Bill Curran, Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr's Las Vegas office, is one of three recipients being honored today with the Presidential Award by the State Bar of Nevada at its annual meeting. The Presidential Award is presented to a State Bar of Nevada member who has practiced law for 20 years or more and whose conduct, honesty, and integrity represent the highest standards of the legal profession.

“Award recipients are those who inspire by example, advance the administration of justice, and bring honor and integrity to the profession,” said Alan Lefebvre, President of the State Bar of Nevada.

“I am deeply honored to be selected for the State Bar’s highest recognition,” said Mr. Curran. “I have devoted my life not only to the law as a profession, but to facilitating justice through improving our legal system.”

Mr. Curran previously has been recognized with several awards for his lifelong commitment to pro bono service that focuses on helping abused children. Earlier this year he received the Silver Staircase Award from the Public Interest Law Association (PILA) at the University of Nevada’s William S. Boyd School of Law. The Silver Staircase Award recognizes members of the legal community for their commitment to public interest and creating access to justice for those in need. Mr. Curran was selected because he sets an example for law students that they can remain active in community service while working at for-profit law firms.

In 2007, Mr. Curran received the Liberty Bell Award from the Clark County Bar Association. That award honors individuals who promote a greater respect for the law and government in the community.

Mr. Curran is active in the community serving for-profit and nonprofit organizations, including membership on the boards of the United Way of Southern Nevada and the Outside Las Vegas Foundation. He is Vice President of Southern Nevada Public Television and President of Nevada Legal Services, a nonprofit organization that provides free legal assistance to low-income Nevadans.

Mr. Curran concentrates on administrative and government law, particularly in the areas of government relations, land use/zoning, and gaming law. He is former President of the State Bar of Nevada and former Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission. Mr. Curran also is a frequent lecturer at both gaming and zoning/land use conferences and has testified before the U.S. Congress and the Nevada Legislature.

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