Letter from the President
Originally published in the printed bar journal, Communiqué (June/July 2018).
The Meet Your Judges Mixer
By John P. Aldrich, Esq.
We are just two weeks removed from the CCBA’s premier event, the Meet Your Judges Mixer (“MYJM”). I hope you took the time to attend. If you did not attend, you missed out. Dozens of judges attended from all levels of the courts. Hundreds of CCBA members gathered to see old friends, share war stories, and reminisce about past experiences that demonstrate what a dynamic (and sometimes crazy) profession in which we live and work. And we all got to check out the uniquely beautiful Keep Memory Alive Event Center at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
The MYJM is one of the great events in southern Nevada’s legal community. It highlights the collegiality that can and should exist in our profession and reminds us that judges are people too. My favorite thing about the MYJM is the chance to see attorneys who I used to see regularly, but I see less often as the southern Nevada legal community grows ever larger.
Thank you to all who came to the MYJM – judges, CCBA members and friends, and vendors. And thanks to Donna Wiessner and Stephanie Abbott, who–as always–made sure everything went off without a hitch.
Good Lawyers Doing Good
This month’s “Good Lawyer Doing Good” is Erika Pike Turner, Esq., of Garman Turner Gordon. I have known Erika for many years and I learned firsthand what a tenacious litigator she is when I tried a case against her years ago. In addition to being a wife, mother, and litigator, and then founder of a new law firm in 2015, Erika engages in numerous volunteer endeavors. Erika repeatedly represents children who find themselves in difficult situations by no fault of their own. Erika doesn’t stop helping her child clients just because the child “ages out” of the system; she continues to assist them with their legal issues long after they reach adulthood.
Erika has received the Myrna Williams Award for Pro Bono Service and sits on the Court Improvement Program Special Committee, which is devoted to improving the courts for the benefit of children. She strongly encourages attorneys in her firm to represent children as well. Finally, Erika sees a substantial need for legal assistance for individuals who suffer under the weight of medical bills due to circumstances beyond their control. Some of those individuals have no health insurance; others have bills so large that even the 20 percent for which they are responsible is crushing. No doubt Erika will continue to work to assist those in need.
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