Legal Work Considered Essential; Firms Should Comply With Social Distancing Guidance

On Friday, March 20, Governor Steve Sisolak issued an order mandating non-essential businesses to close in order to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The directive listed legal work as an essential business. This means that firms are not required to close their doors to the public.  Notwithstanding, all firms are obligated to comply with the social distancing guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At present, firms must reduce personal contact.  This includes actions such as implementing extended telework arrangements, adopting flexible leave policies for staff who need to stay home, and canceling non-essential work travel.  Nevada allows electronic notarial acts, which should facilitate social distancing.  The State Bar recommends that firms employ these and other mitigation measures to protect the public, their staff and themselves during these unprecedented times.

The State Bar of Nevada is continually updating its list of resources to help attorneys during the pandemic. For the latest information, visit our COVID-19 Resources page, which includes information such as court news and links to resources, such as remote work services. In addition, please continue to check our News page and social media for the most up-to-date-information.