Leadership


Aaron Ford - Nevada Attorney General

Nevada Attorney General Aaron FordBefore being elected Nevada's Attorney General, Aaron Ford served as the Majority Leader of the Nevada State Senate. He has been the Minority Leader, Assistant Majority Whip, and he has previously served as chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Education, and a member of the Judiciary Committee. He was recognized as best Senate Freshman by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Rookie of the Year by the Reno Gazette Journal, and Senator of the Year by both Help Animals Nevada and the Nevada Conservation League for his work during the 2013 Nevada Legislative session.

AG Ford earned his B.A. from Texas A&M University in Interdisciplinary Studies and then earned his M.A. in International Education from George Washington University. He also earned an M.A. in Educational Administration, as well as his law degree and Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The Ohio State University.

Before practicing law, AG Ford served as a public school math teacher, shaping hundreds of lives. After teaching, he began his career in law. He clerked for the Honorable Denise Page Hood of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the Honorable Johnnie B. Rawlinson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He spent many years in private practice as a Partner at Snell & Wilmer, LLP and later as Partner at Eglet Prince in Las Vegas.

Throughout AG Ford's career, he has always made time to give back to his community. Among his many community accolades, he has served on the Clark County Justice of the Peace Selection Committee and has been recognized as a Mountain States' "Super Lawyer" and "Rising Star in Law". AG Ford is also a former Board Member of the I Have a Dream Foundation, Olive Crest of Nevada, and Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada. In addition, he has coached soccer, basketball, and t-ball.

AG Ford married his college sweetheart, Berna Rhodes-Ford, who is also an attorney. Together, they raised four children, Avery, Devin, Aaron II, and Alexander.

 

    First Assistant Attorney General:

    Caroline Bateman will be serving as the First Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Before this appointment, Bateman served as the Office’s Bureau Chief of Gaming and Government Affairs and Chief Deputy of Boards and Open Government. She also served as chief counsel to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, headed the Office’s Open Meeting Law Enforcement Unit, and represented the State in the Office’s litigation division. Bateman previously served as a Deputy District Attorney in the Clark County District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted crimes from initial arrests through sentencing.

    Bateman earned her law degree from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and completed her undergraduate studies in Political Science and English Literature at the University of California, San Diego. Bateman currently resides in Henderson with her husband, Sam, and their daughter.

     

      Chief of Staff:

      Jessica Adair will be serving as the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Adair graduated magna cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law. There, she served as an editor of Texas Tech Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif, the Board of Barristers, and the Criminal Defense Clinic. Adair has been published in Tulane University Law School's Sports Lawyers Journal. She received her B.A. in political science from Rhodes College.

      After law school, Adair worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce. A veteran of non-profit advocacy organizations and campaigns, Adair previously served on President Obama’s re-election campaign in Colorado and as the Women’s Director for Secretary Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in Nevada. 

       

        Solicitor General:

        Heidi Parry Stern will be serving as the Solicitor General for the Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Stern joined the Office in 2016 as Chief of the Post-Conviction Unit. In this position, she supervised attorneys around the State in litigating habeas matters and criminal appeals, focusing particularly on matters pending before the Ninth Circuit. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Ms. Stern was in private practice in Las Vegas, where she specialized in commercial appeals. 

        A native Nevadan, Ms. Stern has been practicing law in the State for over 15 years. She began her Nevada career as a law clerk to the Honorable Johnnie B. Rawlinson after graduating from Harvard Law School in 1999.

         

          General Counsel:

          Before joining the Office of the Nevada Attorney General as General Counsel, Rachel J. Anderson worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (UK) in London, England, and MVV Consulting GmbH in Berlin, Germany, which is a subsidiary of MVV AG, a large German utility, before returning to Nevada to teach at the William S. Boyd School of Law. She is a full, tenured Professor of Law at UNLV Boyd School of Law and is currently on leave from that position. Anderson's contributions have been recognized with numerous awards, including Special Congressional Recognition from both sides of the aisle and the State Bar of Nevada's Medal of Justice.

          Anderson earned her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and her Master of Arts in International Policy Studies from Stanford University. While earning her J.D. at U.C. Berkeley, she served as Articles Editor on the California Law Review, Executive Editor on the Berkeley Journal of International Law, and Managing Editor of the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy. A longtime Nevada resident, Anderson is a graduate of Edward C. Reed High School in Sparks, Nevada.