District Court Judge Elissa Cadish will be honored with the Clark County Law Foundation Liberty Bell Award on Saturday, April 30, at 11 a.m., at the Las Vegas replica of the Liberty Bell (located at the corner of Fourth St. and Lewis Ave.) at Centennial Plaza. The community is invited to attend the award ceremony that will kick-off to Law Week.
The Liberty Bell Award is given in recognition to individuals in the community who uphold the rule of law, contribute to good government within the community, stimulate a sense of civic responsibility, and encourage respect for the law in the courts. Judge Cadish is being recognized for her philanthropic work including: mentoring students at the William S. Boyd School of Law; her work on the Executive Board for the Nevada chapter of the American Inn of Court; volunteering as an instructor at the State Bar of Nevada Young Lawyer’s Trial Academy; and volunteering as a judge for the Trial by Peers program. Judge Cadish serves on the Board of Directors of Jewish Family Service Agency of Las Vegas. She has also served on the Board of the Directors for Clark County Library Foundation, Clark County Bar Association and as President of Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys (SNAWA). Judge Cadish serves as the Chair of the Law-Related Education Committee of the State Bar of Nevada and heads-up the We The People Competition that teaches students about the importance of the Constitution.
“I am very honored and humbled to be a recipient of the Liberty Bell Award,” said Judge Cadish. “The principles this award recognizes are near and dear to my heart and it is my passion to educate young people on how civic responsibility and respect for the law in the courts is important for their lives.”
In July of 2007, Judge Elissa F. Cadish was appointed by Governor Jim Gibbons to fill the vacancy left by Judge Joseph Bonaventure’s retirement, and successfully won election in 2008 and 2014 to retain the District Court seat. Since 2009, Judge Cadish has been hearing both civil and criminal cases in District Court. Judge Cadish graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Political Science. She received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1989, where she was a member of the Virginia Law Review and was honored to be awarded the Order of the Coif. After graduation, she moved to Las Vegas and clerked for two years for Hon. Philip M. Pro in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Brigid Duffy has also been selected as recipients of the 2016 Liberty Bell Award. She is being honored for her volunteer endeavors including 16 years of volunteer service to train Court Appointed Special Advocates to be a voice for the best interests of Clark County’s foster children in dependency court.
The annual award recognizes individuals in the community who uphold the rule of law, contribute to good government within the community, stimulate a sense of civic responsibility, and encourage respect for the law in the courts.
“Judge Cadish has given much of her time to educate young people about the Constitution, justice, and principle that spark civic responsibility.” said District Court Chief Judge David Barker. “She is an excellent role model for so many young people and her volunteerism is exemplary.”
The Annual Liberty Bell Award, a partnership between the Clark County Law Foundation’s Let Freedom Ring Committee and the City of Las Vegas, has been recognizing and honoring outstanding citizens since 1983. The Clark County Law Foundation is dedicated to providing community service programs throughout Southern Nevada that are integrated with law-related education.