The Clark County Law Foundation

About Trial by Peers

The Clark County Law Foundation's Trial By Peers (TBP) program is an innovative diversion program used as an alternative for first and some second time juvenile offenders. This program gives juveniles hands-on experience within the legal system and allows youth charged with misdemeanors to be tried, represented, and sentenced by their peers - other teens.

Youth have the opportunity to participate in TBP in three primary areas of the program: as a defendant, a peer counselor or a juror. Defendants are prosecuted, defended by teen counselors, and tried in front of a jury of their peers. Teen juries determine the guilt or innocence and if applicable, impose a sentence. If the defendant completes the sentence accordingly, then his record will only reflect a referral to the peer court. Sentences may include jury duty, community services, letters of apology, and personal development classes.

The Clark County Law Foundation is open Monday thru Friday from 8:30 to 4:30. Please note that all forms are available on the CCLF website. However, if individuals are experiencing difficulty in printing or returning required forms, please visit or call our office at (702) 333-8277 for assistance.

The Trial By Peers program is continually seeking Nevada state licensed attorneys to mentor and assist the peer counselors. For additional information and application please click Senior Attorney Volunteer Information Form 2017.

  • Hon. Nancy L. Allf
  • Hon. Linda M. Bell
  • Hon. Elissa F. Cadish
  • Hon. Jim Crockett
  • Hon. Stephen J. Dahl
  • Hon. Elizabeth Gonzalez
  • Hon. Lloyd D. George
  • Hon. Cynthia N. Giuliani
  • Hon. Ronald J Israel
  • Hon. Sean Hoeffgen
  • Hon. Frank Sullivan
  • Paola Armeni
  • Elizabeth S. Ashley
  • Joice B. Bass
  • Jacqueline Bretell
  • Brett Harris
  • Alexis Brown
  • Mary F. Chapman
  • Stephen J. Dahl
  • Brady Davies
  • Douglas J. Duesman
  • Doreen S. Hartwell
  • Dan Hill
  • Dustun Holmes
  • Daniela Madrid
  • Tara Newberry
  • Patrick Orme
  • Martin Orsinelli
  • Ed G. Poleski
  • Felicia Quinlan
  • Jessica Goodey

What people say?

"I'm so delighted that I volunteered to become a peer for this program. It has brought so much positive experiences and knowledge about the legal system. TBP has helped me in better judgement to think twice about many of the consequences when a crime is violated, and how detrimental a juvenile record can effect your career once it gets on file. TBP has enlighten and thought me immeasurable about the process of the legal system while serving on jury duty. TBP is such a excellent program, it also gave me the opportunity to give back to the local community."

Quincy Ellison, Peer Counselor

What people say?

"I have been a Peer Counselor with Trial By Peers for 2 years now and I have to say it is an amazing program to be a part of. It has given me a chance to figure out what it is I want to be when I get older. I have the opportunity to work with my peers and with real attorneys. They are the senior attorneys and they help us if we need help analyzing our cases. I love being able to do real cases and actually present the cases in court like the attorneys do. It is great hands on experience and you learn a lot about the law. It is great community service and you get to meet a lot of great people. I am thankful to have this experience at such an early age."

Ciarra Wesley, Peer Counselor

What people say?

"Wow! Personally I have to say this is one of the best programs I have seen for a long time. The discipline that this teaches the children is priceless. The training is unbelievable. They work with them step by step so that they are confidently able to pass a junior bar exam. Attorneys and Judges come out after hours to talk with the children about Law and different aspects of the Law. It is amazing to see the patience they have with them. The program coordinators are awesome. They set clear expectations and are very helpful, encouraging and understanding. They respect the Peer Counselors as responsible young adults and offer their support to them beyond belief. This encourages them to strive even higher with their goals. I am quite thankful that my daughter had the opportunity to be a part of this wonder program. It will help her as she continues to consider her career directions. I recommend this program to everyone!"

Melodee Wesley, Parent of Ciarra Wesley

What people say?

"Typing this as I look out my dorm window to the University of North Dakota, I think back and see what Trial By Peers did for me. As a junior in college, I total thus far one internship with SkyWest Airlines, Vice Chair of the Student Policy Committee, a successful election to the University Senate, three years later I come the following conclusion: a great, great deal. Despite TBP and my major of Unmanned Aerial Systems being a world apart, what the program gave to me is immeasurable. Confidence. Great public speaking skills. Empathy. The deep seeded feeling that I helped and made a difference. Just to name a few. While my experiences during college both in and out of the classroom continue enrich my education and prepare me for a future that will no doubt be prosperous, the foundation that Trial By Peers help lay has given me a springboard to my current success. From the courtrooms of the many honorable judges, alongside the great volunteers of TBP, and of course Mom, to now the positive impact is beyond a reasonable doubt."

Shane Gerbert, Peer Counselor


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Tel: 702-333-8277
Fax: 702-405-0746
725 S. 8th Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101
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