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President's Message: Reporting from San Francisco

President's Message: Reporting from San Francisco

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4 Nevada Lawyer
Nvember 2010
EDITORIAL BOARD
Mihael T. saunderGregry R. shannnstephen F. smithBeau sterlingHeidi Parry sternKriten E. simmnRihard D. WilliamnJhn Zimmerman
BOARD OF GOVERNORSPresident:
cam Ferenbah, La Vega
President-Elect:
cntane Akridge, La Vega
 Vice President:
Frank Flaherty, carn city
Immediate Past President:
Kathleen England, La VegaAlan Lefebvre, La VegaVinent oha, La VegaRihard stti, La VegaMan simn, ElkEx-offiiDean Jhn Valery White,UNLV Byd shl f LawLia Wng Lakland, chairMark A. Hinueber, chair-EletPatriia D. cafferata, Vie chairstt G. Waerman,Immediate Pat chairErin BarnettHn. Rbert J. Jhntnstt MKennaJame Bradhaw, RenElizabeth Brikfield, La VegaAmber L. candelaria, La VegaLaurene Digeti, RenElana Turner Graham, La VegaBrue Hahn, RenJenny Hubah, Ren
NEVADA
LAWYER
STATE BAR STAFFExecutive Director:
Kimberly K. Farmer
Bar Counsel:
Rb Bare
Deputy Bar Counsel/General Counsel:
David clark
Director of Finance & InformationSystems:
Mar Merl
Director of Continuing Legal Education:
Emily Ihrke
Director of Admissions:
Laura Guld
NEVADA LAWYER STAFFPublications Manager:
Jennifer smith (jennifer@nvbar.rg)
Nevada Lawyer Coordinator:
Melinda catren (melinda@nvbar.rg)
Publications Specialist:
chritina Albert (hritinaa@nvbar.rg) 
GRAPHIC DESIGN
Gergina crbalan
Message fromthe President
REPoRTING FRoMsAN FRANcIsco
Cam Ferenbach,
state Bar f Nevada Preident
“We all need to ensure that the publicunderstands and subscribes to thesystem of checks and balances…”
Recently, a prominent politician expressed frustration at “...how the third branch of government undoing the will of thepeople.” On the same topic, the
 San Francisco Chronicle
reported thatsupporters of Proposition 8 were quoted asking: “How could theopinion of one judge invalidate the votes of seven million voters?”These comments were made in response to Judge Vaughn Walker’sruling in
 Perry v. Schwarzenegger
permanently enjoining theenforcement of Proposition 8 in California.Shortly after Judge Walker’s order was entered, the NationalConference of Bar Presidents convened in San Francisco as partof the ABA’s 2010 Annual Meeting. Steve Zack became the ABA President and announced the core initiatives for his term.
1
Of hisfour initiatives, one in particular caught my eye, “The need forincreased civic education in our schools and society.”Steve Zack grew up in Cuba. In 1961, when Steve was a teenager,he and his family fled the Castro regime and settled in Miami. Anarticle in the August 2010
 ABA Journal 
provides some backgroundon this initiative, “My experience in Cuba is fundamental to myunderstanding of what’s going on in the United States, and it’s abig reason for my emphasis on civic education. To me, the loss of democracy is not a theoretical exercise. It really happened.”The
 ABA Journal 
reports that to this day, Steve Zack keeps acopy of the Cuban constitution in his office. “The Cuban and U.S.constitutions may have been virtually identical on paper. However,without a thorough understanding and a complete commitmentto the spirit those written words represented, neither that Cubanconstitution nor any other was enough to protect its citizens andguarantee their rights and freedoms.”Retired U. S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connoris also devoting considerable time and effort to improving civiceducation. She chaired the web-based civic education projectentitled “Our Courts.” You can see it at www.ourcourts.org.Recognizing the importance of these issues, the State Bar of Nevada sponsors a number of civic education projects throughoutthe year. You can learn more about them at www.nvbar.org/lre/lre.htm. If you agree with Steve Zack and Justice O’Connor that moreeffort is required in this area, please contact Kathleen Dickinson,coordinator of the bar’s Law-Related Education department, atkathleend@nvbar.org, and volunteer to help.
ADVERTISING INDEX
ARMStRONG tEASDALE ...................20BANK OF GEORGE .............................13BANK OF NEVADA ...............................9COGBURN LAW OFFICE ...........22 & 37CRESCENt REAL EStAtE ..................44DANIELS-HEAD INSURANCE ............33FAStCASE........................................IBCHERItAGE BANK OF NEVADA................26HUtCHISON & StEFFEN ...................15JAMS ................................................23LAWYERS CONCERNEDFOR LAWYERS ..............................29LEGISLAtIVE COUNSEL BUREAU .....BCLEWIS AND ROCA .............................17MARSH .............................................24NAtIONAL FORENSIC LOAN AUDIt ...14SAtURNA tRUSt COMPANY .............28SIERRA CONSULtING GROUP ...........32SOUtHWESt USA BANK ...................35tEL ASSIStANt .................................16tOP OF tHE WORLD REStAURANt ...39VERtI CONSULtING ...........................11

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