On Friday, February 25, 2014, CAAP co-sponsored a Black History Month panel of African-American trailblazers working in municipal and county government. Click here to view a video of the panel. Click here for the flyer for the panel. The panelists discussed various aspects of legal practice for a municipality or county, including:
- Providing a full range of legal services to the City including preparation of legal opinions, research and support, representation in legal actions, document preparation and related work,
- Directing, managing, supervising and coordinating activities and operations of a City Attorney’s Office, including labor and employment issues, and
- Serving as the legal advisor for City Council, City Manager, County Commissioners, boards, commissions and other staff.
The panelists were F. Travis Buchanan, Sandra Douglass Morgan, Yolanda Givens, and Bryan Scott. Mr. Buchanan is the Senior City Assistant Attorney for the City of Henderson and the first African-American attorney employed in the City of Henderson, City Attorney’s Office (2013). Ms. Douglass Morgan, a UNLV alumna, is City Attorney for the City of North Las Vegas and the first African-American City Attorney in the history of the State of Nevada (2014). Ms. Givens is the Chief Deputy District Attorney at Clark County District Attorney - Civil Division and is the longest-serving African-American attorney in the County's history (over eighteen years). Mr. Scott is Assistant City Attorney for the City of Las Vegas and the first African-American member of the State Bar of Nevada Board of Governors, the first African-American President of the Clark County Bar Association (2005), the first African-American President of the Clark County Law Foundation (2006), and is the longest-serving African-American attorney in the City's history (over 18 years).
Dean Dan Hamilton gave the opening remarks. Provost and First Vice President John V. White (Provost bio, Professor bio) gave the Black History Month introduction. Professor Rachel J. Anderson moderated the panel. Victor Ross from the Office of Congressman Steven Horsford presented each of the panelists with a certificate in recognition of their achievements.
This event was co-sponsored by the Council of African-American Professionals at UNLV, the William S. Boyd School of Law, the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association, and the Black Law Students Association.