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Monthly Archives: April 2016

Looking forward to Law Week kick-off.

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District Court Judge Elissa Cadish will be honored with the Clark County Law Foundation Liberty Bell Award on Saturday, April 30, at 11 a.m., at the Las Vegas replica of the Liberty Bell (located at the corner of Fourth St. and Lewis Ave.) at Centennial Plaza. The community is invited to attend the award ceremony that will kick-off to Law Week.

 The Liberty Bell Award is given in recognition to 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. Judge Cadish is being recognized for her philanthropic work including: mentoring students at the William S. Boyd School of Law; her work on the Executive Board for the Nevada chapter of the American Inn of Court; volunteering as an instructor at the State Bar of Nevada Young…

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Advanced Technologies Academy (A-TECH) seniors looked and acted the parts of lawyers, engineers and other professionals when they did their capstone project before District Court Judge Joanna Kishner on Apr. 20.

Students from the legal studies program served as the attorneys in the case, while students from the business management and administration, architectural drafting and design, and engineering programs served as expert witnesses and defendants. A-Tech’s community partners and school staff  served as jurors.

The mock case centered around what was intended to be a fun-filled train trip with a marriage proposal. But things turned bad for the couple John and Jennifer. Jennifer sued the train company for inadequate security, inadequate staff training, and inadequate evacuation procedures. Architects and designers were dragged into the suit which resulted in a challenging capstone project for the A-TECH seniors with majors in law, business management and administration, architectural drafting and design.

Check out the YouTube video https://youtu.be/CDZpjl-r4aw

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District Court Judge Elissa Cadish will be honored with the Clark County Law Foundation Liberty Bell Award on Saturday, April 30, at 11 a.m., at the Las Vegas replica of the Liberty Bell (located at the corner of Fourth St. and Lewis Ave.) at Centennial Plaza. The community is invited to attend the award ceremony that will kick-off to Law Week.

 The Liberty Bell Award is given in recognition to 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. Judge Cadish is being recognized for her philanthropic work including: mentoring students at the William S. Boyd School of Law; her work on the Executive Board for the Nevada chapter of the American Inn of Court; volunteering as an instructor at the State Bar of Nevada Young Lawyer’s Trial Academy; and volunteering as a judge for the Trial by Peers program. Judge Cadish serves on the Board of Directors of Jewish Family Service Agency of Las Vegas. She has also served on the Board of the Directors for Clark County Library Foundation, Clark County Bar Association and as President of Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys (SNAWA). Judge Cadish serves as the Chair of the Law-Related Education Committee of the State Bar of Nevada and heads-up the We The People Competition that teaches students about the importance of the Constitution.

“I am very honored and humbled to be a recipient of the Liberty Bell Award,” said Judge Cadish. “The principles this award recognizes are near and dear to my heart and it is my passion to educate young people on how civic responsibility and respect for the law in the courts is important for their lives.”

In July of 2007, Judge Elissa F. Cadish was appointed by Governor Jim Gibbons to fill the vacancy left by Judge Joseph Bonaventure’s retirement, and successfully won election in 2008 and 2014 to retain the District Court seat. Since 2009, Judge Cadish has been hearing both civil and criminal cases in District Court. Judge Cadish graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Political Science. She received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1989, where she was a member of the Virginia Law Review and was honored to be awarded the Order of the Coif. After graduation, she moved to Las Vegas and clerked for two years for Hon. Philip M. Pro in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Brigid Duffy has also been selected as recipients of the 2016 Liberty Bell Award. She is being honored for her volunteer endeavors including 16 years of volunteer service to train Court Appointed Special Advocates to be a voice for the best interests of Clark County’s foster children in dependency court.

The annual 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.

“Judge Cadish has given much of her time to educate young people about the Constitution, justice, and principle that spark civic responsibility.” said District Court Chief Judge David Barker. “She is an excellent role model for so many young people and her volunteerism is exemplary.”

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 Family Court caseload has a significant volume of propria persona (pro per) cases. That volume presents challenges. Steps have been taken to help those who represent themselves with resources through the Family Law Self-Help Center and website http://www.familylawselfhelpcenter.org.

The push is also on to get attorneys practicing family law to be prepared for their cases, so that those cases are moving along as they should be. At the recent Family Bench Bar meeting, some suggestions were given to help attorneys get up to speed with new rules regarding timeliness. A top tip given was: present filings in fundamental, easily understandable language and limit length. In other words, less is more. Clear and concise writing is better for everyone.

Marital balance sheets were suggested as a useful tool for complex cases with a lot of assets to make mediation/settlement easier. They were also suggested as useful for cases with fewer assets. It was recommended to have opposing counsel coordinate the reference numbers and sync up the assets and numbering of those assets. The marital Balance sheet discussed at the Bench Bar Meeting can be found at http://www.willicklawgroup.com/clark-county-bench-bar-committee

A trial practice Continuing Legal Education (CLE) session is being developed to help attorneys review trial preparation and discovery to facilitate adherence to the rules of the court.

Parenting Coordination training was also on the agenda. A 12-credit CLE is being offered Apr. 21.

There was good news at the meeting including: If Public access fees have been paid for the first three months of 2016, they no longer have to be paid until next year. Your concerns about parking at the Family Court Campus were heard and 60 parking spaces were freed up in the Family Court parking lot by moving county vehicle parking to the rear of the campus.

The Pro Bono Advisory Council volunteer of the month Emily McFarling, Esq. was recognized for her service.

The next family Bench Bar is scheduled for May 12 in Courtroom 9 at Family Court 601 N. Pecos Road. Bench Bar meetings are a great way to learn about changes at the court and to address issues with the bench.

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Children who are in foster care face daunting challenges. They are generally traumatized by abuse and neglect and have to face their day-to-day lives with constant uncertainty. A Light of Hope Ceremony was held at the Eighth Judicial District Family Court to illuminate the need for volunteers to advocate for the nearly 3,300 abused and neglected children who are receiving services under the supervision of Family Court.

“I would like to call on college students, retirees, those who want to make a difference and have a little time to spare to attend one of the CASA information session and learn how they can really have a positive impact on a young life,” said Family Court Judge Frank Sullivan, who oversees the CASA program. “By volunteering a just a few hours a week to serve as a CASA, volunteers can really make a positive impact on the life of a child.”

The CASA program recruits, screens, trains and supports volunteers to represent the best interests of hundreds of foster children annually. The advocates represent the children in school, child and family team meetings, and in court. Volunteering for the program involves a two-year commitment and a willingness to spend quality time with the children to advocate for them. In 1980, Judge John Mendoza led the creation of the Clark County CASA Program. The CASA mission continues to be fully supported by Family Court judges.

“Each time we swear in new CASA volunteers, we are grateful that they are willing to speak up for abused and neglected children. We are also reminded of how many more volunteers are needed to provide a voice for every child in foster care,” said Presiding Family Court Judge Charles Hoskin.

For those interested in volunteering with CASA, monthly orientations are held on the third Wednesday of each month to provide more information about the program. Upcoming orientations will be held at the Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy. For more information about the program please call 702-455-4306, visit www.casalasvegas.org or Facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/CASALasVegas.

Foster care Alumni of America member Judy Tudor explains shares how her CASA helped her through dark times and good times https://youtu.be/6q5VcIwnn3Q

 

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Starting Monday evening on April 25, hundreds of lawyers, doctors, judges and others will compete in both adult and junior singles, doubles and mixed doubles tennis draws, with the finals matches being held on Sunday, May 1 to see who is king of the court. All matches will be held at Lorenzi Racquet Club, located at 3075 W. Washington Ave. to raise funds for the Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation. Entrance is free to the public. The foundation has raised more than $2 million to help at-risk youth including 85 children who have received college scholarships.

The Physicians and Barristers Ball Charity Tennis Classic Tournament was founded in 2012 to get the active tennis players from the legal community involved with a fun and exciting event that raises awareness and funds for the Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation. The Marty Hennessey Inspiring Children Foundation was started more than 10 years ago by Ryan Wolfington and Marty Hennessey. With the support of entertainment legend Tony Bennett and Andre Agassi’s father Mike, as well as the top doubles team in the world Bob and Mike Bryan, the foundation has raised more than $2 million to help hundreds of at risk youth annually. The Foundation’s goal is to provide the ultimate environment for a child to become their best in all areas of their life. This includes excellence in academics, athletics, inter-personal skills and leadership. To learn more, visit www.InspiringChildren.net.

 

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Today is the last day to enter this contest!

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The United States Supreme Court decision in Miranda v. Arizona turns 50 this year. The Ninth Circuit has come up with a great way to mark that exceptional decision: a contest with a cash prize. The Ninth Circuit has announced a civics contest with two categories: 1) Individual students can express their thoughts and ideas in an essay of 500 to 750 words, and 2) Individual students or teams of up to three students may submit a two to three minute video presentation on the theme. Students may participate in one or both competitions. The contest began January 1, and ends on April 15, 2016. Cash prizes are provided in both contests:  $2,000 for first place; $1,000 second place and $500 for third place. Check out this link to get more details http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/civicscontest. It would be great to have Nevada students enter the contest and take home a prize or two.

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