Letter from the President

Kimberly A. Buchanan, Esq. CCBA President 2014

Kimberly A. Buchanan, Esq.
CCBA President 2014

“The” Upcoming Spring Event

By Kimberly Buchanan, Esq.

I would like to wish all CCBA members a joyous spring. Springtime harkens notions of rebirth, renewal, and growth. In keeping with spring’s renewal, expand your professional network by attending CCBA’s signature event, our annual Meet Your Judges Mixer at the Four Seasons Hotel. Our annual Meet Your Judges Mixer will be at the Four Seasons Hotel on June 13, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available for law firms and merchants. To sponsor or learn more about the event, contact CCBA’s Operations Manager Donna Wiessner at (702) 387-6011. I look forward to meeting  you there!

Local bar members Timothy Geswein and Shemilly A. Briscoe need your solace
Attorneys Shemilly Briscoe and her husband Timothy Geswein are in my thoughts and prayers as Tim suffered an unexpected and serious health issue that has left him in a coma since January 5, 2014 at Scripps Hospital in San Diego, California. The length of medical care (in excess of 6 months of intensive care) and necessary travel has created a financial hardship for the family. This is particularly difficult because the eldest of Tim and Shemilly’s two sons requires a great deal of care related to his ASD diagnosis and ongoing special needs.

In response to our alarm and concern, Shemilly recently responded,

“. . . I appreciate your support. Blood donations would be great. Tim has had in excess of 25 blood transfusions and although he shouldn’t require more, we would like to give back as much as possible. Without the transfusions, he would not have survived. I think I may need other things in the months to come, perhaps office supplies. They don’t believe he will be home until November and my bills are crazy, even with insurance due to all of the procedures, and my autistic son. Tim has had about 20 surgical procedures, continuous dialysis and constant meds due to coma, and he is on vents, and other life support.  This has been a life changing event. But I am happy and ever so grateful to the doctors for keeping him alive and helping him to recover.”

Your assistance to Timothy and Shemilly will make a huge difference to their family during this difficult time. Shemilly can be reached at (702) 748-9340.

Helping bar members through SOLACE
Show your compassion for fellow bar members in their time of need by signing up for the State Bar program, SOLACE. SOLACE is an acronym for Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel, All Concern Encouraged. The program is designed to provide services, guidance, or other non-monetary assistance when a critical need arises. Requests for referrals to medical specialists, donations of blood, assistance with travel related to doctor’s appointments or medical issues, etc. may be made through the program. Requests for money, prayer chains, any form of substantive law practice support, or referrals of a non-critical nature (i.e. looking for a job, handyman, etc.) are not accepted.

Each member provides an e-mail address that is added to the SOLACE network. When a request comes in for help, a group e-mail goes out to every member. Members read the e-mail and decide if they, or a member of their network of family and friends, can help and in what way. There is never any pressure to offer assistance—this is a purely voluntary organization. The e-mails are a way for legal professionals to learn of situations where someone in the legal “family” needs help, and gives an opportunity to provide that help.

Below is a heartwarming example of SOLACE at work:

Dear SOLACE members,

The following message is from Lynn, a New Orleans attorney, who requested a medical referral for a biopsy on an expedited basis for her young niece.

She wanted to share her great news with our SOLACE community . . . .

“I write to send another SOLACE success story and to thank all those in the SOLACE network.

Through the SOLACE network my young niece was able to be seen TODAY by a breast cancer specialist at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Baton Rouge and it was determined that she does NOT have cancer. I write this with tears of gratitude and say a joyous “thank you” to all who offered their assistance and prayers.

Lynn”

As this example demonstrates, the program works quite simply, but the effects can be significant. Please contact Lori Wolk at loriw@nvbar.org for further information.
Kimberly Buchanan is Senior Deputy Attorney General in the Public Safety Division at the Nevada Office of the Attorney General, representing the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Public Safety. She serves as President of the Clark County Bar Association through December 2014.

Kimberly Buchanan is Senior Deputy Attorney General in the Public Safety Division at the Nevada Office of the Attorney General, representing the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Public Safety. She serves as President of the Clark County Bar Association through December 2014.

She encourages you to support our non-profit member organization. Inquiries about CCBA can be directed to CCBA Operations Manager Donna Wiessner at (702) 387-6011.