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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Boyd Assistant Dean and Alumni to Receive State Bar of Nevada Awards

Boyd School of Law Assistant Dean for External Relations Layke Martin and alumni Seth Floyd '10 and Margaret Lambrose '09 will be honored at the State Bar of Nevada's 2015 Annual Meeting, taking place July 9-11 in Seattle.

Martin will be named a Young Lawyer of the Year. The award is given to young lawyers whose professional and public service achievements merit special recognition. Commitment to civic participation and community service achievements that advance the state of the profession are considered, and special consideration is given to contributions to the State Bar of Nevada and its Young Lawyers Section.

Martin is the incoming Chair of the Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Nevada and has served on the Section’s Executive Council since 2010. She co-chairs the Young Lawyers Section’s Trial Academy, which is a three-day intensive trial training program for young lawyers. Martin also serves on the State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Information Service (LRIS) Committee, which oversees the Bar’s lawyer referral program for the public and reduced fee panels for low- to moderate-income individuals.

Martin serves on the national Board of Directors of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), which is the professional organization for more than 2,500 legal career professionals in law schools and law firms. She is an active volunteer and former Board Member of the Junior League of Las Vegas, most recently serving as the chair of the College Scholarship Committee. She has volunteered as a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada for more than seven years.

Floyd will be named a Volunteer of the Year. The award is given to a member for outstanding volunteer service to the State Bar of Nevada. The selection committee gives primary consideration to nominees who have served or continue to serve on state bar committees or sections and have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the profession and to the protection of the public.

At The Urban Law Firm, Floyd focuses his practice on labor law, ERISA, general civil litigation, appellate litigation, and land use. Prior to joining The Urban Law Firm, Floyd was an associate with McDonald Carano Wilson LLP, representing clients in a broad range of litigation from construction law to trust litigation. He also participated in the firm's government affairs practice group and represented clients before local governments and the State of Nevada and was a founding member of the Appellate Litigation Section of the State Bar of Nevada.

Lambrose will also be named a Volunteer of the Year. She is instrumental in the support of the annual Trial Academy, a successful education program offered by the Young Lawyers Section at the State Bar of Nevada's annual meeting.

In addition, Lambrose serves as a Trustee for the Nevada Bar Foundation, which will be honored with the Medal of Justice Award. The charitable arm of the State Bar of Nevada, the Nevada Bar Foundation was organized to support charitable giving related to access to justice and legal education programs. In the past year, the Nevada Bar Foundation has assumed management of the IOLTA program, including making annual grants in excess of $1.8 million to organizations that provide direct legal services to the poor, victims of domestic violence, and children in need of protection.