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President's Message: Thoughts on Being Connected

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NEVADA LAWYER
EDITORIAL BOARD Patricia D. Cafferata, Chair Laury Macauley Michael T. Saunders, Chair-Elect Scott McKenna Richard D. Williamson, Vice Chair Gregory R. Shannon Mark A. Hinueber, Immediate Past Chair Stephen F. Smith Erin Barnett Beau Sterling Nancy Harkess Kristen E. Simmons Hon. Robert J. Johnston Scott G. Wasserman Lisa Wong Lackland John Zimmerman BOARD OF GOVERNORS President: Frank Flaherty, Carson City President Elect: Alan Lefebvre, Las Vegas Vice President: Elana Graham Immediate Past President: Constance Akridge, Las Vegas Paola Armeni, Las Vegas Elizabeth Brickfield, Las Vegas Laurence Digesti, Reno Eric Dobberstein, Las Vegas Vernon (Gene) Leverty, Reno Paul Matteoni, Reno Ann Morgan, Reno Richard Pocker, Las Vegas Bryan Scott, Las Vegas Richard Scotti, Las Vegas Hon. Mason Simons, Elko Hon. David Wall (Ret.), Las Vegas Ex-Officio Interim Dean Nancy Rapoport, UNLV Boyd School of Law Richard Trachok, Chair Board of Bar Examiners
Message from the President
Frank Flaherty, Esq., State Bar of Nevada President
THOUGHTS ON BEING CONNECTED
“It was my privilege and my pleasure to serve as president, and I urge all of you to get involved in your local bar and our state bar.”
This is the last column I penned as president of Your Bar. At the upcoming Annual Meeting, on July 25 in Lake Tahoe, Alan Lefebvre will be sworn in as our new president. Our bar will be in capable hands under Alan’s leadership, and I know he will enjoy the same support I did from the bar’s officers, the Board of Governors and the bar’s hard-working and dedicated staff, led by our Executive Director, Kim Farmer. I will not steal Alan’s thunder, but I will forecast for you that he will take on issues not only of concern to us, as members of the State Bar of Nevada, but to the citizens we serve as well. I won’t pretend that my year as your bar president “flew by;” to put it bluntly it was a lot of work. But I will tell you, in all sincerity, that it has been rewarding and satisfying. Many of you have stepped up as volunteers to serve our bar, in some cases for decades. I will not attempt to list all of you, for fear that I will omit some and offend others, but some notable examples of our hard-working volunteers are the members of the Board of Bar Examiners and the Editorial Board of Nevada Lawyer, our Discipline Panel Chairs and those on the Clients’ Security Fund Committee. This issue of Nevada Lawyer is a fine example of the work the Editorial Board does every month. Its articles should be of great interest to all of us, not only those who practice labor and employment law, because working is such an integral thread in the fabric of our society. Our sections also continue to work hard. In addition to putting together great CLEs and networking opportunities, such as the Family Law Conference and Gaming Law Conference, many of our sections, including the Business Law Section and Probate and Trust Section, have been very active in the Legislature. Our sections have once again been instrumental in putting together a great Annual Meeting.
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During our upcoming meeting at Lake Tahoe, in addition to a legislative update and the “Seven Deadly Business Sins,” from the Real Property Section, the Solo and Small Practice Section and the Young Lawyers Section have joined forces to provide breakout sessions for lawyers interested in setting up their own practices. Those sessions will cover everything from the nuts and bolts of starting up, to the nuances of marketing a small/solo practice. The Trial Academy will also return for its third year to provide three days’ worth of hands-on trialattorney training. It really is a going to be a great Annual Meeting. In addition to the section programming, SBN staff and the Annual Meeting Planning Committee have lined up excellent speakers. Prolific author and University of Arizona law professor Tom Mauet will provide an entertaining presentation regarding the federal rules of evidence. The perennially popular Professor Erwin Chemerinsky will update us on the latest developments in constitutional law; given the Supreme Court’s docket this session, I expect that this will be a fascinating presentation. We will also have the “Bill and Phil Show;” during this fastpaced presentation, Bill Ramsey and Phil Hampton will give us a whirlwind review of the latest gadgets and applications on the market, and show us how to make technology work for us and for our clients. We will also hear from a panel of justices from the Nevada Supreme Court regarding the state of the Nevada judiciary and other issues affecting the practice of law in Nevada. Another way to increase your participation in the Annual Meeting is by connecting with us on Facebook at statebarofnevada or following us on Twitter at @nevadabar — use hashtag #SBNannual2013. Of course the best thing about our Annual Meeting is the opportunity to relax and network with other lawyers and judges from all around our state. At the risk of sounding like a Luddite, and without meaning any disrespect to Bill and Phil or the state bar staff and volunteers, who have worked so hard to enhance our bar’s social media presence, I think that in at least one respect – fostering civility – the opportunity for face-toface interaction with other lawyers is perhaps even more critical today than it was before all this technology “set us free.” So, no, my year as state bar president did not “fly by,” but I don’t regret a minute of it. It was my privilege and my pleasure to serve as president, and I urge all of you to get involved in your local bar and our state bar. Speaking for myself, the rewards of service have been ample.
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