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PROFILE: Carli Kierny, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

"While there are certainly offenses that mandate incarceration, often we are using this as a default for people we just don’t know how to help,” Carli Kierny, Chief Deputy Public Defender for Clark County, explains her position on justice reform.... Read full article

Belinda T. Harris, Esq. - Candidate for N. Las Vegas Justice Court, Dept. #3

by Naiomi Pitre on

For the past thirteen years, Belinda T. has worked tirelessly as a Public Defender.  Her current position as a Chief Deputy Public Defender for the Clark County Public Defender’s office places her in the ideal position to serve the community. ... Read full article

The Wrongful Conviction of Fred Steese for the Murder of Gerard Soles

by Naiomi Pitre on

After serving more than twenty years in prison, the hard work and diligence of the federal public defender’s office uncovered all of the evidence that was withheld by the prosecution and therefore violated Fred Steese’s right to a fair trial.  ... Read full article

Count on Me! US Census Impacts Lives for a Decade

by Shaundell Newsome on

The Census is a Constitutionally mandated count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories that happens every 10 years. ... Read full article

Attorney General Ford Launches New Public Information Campaign on Expanded Voting Rights

by Office of the Attorney General on

Carson City, NV – Today, Attorney General Ford announced a new public information campaign to educate Nevadans about recently-passed legislation that expands voting rights to people formerly incarcerated. ... Read full article

The Game of Sports and Small Business: Las Vegas Teams Commit to Growing Minority Companies

by Shaundell Newsome on

Las Vegas Golden Knights (LVGK), President and COO, Kerry Bubolz, visited the Urban Chamber of Commerce Coffee and Commerce with over 40 small and minority businesses to give insight into the National Hockey League’s (NHL) procurement practices. ... Read full article

Justice in Policing

by Congressman Steven Horsford on

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is the first-ever bold, comprehensive approach to hold police accountable, end racial profiling, change the culture of law enforcement, empower our communities, and build trust between law enforcement...... Read full article

A Pathway to the American Dream

by Deval Patrick on

"Renewing the American Dream requires we deliver on our bold campaign proposals: an Opportunity Agenda to grow our economy, create better jobs, create wealth for more people in more places" - Deval Patrick... Read full article

Equal Representation for All: Carli Kierny, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

Carli Kierny explains “It exists in the justice system as higher rates of arrest for black people, higher rates of conviction, and longer criminal histories than their white counterparts.  I am committed to combating the effects of white privilege."... Read full article

Brenda J. Williams Day, June 5, 2019

by Councilman Cedric Crear on

Brenda J. Williams is a living model of Las Vegas history. She has been a significant trailblazer in Las Vegas, from integrating both the banking industry in 1963, as well as the workforce at the State of Nevada DMW in 1966. ... Read full article

Why We Need to Elect Professional Educators to Run the School Board of Trustees

by Barbara A. Dreyer, M.Ed. on

Did you know that historically the CCSD Board of Trustees, which manages the fifth largest school district in the nation, has been run by business people and non-educators? ... Read full article

Doing Justice to Patient Care, One Tooth at a Time – Dr. Owen W. Justice, Jr. DDS

by Naiomi Pitre on

“I like the work.  I love the people.  I sometimes almost feel like I’m cheating.  People are paying me to do what I love to do.  From what I hear, that isn’t what they call work,” Dr. Justice states with a sincere, disarming smile.... Read full article

Committed to Serve the Community Who Molded Her: Belinda T. Harris, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

“I want people to remember that the power of the people will always be more than the people in power.  Everyone’s vote is equal.  No one vote or voter has more power than the next vote or voter,” Belinda emphasizes.... Read full article

MHS Behavioral Services launches awareness initiative

by Joseph C. Abraham on

For this week, in an effort to bring awareness and support prevention, MHS Behavioral Services, led by its Chief Executive Officer, Dnisha Mingo, launched a Suicide Prevention Awareness Initiative through Community Connections. ... Read full article

Adam Ganz, Esq. - Candidate for District Court, Dept. #3

by Naiomi Pitre on

Adam Ganz is running for District Court Judge in Department 3 in the 2020 election. He strives to improve the lack of faith that many people have come to have in the judicial system.... Read full article

How a Traffic Ticket Can Ruin Your Life

by Heidi Almase, Esq. on

Heidi Almase is a former Las Vegas Municipal Court judge who created and presided over the Serious Traffic Offenders Program.... Read full article

PROFILE: Adriana Rincon White, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

In the 2020 election, Adriana Rincon White will be running for the judicial seat in District Court - Family Division in Clark County, Nevada (Las Vegas).... Read full article

Elle Drane, the 1st Black Cleopatra for Caesars Palace

by Naiomi Pitre on

“I would advise any aspiring model to believe in herself before she expects anyone else to,” Elle shares.  “That, and she should carefully monitor and consider any actions that she makes, because what you do today has a strong effect on your future.”... Read full article

Heart of My Community

by Jasmin Lilly-Spells, Esq. on

Family is one of the most important things to me. I am a mom of four and a wife to a Navy veteran. My greatest accomplishment in life is raising my four children (11, 9, 5, and 2) with my husband.... Read full article

PROFILE: Belinda T. Harris, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

Belinda T. is unafraid of initiating the difficult conversations that are necessary. She understands that what she may have to say and do could go against popular opinion, and certain decisions can be very hard to make. ... Read full article

Family First, Fantastic Food

by Naiomi L. Pitre on

Sharon Harrell has been the owner and operator of TC’s World Famous Rib Crib in Las Vegas, Nevada for fifteen years. It has been a family business from the very beginning.... Read full article

Ushering in a New Era for Downtown Las Vegas – Classic Jewel Cocktail Lounge

by Naiomi Pitre on

If their reputation is what first drew you to Classic Jewel, the impressive craft cocktails will be what brings you back. “We work hard with our team to ensure that we maintain the right atmosphere for all involved," owner Jerome Harry explains. ... Read full article

PROFILE: Jasmin Lilly-Spells, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

As Lilly-Spells runs for a seat on the Eighth Judicial District Court in Department 23, she plans on offering a unique approach to administering justice and serving her community. She believes in balancing compassion with just punishment.... Read full article

Government for the People, by the People: Jasmin Lilly-Spells, Esq.

by Naiomi Pitre on

Jasmin Lilly-Spells has demonstrated her exemplary legal expertise while working as a practicing trial attorney, working in the trenches and handling all aspects of her cases.  She has shown an even and fair judicial temperament.... Read full article

Nancy Justice – Modern Renaissance Woman

by Naiomi Pitre on

Nancy's tenacity and confidence would surface many times during her life, and her childhood nickname would serve as inspiration for the name of her fashion company, Nefertiti Fashion, LLC.... Read full article

Hope for Prisoners Announces Partnership with Las Vegas Chamber

by Cara Clarke, Vice President of Communications on

Las Vegas – Today, the Las Vegas Metro Chamber and Hope for Prisoners announce a partnership to create more employment opportunities for the re-entry population.... Read full article

The Judiciary: Part 1 of a 4-Part Series on Government in the State of Nevada

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The Judicial branch of the government is responsible for interpreting the law. While that sounds like a relatively simple task the justice system relies on a multi-leveled court system. ... Read full article

Economic Opportunity Board Town Hall Hopes To Create A Bright Future For Residents

by Alexis Toone on

LAS VEGAS, NV – June 23, 2019 – The Economic Opportunity Board hosted their Town Hall Event at the Pearson Center to unveil their new vision, mission, and image in hopes of also connecting and engaging with the community. ... Read full article

This Adaptive Model Turns a Runway of Dreams into Reality

by Jovahn Bergeron on

In spring 2019, Zappos Adaptive teamed up with the Runway of Dreams Foundation, a nonprofit that works toward a future of inclusion, acceptance and opportunity in the fashion industry. Several models were selected to participate — including Mills.... Read full article

The Elimination of "Cash Bail"

by Belinda T. Harris, Esq. on

Why should you concern yourself with voting in the upcoming Primary Election?  Why should you concern yourself with ensuring that the right candidates are elected to serve on the Nevada Supreme Court? ... Read full article

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