Bolch Judicial Institute
Bolch Judicial Institute

Storied Third Branch

A Mentor to All

by Johnnie B. Rawlinson

In 1964, Judge Addeliar D. (“Dell”) Guy III became the first African-American to practice law in the state of Nevada. Eleven years later, he was appointed as the first African-American judge on the state court bench in Nevada. By default, Judge Guy assumed the role of example and mentor to the handful of African-American attorneys who began to filter into the ranks of the Nevada State Bar. But Judge Guy didn’t stop there. He eagerly embraced the mantle of mentor to all whose paths he crossed, including criminal defendants who stood before him for sentencing…

– Johnnie B. Rawlinson is a U.S. Court of Appeals judge for the Ninth Circuit

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