Speaker Date Topic
No Meeting May 25, 2015
Memorial Day
Dr. Gordon Zimmerman Jun 01, 2015
Communication and Public Speaking

Dr. Zimmerman (Ph.D., U. of Minnesota) is professor emeritus in Communication at the University of Nevada, Reno.  His business, Zimmerman Consulting, provides training and development services for judges, lawyers and managers. 

Dr. Zimmerman has conducted training for the American Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Federal Judicial Center, Naval Justice School, Price Waterhouse, several state bar associations and private law firms and several state administrative offices of the courts.

He has trained judges in 40 states and 8 Canadian provinces on the subject: “Communication in the Courtroom.”  His faculty development programs have yielded over 2000 instructors-- judges, lawyers and managers who teach their colleagues using modern adult learning methods.

In 1995, Dr. Zimmerman taught High Commercial Court Judges in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, and has trained CLE and judicial education faculty from the new Central Asia republics.  He was one of the featured NJC faculty on CBS’s “60 Minutes.”  His program for the Washington State Bar won the “Best of 1995_ award presented by the international Association for Continuing Legal Education.

Dr. Zimmerman is a frequent guest speaker for private and public sector organizations on such topics as management communication, team building, presentation skills and strategic planning.  He has published 3 textbooks: Communication in Organizations, Speech Communication, and Public Speaking Today.  He developed 3 educational videotapes for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

Tray Abney Jun 22, 2015
Recap of the Legislature
Recap of the Legislature

Tray Abney has served as the Director of Government Relations for The Chamber of Reno, Sparks, and Northern Nevada for seven years.  He is responsible for ensuring that the largest broad-based business organization in Northern Nevada has a voice at all levels of government, including city, county, state, and federal.  During the 2009 and 2011 Legislative Sessions, Tray worked with the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and other business groups to pass much needed long-term spending and education reforms into law.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Tray served as Legislative Director for Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons.  Tray spent four years working for Gibbons, including as a senior staff member in his Washington, DC congressional office.  During the 2007 Nevada Legislative Session, Tray was responsible for ensuring that the Governor’s agenda was approved by the Legislature and served as the Governor’s lobbyist in the legislative building.

Tray graduated summa cum laude from Missouri State University in 2003, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and Public Administration.  Tray received his Master of Arts Degree in Political Management from the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University in Washington, DC in 2005.

Tray currently resides with his wife, Dawn, and their son, Noah, in Reno.  



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