Letter from the President

Originally published in the printed bar journal, Communiqué (December 2016).

A Fond Farewell

Catherine M. Mazzeo is Assistant General Counsel at Southwest Gas Corporation. She serves as President of the Clark County Bar Association through December 2016, and encourages you to visit www.clarkcountybar.org for the latest bar news and a calendar of upcoming events.

It is hard to believe that this year is already drawing to a close, and that I have reached the end of my term as President of the Clark County Bar Association. Working on behalf of the CCBA, with our exceptional staff, and our energetic and creative Executive Board, has been one of my most fulfilling professional experiences. It has been so exciting to watch this organization’s continued growth and on-going success – which is a direct result of the enthusiastic new ideas, boundless enthusiasm, countless contributions, and yes, even the constructive criticism, provided by dedicated members like you.

We had an incredible year, highlighted by some very special “firsts”. We had the honor of hosting the first female African-American President of the American Bar Association at our July luncheon. And at our December luncheon, we will, for the first time in CCBA history, have the sitting President of the State Bar of Nevada as our speaker.

We joined forces with the State Bar, the Clark County Law Foundation and other specialty bar associations on a number of events and activities, and are already looking ahead to what we can accomplish together in 2017.

Committee participation is increasing, and our volunteers have been amazing. Our Community Service Committee recently recruited Team CCBA members to participate in two local walks to benefit cancer research, raising a combined total of over $2,117. Our New Lawyers Committee continues its great work with the UNLV Boyd School of Law and, with the help of Judge Nancy Allf, recently participated in a lunch and judicial meet and greet with some of our newest Nevada attorneys. Our CLE Committee, with the help of Judge Michael Villani, recently produced a one-of-a-kind CLE where attorneys learned the good, the bad and the ugly of what resonates with jurors in the courtroom – directly from a panel of former jurors. And our Publications Committee continues its steadfast and tireless work to produce this award-winning magazine (and to keep me within my word limits).

In January, we will welcome Tami Cowden as the next CCBA President. I have always admired her dedication to the CCBA, and am so appreciative of the creative and meaningful ideas that she offers. She will be an incredible leader and I can’t wait to see what she has planned!

Lastly, I am nothing if not grateful. Thank you to Donna, Steph, and the Executive Board – not only for your passion, hard work and encouragement, but your friendship. I have learned so much from all of you. And a very special thank you to my friends and colleagues at Southwest Gas—this year would not have been possible without your continued support.