2020 CCBA Executive Board Election Information

Note (11/21/2019): Information about the 2020 CCBA Executive Board Election has been amended as of 11/20/2019. For the most recent info, see https://www.clarkcountybar.org/2020-ccba-executive-board-of-directors-election-info-amended-11-20-2019/

On Thursday, December 12, 2019, the Clark County Bar Association (CCBA) will hold the election for the 2020 CCBA Executive Board of Directors on the same day of the Clark County Bar Association Luncheon & Annual Meeting. This year’s ballot includes both an uncontested race, with six incumbents running to retain their seat on the board, and a contested race, with three nominees vying for the one open position created from the appointment of a current director to serve as secretary/treasurer for the organization next year. Nominees for the contested race have provided statements for voters to consider. Attorney members are invited to cast their votes in person on the day of the event or by absentee ballot before December 12, 2019. See below for more information about the candidates, polling locations, absentee ballots, and additional members of the CCBA Executive Board of Directors.

Candidates (terms to expire 12/31/2020):
Vote for any (one or more) to retain their current seat:

  • Nedda Ghandi* of Ghandi Deeter Blackham Law Offices
  • Brandon P. Kemble* of City of Henderson
  • Paul C. Ray* of Paul C. Ray, Chtd.

Candidates (terms to expire 12/31/2021):
Vote for any (one or more) to retain their current seat:

  • Mark S. Blackman* of BDF Law Group
  • James T. Leavitt* of Leavitt Legal Services, PC
  • Alayne M. Opie* of Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Candidates (term to expire 12/31/2021):
Vote for only one to fill a vacant seat:

  • Jacquelyn Franco of Backus Carranza & Burden
  • Paul Lal of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
  • Amanda Stevens of Battle Born Capital

Statements from nominees in contested race:

  • Jacquelyn Franco, NV Bar #13484:

Hi, my name is Jackie Franco and I would like to serve as a representative on the 2020 CCBA Executive Board. For those who know me: I appreciate your consideration and vote. For those getting to know me: here is a little bit about my background and why I hope you’ll select me.

I have been a member of the CCBA since 2015. Since that time, I also became involved in the CCBA’s Publications Committee; first serving as a Contributing Editor. In November 2016, I became an Associate Editor. Currently, I proudly serve as the Committee Chair and Editor-in-Chief of the Communiqué.

Outside of the CCBA, I work as a civil defense attorney for Backus, Carranza & Burden representing insurance carriers, insureds, consumer products and retailors, grocery stores, and food and beverage franchises.

I have also had opportunities to present CLE classes through the National Business Institute, to be published in the Nevada Lawyer, and to serve as an Editor for the Nevada Pattern Jury Instructions – Civil, 2017 edition.

Between my demonstrated past service – and continued service – to the CCBA and the legal community, I hope you will vote for me to serve on the 2020 CCBA Executive Board. Thank you!


  • Paul Lal, NV Bar #3755:

Dear fellow CCBA members:

My name is Paul Lal and I am seeking election to the Executive Board.

In 1989, I began practicing law in Nevada, and proudly have been a CCBA member almost all of the years since then.

My current role with CCBA is Chair of its Community Service Committee. I have been an active member of the Committee the last 3 years, and have enjoyed the wonderful experience of serving on the Committee and being an ambassador for CCBA in the Committee’s many community outreach activities.

I am a partner in the Las Vegas office of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, having joined it in 2005. Prior to joining my current firm, I was a shareholder/associate in Dickerson, Dickerson, Consul & Pocker for approximately 12 years, and before that was an associate in a mid-size Nevada firm that transformed into several other firms.

My practice is concentrated primarily on commercial transactions, including acquisition, disposition, financing, leasing and restructuring transactions. Since 2015, I also have served as a pro tem Justice of the Peace for the Las Vegas Justice Court from time to time.

I enjoy spending my down time with my wife and adult children, following (and still trying to play) baseball, and at the beach along the California Coast.

My commitment to you is to be a contributing and constructive member of the Board with a view to continuing and promoting the purposes of this great organization.

Thank you for your consideration.


  • Amanda Stevens, NV Bar #13966:

I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for the Clark County Bar Association’s Board. I hereby accept the nomination.

I have lived in Las Vegas since 1999, I obtained my B.A. in Finance and International Business, as well as my MBA and JD, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. After undergrad, I worked in the hard money lending industry for ten years. However, after the real estate crash of 2008, I decided to go to law school. After law school, I initially worked at a complex civil litigation law firm. Then in 2018, I started a new hard money lending company – Battle Born Capital. I love working at Battle Born Capital as it allows me to use both my business and legal skills.

I have been an active member of the CCBA since I graduated and passed the Nevada bar in 2015. Mainly, I have been actively involved with the New Lawyers Committee, first as a member, and then, for the past two years, as the Co-Chair. I have been especially involved with the Client Counseling and Moot Court Competitions, both as a volunteer and in coordinating other volunteers. During my CCBA membership, I have volunteered and attended many of CCBA’s wonderful events. I really enjoy being part of the CCBA, especially the New Lawyers Committee, as I have met with some really amazing people. I look forward to continuing my involvement with the CCBA.

Please vote for me. Thank you.

Polling times and location information for CCBA’s election day:

Attorney members may cast their ballot in person at the following polling locations on Thursday, December 12, 2019:

  • 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the CCBA Office, 717 S. Eighth St., Las Vegas, NV 89101;
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the at Grotto Ristorante inside the Golden Nugget, 129 East Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101; and
  • 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the CCBA Office, 717 S. Eighth St., Las Vegas, NV 89101.

Absentee ballot information:

Attorney members who cannot submit a ballot in person on Thursday, December 12, 2019 (as outlined above), may submit a completed absentee ballot declaration and a ballot during a period of five (5) business days preceding the date of the Clark County Bar Luncheon and Annual Meeting to Clark County Bar Association, 717 S. 8th Street, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89101, or to CCBA Executive Director Donna Wiessner at DonnaW@ClarkCountyBar.org.

Declarations and ballots will be available from the CCBA’s office at 717 S. 8th Street, Las Vegas, Nevada, during normal business hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday), the CCBA’s website as an electronic file to download from www.clarkcountybar.org, and upon request from the CCBA.

Additional members of the 2020 CCBA Executive Board of Directors:

  • Officers (terms to expire 12/31/2020):
    • President 2020: Jennifer Roberts* of UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation
    • President-Elect 2020: Mariteresa Rivera-Rogers* of Wright Marsh & Levy
    • Secretary/Treasurer 2020: James E. Harper* of Harper Selim
    • Judicial Appointee (term to expire 2021): The Honorable Jerry A. Wiese, II* of Eighth Judicial District Court, Dept. 30
    • Directors (terms to expire 12/31/2020):
      • Heather Anderson-Fintak* of Southern Nevada Health District
      • Joel Henriod* of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
      • Ex Officio (term to expire 12/31/2020): President 2019 Jason P. Stoffel* of Roberts Stoffel Family Law Group

*Denotes person currently serving on the board.