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Monthly Archives: November 2016

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The Eighth Judicial District Court is currently accepting applications for a Court Hearing Master. Resumes must be submitted to the attention of EJDC Human Resources manager Edward May via FAX at (702) 671-4560, or emailed at MayE@clarkcountycourts.us, or mailed/hand-delivered to the Regional Justice Center-District Court Administration, 200 Lewis Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89155-1791 by 5 p.m. on December 7, 2016. Visit the court website news section for more information http://www.clarkcountycourts.us/media/releases/COURT%20HEARING%20MASTER%20JOB%20ANNOUNCEMENT%2011-30-16.pdf

This position will be assigned to the Chief Judge and responsible for hearing matters and rendering legal opinions and decisions in case law in the areas of Specialty Courts, including: Mental Health Court, Felony DUI Court, Veterans Court, Drug Court, and Civil Commitment Court. This position may also assist in other case types as assigned by the Chief Judge.

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In honor of the Veterans’ Court graduation and the recently celebrated Veterans’ day, the Rancho High School Color Guard will present the flags of the five major branches of the armed services (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard) to the Eighth Judicial District veterans’ court on Monday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. in courtroom 3F at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave. A ceremony will honor the military service of the veterans. The flags will remain on display in Presiding Specialty Court Judge Adriana Escobar’s courtroom.

Since Sept. 2012, the veterans’ treatment court has helped veterans who are facing criminal charges as a result of substance abuse. Veterans’ court is one of several Eighth Judicial District specialty courts that save millions of tax dollars by averting repeated incarcerations due to substance abuse offenses and related crimes. There are currently 32 active participants in veterans court and 48 graduates since 2012.

“We recently celebrated Veterans’ Day as a reminder of the sacrifices our military service people make. This flag ceremony acknowledges and respects their service and marks the achievement that our graduates make as they get their lives back on track,” said Judge Adriana Escobar who presides over the specialty courts.

The Eighth Judicial District Court recently received and began using a $1.4 million grant from the State Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) to work to end the cycle of addiction and crime through residential treatment for 80 participants, including veterans. There is a desperate need for residential substance abuse and mental health treatment in Clark County. Residential treatment with wraparound services offers judges a viable sentencing alternative to jail-time. It is an approach that has proven to have better outcomes than punitive sentencing.

Veterans’ courts are hybrid drug and mental health courts that use the drug court model to serve veterans struggling with addiction, serious mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders. They promote sobriety, recovery and stability through a coordinated response that involves cooperation and collaboration with the traditional partners found in drug and mental health courts and agencies including the Veterans Administration, the Las Vegas and Henderson veterans’ centers and Choices Group.

Specialty courts solve issues through a rigorous and coordinated approach between judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, Parole and Probation, law enforcement and mental health/social service/treatment professionals. All work together to help participants recover, live crime-free and become productive citizens. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals reports: “nationwide, 75 percent of drug court graduates remain arrest-free at least two years after leaving the program. Drug courts reduce crime as much as 35 percent more than other sentencing options.”

 

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The upcoming Family Bench Bar Meeting on November 17 at noon, in courtroom 9 at Family Court 601 N. Pecos Road, will give attorneys the latest insight on what’s new for 2017. In addition to announcements and updates, an overview of Promise One and the Annual Family Law conference will be given. Discussion topics will  include transgender and the law, and proper  courtroom decorum. The Pro Bono Advisory Council Volunteer of the Month will be recognized. Attorneys are also invited to weigh in during the open forum. The Bench Bar meetings are a great way to raise issues, address questions and network.  There will be no Family Bench Bar meeting in December.

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Competition was fierce at the first ever Chili Wars to benefit the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. Attorney Jason Stoffel took first place with his secret chili recipe called Yodalicious. Second place went to The Rabid Beans by Frank Preuss the department J marshal. The runner-up came from the Red Hot Chili Preppers submitted by Lorien Cole. The honor of people’s choice went to The Rabid Beans. It was a perfect night for the outdoor event that included delicious food and music. Word is, the competition will heat up even more next time around.  Thanks to all who entered, attended and helped to make this event a success.

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Chili Wars Battle of the beans to benefit the Legal Aid Center of Southern NV will jump off tonight Nov. 4 from 5-7 p.m. at Bogey’s Bar & Grill, 7770 W. Ann Road with food, fun, raffles and more.

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It’s the most wonderful day of the year with breakfast, family photos and other treats for 50 families as part of an adoption marathon to be held on Thursday, Nov. 17 , starting at 8 a.m. in the Juvenile Justice Gymnasium, 651 N. Pecos Road. Adorable kids dressed in their finest will then head off to the Family Court, 601 Pecos Road where six judges will finalize their adoptions with hearings from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The event at Family Court is a concerted effort between the Eighth Judicial District Court, the Clark County Department of Family Services, CASA Program, CASA Foundation, The Adoption Exchange, Olive Crest and Nevada Youth Care Providers, and Eagle Quest.  Eagle Quest. The families will be honored before they head to the courtrooms of Judges  Rena Hughes, Cynthia Giuliani, Jennifer Elliott, William Potter, Frank Sullivan and Robert Teuton.

“The adoption marathon is an exceptional event. Seeing families come together to love and support children and witnessing the joy it brings is a bright spot for the Family Division,” said Presiding Judge Charles Hoskin. “There is always a need for caring people to come forward to foster, adopt or speak up as a CASA volunteer for abused and neglected children.”

November is National Adoption Awareness Month, a designation intended to raise awareness on the thousands of children in foster care waiting for permanent loving families through adoption. Adoption month  is also designated as a time to celebrates the families who make the commitment to give children a place to call home. Locally, more than 3,500 children receive services under the supervision of the District Court Family Division.

Each year, National Adoption Day connects thousands of children with permanent families through the help of judges, attorneys, adoption agencies, adoption professionals and child advocates. For more information about adoption, call the Clark County Department of Family Services at 702-455-0800 or e-mail DFSAdoptions@ClarkCountyNV.gov. For information on CASA, please call 702-455-4306, visit www.casalasvegas.org or Facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/CASALasVegas.

 

 

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