State Bar moves west to larger office space

The State Bar of Nevada held a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 1 at its new Las Vegas office at 3100 W. Charleston Blvd., which is a mile and a half from its previous space at 600 E. Charleston Blvd.

With the move, the State Bar aimed to stay close to the courthouses and a high concentration of law offices.

The new office provides nearly 12,000 more square feet of workspace for staff and visiting bar members.

When the state bar opened its previous headquarters in 1997, the 10,600-square-foot building housed 27 staff members who provided support to fewer than 6,000 bar members.

Since then, needs have nearly doubled — the state bar employs 47 staff who support nearly 11,000 bar members.

The previous facility had been expanded and remodeled several times over the past 15 years to accommodate this growth; however, the state bar sought off-site storage and meeting space to fulfill its needs.

The new office features public meeting areas, new audio/visual equipment for videoconferencing and presentations, and a seminar facility that allows the state bar to host continuing legal education events on-site.

The state bar bought its new building for $3.3 million, using money that was set aside throughout the past seven years specifically for the purpose of finding a new location.

The 3100 W. Charleston building also includes several suites, some of which are leased, providing the state bar with the opportunity to earn rental income.

State Bar of Nevada Executive Director Kimberly Farmer said the organization’s previous location is on the market for sale or lease.

Mind your manners

June 7-13 marks National Business Etiquette Week, so it’s a good time for some friendly reminders about workplace etiquette.

The rules you were taught in elementary school — pay attention, don’t be late, and if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all — also hold true in the workplace, a new survey from Accountemps confirms.

The survey also revealed that managers view etiquette problems differently than employees do. The most common civility culprit cited by chief financial officers is being distracted during meetings. Workers, however, pointed to gossiping about colleagues as the most prevalent workplace etiquette breach.

Accountemps, a staffing service specializing in temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals, developed the surveys.

Responses came from more than 2,100 finance chiefs in more than 20 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas and more than 320 employees age 18 and older who work in offices.

Finance chiefs and workers were asked, “Which one of the following is the most common breach of workplace etiquette committed by your staff/coworkers?”

Aside from being distracted during meetings and gossiping, workers and finance chiefs also said not responding to calls or emails in a timely way and running late to or missing meetings display poor workplace etiquette.

“The results show managers might not have a full understanding of how widespread gossip is at work,” Accountemps District President Bill Driscoll said in a statement. “Likewise, workers may not be aware that their bosses notice distracted behavior during meetings.”

Cannabis in a cup

House of Jane, a California-based not-for-profit corporation in the cannabis-infused beverage industry, is teaming up with Silver State Trading to bring Jane’s Brew, a line of cannabis-infused beverages, to Nevada patients.

Ben-David Sheppard, managing partner of House of Jane, said in a statement: “Since our launch of Jane’s Brew in January of this year, we’ve had great success in California with over 100 dispensaries carrying our product, and we are looking to have this same success in Nevada.”

Jane’s Brew is designed to offer patients an alternative to smoking, prescription pain killers, alcohol or high-calorie edibles.

John Sutton, Silver State Trading co-president and co-CEO, said the company cultivates, manufactures and distributes medical-grade cannabis and associated products inside Nevada.

“Our vision is to enable dispensary operators to offer a diverse assortment of innovative cannabis products that keep patients coming back,” he said in a statement. “House of Jane is a perfect match toward this end: varying dosage, discrete infused-beverages like coffees and teas without any social stigma.”

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