of all lawyers responding use a computer for law-related tasks while away from the office. Of those lawyers, the following percentages do so regularly from the following locations: Home 76 percent, Hotel 25 percent, In Transit 5 percent. The other volumes address technology basics, law office technology, litigation and courtroom technology, web and communication technology, and online research. One quote which appears on this website states, “This is where technology is taking us and you have a clear choice. You can either jump on the bandwagon…or end up chasing it.”
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