Five Things to Know About Volunteering for a CCBA Committee

By Jacquelyn Franco, Esq.

Five Things to Know About Volunteering for a CCBA Committee

By Jacquelyn Franco, Esq.

It’s a new year! Are you looking to build a new you? Forget the gym, forget the diet … become a volunteer and join one of the Clark County Bar Association’s committees!

1. 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. This committee is open to all CCBA members who want to get involved and/or to plan activities for CCBA members to provide outreach services to the community. Meeting are usually the first Friday of the month.

2. CCBA’s Continuing Legal Education Committee
The mission of the Continuing Legal Education Committee is to create high quality, low cost CLE seminars for the benefit of bar members and legal community. Committee members spend 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! The CLE Committee is limited to current attorneys and JD members of the CCBA and meets at noon on the second Friday of every month.

3. 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 members work an average of three hours per month. For example, 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. The New Lawyers Committee meets at 12:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month.

4. CCBA’s Publication Committee
The Publications Committee produces the Communiqué, the official publication of the CCBA. Committee members write articles 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. Although many committee members have prior experience writing for their law school journals or college newspapers, such experience is not necessary. The Publications Committee is limited to current attorney or JD members of the CCBA and meets at noon on the first Tuesday of every month.

5. 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. The committee hopes to plan events to appeal to members at all states of their careers. The Social Committee has yet to schedule a regular meeting day/time.

For more information about the CCBA’s Committees, or to confirm when a meeting will be held, please visit the CCBA Events Calendar online at http://www.clarkcountybar.org/ccba-events/ or contact CCBA staff at (702) 387-6011.

About the author:

Jacquelyn Franco

Jacquelyn Franco, Esq. is an associate with Backus, Carranza & Burden. She focuses on insurance defense, product and premises liability, and commercial transportation. Mrs. Franco can be reached at (702) 872-5555 or jacquelynfranco@backuslaw.com.

This article was originally published in the “Five Things” issue (January 2020) of Communiqué, the official publication of the Clark County Bar Association.

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