Former Chief Assistant District Attorney Ben Graham has died, Clark County District Court announced in a statement Friday afternoon.
“Ben was a pivotal figure in promoting the health and well-being of attorneys,” Chief Justice Linda Bell wrote in the district court statement. “Ben has also been involved in many charitable endeavors that have improved the lives of others in the Clark County community.”
Bell offered his condolences to Graham’s wife, Elana, his children, grandchildren and other family members.
Graham, a Washington native, moved to Las Vegas in 1977 and worked for 31 years, retiring as chief assistant district attorney. For two decades, he worked with the state legislature on behalf of the Nevada District Attorneys Association, law enforcement and the legal community, according to a faculty page on the Nevada Courts of Appeals website. Nevada.
He taught law classes in Las Vegas for about 29 years and most recently served as a government adviser to the Nevada judiciary, the faculty page said.
Bell said Graham was known for bringing “the best chocolate chip cookies in the world.”
In a 2004 interview with the Review-Journal, Graham said he and his wife bake about 8,000 cookies in their kitchen in northwest Las Vegas each December and give them away at the courthouse for free.
“They’re the kind of cookies that can give a feeling of Christmas nirvana, the kind that, to hell with the diet, you have to eat one more, and one more, and one more,” said journalist Glenn. in the Review Journal. Well was writing at the time. Several other lawyers and judges raved in the article.
“We do it because we love you,” Ben Graham said at the time. “The community has been very, very generous. It is a very generous and very loving community, and we are so blessed.