WHAT: A one-of-a kind "speed dating" style event where members will have a chance to ask judicial candidates questions in small breakout groups. WHEN: October 15, 2020, from 5:30 to 7pm Zoom: Register here. Suggested donation: $15 to our new scholarship fund, which will be awarded to a student pursuing law. Donate using PayPal here.
And Register Now for:
Nevada Legal Services free CLE on immigration issues presented by our Board member Karen Monrreal, on Friday, September 11th, at 2:30p.m.
Monrreal will speak on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the U-Visa. The class will offer 1.5 CLE credits. Attorneys who attend the CLE are encouraged to take a pro bono case or volunteer for an upcoming "Ask a Lawyer" event.
Lunch Time Mentoring Circle:
Looking for an opportunity to give advice, get advice, share experiences and referrals in a friendly environment? Join our downtown mentoring circle. This is a fantastic opportunity aimed at building stronger connections among our members and fostering professional development.
Where: Zoom When: Every third Thursday of every other month Next Meeting: October 15th at noon RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in joining or if you have any questions.
My Cause Spotlight:
By Christine Jones Brady
The quality of life, freedoms and justice for all Americans is enhanced because of the tireless efforts and persistent network of people working with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Many of us erroneously believe the NAACP as an organization that is exclusively for and about African-Americans. The truth is that their mission is broad and individuals associated with the NAACP have always been as diverse as America itself. The NAACP is the largest and most notable civil rights organization in the nation. It was founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against black people around the country and has more than 2,200 units and branches in the United States, as well as over 2M activists. See https://www.naacp.org/. The NAACP mission is “to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.”
On a personal note, with the assistance of the NAACP my parents Joseph Lee Jones and Barbara Jo Jones (Brady) won a landmark United States Supreme Court case against racial discrimination in housing the year I was born. See Jones v. Alfred H. Mayer Co., 392 U.S. 409 (1968). My parents’ pride in this victory and stories they told me about their experience in fighting overt housing discrimination helped form my sense of justice and fairness. As a child and young adult I volunteered for causes led by the NAACP and grew up admiring various lawyers and leaders of the NAACP who have formed the very foundation of modern American inclusion, economic opportunity and racial justice.
For example, the first African -American Supreme Court Justice was Thurgood Marshall who worked with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in the 1960s in the fight for educational equality through Brown v. Board of Education (1954), which outlawed segregation in public schools.
Lift Every Voice and Sing – often called “The Black National Anthem,” was a poem authored by a NAACP leader named James Weldon Johnson. I have sung that song in church, at college Black Student Union events and on the 25th anniversary March from Selma to Montgomery with one of my heroes Congressman John Lewis. It was literally my mother’s dying wish for me to become a lawyer. Although I wanted to follow in her footsteps and pursue a career in social work, she forbade it. So, I did the only logical thing: I became a Deputy Public Defender, fighting for the civil liberties of low income defendants of all genders, ethnic backgrounds and nationalities. Believe me, being a public defender is about as close as you can come to social work while still being a lawyer. I just wish my parents had been alive to see me graduate from UNLV’s Boyd School of Law. I especially wish they would have been alive to see a black man become president.
I wept when President Obama was elected. It was as if a giant breath of hope filled my lungs and heart all at once. I thought our country finally closed the chapter on inequality. I was wrong—we are not there yet. I still have faith and continue to do my part for justice in America. I am no longer a public defender, but I serve proudly as an Assistant Attorney General for Nevada’s first African-American Attorney General. This would not have been possible without the efforts of the NAACP.
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Minutes: Read the minutes from the August board meeting here.