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Monthly Archives: March 2015

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“Today, the current deficiencies in our indigent defense system and the gaps in legal services for the poor and middle class constitute not just a problem, but a crisis. And this crisis appears as difficult and intransigent as any now before us.” That quote from Attorney General Eric Holder in October 2010 summarizes the urgency and need to ensure access to justice for all.

The United States Department of Justice launched an initiative to address what they call an “access to justice crisis in the criminal and civil justice system.” The Eighth Judicial District Court is working with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada on an initiative to help those in our community in need of legal help. Part of that initiative is The One Campaign, which encourages attorneys to do pro bono work for those in need. A pro bono attorney of the month is selected to receive recognition from the District Court Bench. Terry Johnson is the March winner.

Presiding Civil Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez read his introduction at the March civil judges meeting and conveyed that Terry is an enthusiastic Pro Bono Project volunteer since 2013. He willingly seeks new cases and also volunteers for Ask-a-Lawyer sessions. As an attorney for the State Gaming Control Board, he was instrumental in spearheading a project to help low income individuals appeal gaming work card denials, so that they could improve their chances of approval and their chances to get work. Since 2013, Terry handled an abuse and neglect case, two divorce cases and a Supreme Court appeal. According to his introduction, Terry’s most fulfilling case was helping seniors facing foreclosure.

The honor of Pro Bono Attorney of the Month doesn’t come with a huge prize, but it does come with a lot of respect from the judges and others in the legal community. It’s rewarding and it makes a difference in the lives of those who really need it. Congratulations to Terry Johnson for his pro bono work. Every attorney practicing in our jurisdiction is invited to take a case and reap the rewards of helping others. Contact the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada to get started.

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A promising class of high school students from Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy (VTCTA), conducted two mock trials in the courtroom of District Court Judge Nancy Allf at the Regional Justice Center today. The aspiring attorneys did an impressive job trying their cases and serving as jurors before a real attorney serving as a judge. The students took their roles very seriously and presented their work as if they had been in law school for years.

Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy is a Clark County School District magnet program introduced in 2009 to prepare students for careers in law enforcement and criminal justice. The teachers lived up to the school’s mission to “create a rigorous learning environment engaging students through collaborative problem-solving while promoting respect and responsibility in honor of those who have served our nation and community.” The students were polite, friendly and appreciative. Giving students the…

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The Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court is seeking qualified applicants for the position of criminal division pro tem commissioner. The court is looking to select several qualified candidates to serve as-needed in the criminal division. Those interested in being considered for one of these part-time positions must meet the qualifications and limitations of practice required under Eighth District Court Rule (EDCR) 1.48, and should submit resumes to the District Court by Friday, April 10, 2015. Resumes can be dropped-off in the District Court administration office on the second floor of the Regional Justice Center; or mailed to the attention of Thelma Stapley, 200 Lewis Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89155 by 5 p.m. on April 10.

Applicants must be a member in good standing of the State Bar of Nevada for a minimum of five continuous years immediately preceding appointment as a criminal division pro tem. Upon appointment, a criminal division pro tem commissioner shall be precluded from practicing law in Clark County; and must recuse from any case that he or she previously handled as an attorney, or any case in which the defendant was a client of the law firm where the pro tem commissioner practiced.

“We are looking for highly qualified candidates who have experience in criminal practice to act as pro tem commissioners for criminal pleas,” said Chief Judge David Barker. “District Court will be compiling a list that the court can look to in the future as needs require. Criminal division pro tem commissioners help serve a role to ensure that the District Court is dispensing justice in a timely matter in criminal cases.”

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A promising class of high school students from Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy (VTCTA), conducted two mock trials in the courtroom of District Court Judge Nancy Allf at the Regional Justice Center today. The aspiring attorneys did an impressive job trying their cases and serving as jurors before a real attorney serving as a judge. The students took their roles very seriously and presented their work as if they had been in law school for years.

Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy is a Clark County School District magnet program introduced in 2009 to prepare students for careers in law enforcement and criminal justice. The teachers lived up to the school’s mission to “create a rigorous learning environment engaging students through collaborative problem-solving while promoting respect and responsibility in honor of those who have served our nation and community.” The students were polite, friendly and appreciative. Giving students the opportunity to learn by doing in the field is a great way to cultivate young professionals. They told me that they came away learning much more than if they would have just done their mock trial at school.

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Got blogger’s block? Relax. It’s quite common. Months of consistent blogging really can burn you out. Some days, you’ll be swimming in a sea full of ideas, and other days you’ll ask yourself, “Now what do I write about?”

Caught in a similar predicament? Well, here are seven ways to help alleviate blogger’s block:

1) See Your Thoughts

Humans are visual creatures. Sometimes, we need to see our thoughts before we can start writing about them. Other times, we simply need to organize them. Start with a pen and a fresh notepad. Outlines, thought charts – hey, even doodles work. The best part: The ability to do this at your leisure. Any time you catch yourself with a few moments to spare, jot down more ideas. It’s great to keep a journal with you at all times. I’m a big fan of Moleskine journals. There even are smartphone apps. Although I prefer to…

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“Life with an addicted mother is like looking down a dark tunnel.”

Being the child of an addict is the worst, but watching them grow and recover is the best. I am here to speak today because no parent truly understands what a child goes through. I had to grow up super-fast. You never know what you’re going to get with a parent who is an addict. It’s like walking on eggshells. It’s the worst feeling because it causes families to tear apart and creates so much chaos. Kids don’t know how to deal with it, and many like me keep quiet and just wonder why me? It’s a horrible, empty feeling to see everything crumbling down as a child because there is nothing you can do while your mom or dad is numbing the pain. You just sit there in silence wondering what it is like to have a normal life.

I have a little brother who I’m very attached to. I took on the role of watching him like a lot of other kids do. To this day, he is the reason I never gave up. My mom and I weren’t always close. When my mom started losing everything, I still stuck by her side for many reasons. I have believed and pushed hope one day she’d realize this isn’t what life is about. The constant moving and car rides is unfair to do to any child because it’s your choices not theirs. Looking down a dark tunnel is how to describe it in a way. It’s so hard to have no control over it.

One day, when it all came back around, my dad had taken me from my mom and my life changed in an instant. Although I wasn’t happy with my mom, I still loved her. It is so hard to not love the person who took you into this world. I will never forget the first time I saw her after. I had so many emotions and I was nervous. She was so happy to see me and looked like better in a sort. I was only allowed to see her once a week. No spending the night or any longer than a full day and I will admit at first I was over it. But slowly she gained my trust back and started to bond with me again. Once she got me to see my brother, it was the best. She had started changing because ¬¬she put me before seeing her son. She started proving to me that she was trying to mend the wall I had up. My dad was also very supportive of me and I’m glad he was there as well.

Now, I live with my mom and we’re basically the same person and are very close. I tell her everything, and love to get mani-pedi’s together or go out to eat. She has my trust 100 percent. How? It took a while, but in the end it was worth it. Never give up. There is always light at the end. My mom went from one day a week, to me living with her. After the many hardships and tears, it all worked out. There has to be rainy days to enjoy the good ones. Congrats on graduating Mom; I love you: and congrats to everyone else here today too. Mom, I’m so glad of how close we are, and how we’re the same person.

The young lady who wrote this letter inspired an entire specialty graduating class when she read it at a graduation. She hopes to go on to be a counselor and gave her permission to share it to inspire others.

Specialty courts solve issues through a rigorous and coordinated approach between judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, Parole and Probation, law enforcement and the mental health/social service/treatment professionals. All work together to help participants recover, live crime-free and become productive citizens. The next specialty court graduation is scheduled for April 3 at 2 p.m. in the jury services room at the Regional Justice Center.

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Probate hearings formerly held at the Family Court will now be held at the Regional Justice Center at 200 Lewis Ave. in courtroom 3F. The move brings hearings conducted by Probate Commissioner Wesley Yamashita into the same courthouse as Probate Judge Gloria Sturman and Presiding Civil Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez.

Commissioner Yamashita will hold hearings Friday morning in 3F. Wednesday probate hearing schedules will be determined based on courtroom availability. The commissioner will temporarily retain chambers at the Family Court at 601 N. Pecos Road, so any filings any orders, courtesy copies, ex-parte applications still need to be delivered to the commissioner at Family Court at 600 Pecos Road.

“Probate serves an important role in our community that touches many people,” said Presiding Civil Judge Gonzalez. “Bringing Probate Commissioner Yamashita to the RJC will centralize all the probate hearings in one place.”

The Probate Commissioner hears an average of around 120 cases a week. Probate is the first phase of a legal process to administer the property of a deceased person. Probate falls under statute titles 12 and 13 of the Nevada Revised Statutes and requires compliance with those statutes.

Admin Order 15-02 was issued today. It designates the Department 11 judge as the alternate for probate. Administrative orders can be found on the District Court website at http://www.clarkcountycourts.us/rules.html.

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