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State Bar of Nevada 2011 Annual Report

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STaTE Bar Of NEvada
Annual Report 2011
Las Vegas: 702.382.2200 Reno: 775.329.4100 T Free: 800.254.2797 oll
nvbar.org
By The Numbers
Active Members .......................................... 8,308 Inactive Members........................................ 1,847 Suspended Members.................................... 635 Average age ............................................... 47 Percent male .............................................. 68 Percent female............................................ 32 Percent practicing in Clark County ................. 59 Percent practicing in Washoe County.............. 16 Percent practicing in Carson City ................... 3 Percent practicing in Rural Counties ............... 4 Percent practicing out-of-state ...................... 18
Board of Governors
President Constance L. Akridge President-Elect Francis C. Flaherty Vice-President Alan Lefebvre Immediate Past President Cam Ferenbach
3,092 Ethics Hotline calls received 21,104 Lawyer Referral Service calls received 30,346 attorney volunteer hours 12,531 kids in law-related education programs $262,345 donated to Nevada’s legal service providers $168,708 in advertising revenue and sponsorships $154,122 donated to legal aid providers through
members’ dues check off
Board Members
James W. Bradshaw Elizabeth Brickfield Laurence Peter Digesti Eric Dobberstein Elana Turner Graham Vernon Leverty Paul Matteoni Richard Pocker Bryan K. Scott Richard Scotti Mason Simons Hon. David Wall (Ret.)
103,474 hours of direct pro bono
representation reported
$308,600 granted to law-related education and
access to justice programs
Ex Officio
John Valery White Richard Trachok
State Bar of Nevada
Ethics/Professionalism
• Reviewed 428 lawyer advertisements • Admitted 351 new members • Offered 29 live seminars and 11 webinars totaling 165.5 CLE credits • 14 live CLE programs (seminars and webinars) reached the rural areas of Nevada • State bar sections produced 18 CLE programs • Coordinated 236 speakers to assist in delivering the most timely and relevant CLE programming • Published 6 Nevada Lawyer magazine articles for CLE credit • Partnered with the Nevada Law Foundation to assist more than 3,000 members with IOLTA compliance under the new rules governing attorney trust accounts • Developed the pilot mentor program Transitioning into Practice (TIP)
Annual Report 2011
Support
• The statewide Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) referred 21,104 callers to 325 panel attorneys • The LRIS Public Service Grant program granted a total of $570,947 including a one-time donation of $262,345 to Nevada’s 6 legal service providers • 12,531 students, 125 schools and 267 volunteer attorneys participated in State Bar law-related education programs • The LRIS Committee approved $77,276 for Nevada Bar Foundation’s Law Related Education programs that have lost federal funding • Received Supreme Court approval to suspend Bridge the Gap for newly admitted attorneys and implemented Transitioning into Practice (TIP), a mentor program for Nevada attorneys • Awarded $10,000 in diversity scholarships to students at the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV • Offered CLE programming in conjunction with legal service providers that resulted in 31 pro bono cases, 24 Ask-A-Lawyer shifts, 6 Tenants Rights shifts and 128 clinic hours volunteered across the state • Supported section conferences including Family Law, Gaming Law, Public Lawyers and Intellectual Property Law that educated 525 members • Provided a wide array of CLE programming to over 180 members at the State Bar Annual Meeting • The Gaming Law Section donated $55,000 to the Boyd School of Law from their 11th Annual Law Scholarship Golf Tournament • Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers received assistance from more than 60 program volunteers who supported fellow attorneys with alcohol, drug abuse and mental health issues. • Launched the SOLACE (Support of Lawyers/ Legal Personnel, All Concern Encouraged) program
Protection
• Received 1,868 complaints about attorneys • Opened 520 attorney grievance files • 224 lawyer ads referred to the Office of Bar Counsel • Discipline imposed consisted of 5 disbarments, 11 suspensions, 20 private reprimands and 8 public reprimands • Clients’ Security Fund reimbursed 156 claimants more than $190,000 for the dishonest acts of their attorneys • Successfully petitioned the Supreme Court to amend SCR 118 to provide immunity to members who take over the practice of an attorney who has died, abandoned his or her practice, been transferred to disability inactive status or who has been suspended or disbarred
Our mission:
Las Vegas: 702.382.2200
• Reno: 775.329.4100 • Toll Free: 800.254.2797 • nvbar.org
Service
• Assisted more than 200 clients resolve fee disputes against their attorneys through mediation or arbitration • Reduced overall timeframes to resolve fee disputes from an average of 7 months in 2009 to an average of 4 months in 2011 • Launched a more user-friendly State Bar of Nevada website • Published Nevada Jury Instructions - Civil, and distributed more than 500 copies • Published 12 issues of Nevada Lawyer magazine covering items of interest and importance to the Nevada legal community • Provided input to more than 3,000 lawyers calling the Ethics Hotline • Moved the bar exam site to UNLV resulting in more optimal test-taking conditions and an incidental savings of $27,482 • Increased the section listserve program, fostering more effective and efficient communication between section members • Continued to offer Fastcase, the free online legal research benefit • Expanded the roster of law office management member benefits to include LawPay credit card processing and FedEx Advantage member benefits, and added Hertz, Avis and Budget auto rentals
Green
• Implemented paperless production process for Nevada Lawyer magazine • Received Supreme Court approval to require email addresses of all members and directed more communications to membership electronically • Conducted online Board of Governor elections • Online application forms created for LRIS, Admissions, Committees, Fee Dispute and Client Security Fund • Developed a more robust LRIS online referral request form for members of the public • Offered written materials in electronic format for live seminars • Set forth an opt in for members choosing to receive bar dues electronically
To govern the legal profession, serve our members and protect the public interest.
State Bar of Nevada
 Admissions 7%  CLE 9%
Annual Report 2011
Income
Administration (Dues) ............................. Admissions ............................................ CLE ...................................................... LRIS ..................................................... Publications ........................................... Annual Meeting ...................................... Other Funds .......................................... Sections ................................................ $3,671,000 $487,110 $644,550 $615,500 $252,900 $136,300 $939,455 $271,000
Administration (Dues) 52%
 LRIS 9%  Publications 4%  Sections 4%  Other Funds 13%  Annual Meeting 2%
Total Income ...................................... $7,018,315
 Fee Dispute 3%  LCL 1%  Attorney Advertising 3%  Access to Justice 2%  CSF Appropriation 5% Discipline 21% Admissions 11% Administration 20% CLE 10% LRIS 4%  LRE 2%
Expenses
Administration .................................. Attorney Advertising ......................... Discipline ........................................ Fee Dispute ..................................... LCL ................................................. Access To Justice .............................. CSF ................................................ LRE ................................................ Admissions ...................................... CLE ................................................ LRIS ............................................... Publications ..................................... Annual Meeting ................................ Other Funds ..................................... Depreciation .................................... Sections .......................................... $1,307,500 $157,200 $1,292,000 $169,000 $70,750 $128,300 $280,925 $98,400 $692,500 $624,000 $248,500 $474,500 $129,000 $111,500 $113,000 $269,000
 Sections 4%  Depreciation 2%  Other Funds 2%  Annual Meeting 2%
 Publications 8%
Total Expenses .............................. $6,166,075
Assets, Liabilities & Net Assets
Current Assets Land, Buildings, Property & Equipment Other Assets Total Assets Current Liabilities Long-Term Liabilities Net Assets Total Liabilities & Net Assets
This information is based on projected 2011 year end balances
Cash, accounts receivable, prepaid expenses, investments
*note that approximately $4,500,000 are designated funds and not intended to be used for general operations of the State Bar of Nevada.
$6,000,000 $2,400,000 $0 $8,400,000
Land and Buildings in Las Vegas and Reno, building improvments, furniture, equipment and software less depreciation
Accounts Payable, deferred revenue, payroll accruals Notes Payable
$1,100,000 $49,000 $7,251,000 $8,400,000

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