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WHEREAS, Ralph Bennie Graham, Jr. (“Ben”) was a distinguished attorney and community leader, serving the citizens of Clark County and the State of Nevada for over 40 years as a consummate gentleman, dedicated public servant, inspiring teacher, and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend; and

WHEREAS, for decades, Ben helped shape Nevada’s criminal justice system during his service as Chief Deputy District Attorney for Clark County and government affairs representative for the District Attorney’s Association. And, for 12 years, Ben represented the Nevada Supreme Court and the Administrative Office of the Courts in the Nevada Legislature, making major contributions to the improvement of Nevada’s Judicial System; and

WHEREAS, early in his career, Ben co-founded Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, an affiliate of the State Bar of Nevada that assists attorneys with substance abuse issues, and throughout his life helped hundreds of attorneys dealing with addiction to obtain the professional and personal assistance they needed; and

WHEREAS, professionally, Ben taught criminal justice to hundreds of students at UNLV and the College of Southern Nevada and, personally, inspired thousands of parishioners as a Sunday school teacher and devoted Christian; and

WHEREAS, Ben was a close friend and mentor to countless attorneys, lobbyists, and lawmakers in Nevada; and

WHEREAS, Ben perfected his now-famous chocolate chip cookies, which he distributed to thousands of friends and colleagues, and which became a tradition and staple at the Nevada Legislature for decades; and

WHEREAS, Ben was married to his lovely wife Elana for 43 years, became a devoted father to eight beautiful children, seven of whom survive him, and “Papa” to his ten grandchildren in Las Vegas; and

WHEREAS, Ben Graham, the man with the signature mustache, was a truly great Nevadan who gave freely of himself and never asked for anything in return, leaves a legacy of service and kindness to which we should all aspire; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nevada hereby recognizes and honors Ben Graham for his innumerable contributions to his family and friends, his profession, and the citizens of his beloved State;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim February 17, 2022, as a day in honor of

BEN GRAHAM

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 10th day of February, 2022

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