Committees


CCBA members are encouraged to join a planning committee at the Clark County Bar Association (CCBA) or 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 listed below:

Downtown Cultural Series – An opportunity for CCBA attorney members to participate in the cultural performances presented by the City of Las Vegas held at the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse.

  • Who: CCBA members (attorneys only) are scheduled to speak to the audience before each event.
  • Dates:
    • March 17, 2017 – Performers: Killian’s Angels: A Celebration of Irish Culture. – Volunteer needed
    • April 21, 2017 – Performers: The Curt Miller Quintet. Volunteer needed
    • Time:
      • 11:50 a.m.-11:59 a.m. – Attorney speaker at podium to present public education
      • 12:00 (noon) – 1:00 p.m. – Artists on stage to perform
  • Location: Jury Assembly Room (1st floor), Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse, 333 Las Vegas Blvd.
  • Related: Admission to attend the event is free and open to the public. Typically, a light refreshment buffet is made available for guests to enjoy during the event. The series is produced by the City of Las Vegas’ Office of Cultural Affairs with cooperation by the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse.

Tour de Summerlin – An opportunity for CCBA members to participate in the non-competitive bike ride presented by Great Rides Productions and to support the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).

  • Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
  • Location: Downtown Summerlin (northwest corner parking lot) – 1980 Festival Plaza Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89135
  • Ride Start Times (times are subject to change): 80 mile ride – 7 a.m. • 60 mile ride – 7:45 a.m. • 40 mile ride – 8:30 a.m.
  • Event Registration: To register as part of our team “Clark County Bar Association,” complete the team registration form available to download at: https://www.clarkcountybar.org/wp-content/uploads/TDSRegFormTeam2017.pdf (or upon request from Steph at CCBA) and submit it to: Mike, Tour de Summerlin, 9480 S. Eastern Avenue, Suite 220, Las Vegas, NV 89123.
    1. Note: Do not register as an individual rider using the event’s online registration function. Once Mike receives a minimum of 10 registrations (for Team Name Clark County Bar Association), he will put those through for processing (and any and all future ones after that 10 that are a part of our team).
    2. Notes: Also, send an e-mail to Steph at CCBA to let us know you will be participating.
  • Event Day: We plan to take a group photo of CCBA members at the event (to publish in Communiqué and share online). Team CCBA Contact at the event is Nevada attorney Mark Blackman.

Books Behind Bars – An opportunity for bar members to help inmates at the Clark County Detention Center with non-legal reading material. 

Three Square Day – An opportunity for bar members to help with produce and grocery packing for individuals who receive meal assistance and mobile pantries.

  • Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Three Square Food Bank, 4190 N. Pecos Rd., Las Vegas, Nevada, 89115
  • Who: Open to all bar members, support staff, friends, and family. Volunteers of ages 10-15 must have a parent/guardian present and sign a permission slip. Ages 16-17 may volunteer on their own with a consent form. Sorry, no volunteers under age 10.
  • What: Volunteers may be standing, bending, lifting, and walking on concrete in non-climate controlled Dress Code: Dress warm in the winter months and cool in the summer months. Pants or knee length shorts, t-shirt, closed-toe shoes, and a smile. No low-cut, mid-drift, or tank tops will be allowed.
  • RSVP by May 17, 2017: Contact Steph at CCBA and let her know how many people you expect to bring with you.
    Event Day: We plan to take a group photo of CCBA members at the event (to publish in Communiqué and share online).

Law Day 2017  The CCBA is currently considering opportunities for CCBA members to get involved in Law Day 2017.

Blanket the Homeless – (Fall/Winter)  – An opportunity for bar members to provide local homeless people with rescue blankets.

  • Donation Date:Ongoing
  • Financial Donations can be made directly to either the CCBA or the CCLF:
    • Clark County Bar Association (CCBA), 717 S. 8th Street, Las Vegas, NV, 89101. For check payments, please include a note with payment to benefit: “Blanket the Homeless.” Note: donations to the CCBA, a 501(c)(6) organization will not be tax-deductible.
    • Clark County Law Foundation (CCLF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, may be tax-deductible. Federal Tax ID #88-0320324. Clark County Law Foundation, 725 S. 8th Street, Las Vegas, NV, 89101. Donations can be made to CCLF online. See PayPal link at http://www.clarkcountylawfoundation.org/community-service/. Donations can be made to CCLF online. See PayPal link at http://www.clarkcountylawfoundation.org/community-service/.
  • Delivery Date:[TBA]. Blankets will be ordered from the manufacturer in the early fall (late Sept-early Oct?) with delivery to local agencies that serve homeless people to be scheduled in the late fall (late Nov-early Dec?).


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Join the CCBA’s Community Service Committee:

  • Committee Chairs Paul Ray, Esq. of Paul C. Ray, Chtd. and Jennifer Roberts, Esq. of UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation (also serve as CCBA Executive Board Liaisons)
  • Shahzad Ali of TIMC Wealth Advisors
  • Mark Blackman of Alpert, Barr & Grant APLC
  • Annette Bradley, Esq. of Southern Nevada Health District
  • Damon Dias, Esq. of Dias Law Group
  • James Harper, Esq. of Harper Law Group
  • Joel Jarvis of Kaercher Insurance
  • Debra “Sam” King of Nevada Center on Foreign Relations
  • Paul J. Lal of Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP
  • Macaire Moran, Esq. of Vegas Sands Corp.
  • Julie Olejnik of Expert Strategy Group
  • Lin Soriano, Student of UNLV Boyd Law School
  • Mariteresa Rivera-Rogers, Esq. of Wright Stanish & Winckler
  • Jason P. Stoffel, Esq. of Roberts Stoffel Family Law Group
  • Brenda Weksler, Esq. of Federal Public Defender’s Office
  • Seleste Hamilton, Student Representative of UNLV Boyd Law School

CCBA members who want to get involved and/or provide suggestions for community outreach projects can reach out to CCBA Communications Coordinator Steph Abbott at (702) 387-6011. To find out when the next meeting of this committee will be held, view Upcoming Events page 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:

In addition, the committee members and 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!

Join the CCBA’s CLE Committee:

  • Committee Chair Robert Telles, Esq., Accolade Law
  • Wayne Carter, Esq.of Hand Page Sullivan Martin
  • Anthony Ciulla, Esq.of Deaner Malan Larsen & Ciulla
  • Lara Miller, Esq.of Atkin Winner & Sherrod
  • Gayle Nathan, Esq.of Gayle Nathan Law
  • Paul Ray, Esq.of Paul C. Ray, Chtd.
  • Carli Sansone of Pecos Law Group
  • Evan Schwab of Anthony A. Zmaila Limited PLLC
  • Stephen Smith, Esq., Sole Practitioner
  • CCBA Executive Board Liaisons: Mariteresa Rivera-Rogers, Esq. of Wright Stanish & Winckler and Brenda Weksler, Esq. of Office of the Federal Public Defender

The 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 Upcoming Events page or contact CCBA staff liaison Donna Wiessner, (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. The committee coordinates and participates with the William S. Boyd School of Law to produce several student activities, including the In-House Negotiation Competition, Moot Court Competition, Client Counseling Competition, and the Law School Open House. Members volunteer to help with bar events, including the annual Meet Your Judges Mixer and the New Admittees Reception. The committee hosts social mixers periodically with the Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Nevada and the UNLV Boyd Law School Alumni Association. The committee is also responsible for producing the New Lawyers Survival Guide and Mentor Program. Committee work averages three hours per month per person.

Activities:

27th Annual Meet Your Judges Mixer – CCBA’s New Lawyer committee members are invited to volunteer to help out at this event and to attend the event at no charge for their volunteer service.

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Cili at Bali Hai Golf Club, 5160 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Who: All members of the Nevada bar and local, state, federal bench
This will be a private, ticketed event. Tickets will be available to order from the Clark County Bar Association. Restrictions apply; see detailed information listed at https://www.clarkcountybar.org/events/special-events/#MYJMixer

New Lawyers Survival Guide – 2015 Edition

Whether you are new to the practice of law or are just looking for a convenient resource, the New Lawyers Survival Guide is a must have. Download this publication produced by the CCBA’s New Lawyers Committee.

Join the CCBA’s New Lawyers Committee:

  • Committee Chair James Leavitt, Esq. of Leavitt Legal Services, P.C.
  • Jonathan Chung, Student Representative of UNLV Boyd Law School
  • Jason Close, Esq. of Close Law Group
  • Cheryl Godfrey, Las Vegas Legal Video, Sponsor Liaison
  • Frank Leavitt, Esq.of Leavitt Law Firm
  • Noah Malgeri, Esq. of Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
  • Erica Smit, Esq. of Holland & Hart LLP
  • Amanda Stevens, Esq.of Bailey Kennedy, LLP
  • Brittnie Watkins, Esq. of Pisanelli Bice
  • CCBA Executive Board Liaisons: Brandon Kemble, Esq. of the City of Henderson and Jason Stoffel, Esq. of Roberts Stoffel Family Law Group

This committee meets at 12:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at the CCBA offices. For more information, contact CCBA staff liaison Donna Wiessner, (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. 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.

Join the CCBA’s Publications Committee:

  • Committee Chair and Editor-In-Chief Heather Anderson-Fintak, Esq. of Southern Nevada Health District
  • Associate Editor Tami Cowden, Esq. of Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Associate Editor Gerard Dondero, Esq. of Paul C. Ray, Chtd.
  • Associate Editor Jacquelyn Franco, Esq. of Stephenson & Dickinson, P.C.
  • 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
  • Lindsay Demaree, Esq. of Ballard Spahr
  • Jennifer Hostetler, Esq. of the Office of the Nevada Attorney General
  • Erin Houston, Esq. of Goldsmith & Guymon
  • Paul Ray, Esq. of Paul C. Ray, Chtd.
  • CCBA Executive Board Liaisons: Jennifer Roberts, Esq. of UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation; Tami Cowden, Esq. of Greenberg Traurig; and James Harper, Esq. of the Harper Law Group

This committee meets at noon on the first Tuesday of every month at the CCBA offices. To find out when the next meeting of this committee will be held, view Upcoming Events page or contact CCBA staff liaison Steph Abbott at (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 https://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.

Join the CCBA’s Social Committee:

  • 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

Meetings: This committee meets at 12:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at the CCBA offices. To find out when the next meeting of this committee will be held, view Upcoming Events page or contact Jason Stoffel at (702) 474-7007.

Upcoming Activity:

Summer Kick-Off BBQ – Opportunity for members of the legal community to socialize and enjoy good BBQ at this open house hosted by the CCBA.

  • Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017
  • Location: Clark County Bar Association, 717 S. 8th Street, Las Vegas, NV, 89101.
  • Fee: No charge
  • Bonus Offer: At this event, CCBA attorney members may purchase of CLE Passport for only $150! Regularly priced at $200, the CLE Passport provides for 12 CLE credits via live or recorded CLE seminars offered by the CCBA. Note: This special offer will only be available for purchases made at this event.
  • Sponsor opportunities available. Contact: Donna Wiessner at CCBA (702) 387-6011.
  • Sponsors: Roberts Stoffel Family Law Group, Aldrich Law Firm, Ltd.

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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 on the last 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 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/.