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Kaufman, Jerry, 1935-2015


Jack Kaufman (September 3, 1935-August 2, 2015) was a Las Vegas lawyer and judge. Kaufman was born in Cleveland September 3, 1935. He graduated from the University of Arizona where he earned his Bachelors in engineering. He also attended Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah where he received his Masters in business. Kaufman completed his education at the California Western School of law where he was awarded with a Juris Doctorate. Kaufman moved to Las Vegas in 1965 as a government lawyer for the Nevada Test Site. Kaufman has held many civic positions including serving as a alternate Municipal Judge, Nevada Supreme Court Settlement Judge, and District Court Judge Pro Tempore. He also helped to form the law group Jones, Jones, Close, Bilbray, and Kaufman with Nevada State Assembly and State Senator Melvin D. Close, Nevada Lieutenant Governor Herbert Jones, and Representative James H. Bilbray. The firm would come to be known as the Jones-Vargas organization. Kaufman was an active member of his community and held leadership roles with the March of Dimes, the Easter Seal Society, Boy Scouts of America, the American Red Cross, B'nai B'rith, and served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.