Judge Addeliar D. Guy III


"I can and I will" is the motto that guided the life of the Honorable Addeliar D.Guy III. Judge Guy was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He received his undergraduate degree from Loyola University and his law Degree from Loyola University School of Law. He served as Assistant Corporation Council for the City of Chicago and was a partner in the law firm of Peterson, Johnson, and Guy until he moved to Las Vegas in 1964.

He believed that education was the "key" so he established the Addeliar D. Guy III Law School Scholarship Fund and the "Spirit of Nevada" Art and Essay Contest for middle and high school students. His caring for the community and especially for young people was evidenced by the many civic organizations of which he gave his

time. Some of these included: Addeliar D. Guy Boys and Girls Club Advisory Board, NAACP Advisory Board, National Conference of Christians and Jews Executive Board, Boy Scouts of America Advisory Board, Community College of Southern Nevada Advisory Board, Senator Harry Reid's Academy Selection Board and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. 

This Nevada trailblazer has a long list of honors, accomplishments and admirable qualities. Judge Guy was distinguished as the first African-American to serve as a District Court Judge in the history of the State of Nevada. He also served as the first African-American Deputy District Attorney and Chief Deputy District Attorney of Clark County, Nevada.

During his tenure as District Court Judge, his judicial experience included Juvenile Court Judge, Chief Judge District Court, and Alternate Justice to the State Supreme Court. His reputation for being compassionate and fair, yet strict when needed, generated such respect that he received Christmas cards even from prisoners.

A man of prominent position, special achievements and contributions in his field, Judge Guy attained heroic proportions as indicated by the following accolades and awards bestowed upon him: "Outstanding Achievement As Judge" - NAACP Distinguished Service Award" - Clark County Bar Association and Clark County ProBono Project, "Distinguished Nevadan"- University of Nevada Las Vegas, " Silver Beaver Award" - Boy Scouts of America. In addition, he received the President's Award, "Mountain Top" from the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee and the "Silver Lilly Award from the Easter Seal Society. Military Honors include a Purple Heart, Korean Service Medal with two Battle Stars, Meritorious Award Medal, Combat Infantryman's August 3, 2009 by naming the new Veteran's Administration Ambulatory Care Unit after him He was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame by the National Bar Association.

We at Addeliar D.Guy III Elementary School are very proud to honor his name and continue his motto, "I Can And I Will."