Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to join the Anti-Defamation League of Nevada (ADL) in honoring Frank Schreck with the 2017 Jurisprudence Award. The award recognizes leaders within the Nevada community for their exemplary contributions to the legal profession, and honors a distinguished legal professional or institution that reflects the values of civil rights and the mission of ADL.
Frank Schreck exemplifies the core values of the award with his long history as a civil rights activist and leader in the legal profession. Throughout his college years and early legal career, Frank was a civil rights activist and played an integral role in starting the West Oakland Legal Switchboard, which was a recruited team of more than 200 lawyers offering pro bono legal aid to African Americans wrongly arrested by law enforcement and unjustly detained. He provided pro bono services to the League of Women Voters who assisted the NAACP in successfully prosecuting the federal lawsuit that resulted in the integration of Clark County elementary schools. Frank still lauds the case as one of the greatest accomplishments of his career. He also represented the first fair housing case in Las Vegas, among many other civic duties.
When Frank’s high school government teacher and mentor, Mike O’Callaghan, ran for governor, Frank helped his former teacher with his campaign. Twenty-seven-year-old Frank was appointed to the Nevada Gaming Commission by Gov. O’Callaghan, and he became a well-respected attorney with a practice focusing on gaming law.
The 2017 Jurisprudence Award was presented to Frank at the ADL Eighth Annual Luncheon June 23 at the Plaza Hotel and Casino.