The Newsletter of the Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association
DUI Law Primer for Final Meeting of 2010
We have all and $30 for non- the ―20 Best Government At- Volume 13, Issue 11
been on the re- members, and torneys.‖
ceiving end of a lunch is in-
Their discussion at the November 2010
concerned email cluded; also, 30
NNWLA meeting will address
or telephone call minutes of CLE
the basic legal issues in Ne-
at one point or have been ap-
vada that arise following a
other in our legal proved.
citation for driving under the Highlights for November:
careers: a friend
Erin Albright influence.
or relative has Join NNWLA for the final meeting of
is an associate
been cited for Please RSVP to Kait at the year on Nov. 16 at 12:00 PM at
attorney at of
driving under email@example.com La Vecchia in Reno for an introduc-
the influence and to let us know if you can at- tion to DUI law. Cost is $25 for
seeks our legal tend. members, $30 for non-members and
and Oster in
advice. How- lunch is included. 30 minutes of
Reno. She prac-
ever, many of us Erin Albright
tices both crimi- CLE have been approved!
are in the dark
Jeremy Reichenberg nal defense law
when it comes to Save the Date! The NNWLA Holiday
and family law at
the basic law and procedure of Party will be December 14 at 5:30
these DUI offenses. p.m. We hope to see you there!
Mr. Reichenberg recently
Please join NNWLA for its
joined Laxalt & Nomura after
final meeting of 2010, held on
having served as a Deputy
November 16 at 12:00 P.M. at
District Attorney in Lyon
La Vecchia in Reno. This
County. While serving in that Inside this issue:
month‘s topic is ―What to Do
position, Mr. Reichnberg tried
When Someone You Know President’s Column 2
several felony jury trials to
Gets a DUI,‖ presented by Erin
verdict and was recognized in
Albright and Jeremy Reichen-
Nevada Business Magazine‘s
berg. Cost is $25 for members Author Luncheon on Nov. 6 2
2009 Legal Elite issue as one of
The Inmate Early Mediation 2
Deputy DA in Lander County is Hiring Program seeks mediators
An Interview with Kathleen 3
The Lander County District County. These duties include, ordinances, advice and ser- Drakulich
Attorney‘s Office seeks a quali- but are not limited to, criminal vices to all the county depart-
fied full-time deputy district prosecutions, civil matters, ments. Salary range is $55,000 Join the NNWLA Board! 4
attorney who is a hard worker juvenile matters, law enforce- - $75,000, DOE.
and has a love of learning. ment training, public adminis-
Please submit a resume and November Inns of Court Meeting 4
trator duties, county commis-
Criminal law experience is writing sample to an-
sioner meetings, planning
preferred, but the deputy will firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax
commission meetings, travel to
handle both criminal and civil at 775.635.8209. Questions? This Month in Women’s History 4
rural communities, contracts,
matters on behalf of the Call 775.635.5195.
Page 2 NNWLA SCOOP
A Word From Our President
By Kait McLendon-Kent just get to court. She added that ―showing know something about the choices that we
up‖ included putting on the suit (and tie), are expressing when we cast our votes. I
We were honored to have Magistrate knowing your facts, issues, and law rele- encourage each of you to go to
Judges McQuaid and Cooke speak to our vant to the matter for which you are ap- www.co.washoe.nv.us/voter to confirm that
group last month about their role in the pearing, and showing respect to the court you are registered to vote and where you
judicial system as Magistrate Judges. If system by being respectful to the judge, go to vote if you have not ―early voted.‖ I
you are interested in finding out more in- court staff, and opposing counsel. I think also encourage you to find out about the
formation about the Magistrate Judge posi- this is great advice that is applicable to all people running for office and the ballot
tion opening up in Northern Nevada, or the aspects of our lives and it is particularly measures so that you can make an in-
new position to be added in Southern Ne- applicable to November 2nd when we all formed decision when you go to vote. I
vada, visit http://www.nvd.uscourts.gov. have the opportunity to exercise our right found a list of all statewide candidates and
to vote—won only 90 years ago. links to each candidate‘s website at
I found one comment Judge Cooke
www.politics1.com/nv/htm . Voting is our
made (which Judge McQuaid echoed) at ―Showing up‖ to vote is important. Not
way to show respect for our fore-mothers
the meeting particularly meaningful. Her only do we need to go to the polls (no suit
who worked diligently to earn this equal
advice to lawyers appearing in court was required) and express our choices
right and our respect for those that choose
to ―Show up.‖ And she meant more than (whatever they may be), but we need to
to seek office.
Nevada Women’s History Project Author’s Luncheon on Nov. 6
Looking for interesting holiday gift note speakers C.J. Hadley, editor of Range
and silent auction will be held as well!
ideas and a fun opportunity to support lo- Magazine, and Mark McLaughlin, an author
cal authors? Look no further than the Ne- from the Lake Tahoe area. Each ticket is $50 per person, with $25
vada Women‘s History Project Luncheon of those proceeds directly benefitting the
Registration opens and book sales be-
on Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Atlantis Casino Nevada Women‘s History Project. For
gin at 9:30 a.m. A Q&A with the authors
Resort Paradise Ballroom in Reno! more information or to sign up, contact
begins at 11:30, and lunch will be served at
Grace Davis at 853.3200 or Patti Bernard at
The Luncheon will have over thirty au- 12:30 with a discussion from the keynote
thors in attendance, and will feature key- speakers while you dine. A book raffle
Fed. Court’s Inmate Early Mediation Program Seeks Your Help!
The United States District Court for the resolving a significant percentage of the
unofficial northern division of the District Section 1983 inmate cases pending before
invites members of the Washoe County Bar the District Court, greatly relieving the
Association to apply for a position on the caseload pressure on those courts.
Inmate Early Mediation Panel. Attorneys
Applications do not need prior media-
appointed to serve as pro bono mediators
tion experience, and both new and experi-
will preside over mediations with inmate
enced attorneys are welcome to apply.
plaintiffs who sue the Nevada Department
This is an excellent opportunity to serve
of Corrections for constitutional violations
the public and become more familiar with
of their confinement pursuant to Title 43
the federal practice.
U.S.C. § 1983.
To apply, contact Judge Valerie Cooke‘s
The Inmate Early Mediation Program, telephone at 686.5855. The application
judicial assistant Debra Newman at
introduced in 2009, has been successful in deadline is December 1, 2010.
email@example.com or be
Volume 13, Issue 11 Page 3
Kathleen Drakulich’s Varied Path to Personal and Career Success
By Megan Starich briefly for a Gordon & Rees on San Fran-
cisco where she made a nice living. But
There are many words that can be used Kathleen was engaged, and her fiancé
to describe Kathleen Drakulich: inspired, wanted to move back to Reno. Kathleen
energetic, joyful, articulate. However, left her firm job and took a clerkship with
none of these words really capture what a Judge Forman in Second Judicial District
delight Kathleen is, and what a truly influ- Court. She says she never knew she was a
ential figure she has become in Nevada small-town girl until she lived in a small
today. She attributes her success primarily town. Kathleen loves Reno and loves Ne-
to her education, noting that her good vada, and she has never looked back.
grades, great experiences, and hard work
After her clerkship, Kathleen took a job
have presented her with so many doors of
as a Deputy Prosecutor in the Washoe
County District Attorney‘s office. In her
Kathleen was born and raised in the Bay first year as a D.A., Kathleen tried 4 jury
Area. After graduating from an all-girls trials. After that first year, she was chosen
high school called Notre Dame (―no not by Mills Lane to try a first-degree death Kathleen Drakulich
THE Notre Dame‖ she says), she set off to penalty case where she gave closing argu-
college at Berkeley. Berkeley was an ad- ments. She remembers though that while
cause finally after two years, ―someone
justment after coming from a high school she really felt like she made a difference in
walked in and I knew the answer.‖ She
with a graduating class of 96 girls. But she the community, it was not always glitzy and
worked at the power company for 11
found her way soon enough, studying po- glamorous work. Besides trying cases, one
litical science and economics, and she took of her duties included being an on-call
advantage of the opportunities that came to search and seizure deputy, where she of- After leaving the power company, Kath-
her. She studied abroad for a year at Ox- ten had to go to the scene of the crime and leen went into private practice, focusing on
ford, focusing on economics. advise the police on proper procedures. the energy and natural resources field.
When I asked her if she ever got used to She worked for Kummer Kaempfer, and is
It was this experience that ultimately led
being at violent crime scenes, she says now a partner at McDonald Carano Wilson
her to law school. ―I had this great profes-
―No, I never got better at. Some people LLP in Reno. Kathleen loves her work, and
sor, they‘re called ‗fellows‘ at Oxford‖ she
did, but I didn‘t. The victims were always is a major figure in assisting private com-
says, who suggested she attend law school
someone‘s family member to me.‖ This panies looking to develop Nevada‘s green
rather than pursue an MBA. He recom-
was a grim part of the job she never en- energy industry. She has also served as a
mended law school because of all of the
joyed. Pro-Tem Judge in Reno Municipal Court,
options that come with a law degree. He
and as an instructor at TMCC.
told her she could be a judge, a prosecu- Kathleen left the DA‘s office and worked
tor, work at a private firm, be in-house briefly for now-Justice Hardesty in his pri- When I asked her what advice she
counsel, or teach with a law degree, vate law practice. During this period, she would give to a young attorney, she said
whereas the career swath of an MBA was developed her California practice and ―try everything and make the most of your
much narrower. After spending a year lived in California briefly. After her sec- license. If someone asks you to teach a
after college working in a sporting goods ond daughter was born and her husband class, or serve as a pro tem judge, or vol-
store contemplating the job options avail- decided to go into private practice, she unteer, step up and do it. You can‘t look
able to her at that time (―sometimes you applied on a whim for an in-house counsel under every rock, but make sure you look
have to leave the current and go in the job at Sierra Pacific Power Company, under a lot of rocks.‖ She also says that
eddy,‖ she says), Kathleen decided on law ―because we needed the benefits‖ she young attorneys should never assume that
school, and set a goal to try each and every says smiling. At the start of the job, her their big payday will continue forever,
one of the career paths noted by her pro- husband told her she only needed to stay especially in this economy. ―You may not
fessor. In a testament to her ability to look one or two years until he could get his want to do what you‘re doing forever,‖ she
forward and adapt to an ever-changing practice up and running. Indeed, after two warns, and it is always good to have the
landscape, Kathleen has accomplished this years, her husband came to her and told flexibility to move on when the time
goal. her she could leave the job if she wanted. comes. Kathleen has certainly followed
She said no, because she was starting to her own advice, remaining flexible and
After law school, Kathleen worked
get the hang of the job. She stayed be- open to change, and it has served her well.
Join the NNWLA Board!
Are you interested in being a part of the executive dues.
board of directors for the Northern Nevada Women
This position is an excellent way to get involved with
Lawyers Association? The NNWLA Board has an open-
the NNWLA and help shape the future of the organiza-
ing for treasurer, and we‘d love to have you join us!
tion. It‘s also a great introduction to the board and a first
The NNWLA Treasurer manages a small number of step toward leading NNWLA as president.
responsibilities throughout the year, primarily the man-
To apply, please contact Catherine Reichenberg at
agement of NNWLA‘s finances and the membership
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 829-1222.
American Inns of Court November Meeting
The Bruce R. Thompson Chapter of the American Inns Our Inn meets on the second Tuesday of October,
of Court will meet on November 9, 2010, on the Eighth November, and January through May. The social por-
Floor of the Federal Building located at 300 S. Virginia tion of our meeting starts at 5:15 p.m. and the 90-minute
St. in Reno. Michael Kealy, Esq., of Parsons Behle & presentation begins at 5:45 p.m. Members and guests
Latimer, will lead the program, titled ―Appellate Plead- are welcome to attend.
ing and Practice.‖
November Highlights in U.S. Women’s History
Nov. 1, 1848 - The first medical school for first coed medical schools. Cabrini is beatified. She is the first Ameri-
women, the New England Female Medical can woman citizen to become a saint.
Nov. 28, 1881 - The first organizational
School, opens; in 1874 it merges with Bos-
meeting is held for the predecessor group Nov. 14, 1946 - Emily Greene Balch, co-
ton University to become one of the world's
to the American Association of founder of the Women's International
University Women (AAUW). League for Peace and Freedom, is
awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Nov. 14, 1889 - Journalist Eliza-
beth Cochran, a.k.a. Nellie Bly, Nov. 11, 1979 - Bethune Museum and Ar-
sails around the world in 72 days, chives opens in Washington D.C. as a cen-
6 hours, 11 minutes, and 14 sec- ter for African-American women's history,
onds, beating the fictional record honoring Mary McLeod Bethune.
set by Phileas Fogg in Jules
Nov. 8, 1984 - Dr. Anna L. Fisher, a physi-
Verne's Around the World in
cian, launches into space as the first Ameri-
can mother and third American woman to
Nov. 14, 1903 - The U.S. Women's fly into space on the shuttle Discovery.
Trade Union League is estab-
Nov. 11, 1993 - The Vietnam Women's
Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.
Nov. 8, 1910 - The state of Wash- Conceived by former army combat nurse
ington passes a constitutional Diane Carlson Evans and sculpted by
amendment to permit woman Glenna Goodacre, it honors the 265,000
The Vietnam Women’s Memorial, dedi- suffrage. women who voluntarily served during the
cated in 1993 Vietnam era.
Nov. 13, 1938 - Mother Francis Xavier
NNWLA Board Meeting
October 15, 2010
In attendance: Rachel McLendon Kent, Catherine Reichenberg, Courtney Sweet, Liz High, and Karen Dickerson.
The balance on September 9, 2010 was $6,509.42.
2010 Membership Meetings:
October Dinner (October 19, 2010): Magistrate McQuaid and Magistrate Cooke to discuss career as a federal magistrate. La Vec-
chia reserved. One-hour CLE approved. 21 RSVPs so far
November lunch (November 16, 2010): DUI presentation with Erin Albright. .5 CLE requested. La Vecchia reserved.
December Christmas Party (Date TBD): Judge Cooke‘s home. Caterer: Chef Extreme.
January: Family Law CLE
Women in History Article
November: Catherine to contact Megan regarding interviewing Kathleen Drakulich. If not ready, no article for the November
December: Alicia interviewing Mary Dugan.
Veteran‘s Gift Programs: If NNWLA only does one program, Veteran‘s would prefer we focus on coats. Catherine will contact
Young Lawyers to see if they want to do the stockings.
School of Social Justice sponsorship (endowment) – decided NNWLA is not interested.