What is SOLACE?
SOLACE, an acronym for Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel – All Concern Encouraged, is a voluntary listserve program.
How does the program work?
Someone in critical need of assistance e-mails a request for help to the program administrator. The administrator sends an e-mail to the members of the listserve to see if they, or anyone in their network of family and friends, can help.
Who can sign up?
The program is open to all members of the extended legal community in Nevada and their families, including court personnel and law firm employees.
How do I sign up?
You can add your name and e-mail address to one of the signup sheets available at CLEs, or e-mail the information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Why should I sign up?
Enrollment in the program creates a very easy way to help or be helped by our legal community.
Can I sign up anonymously?
You have to provide your name and address to the state bar, but the requestor is never identified in the e-mails.
How much does membership cost?
There is no cost to enroll and members will never be asked for money.
What is my obligation if I sign up?
There is no obligation on the part of members. When you see a request, you need only respond if you can or want to help.
How often will I receive requests?
The volume of requests is typically five per month but this number may vary.
How do I respond to a request?
If you receive a request and believe you can help, reply to the sender. You will be put in touch with the person making the request.
How does SOLACE help members of the extended legal community?
The program is designed to provide services, guidance or other non-monetary assistance when a critical need arises.
What kinds of requests are accepted?
Requests for referrals to medical specialists, donations of blood, assistance with travel related to doctor’s appointments or medical issues, etc.
Are there any requests that would not be accepted?
Requests for money, prayer chains, any form of substantive law practice support or referrals of a non-critical nature (i.e. looking for a job, handyman, etc.) would not be accepted.
Are there any other SOLACE programs?
The program is currently offered by the Louisiana Bar Association, Rhode Island Bar Association, Nebraska Bar Association, Delaware Bar Association, Georgia Bar Association, St. Louis Bar Association, the Louisville Bar Association and the Puerto Rico Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
Is the Nevada SOLACE program designed to serve the whole state, or just Las Vegas and Reno?
SOLACE is a statewide program. In addition, if any of our members need help from a SOLACE program in another state, an e-mail can be sent to their members as well.
Who is responsible for the administration of the SOLACE program and webpage?
The State Bar of Nevada is responsible for both. Read examples of SOLACE at work.
Are there any rules for using SOLACE?
Members may not send requests for help outside the parameters of the program, i.e. money, prayer chains and requests for products and services not related to a dire need.
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