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STATE BAR OF NEVADA
Annual Report 2012
Las Vegas: 702.382.2200 Reno: 775.329.4100 Toll Free: 800.254.2797
nvbar.org
BY THE NUMBERS
Active Members ............................................................. Inactive Members .......................................................... Certified Members ......................................................... Suspended Members ...................................................... Average age ................................................................... Percent male ................................................................. Percent female .............................................................. Percent practicing in Clark County ................................... Percent practicing in Washoe County ............................... Percent practicing in Carson City ..................................... Percent practicing in Rural Counties ................................ Percent practicing out-of-state ........................................
8,472 1,953 113 662 47 68 32 59 16 3 4 18
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
President Francis C. Flaherty President-Elect Alan Lefebvre Vice-President Elana Turner Graham Immediate Past President Constance L. Akridge
BOARD MEMBERS
Paola Armeni Elizabeth Brickfield Laurence Peter Digesti Eric Dobberstein Vernon (Gene) Leverty Paul Matteoni Ann Morgan Richard Pocker Bryan K. Scott Richard Scotti Mason Simons Hon. David Wall (Ret.)
2,555 19,682 16,686 $194,014 $140,952 860 2,349 33,298 9.3% 8.3%
Ethics Hotline calls received Lawyer Referral Service calls received students in law-related education programs in advertising revenue and sponsorships donated to civil legal aid through members’ dues check off members reported hours of service to the community, improving the law or law-related education. members reported hours of direct pro bono representation to persons of limited means attorney volunteer hours to state bar programs increase in number of applicants sitting for bar exam increase in female and student bar exam applicants
33,112
94,901
EX OFFICIO
Nancy Rapoport Richard Trachok
STATE BAR OF NEVADA
ETHICS/PROFESSIONALISM
Fielded more than 2,500 Ethics Hotline calls Reviewed 724 lawyer advertisements 188 lawyer ads referred to the Office of Bar Counsel Coordinated information with the Attorney General’s office on at least six prosecutions Admitted 349 new members Offered 39 live seminars/conferences and three webinars totaling 155 CLE credits State bar sections produced 13 specialized CLE programs 15 programs were presented by sections at the 2012 Annual Convention Annual Convention attendance up 55% compared to 2011 Introduced Transitioning into Practice (TIP) mentorship program for newly admitted Nevada attorneys Developed CLE programs for TIP mentors and mentees offered at a special discounted tuition Produced programs to train mentors for the TIP program Coordinated 263 speakers to assist in delivering the most timely and relevant CLE programming Offered CLE programming in conjunction with legal services providers that resulted in 84 pro bono cases and 48 clinic hours volunteered across the state. Kicked off “Say Yes to Pro Bono” campaign Published 4 Nevada Lawyer magazine articles for CLE credit Petitioned the Court resulting in CLE requirement that makes mandatory one CLE every three years on the subject of abuse, addiction and/or mental health issues in the profession Supported Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers with CLE programs
Annual Report 2012
The Clients’ Security Fund Committee reviewed 95 claims for reimbursement involving 24 attorneys removed from practice Clients’ Security Fund reimbursed clients wronged by lawyers for awards totaling $371,040, the highest amount approved since 2008 Received 1,878 complaints about attorneys Opened 582 attorney grievance files Discipline imposed consisted of 14 disbarments, 14 suspensions, 30 private reprimands, and 10 public reprimands Office of Bar Counsel recovered $5,000 from attorneys for discipline costs Assisted in five practice takeovers of attorneys who had died or became disabled Developed a relationship with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in an effort to protect against the unauthorized practice of immigration law
SUPPORT
179 newly admitted attorneys completed the pilot cycle of the Transitioning into Practice (TIP) mentorship program and an additional 84 attorneys enrolled in the second cycle Recruited 174 qualified attorneys for appointment by the Supreme Court of Nevada as mentors in the TIP mentorship program. TIP mentors represent 13 Nevada cities and more than 35 areas of practice Hosted more than 250 TIP participants at kickoff events in Las Vegas and Reno highlighting services and benefits offered through the bar and providing a networking opportunity for mentors, new attorneys, and members of the judiciary The Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) referred 19,682 callers to 328 panel attorneys The LRIS Public Service Grant program awarded $285,810 to a record 18 Nevada nonprofit organizations, bringing the total amount awarded over the last 5 years to more than $1.4 million The Diversity Committee awarded two $5,000 diversity scholarships to Boyd Law School students as part of an ongoing commitment to diversity within the profession, funded by the LRIS Public Service Grant program 16,686 students, 194 schools and more than 395 volunteer attorneys participated in state bar law-related education programs
PROTECTION
The Fee Dispute program received more than 170 fee dispute claims and assisted more than 200 clients and attorneys resolve their disputes through the voluntary Fee Dispute Arbitration Committee, at no cost to either party Reduced timeframes for resolution of fee disputes through arbitration or mediation to within four months on average Established a time limitation for filing a fee dispute claim
Our MISSION:
Las Vegas: 702.382.2200
Reno: 775.329.4100
Toll Free: 800.254.2797
nvbar.org
Supported section conferences including Family Law, Gaming Law, Public Lawyers and Intellectual Property Law with a total of 564 attendees Established two new sections bringing the total number of sections to 22 Partnered for the first time with the Nevada Guardianship Association, Nevada State Medical Association and Reynolds National Center for Courts & Media to deliver continuing education programs Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers expanded its online presence to include information about closed door support group meetings and links to local and national abuse and addiction recovery resources Twenty-seven volunteer attorneys joined the Young Lawyers Section and legal aid staff to assist Nevada’s Veterans in Project Salute, a special Ask-A-Lawyer event launched statewide on Veterans Day
IOLTA revenue increased over 2011 revenues thanks to member compliance Continued to offer Fastcase, the free online legal research benefit Members expanded Fastcase usage resulting in 80,000 logins, 250,000 searches, 500,000 document views, 50,000 prints and 750,000 total transactions Added new member benefit Clio, a web-based practice management system specifically designed for solo practitioners and small firms
ADMINISTRATION
Developed Find-a-Lawyer app for iPhone and Android Processed 671 pro hac vice applications 1,240 members opted in to receive bar dues notices electronically
SERVICE
Nevada Lawyer’s special Black History Month issue, a collaborative effort between the state bar and the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association, received the state bar’s 2012 Medal of Justice Award Received the Luminary Award from the National Association of Bar Executives Communications section for the “It’s Your Bar” new member packet Released a new digital publication – Guide to Tribal Courts Published 12 issues of Nevada Lawyer magazine covering items of interest and importance to the Nevada legal community Nevada Lawyer focused on diversity in the profession, publishing two issues on the topic Increased the number of Nevada Lawyer articles available exclusively online Aided more than 300 members with questions about IOLTA compliance Partnered with the Access to Justice Commission and the Justice League of Nevada to support pro bono programs Partnered with Access to Justice and Legal Aid of Southern Nevada, Nevada Legal Services, Southern Nevada Senior Law Program, Washoe Legal Services, Washoe Senior Law Project, Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevadans and UNLV Boyd School of Law to support and promote a successful Pro Bono Week
4,688 members paid their annual bar dues online 3,432 members submitted their annual reporting forms electronically Moved the Reno bar exam site to UNR resulting in more optimal test-taking conditions and an incidental savings of $6,000, and continued to offer the Las Vegas bar exam at UNLV Automated TIP process by creating online program completion tracking forms and participant surveys Launched the state bar’s first social media page on Facebook providing the public and attorneys with news updates each week, and includes photos, links to online videos and more Implemented organization Business Continuity Plan to prepare for emergency situations, outline evacuation procedures, and set forth an action plan in the event of damages to the bar’s offices in Las Vegas and Reno
To govern the legal profession, serve our members and protect the public interest.
STATE BAR OF NEVADA
Admissions 11%
Annual Report 2012
INCOME
Administration (Dues) ........................................ Admissions ....................................................... CLE.................................................................. LRIS ................................................................ Publications...................................................... Annual Convention............................................. Transitioning Into Practice .................................. Other Funds ..................................................... Sections ........................................................... $3,514,600 $702,400 $566,300 $546,000 $188,400 $214,600 $33,060 $735,200 $223,235
Administration (Dues) 52%
CLE 8%
LRIS 8% Transitioning into Practice 1% Sections 3% Other Funds 11% Publications 3% Annual Convention 3%
Total Income .................................................... $6,723,795
Fee Dispute 3% Attorney Advertising 2% LCL 1% Access to Justice 2% CSF Appropriation 0.4% Discipline 23% LRE 2% Admissions 12%
EXPENSES
Administration ........................................... Attorney Advertising ................................... Discipline ................................................. Fee Dispute ............................................... LCL .......................................................... Access To Justice ....................................... CSF .......................................................... LRE .......................................................... Admissions ............................................... CLE .......................................................... LRIS ........................................................ Publications .............................................. Annual Convention ..................................... Transitioning Into Practice .......................... Other Funds .............................................. Depreciation .............................................. Sections ................................................... $1,338,500 $122,520 $1,352,200 $167,300 $68,800 $125,400 $23,150 $110,000 $689,200 $492,700 $307,800 $487,000 $187,900 $57,240 $125,600 $97,000 $180,290
Administration 23%
CLE 8%
Transitioning into Practice 1% Sections 3% Depreciation 2% Other Funds 2% Annual Convention 3%
LRIS 5% Publications 8%
Total Expenses .......................................... $5,932,600
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 2012 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.
$7,870,000 $2,335,000 $0 $10,205,000
Land and Buildings in Las Vegas and Reno, building improvements, furniture, equipment and software less depreciation
Accounts Payable, deferred revenue, payroll accruals Notes Payable
$2,302,500 $30,000 $7,872,500 $10,205,000

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