Name: Jason Frierson
School: University of Nevada Reno, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
Jason's life experiences reflect his unquestionable commitment to public service and a passion for improving the state of the community. From volunteering with youth groups to prosecuting white collar criminals, Jason's consistent dedication to serving the public has been unwavering.
The youngest of two sons, Jason was born and raised in a tough neighborhood where he overcame numerous challenges to go to college at the University of Nevada, Reno. It was at that time in 1988 that he made Nevada his home. While competing in collegiate football, Jason made time to stay involved in the community, volunteering with youth groups. He also participated in the Americorps program, working with at-risk youth at a local school to train kids on violence prevention.
Before finishing college, Jason became student body president at UNR. Recognizing the value of education, He became a faculty member at UNR attending college fairs throughout Nevada in order to counsel parents and students about their decisions regarding college. During this time, he also volunteered at the local Boys and Girls Club.
Jason then joined the charter class at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, and looked after his aging grandparents in Las Vegas. While at UNLV, he continued working in the community by participating in the law school's Juvenile Justice Clinic. Prior to completing his law studies, Jason again found his place in a leadership role when he was elected student body president of the law school.
A member of the first graduating class at Boyd Law School in 2001, Jason was awarded the Barbara Buckley Community Service Award for his commitment to leadership and community service. After graduating, he clerked for the Honorable Justice Myron E. Leavitt at the Nevada Supreme Court.
After briefly working in private civil practice, Jason became a Deputy Attorney General where he prosecuted white collar criminals. In that role, he helped recover hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of Nevada's most vulnerable, including senior citizens who were taken advantage of financially. Jason also served on the Nevada Cybercrimes Task Force, working with other state and federal law enforcement agencies to combat crime across the internet. During his time as a prosecutor, Jason also volunteered at a local elementary school where he helped students work on their reading skills. For the past four years, he has worked as a Deputy Public Defender. He has also served as an advocate during the 2007 and 2009 Nevada legislative sessions, gaining invaluable experience with the legislative process first hand. Jason was able to help draft legislation over the past two legislative sessions to address issues such as graffiti crimes and copper theft, while also working hard to help streamline the criminal justice system in Nevada.
Throughout his years working as an attorney, Jason has continued his involvment with youth in the community, working as a football official with local high school and youth football programs. He has also participated as a judge at mock trial programs for elementary and high school programs across Clark County.
Jason is now looking forward to a new opportunity to use his experiences to better serve the public and contribute toward the solutions to Nevada's most pressing challenges. Assembly District 8 has received excellent representation from Speaker Barbara Buckley, who cannot run again because of term limits. Jason hopes to make sure his neighbors continue to benefit from a strong and passionate voice in Carson City.