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Monthly Archives: May 2015


Timothy Kuhls is a relative newcomer who landed in Las Vegas in 2014 after a stint in New Jersey. Newly hired by Springel & Fink and waiting to pass the Nevada Bar, he used his spare time wisely by doing pro bono work at the urging of the man who just gave him a job, Lenny Fink a partner at Springel & Fink.

After thorough training, Tim took a pro bono case representing three siblings revolving through foster care due to their parents’ issues with substance abuse. He is currently representing the children on a fourth abuse/neglect petition filed against their natural parents and their termination of parental rights case. His nomination for the Pro Bono Award noted that a CAP attorney observed Tim during a TPR trial commented that he was doing an “amazing job” as the children’s counsel to ensure their permanency wishes were heard by the court and their legal interests were protected. That’s what earned him the honor of May pro bono attorney, for which he was given an award at the Civil Judges meeting by Presiding Civil Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez and a photo op with the judges.

Fulfilment, experience, respect, recognition and a great feeling are some of the benefits of doing pro bono work for those in need. Many of those in need are children. Information on volunteer opportunities is available at 702-386-1422 or visit http://www.lacsnprobono.org

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Sweltering heat and a searing sun beating down on a replica Liberty Bell in downtown Las Vegas, didn’t stop justice luminaries in the community from coming out to honor Presiding Civil Division District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez and Justice Court Administrator LaDeana Gamble in recognition of their work to establish the Civil Law Self-Help Center. The center offer free forms and information on navigating the courts to those who represent themselves in civil matters.

Senior U.S. District Court Judge Lloyd D. George, who is a strong proponent of the rule of law, gave a historical perspective of the importance of the Liberty Bell.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman offered insight on Liberty Plaza before giving her take on the importance of upholding the rule of law. The Las Vegas mayor made a surprise announcement that the city will revamp a committee to re-start work on phase II of the justice walk, and called for volunteers to join the June 18 first meeting.

Barbara Buckley from the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada presented the Liberty Bell awards and offered reasons why the Civil Self-Help Center has leveled-out the playing field for those who cannot afford legal counsel in civil cases.

The Liberty Bell Award recognizes individuals in the community who uphold the rule of law, contribute to good government within the community, stimulate a sense of civic responsibility, and encourage respect for the law in the courts.

The non-profit Legal Aid Center operates the Self-Help Center at the Regional Justice Center in cooperation with the Eighth Judicial District Court. Since Dec. 2009, more than 200,000 people have used the Self-Help Center to help them prepare for court. A new website was also recently launched, that offers how-to tips, forms and info on going solo in court at http://www.civillawselfhelpcenter.org.

The Annual Liberty Bell Award, a partnership between the Clark County Law Foundation’s Let Freedom Ring Committee and the City of Las Vegas, has been recognizing and honoring outstanding citizens since 1983. The Clark County Law Foundation is dedicated to providing community service programs throughout Southern Nevada that are integrated with law-related education.

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The District Court is currently accepting applications for a Family Division Court Hearing Master. Resumes must be submitted to the attention of EJDC Human Resourcesmanager Edward May via FAX at (702) 671-4560, or emailed at MayE@clarkcountycourts.us, or mailed/hand-delivered to the Regioanl Justice Center-District Court Administration, 200 Lewis Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89155-1791 by 5 p.m. on June 12, 2015. Visit the court website news section for more information http://www.clarkcountycourts.us.

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Going to civil court without attorney representation can be a daunting prospect. Those who cannot afford a lawyer often face this challenge without knowing anything about the law or court processes. The result is confused people showing up to court unprepared. The lack of preparation causes delays and frustration. The Civil Self-Help Center helps those who represent themselves in court navigate the system and provides free forms.

Presiding Civil Division District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez is being honored with the Clark County Law Foundation Liberty Bell Award, for her work to establish the Civil Self-Help Center. The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 28 at 3 p.m., at the Las Vegas replica of the Liberty Bell (located at the corner of Fourth St. and Lewis Ave.) at Centennial Plaza. The Liberty Bell Award recognizes individuals in the community who uphold the rule of law, contribute to good government within the community, stimulate a sense of civic responsibility, and encourage respect for the law in the courts.

The non-profit Legal Aid Center operates the Self-Help Center at the Regional Justice Center in cooperation with the Eighth Judicial District Court. Since Dec. 2009, more than 200,000 people have used the Self-Help Center to help them prepare for court. A new website was also recently launched, that offers how-to tips, forms and info on going solo in court at http://www.civillawselfhelpcenter.org. 

“I am honored to be a recipient of the Liberty Bell Award, for playing a role in the Civil Law Self-Help Center. The Self-Help Center gives those who represent themselves in civil court cases a place to go to get needed forms and other resources. The services provided by the Self-Help Center, save a lot of time and frustration, and improve the court process,” said Judge Gonzalez.

Judge Gonzalez is the 2014-2015 president of the American College of Business Court Judges. She also serves as a Master Emeritus of the Nevada American Inn of Court; an organization that works to enhance the practical skills and ethical responsibility of Nevada’s lawyers. She is committed to the provision of legal services to all members of the community.

“The Civil Law Self-Help Center has been a big success, and Judge Gonzalez played a big role in that success. We on the District Court bench, appreciate how the Self-Help Center benefits the community and the court, and we are proud that Judge Gonzalez is receiving this well-deserved recognition,” said District Court Chief Judge David Barker.

The Annual Liberty Bell Award, a partnership between the Clark County Law Foundation’s Let Freedom Ring Committee and the City of Las Vegas, has been recognizing and honoring outstanding citizens since 1983. The Clark County Law Foundation is dedicated to providing community service programs throughout Southern Nevada that are integrated with law-related education.

Civil Law Self-Help Center website http://www.civillawselfhelpcenter.org

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In a 39-page Decision and Order, Judge Elizabth Gonzalez denied the Sands China Ltd.’s Motion to Dismiss the Steven Jacobs vs Las Vegas Sands Corp. case for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction.
http://www.clarkcountycourts.us/High-profile-cases.html

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The Eighth Judicial District Court Issued an Administrative Order today, to transfer the adult guardianship caseload to the longest-serving District Court Judge Dianne Steel, in department G of the Family Division. The Order coincides with a Petition issued today, by Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice James Hardesty, with the concurrence of Eighth District Chief Judge David Barker and Second District Chief Judge David Hardy, to consider the establishment of a commission to study the creation and administration of guardianships in Nevada courts. The proposed Guardianship Commission will examine policies and procedures currently used and provide recommendations, based on national best-practices, on how they can be improved.

“I am committed to the court’s goal to protect those impacted by intellectual disabilities and diseases associated with aging.“ said Judge Steel. “Through experience, I know how difficult these cases are for families, and I will work hard to ensure that the court is handling these cases in a manner in accordance with the laws established to protect families dealing with guardianship.”

Judge Steel’s career history includes more than 18 years on the bench, handling a variety of case types including guardianship. She has notable service on numerous committees and professional organizations and a long list of professional accomplishments including: a Juvenile Dependency Model Court , work on the One Family – One Judge initiative, the Donna’s House Visitation Exchange Program, the Judicial Studies Program, the Family Self-Help Center Project, the Coroner Visitation Program, the Youth Eagle Leadership Project, the Adults in Juvenile Delinquency Court handbook, the restructure of NRS Chapter 62 on Juvenile Delinquency and the promotion of the Jury Services-CASA Recruitment Program.

“Judge Steel’s depth of experience and knowledge of the guardianship process will be a tremendous asset as we build citizen trust and confidence in the guardianship process.” said Judge Barker. “We are moving quickly, in coordination with the Nevada Supreme Court, to take strategic action within fiscal realities, to get guardianship cases in line with national best-practices.”

The court examined the assignment of the guardianship caseload using a hearing master/judge model and communicated with state and nationally respected judicial experts and determined that such cases should be assigned to a single District Court judge. Department G’s existing caseload will be reassigned to and equitably distributed among all the remaining judicial departments that are assigned civil domestic cases in the Family Division. The transfers and assignments will take effect on June 1, 2015.

The Eighth Judicial District Court is taking action to implement best practices for guardianship cases as established by the National Association for Court Management. A guardianship hotline is available to take concerns and questions at 702-671-4614 and an email link is also available at guardianshipcompliance@clarkcountycourts.us for those who have concerns.

To view Administrative Order 15-06 visit http://www.clarkcountycourts.us/rules.html

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DSC_0269B.B. Wolf took the stand and told a harrowing tale of a boiling pot at the bottom of chimney; a trap set by the Little Pig for Wolf who was just trying to help a friend out. That story set the stage for the Las Vegas Day School third grade mock trial B.B. Wolf v Three Little Pigs in the courtroom of real District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti. The kids got a real feel of how justice works by serving as plaintiff, defendant, attorneys, judge, jurors, witnesses, marshal and even media.

After hearing the evidence from both sides, the jurors deliberated and found the little pig guilty of attempted murder. Not only did they learn how the justice system works, they learned if you have to go to court, be sure to get a good lawyer.

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