Committees

Learn about planning committees of the Clark County Bar Association (CCBA) and the Clark County Law Foundation (CCLF):

CCBA’s Community Service Committee
CCBA’s Continuing Legal Education Committee
CCBA’s New Lawyers Committee
CCBA’s Publications Committee
CCBA’s Social Events Committee
CCLF’s Community Service Committee
CCLF’s Trial By Peers Committee


CCBA’s Community Service Committee

This committee is focused on organizing CCBA’s members to provide outreach services to the community at large in southern Nevada. All members of the CCBA are invited to join or volunteer for this committee and/or get involved in planned activities.

Community Service Committee Members:

  • Chair: Paul Lal, Esq. of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
  • Annette Bradley, Esq. of Southern Nevada Health District
  • Damon Dias, Esq. of Dias Law Group
  • Tiffany Doctors, Esq. of Welt Law
  • Jeffrey Luszeck, Esq. of Solomon Dwiggins & Freer, Ltd.
  • Noah Malgeri, Esq. of Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
  • Mariteresa Rivera-Rogers, Esq. of Wright Marsh & Levy
  • Andrew Sharples, Esq. of Naylor & Braster Attorneys at Law, PLLC
  • Lin Soriano, Esq. Assistant Principal, Nevada Learning Academy
  • CCBA Executive Board Liaisons:
    • Paul Ray, Esq. of Paul C. Ray Chtd.
    • Mark Blackman, Esq. of Wright, Finlay & Zak, LLP

Participation: This committee is open to all CCBA members who want to get involved and/or to plan activities for CCBA members to provide outreach services to the community at large. For more information, contact Steph at CCBA office at (702) 387-6011.

Meetings: The Community Service Committee meets on the first Friday of the month typically.

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN MEETING DATE FOR JUNE/JULY 2019 ONLY: We will be combining our two regular meetings (June 7 and July 5) into one meeting on June 28, 2019 .

To confirm when the next meeting of this committee will be held, view CCBA Events Calendar or contact CCBA staff liaison Steph, (702) 387-6011. 


CCBA’s Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee

The mission of the Continuing Legal Education Committee is to create high quality, low cost continuing legal education seminars for the benefit of bar members and legal community:

Participation: The CLE committee is limited to current attorney and JD members of the CCBA. The CLE committee and CCBA staff are charged with establishing, maintaining, and publicizing CCBA’s position as a leading provider of CLE seminars in Clark County, Nevada.

Committee members work as a team to fulfill our mission. On average, a committee member spends about five hours per month working on committee matters, but the amount of time may vary depending on whether the member is actively involved in organizing a seminar. As an additional bonus, seminar producing CLE committee members are entitled to attend CCBA CLE seminars at no cost!

CLE Committee Members:

  • Committee Chair: Robert Telles, Esq., Clark County Nevada Public Administrator
  • Lauren Calvert, Esq. of Messner Reeves, LLP
  • Jeffrey Luszeck, Esq. of Solomon, Dwiggins & Freer, Ltd.
  • Stephen Smith, Esq., Sole Practitioner
  • CCBA Executive Board Liaisons:
    • Mariteresa Rivera-Rogers, Esq. of Wright Marsh & Levy
    • Joel Henriod, Esq. of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

Meetings: The CLE committee meets at noon on the second Friday of every month at the CCBA offices. To find out when the next meeting of this committee will be held, view CCBA Events Calendar or contact Donna at CCBA office, (702) 387-6011.


CCBA’s New Lawyers Committee

The New Lawyers Committee is for attorneys admitted to practice in Nevada within the last five years, regardless of age. Committee work averages three hours per month per person. The committee coordinates and participates with the William S. Boyd School of Law to produce student competitions. Members volunteer to help with bar events, including the annual Meet Your Judges Mixer and the New Admittees Reception. Also, the committee plans to host social mixers periodically. Please see below for a complete list of activities:

  • Annual Client Counseling Competition – (Fall)
  • Annual Ethics CLE for New Lawyers – (Spring)
  • Annual Holiday Mixer – (Winter)
  • Annual Meet Your Judges Mixer – (Spring)
  • Annual Moot Court Competition – (Spring)
  • CCBA Pub Crawl – (Spring and Fall)
  • Law School Open House
  • New Admittees Luncheon w/ Members of the Judiciary – (Spring and Fall)
  • New Admittees Reception following the Admission Ceremony – (Spring and Fall)
  • Post Bar Exam Mixer – (Spring and Fall)

For more information about these events, view CCBA Events Calendar or contact CCBA staff liaison Donna at CCBA office (702) 387-6011.

New Lawyers Committee Members:

  • Committee Co-Chairs:
    • Jason Close of Close Law Group
    • Amanda Stevens of Battle Born Capital
  • Jose Carmona, Esq. of Pyatt Silvestri
  • Taelor Evans, Esq. of the U.S. District Court of Southern Nevada
  • Walter Fick, Esq. of Hall Jaffe & Clayton, LLP
  • Lee Gorlin, Esq. of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC
  • Noah Kuschel, Esq. of the Las Vegas Sands Corp.
  • Frank Leavitt, Esq. of Leavitt Law Firm
  • Noah Malgeri, Esq. of Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
  • Sunethra Muralidhara, Esq. of Wright Marsh & Levy
  • Melody Rissell, Esq. of the 8th Judicial District Court, Dept. 22, Law Clerk to Hon. Susan Johnson
  • Atif Sheikh, Esq. of the Law Offices of Atif Sheikh, PLLC
  • Catherine Wiersch, Esq. of the Clark County Public Defender’s Office
  • CCBA Executive Board Liaisons:
    • James T. Leavitt of Leavitt Legal Services, P.C.
    • Judge Jerry Wiese of 8th Judicial District Court

Meetings: The New Lawyers Committee meets at 12:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at the CCBA offices. For more information, view CCBA Events Calendar or contact CCBA staff liaison Donna at CCBA office (702) 387-6011.


CCBA’s Publications Committee

The Publications Committee produces Communiqué, the official publication of the Clark County Bar Association. This printed magazine offers information about the bar activities, services, as well Although many committee members have prior experience writing for their law school journals or college newspapers, such experience is not necessary.

Committee members write articles themselves as well as solicit articles from other professionals on assigned topics. Meetings are spent brainstorming story ideas and matching topics with potential authors. The level of participation on this committee varies. A committee member can simply attend the meetings regularly and help plan the editorial calendar, or they can take on more responsibilities from writing to securing authors and articles for future issues. Some committee members serve as editors and are responsible for copy editing the content of each issue. Copy editors spend about three to five hours per month proofreading assigned sections and must be able to turn around their assignments in 24 to 48 hours.

Participation: The Publications Committee is limited to current attorney and JD members of the CCBA.

Publications Committee Members:

  • Committee Chair and Editor-In-Chief: Jacquelyn Franco, Esq. of Backus Carranza & Burden
  • Associate Editor:  Tami Cowden, Esq. of Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Associate Editor: Alia Najjar, MD, Esq. of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP
  • Associate Editor: Jennifer Roberts, Esq. of UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation
  • Associate Editor: Alayne Opie, Esq. of Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Associate Editor: Carli Sansone, Esq. of vegas east attorneys
  • Jennifer Hostetler, Esq. of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
  • Erin Houston, Esq. of Office of Secretary of State
  • CCBA Executive Board Liaisons:
    • Heather Anderson-Fintak, Esq. of Southern Nevada Health District
    • Alayne Opie, Esq. of Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Meetings: The Publications Committee meets at noon on the first Tuesday of every month at the CCBA offices.

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN MEETING DATE FOR JUNE 2019 ONLY: We will be combining our two regular meetings (June and July) into one on June 25, 2019.

To find out when the next meeting of this committee will be held, view CCBA Events Calendar or contact Steph at CCBA office, (702) 387-6011.

Would you like to write for Communiqué?

The editors of Communiqué are accepting proposals with ideas for original articles, features, and highlights to be written by CCBA members for publication in an upcoming issue of the official publication of the Clark County Bar Association (CCBA). Proposals should be submitted for the editors to review as soon as possible. Interested authors should to review the information regarding our editorial calendar, editorial policy, author guidelines available upon request and posted on the CCBA’s website at http://www.clarkcountybar.org/about-communique/editorial-calendar-policy/.


CCBA’s Social Events Committee

This relatively new committee is open to ideas and opinions on how best to facilitate opportunities for members to meet and socialize. We hope to plan events to appeal to members at all stages of their careers. Upcoming activities, include the following events:

CCBA’s Social Committee Members:

  • Chair: Jason Stoffel, Esq. of Roberts Stoffel Family Law Group
  • Tami Cowden, Esq. of Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Kimberly Abbott, Esq. of Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
  • CCBA Executive Board Liaisons:
    • James Leavitt, Esq. of Leavitt Legal Services
    • Jason Stoffel, Esq. of Roberts Stoffel Family Law Group

Meetings: The Social Committee has yet to schedule a regular meeting day/time. To find out when the next meeting of this committee will be held, view CCBA Events Calendar page or contact Jason Stoffel at (702) 474-7007.



The following committees are affiliated with the Clark County Law Foundation. 

CCLF’s Trial By Peers® Committee

The Clark County Law Foundation (CCLF) has a planning committee for their youth court program, Trial By Peers® (TBP). The TBP Committee meets The Trial By Peers Committee meets on the last Monday or Tuesday of the month, alternating between months, between noon and 1 p.m. in their offices at 725 S 8th Street. In May 20017, they will meet on the last Monday. Contact the CCLF to confirm time, dates, and location, 702-333-8277. For more information about CCLF and the TBP progam, visit http://clarkcountylawfoundation.org/.

CCLF’s Community Service Committee

The Clark County Law Foundation (CCLF) has a planning committee for their community service projects. The Community Service Committee meets on the third Monday of the month, usually at Noon but at various locations. Contact the CCLF to confirm time, dates, and location, 702-333-8277. For more information about CCLF visit http://clarkcountylawfoundation.org/.