Attorney General Ford Announces Leadership Team Appointments

January 8, 2019

Carson City, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford announced the members of his executive team, including his First Assistant Attorney General, Chief of Staff, Solicitor General and General Counsel.

    “I am confident this team of distinguished individuals will help me lead the Office of the Attorney General, the finest law firm in our state, with the utmost integrity,” said AG Ford. “Their diverse backgrounds and records of success will further my vision for this office of seeking justice for all Nevadans.”

      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 legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Johnnie B. Rawlinson after graduating from Harvard Law School in 1999.

                  General Counsel:

                  Rachel Anderson will be serving as General Counsel for the Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Anderson earned her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and her M.A. 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. She also teaches as an adjunct at the William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV.

                    In private practice before returning to Nevada to teach at the law school, 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. Anderson served as a full-time Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV 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.