24th Annual Scholarship Gala 2013

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l-r: Doreen Spears Hartwell, Sandra Douglass Morgan, Jonathan Lee, Scott Morris, Jessica Gandy, Izaac Rowe, Brittnie Watkins, Patricia Lee

Each year the LVNBA, together with the LVNBA Foundation, gives thousands of dollars to law students in scholarships.  Since the first Annual Scholarship Gala in 1987, the LVNBA has given tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to law students. The first Annual Scholarship Gala (formerly the Annual Scholarship Banquet) was held at Alexis Park in 1987.

Five students attending the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law received scholarships this year at the 24th Annual Scholarship Gala on October 12, 2013. The gala was held at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas in North Las Vegas.

Attendees enjoyed a fabulous event with delicious food and drink and celebrated the honorees and scholarship recipients, who  received their awards and scholarships at the gala.

LVNBA member Judge Karen Bennett-Haron gave the benediction.

Scholarship Recipients

Jessica Gandy, 2016 Juris Doctor Candidate
Jonathan Lee, 2014 Juris Doctor Candidate
Scott Morris, 2015 Juris Doctor Candidate
Izaac Rowe, 2015 Juris Doctor Candidate
Brittnie Watkins, 2014 Juris Doctor Candidate


LVNBA member Senator Aaron Ford, Esq.: Attorney of the Year
-         LVNBA member Judge Johnnie Rawlinson  presented Senator Ford’s award.
Hutchison & Steffen: Law Firm of the Year
-         LVNBA President Doreen Spears Hartwell presented the award.
Mountaintop Faith Ministries: Community Service Award
-         U.S. Congressman Stephen Horsford presented the award.

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l-r: Justice Michael L. Douglas, Professor Rachel J. Anderson, Karl O. Riley, Malcolm LaVergne, Kelley Jones

The incoming 2013-2015 LVNBA  executive board officers were sworn in at the gala by LVNBA member Nevada Supreme Court Justice Michael L. Douglas (LVNBA Past President 1987-1989).

Professor Rachel J. Anderson, President
Karl Riley, Vice President
Malcolm LaVergne, Secretary
Kelley Jones, Treasurer

LVNBA member Judge Timothy C. Williams (LVNBA Past President 1989-1990) was the 2013 Gala featured speaker.  The presentation included a short film.

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Thank you in advance for your continued support of our scholarship program and the LVNBA!

About the Awards

Each year the LVNBA honors four individuals or organizations with the following awards:

Attorney of the Year: The Attorney of the Year Award is given to a local attorney who has provided exceptional service to his or her clients, served the needs of a diverse client base with great success, and has inspired the membership of our organization through their ethical law practice and track record for serving the local community, especially communities of color.

Law Firm of the Year: The Law Firm of the Year Award is given to a local law firm that has demonstrated a commitment to diversity at all levels (hiring, retention, promotion, pro-bono efforts, etc.), and/or has handled cases or matters yielding a positive benefit to the greater community, especially communities of color or low income communities in Southern Nevada.

Community Service Award: The Community Service Award is given to a local individual and/or local non-profit organization that has gone well above and beyond the call of duty and engaged in community service efforts that have improved the quality of life for members of the greater Las Vegas community in any of the following important areas: education, youth mentoring, service to the elderly, homeless, economically disadvantaged, or performed other good works.

Corporate Service Award: The Corporate Service Award is given to a local corporation that has demonstrated a commitment to diversity at all levels (e.g., hiring, retention, promotion, vendor contracting, grant funding, community service offerings, etc.) and by engaging in such efforts has yielded a positive benefit to the local community. We are particularly interested in those individuals, heads of non-profits, and corporations that have visibly engaged in community service efforts in the African-American community. Recipients do not have to be individuals employed in the legal profession or heads of local non-profit, legal organizations. Recipients of the Corporate Service Award may not be entities whose sole purpose is the provision of legal services to the community in exchange for compensation.

From time to time, the LVNBA honors an individual with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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