These days, liability protection alone just isn't enough. In addition to being threatened with the loss or your job or a violation of your hard-earned rights, educators today are vulnerable to any one of a number of charges that can can be leveled by angry students or disgruntled parents.
When you belong to the Association, you have peace of mind that your side will be heard and that your rights will be protected. We stand ready and willing to go the extra mile to make sure you get a fair shake and you don't have to pay a penny in legal fees!
In addition to our staff members in the field, we also have access to attorneys who are experts in school and labor law and they can provide representation for any job-related problem you might encounter including student abuse charges, contract dismissals, and complaints. If you have a job-related problem or feel your rights have been violated, contact your UniServ Director. He or she is your first line of defense. Click here to access the Attorney Referral Program.
Attorney Referral Program
As an NSEA member, you can count on us for help in employment-related matters, but did you know we can also provide help with a number of personal legal problems?
Through the National Education Association (NEA) Attorney Referral Program, eligible members are entitled to two, 30-minute consultation sessions free during each membership year. And, if you need additional legal help, the program lets you get that help at rates below participating attorneys' usual fees.
The Attorney Referral Program is open to all NSEA members and their spouses and dependent children. During any membership year (from September 1 to August 31) eligible members can take advantage of two free, 30-minute consultation sessions with Association-approved attorneys. During those sessions, you may discuss almost any legal matter, except income tax preparation.
In addition to the free consultations, members may have specific legal work performed in five "core" areas at a reduction of the participating attorney's usual fees.
The NEA is committed to making sure only qualified and competent attorneys participate in the NEA Attorney Referral Program. Before any attorneys can participate in the program, they must first be approved by both the NEA and the NSEA. Also they must agree to provide service to members at convenient times, including times outside the normal working day.
NSEA members must discuss the fees with the participating attorneys before they render services so there is no misunderstanding about the payment for services. Participating attorneys must be willing to accept payment by installment payment plans or by credit card.
What is Covered?
The NEA has identified five "core" areas of personal legal service for coverage under the NEA Attorney Referral Program. Under these areas, participating attorneys will provide a discounted rate for their services:
- Wills and Estates-Assistance with will preparation, estate planning, legal assistance if you are named the executor or administrator of an estate, or legal counsel in guardianship proceedings.
- Real Estate-Purchase or sale of residential property, disputes with landlords, property line controversies, and problems with zoning laws or land-use regulations.
- Domestic Relations-Proceedings for annulment, divorce, separation, alimony, custody, child support, guardianship, adoption, paternity, or name changes.
- Consumer Protection-Disputes with creditors or finance agencies and proceedings with retailers concerning defective merchandise.
- Traffic Violations-Charges of operating under the influence, reckless driving, or other offenses involving the potential loss of license, a jail sentence, or financial liability in excess of $50.
What isn't covered?
There are a few areas where participating attorneys are not required to give NSEA members the discount. Problems such as business dealings, bankruptcies, preparation for a defense in Internal Revenue Service income tax matters, and defense of criminal violations other than the traffic violations covered by the program are not covered under the discount.
Participating attorneys are not permitted to represent a member in any matter in which the adverse party is the NEA, an NEA affiliate, or another NEA member-except in separation or divorce proceedings.
Of course, court costs, filing and service fees, and attorney out-of-pocket expenses are not ordinarily discounted. It's also important to note that if you obtain your own attorney, you won't receive the discount rate, even if that attorney later becomes a participant in the NEA Attorney Referral Program.
What you need to do.
Contact one of our participating attorneys directly and identify yourself as an NEA/NSEA member taking part in the NEA Attorney Referral Program for your free consultation and to investigate your need for additional legal services.
Remember, although each participating attorney has agreed to provide two free, 30-minute consultation sessions, you should discuss with the attorney the fees you will be charged before any consultation session begins. That will help you avoid any misunderstandings.
Click here for a list of participating attorneys.
Educators Employment Liability Protection
With your Association membership comes a $1 million Educators Employment Liability (EEL) insurance policy which protects you against civil proceedings brought against you in job-related matters. What's more, you'll be reimbursed for up to $35,000 to cover attorney fees and other legal costs if you are exonerated of criminal charges; and up to $5,000 regardless of the outcome. On top of that, you're entitled to receive payment of up to $500 for damage to your personal property if you're assaulted in the course of your work.
Over the years, Association members right here in Nevada have benefited from this invaluable insurance coverage. Of course, you can buy liability coverage anywhere, but be sure to read the fine print. Some may offer more coverage, but it may be cumulative. That means if someone files a claim before you do, there may not be any funding left for you.
Our ELL coverage combined with our staff experience and legal support means that no member ever has to go it alone.
Association Approved Attorneys
Dyer Lawrence Law Firm - $185 - $300
Michael W. Dyer, Esq. (of counsel)
Sandra G. Lawrence, Esq.
Francis C. Flaherty, Esq.
Thomas J. Donaldson, Esq.
Sue S. Matuska, Esq.
2805 Mountain Street, Carson City, NV 89703
(775) 885-1896 / (775) 885-8728 Fax / www.dyerlawrence.com
Wills and Estates, Real Estate, Domestic Relations, Consumer Protection, and Traffic Violations
Law Offices of Dan Lovell - $325
Dan Lovell, Esq.
1212 S. Casino Center Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 512-7777 / [email protected]
Real Estate, Domestic Relations, Consumer Protection, Traffic Violations, Libel and Slander actions for plaintiff/defendant and Personal Injury and other tort actions for plaintiff/for defendant.
Law Offices of Layne F. Barney, P.C. - $250
Wills and Estates, Real Estate, and Consumer Protection
Law Office of Mary F. Chapman, Ltd. - $500
Mary F. Chapman, Esq.
8440 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Suite 203 Las Vegas, NV 89128
Ph: 702-202-4223 Fax: 702-202-2003
Wills and Trusts, Real Estate, Consumer Protection and Civil Litigation
Cliff W. Marcek, P.C. - $325
Personal Injury and Family Law
Right Lawyers LLC- $400
Stacy Rocheleau, Esq.
F. Peter James, Esq.
Keith F. Pickard, Esq.
600 S. Tonopah Drive, Suite 300
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Ph: 702-829-1653 Fax: 702-914-0256 / [email protected] / http://www.rightlawyers.com
Domestic Relations, Traffic Violations, and Personal Injury
Stovall & Associates - $250
Leslie Mark Stovall, Esq.
Ross Moynihan, Esq.
Larissa Drohobyczer, Esq.
Richard Waltjen, Esq.
2301 Palomino Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89107
(702) 258-3034 / (702) 258-0093 / [email protected]
3250 S. Highway 160, Suite 7, Pahrump, NV 89048
(775) 727-4465 / (775) 727-4447 Fax
Real Estate, Trust, Wills, Domestic, Consumer, Personal Injury, and other.
Law Office of Lisa A. Taylor - $200 - $450
Lisa A. Taylor, Esq.
5664 N. Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89130
(702) 645-0150 [email protected]
Wills and Estates
Law Office of Kaitlyn A. Miller, PLLC - $300
Clear Counsel Law Group, NV $350 - $375
Michael Stein, Esq
Bryan Blackwell, Esp.
Kevin Turek, Esp.
David Blake, Esq.
Michelle Abrams, Esp.
Taylor Waite, Esq.
Jonathan Barlow, Esq.
Jordan Flake, Esq.
Jared Richards, Esq.
1672 W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy., Suite 200
Henderson, NV 89012
(702) 522-0696 phone / (702) 924-0709 fax / [email protected]
Wills and Estates, Personal injury