About WCBA

Washoe County Bar Association was incorporated in 1905 to serve the legal community in Reno and Sparks, Nevada. It now has over 1200 members throughout Northern Nevada. The Bar’s mission is to further professionalism, ethics and service in the practice of law.

Today, Washoe County Bar Association offers services reflecting that mission to its 1200 members in northern Nevada and to the public through professional and community programs.

  • To join WCBA, Click here for a membership form.
  • The Writ is a monthly newsletter with association news, columns on legal news, classified ads and a calendar. Selected columns are available as searchable documents (members only) on this site at the Publications link. You can find the most recent issue of the Writ in PDF format on the Publications link. Advertising rates are also available on the Publications link. (All advertisements, in any form, submitted to the Washoe County Bar Association for publication will be reviewed by the Washoe County Bar Association Executive Director and will be included in Washoe County Bar Association publications in their sole and absolute discretion. The Washoe County Bar Association reserves the right to reject any advertisement and/or to rescind any pending or previously published advertisements for any reason. Such reasons may include, but are not limited to, the advertisement of products or services that conflict with any products or services offered by the Washoe County Bar Association and advertisements that are not germane to the practice of law as undertaken by the Washoe County Bar Association membership. All advertising should be appropriate in tone and content and in accordance with all applicable rules of professional conduct. The publication of any advertisement should not be deemed as an endorsement by the Washoe County Bar Association nor should any previously published advertisement be considered as precedent for future publication of the same or similar content.)
  • Our Annual Pictorial Directory is published each summer and is a reference to the courts, government agencies, law firms and individual attorneys in northern Nevada. Directory order forms and advertising rates are available on the Publications link.
  • WCBA’s Judicial Performance Survey is held in even-numbered years to evaluate the performance of judges in the Nevada Supreme Court, Second Judicial District Court, Washoe County Justice of the Peace Courts and Reno/Sparks Municipal Courts.

    Previous Survey Results

  • 2016 Summary
  • 2014 Summary
  • 2012 Summary
  • 2010 Summary
  • WCBA meets monthly on the second Wednesday of each month (except for January, July, August, and November) at 12 noon at Harrah’s Convention Center in Reno. Luncheons frequently feature continuing legal education along with speakers and programs of special interest to our members.
    See the Events Page for events and reservation forms.
  • WCBA supports the Washoe County Legal Resources and the volunteer lawyers program of Washoe Legal Services through a dues assessment to members. In 2012, WCBA contributed $15,000 to each entity.



Justin James Bustos
Dickinson Wright PLLC
100 W. Liberty St. Ste 940
Reno, NV  89501
(775) 343-7500
Fax (775) 786-0131

Vice President

Patricia Halstead
Halstead Law Offices
615 S. Arlington Ave.
Reno NV  89509
(775) 322-2244
Fax (775) 465-4144


Holly Parker
Laxalt & Nomura, Ltd.
9600 Gateway Dr.
Reno NV  89521
(775) 322-1170
Fax (775) 322-1865


Chandeni Sendall
Reno City Attorney’s Office
One E. First St., 3rd Floor.
Reno NV  89505
(775) 334-2050
Fax (775) 334-2420


Jacey Prupas
Snell & Wilmer LLP
50 W. Liberty St. #510
Reno NV  89505
(775) 785-5440
Fax (775) 785-5441

Chair, Social Events

A.J. Hames
Fennemore Craig, P.C.
300 E. Second St., Ste. 1510
Reno NV  89501
(775) 788-2200
Fax (775) 786-1177

Executive Director

Gina MacLellan
Washoe County Bar Association
P.O. Box 1548, Reno, NV 89505
Fax 775-324-6116