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Monthly Archives: April 2016

 

 

Senior students from the Advanced Technologies Academy (A-TECH) will do a mock trial before Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Joanna Kishner on Apr. 20 at 9 a.m. at the Eighth Judicial District Court, in the Regional Justice Center, Courtroom 12B. The case that centers around a party train trip gone bad for a young couple, is the senior class capstone project and they will be judged on how much they learned this year.

Students from the legal studies program will serve as the attorneys in the case, while students from the business management and administration, architectural drafting and design, and engineering programs will serve as expert witnesses and defendants. A-TECH’s community partners and school staff will act as members of the jury. Advanced Technologies Academy advisory board members will help facilitate the mock trial and participate as jurors.

“This capstone project gives Clark County students real-world knowledge of a courtroom. It’s conducted in a manner similar to a real trial and offers the kind of experience students at law schools get. I’ve presided over these mock trials for three years; each year, I am impressed with the level of professionalism the A-TECH students demonstrate,” said Judge Kishner. “The work they put in and their presentations are a credit to the students and the teachers.”

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

Assisting with mock trials is one of many youth educational opportunities the District Court offers. The goal of the Eighth Judicial District Court is to continue to reach out, inform and serve the community as a partner and ensure access to justice. For more information about the Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court, please visit our website at clarkcountycourts.us, Facebook at Clark County Courts, or Twitter at M Price@LasVegasCourts..

 

 

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The Civil Bench Bar meeting is today at noon

The agenda includes a review of  the Nevada Supreme Court Civil Decisions from March:

Tom v. Innovative Home Systems, LLC, 132 Nev.Ad.Op. 15 (March 10, 2016)(Appeals Ct.; 2-1)

Hairr v. District Court, 132 Nev.Ad.Op. 16 (March 10, 2016)(3-0)

Rish v. Simao, 132 Nev.Ad.Op. 17 (March 17, 2016)(3-0)

ESD v. Murphy, 132 Nev.Ad.Op. 18 (March 31, 2016)(7-0)

Hunter v. Gang, 132 Nev.Ad.Op. 22 (April 7, 2016)(Appeals Ct. 3-0)(29 pages)

Poremba v. Southern NV Paving, 132 Nev.Ad.Op. 24 (April 7, 2016)(3-0)

Jackson Trust v. Groenendyke, 132 Nev.Ad.Op. 25 (April 7, 2016)(3-0)

Discussion:

  1. Trial by Peers
  2. Notices – Judge Gonzalez
  3. Oscars? Tracy Eglet

Upcoming Dates/Events:    

  1. Meeting of the Howard D. McKibben Chapter of the American Inns of Court, TONIGHT! at 5:15 p.m., Judge Boulware’s Courtroom (7th Floor of Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse)
  2. Next Civil Bench-Bar Meeting, May 10, 2016 at 12:05 p.m. in Courtroom 15D

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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 will be held at the Eighth Judicial District Family Court on Monday, Apr. 11 at noon, in courtroom 9, 601 N. Pecos Road that will offer enlightening information on  many ways that individuals can impact the life of an abused and neglected child. The special candle-lighting ceremony will illuminate the need for volunteers to advocate for the nearly 3,500 abused and neglected children who are receiving services under the supervision of Family Court. April is Child Abuse Prevention And Awareness Month and a great time to consider volunteering  as  a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) to help the abused and neglected childdren in our community.

The focus this year is to make a difference in the lives of children in foster care. “I would like to call…

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A jury of his peers found Harry Potter not-guilty of the charge of misuse of magic. It may sound silly, but the premise of Harry Potter in trial gave a class of fourth grade students a great foundation to learn how justice works.

The junior legal eagles from The Meadows School experienced how criminal trials proceed when they served as judge,  jury, lawyers and witnesses for the misappropriation of magic case today with Judge Douglas Herndon at the Eighth Judicial District Court.

The accused was renowned master of magic Harry Potter, who was lawyered-up with top-notch student defense attorneys. Prior to the mock trial, the students witnessed the tail-end of Judge Herndon’s actual criminal calendar. The judge admonished a young defendant who had multiple felonies. He warned that the defendant’s children would be graduating college and have forgotten about him in jail, if he didn’t change his ways. The fourth graders were listening. When asked about it, one student commented to the judge that he thought he was harsh on the defendant. The judge took the opportunity to further the lesson by explaining the variables that a judge must consider.

Judge Herndon has been doing mock trials with students for years and said, “Mock trials are a fun and effective way to educate kids about the justice system.” He also makes it a point to explain how education and staying away from drugs and other bad choices are important to avoid running into trouble with the law.

He will host eighth grade classes on Apr. 12th and Apr. 14th at 10:30 a.m. for mock trials with a plot that Lee Harvey Oswald was not killed and instead goes on trial for the murder of President John F. Kennedy.

 

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Fourth grade students from The Meadows School will learn the basics of criminal trials when they serve as judge,  jury, lawyers and witnesses for the misappropriation of magic mock case on Tuesday, Apr. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Eighth Judicial District Court, in the Regional Justice Center, Courtroom 16C.          

The accused, is renowned master of magic Harry Potter, who will be lawyered-up with  top-notch student defense attorneys. The role of judge will be filled by students as well, with a little help from District Court Judge Douglas Herndon

“I have been doing mock trials with students for years and it has proven to be a fun and effective way to educate them about the justice system.” said Judge Herndon. “The students get an education on the law and how important it is in every one of our lives. If young people understand the law, they may be less likely to get on the wrong side of it.

Judge Herndon will also host eighth grade classes on Apr. 12th and Apr. 14th at 10:30 a.m. for mock trials with a plot that Lee Harvey Oswald was not killed and instead goes on trial for the murder of President John F. Kennedy.

 

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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 will be held at the Eighth Judicial District Family Court on Monday, Apr. 11 at noon, in courtroom 9, 601 N. Pecos Road that will offer enlightening information on  many ways that individuals can impact the life of an abused and neglected child. The special candle-lighting ceremony will illuminate the need for volunteers to advocate for the nearly 3,500 abused and neglected children who are receiving services under the supervision of Family Court. April is Child Abuse Prevention And Awareness Month and a great time to consider volunteering  as  a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) to help the abused and neglected childdren in our community.

The focus this year is to make a difference in the lives of children in foster care. “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.

 

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