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:

  • Three Square Food Bank Volunteer Days (and/or Nights) Join in our community service efforts to help Three Square Food Bank with produce and grocery packing for individuals who receive meal assistance and mobile pantries. Read about Team CCBA’s recent volunteer day (May 20, 2017) at https://www.clarkcountybar.org/volunteers-needed-to-help-a-local-food-pantry/.  Join us at our next event: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 (5:30-7:30 p.m.). Get details for this event at https://www.clarkcountybar.org/ccba-events/three-square-volunteer-night/.
  • Light The Night – Join in our community service efforts to help The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to battle blood cancers. Register to walk with the Clark County Bar Association Team on November 4, 2017 at their “Light The Night” event at the Thomas & Mack and make a donation directly to the LLS on our team page at http://pages.lightthenight.org/snv/LasVegas17/clarkcountybarassociation.
  • Law Day  CCBA members can get involved in the annual, national event and to volunteer for opportunities for law-related education. Learn more about Law Day programming from the ABA Division for Public Education at https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_education/initiatives_awards/law-day.html. Find local opportunities to support law-related education on the State Bar of Nevada’s website at https://www.nvbar.org/for-lawyers/law-related-education-3/.
  • Books Behind Bars Join in our community service efforts to help inmates at the Clark County Detention Center with non-legal reading material. Please note the guidelines for book donations include restrictions to the types of books not allowed: hardcovers, romance novels, “true crime” novels, or legal material. Books in Spanish are needed too. Donations of non-legal books can be dropped off at the Circulation Desk, Clark County Law Library, 309 South 3rd Street #400, Las Vegas, NV 89101. Additional donation sites are welcome. The “Books Behind Bars” project is a community service effort by the Black Law Student Association, the Criminal Law Society, the Wieners-Rogers Law Library, the Clark County Bar Association, the Nevada Legal Services, ACLU of Nevada, and the Clark County Law Library to collect books for inmates at the Clark County Detention Center. If you have books to donate, let the CCBA know. We can accept donations of a limited number of books at the CCBA office. For larger donations or inquiries about restrictions on the types of books that will be accepted, please contact CCBA for more information. Phone: 702-387-6011.
  • Blanket the Homeless – Join in our community service efforts to provide local homeless people with rescue blankets. Financial donations can be made to Clark County Law Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations made may be tax-deductible. Federal Tax ID #88-0320324. Mail check to: Clark County Law Foundation, 725 S. 8th Street, Las Vegas, NV, 89101. Phone: (702) 333-8277. Donations can be made online too. See PayPal link at http://www.clarkcountylawfoundation.org/. Please include a note with payment to benefit: “Blanket the Homeless.” Please do NOT donate blankets. The blankets will be purchased by the Clark County Law Foundation and distributed to local charities that serve the homeless people in the Las Vegas area. The CCBA/CCLF intend to deliver the first shipment of the blankets to local homeless organizations in mid-December.
  • Downtown Cultural Series – Join in our community service efforts in support of the Downtown Cultural Series, a series of cultural performances presented by the City of Las Vegas held at the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse. These events are open and free to the public and begin with attorney speaker at podium to present a short public service announcement to educate the public on a general legal topic and followed by longer performance by a musician(s)/artist(s). The Downtown Cultural Series is produced by the City of Las Vegas held at the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse. The City of Las Vegas arranges for the entertainment and food. The Clark County Bar Association arranges for the speaker to address the audience before the performance begins. To volunteer to be the speaker, contact Steph at CCBA at (702) 387-6011. Learn more about the first performance for the 2017-2018 season at https://www.clarkcountybar.org/ccba-events/dowtown-cultural-series-federal-courthouse-sept-15-2017/.

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.
  • 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 Wyse, 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 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:

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 CCBA Events Calendar 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. 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 with the Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Nevada and the UNLV Boyd Law School Alumni Association.

Upcoming activities produced by the New Lawyers Committee include the following events:

  • 28th Annual Meet Your Judges Mixer (Spring 2018, date TBA)
  • After the Bar Exam Reception (TBA)
  • Moot Court Competition
  • Client Counseling Competition
  • Law School Open House

The committee is also responsible for producing the New Lawyers Survival Guide and Mentor Program:  New Lawyers Survival Guide (2015 Edition).

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, view CCBA Events Calendar or 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.
  • 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 CCBA Events Calendar 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. Upcoming activities, include the following events:

  • CCBA Hike at First Creek Falls Trail (May 13, 2017)
  • Summer Kick-Off BBQ (June 1, 2017)
  • CCBA Baseball Night (June 23, 2017)

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 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/.