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Those in attendance cheered as little girl wandered into the ceremony and Judge Frank Sullivan remarked, “that’s what this place is all about.”

Elected officials come and go in Clark County, but former County Commissioner Myna Williams will get a permanent place as a community pillar in the Family Court for her work to establish the division of District Court that handles family law.

The Eighth Judicial District Court, Family Division Today unveiled a plaque commemorating the contributions of the former commissioner. Those in attendance cheered as little girl wandered into the ceremony and Judge Frank Sullivan remarked, “that’s what this place is all about.”

“Commissioner Williams’ work and commitment helped to make the Family Division a reality. Myrna Williams recognized the value in having a court dedicated to family issues and presided over by judges who understand the unique challenges those families face,” said Family Division Presiding Judge Charles Hoskin. “Her vision and contributions decades ago, have benefited so many in our community during some of their most difficult times.

Myrna Williams political career extends from 1985 to 2006, including ten years in the Nevada Assembly. She served three terms as a Clark County Commissioner from 1994 to 2006

The Family Division has been serving our community for more than 20 years. Family Court offers and atmosphere and services focused on addressing family law. The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada operates the Family Law Self-Help Center at the Family Court and  a  website at  http://www.familylawselfhelpcenter.org/ to help those who represent themselves at the court.

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This Friday is Love a Lawyer Day. In fact, the first Friday of every November has been declared as “love Your Lawyer Day” by the American Bar Association. A proposal on their website states: “Lawyers have consistently been the target of verbal bashing, derogatory portrayals and literature is rife with lawyer bashing dated back hundreds of years.” The declaration establishes it as a “day for the public to celebrate lawyers and express their gratitude to them for their affirmative contributions to the public good and the administration of justice.”

The ABA encourages attorneys throughout the nation to “celebrate “Love Your Lawyer Day” to help promote a positive and more respected image of lawyers and their contributions to society and that they do so by providing pro bono legal services to their communities and supporting charitable causes that promote the administration of justice.”

National Love Your Lawyer Day was launched in 2001 by the American Lawyers Public Image Association as “a day to celebrate lawyers for their many positive contributions and to encourage the public to view lawyers in a more favorable light.” Here’s where I’m going to put in a shameless plug for some of the great programs who could use the volunteer services of some lovable lawyers: In addition to the great work lawyers do every day, Friday would be a good opportunity for lawyers to show how really lovable they are by volunteering to do pro bono work, or volunteer to be a Truancy Diversion judge, serve as a CASA, or participate in some other form of volunteerism.

Lawyers really do work hard and we appreciate them, especially the one who provided services to those in need.

Check out the volunteer opportunities below and have a happy Love a Lawyer Day.

For those interested in volunteering with the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)program to serve as a voice for kids in foster care, monthly orientations are held on the third Wednesday of each month to provide more information about the program. Upcoming orientations will be held at the Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy. For more information about the program please call 702-455-4306, visit www.casalasvegas.org or Facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/CASALasVegas.

Judges, attorneys and other qualified applicants volunteering approximately three hours each week to and hold truancy court sessions at schools where they meeting individually with students and their parents. They review the students’ attendance, school work, and progress to ensure that students have the resources they need to be successful. The TDP judges promote and support academic achievement using a team effort and an individual student success plan. If you are a licensed attorney, mental health professional or law enforcement officer and are interested in volunteering as a TDP judge for this Specialty Court program please contact DeDe Parker at: 702-321-2410.

Attorneys who step up to volunteer to do pro bono work, not only benefit the litigant, they benefit themselves with a rewarding experience that can be used for continuing legal education. Attorneys who are interested in volunteering can call the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada at 702-386-1070

Check out the ABA’s full proposal on Love a Lawyer Day https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/images/abanews/LoveYourLawyerDay.pdf.

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