Letter from the President

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

How to Become a Better Lawyer (in one simple step)

There is no shortage of tools and tips available to lawyers interested in sharpening their skills and enhancing their practice to provide clients the best service possible. Organize your inbox, write an article for your firm’s blog, upgrade your technology – the list goes on. My advice? Find an opportunity to serve your community and dive right in!

There are so many ways to help your career by helping your community. Strengthen your knowledge in a particular area of law (or learn a new one) by taking a pro bono case, mentoring a new attorney, or volunteering to judge the client counseling, negotiation, and moot court competitions at the William S. Boyd School of Law. Develop your communication and leadership skills by coaching a youth sports team or serving on the board of a local non-profit organization. Expand your professional network and gain potential clients by participating in a fundraising event. Simply put, community service makes better lawyers.

This issue of the Communiqué includes photos of members engaging in a wide range of volunteer activities to benefit the communities where they live and work. There are so many of you who do so much good, and it is truly inspiring. That is why I am excited to introduce our new feature, “CCBA Volunteerism—Spotlight on CCBA Members Serving the Community,” which highlights our members’ contributions to local charitable causes. This will be a recurring feature in the Communiqué, so please keep sending your stories and photos. See https://www.clarkcountybar.org/communique/february-2016/.

Please join us on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Three Square for a CCBA Volunteer Day. Learn more at https://www.clarkcountybar.org/wp-admin/post.php?post=78&action=edit.

This issue of the Communiqué also features programs and organizations that are looking for volunteers. This is just a small sample of the many opportunities you can find throughout Clark County. I encourage you to get involved. Your community, and your career, will thank you for it.

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.