Event marks anniversary of church reopenings from major lawsuit win RENO, Nev. – December 14, 2021 – A Christmas celebration and fundraiser will be conducted Wednesday, December 15, for Nevada Attorney General candidate Sigal Chattah—one of the lawyers responsible for winning the court victory that reopened churches in Nevada on Dec 15th, 2020. The event marks the one-year anniversary of that legal victory, which Sigal Chattah fought with co-counsel Joey Gilbert, a candidate for Nevada Governor. It will be held at the Ahern Hotel and Convention Center, in Las Vegas and begins at 6 p.m. Ms. Chattah and Mr. Gilbert sued Governor Stephen Sisolak (D-Nev.) and other administration officials to overturn executive orders that acted to deny churches in-person worship. Gov. Sisolak issued a stay-at-home order and another prohibiting gatherings of more than ten people. Emergency Manager Justin Luna defined churches as “non-essential” in March 2020. In April, Sisolak prohibited worship services where ten or more persons may gather, regardless of capacity or willingness to socially distance. At the same time, many secular businesses like retail stores and bars remained open without capacity limits because they had been designated “essential businesses.” Pastor Jimmy Morales of Calvary Chapel Lone Mountain, a Las Vegas church with 800 congregants, retained Sigal Chattah and Joey Gilbert to have the courts reopen churches. Chattah and Gilbert argued curbs on religious gatherings violated the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment right to religious freedom. They also exposed Sisolak and Luna’s eye-opening answers on a document Nevada law requires with every executive order. The two affirmed there was no economic effect of the regulation on the businesses which it was to regulate; there was no economic effect of the regulation on the general public; there was no estimated cost to the agency for enforcement of the regulation; and, the regulation did not overlap or duplicate a federal regulation. “The orders permit uninterrupted functioning of construction on sports arenas and all construction sites,” Chattah and Gilbert told the court. “How are construction sites with social distancing any different from in-person church services with social distancing?” The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed in December 2020 and struck down the cap on Nevada church attendance. For more information about the lawsuit: https://360newslasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/adv-CCSD-1.pdf For more information about Joey Gilbert and his Nevada gubernatorial campaign, visit https://www.gilbertforgovernor.com/.