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Monthly Archives: January 2017

There have been changes in Guardianship, Probate, Trust and Elder Law. A Feb. 6 noon Joint Guardianship / Probate /Trust / Elder Law Bench/Bar at the Regional Justice Center in Courtroom 10D, will offer attorneys info to stay abreast of the new changes. Recent moves at the court have included two groups of judges who hear common cases: business, probate and guardianship, to be in closer proximity to each other. This new arrangement should facilitate workflow and improve efficiency for all those involved with these case types.

 There will be an update of case transfers and introduction of staff and overview of department procedures. News you can use will be presented including: announcements and appointed counsel/pro bono update from the Legal aid Center of Southern Nevada. Updates will be provided on probate, elder law and guardianship. The meeting will wrap up with a question and answer session. The next Bench Bar probate section meeting is Feb. 22.

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The Medical/Dental Malpractice Status Check Calendar (a.k.a. Med/Mal sweeps) will be held on Monday, Feb. 6 at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave., in courtroom 14A on the 14th floor.

The calendar will be heard in numerical case number order with the oldest case being heard first, as follows:

Case No. A-10-610616-C through A-15-725511-C: 2/6/17 at 8:30 a.m.

Case No. A-15-725552-C through A-16-747569-C: 2/6/17 at 1:00 p.m.

The Discovery Commissioner, Bonnie Bulla, will be available to address any discovery issues.

The court will work to enforce Nevada Revised Statute 41A.061.1, and will attempt to set all Chapter 41A Professional Negligence trials (not already scheduled) within three years of the date that the Complaint was filed.

If you have any questions regarding the status check calendar, please contact Tatyana Ristic at 702-671-3633. Please bring a list of the cases on which you will appear on to the hearing.

Judge Jerry A. Wiese II will preside over the med/mal status checks. “The med/mal sweeps are an efficient way to ensure that everyone is doing their part to comply with the statute regarding these cases. It’s a significant undertaking with a significant impact. I want to thank the judges, attorneys and staff for their work to make the sweeps successful,” said Judge Wiese.

NRS 41A.061  Dismissal of action for failure to bring to trial; effect of dismissal; adoption of court rules to expedite resolution of actions.

1.  Upon the motion of any party or upon its own motion, unless good cause is shown for the delay, the court shall, after due notice to the parties, dismiss an action involving professional negligence if the action is not brought to trial within 3 years after the date on which the action is filed.

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You can never be too prepared when it comes to court. Eighth Judicial District Court Rules have undergone some revisions. The impact of those revisions on the Family Division will be covered by Marshal Willick, Esq. and Michael Carman, Esq. with a discussion at the Jan. 26, noon Family Bench Bar Meeting in Courtroom 9 at Family Court, 601 N. Pecos Road. Judge Bill Henderson and Brian Blackham, Esq. will cover announcements and updates. Presiding Judge Charles J. Hoskin will provide administrative announcements. Judge Rena Hughes will make a presentation to the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. The meeting will wrap-up with an open forum. The next family Bench Bar meeting is scheduled for March 23 at noon.

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Eighth Judicial District Court judges have teamed up with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada to offer insight on recent Nevada Supreme Court decisions with a free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) session on Jan. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave., courtroom 3A

The distinguished panel will include Judge Nancy Allf (moderator), Chief Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez, Judge Susan Johnson, Judge Gloria Sturman, Judge Timothy Williams
and Judge Michael Villani.

The cost for this one-credit CLE is free, contingent on acceptance of one new pro bono case or participation in two Ask-A-Lawyer sessions. Those who wish to participate can view case summaries and Ask-A-Lawyer opportunities. Register online to attend the CLE seminar. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.   

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After 10 years on the District Court bench and 32 exceptional years in public service, Judge David Barker retired on Jan. 6. Judge Barker has been a steadfast figure in the court. He served  the past two years as chief judge and on the court executive committee since 2011.

During his term as Chief Judge, Judge Barker was known for his commitment to serving the public, for being an excellent steward of public funds, and making the most of technology to improve efficiency. He conceived and worked to develop the Courtfinder “app” that puts court dockets in the palm of users’ hands. Additionally, the court made the list of the Top-10 Court Technology Solutions, as named by the National Association for Court Management.

Judge Barker’s leadership and ability to promote collaboration can been seen in Project 48, which reduced criminal bind-overs from 10-15 days to 48 hours. The project had a direct impact on reducing the average number of days in jail and generated significant financial savings. Project 48 demonstrated an impressive cooperative effort that included the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept., District Attorney’s and Public Defender’s offices, Justice Court, District Court, and the Nevada Criminal Defense Lawyers. Project 48 was selected by the National Association of Counties for their 2016 Achievement Award in the category of Court Administration and Management.

Judge Barker began his public service career in 1984, when he was sworn in as a Clark County Deputy District Attorney and promoted in 1989 to Chief Deputy District Attorney supervising the Major Fraud Division. In that role, he worked in numerous divisions including, criminal track team chief, screening, and Grand Jury/financial crimes. In 1991, he left the District Attorney’s Office for private practice with the law firm of Bell and Davidson. He returned to the District Attorney’s Office in 1992.

In March 2007, Judge Barker was appointed to Department 18 of the Eighth Judicial District Court by Governor Jim Gibbons and ran unopposed in both 2008 and 2014. He has served impeccably as jurist in Department 18 and his regard for the Constitution and the justice system has been exemplary. He is highly respected, regarded as fair, balanced, ethical and committed. During his time on the bench, he valued respectful courtroom decorum, efficiency and courtesy.

Judge Barker has donated countless hours to the Bar and community as a member of the Southern Nevada Disciplinary Board and as a coach with Nevada State Bar sponsored High School Mock Trial program. His efforts have served to open doors for many young people interested in law careers. Judge Barker’s unwavering commitment to his family, career and his country are an example for all. Through his honor, virtue, and compassion, he has been an exemplary inspiration to the justice community. His consistent presence and steadfast leadership will be greatly missed.

 

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District Court Discovery Commissioner Chris Beecroft Jr. passed away on Dec. 26. A celebration of life will be held on Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the UNLV Richard Tam Alumni Center. The family requests that donations of memoriam be made to the UNLV Boyd School of Law or in Chris’ name to a favorite charity of one’s own choice. In addition to his work in Discovery, Commissioner Beecroft oversaw the Alternative Dispute Resolution and the Short Trial programs.

Link to Las Vegas Review Journal story written by David Ferrara:

http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/clark-county/county-s-alternative-dispute-resolution-commissioner-dies

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The first of the newly established Jack and Lulu Lehman scholarships has been awarded to help fund the education of an outstanding juvenile drug court graduate. The recipient was recently accepted to the College of Southern Nevada to study psychology. Each year, grants in the amount of $1,500 will be awarded to 10 qualified students who are graduates of the juvenile drug court program. The scholarships are intended to assist applicants with school tuition and educational fees during college, trade and/or vocational school attendance. Students who maintain a 2.5 GPA will have the opportunity to apply for a renewal of their grant each semester/term.

The Lehman Scholarship Fund has been set up by Steve Lehman and Jessica Lehman Hirsch to the honor their father, Judge Jack Lehman, who established the first drug court in Nevada in 1992. Scholarships will be awarded to graduates of the Eighth Judicial District juvenile drug court program who demonstrate an interest in furthering their education as part of their path to a better life in recovery. The Lehman Scholarship Committee members, including Nevada State Senator Michael Roberson, Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager, Jessica Lehman Hirsch, Steve Lehman, and a member of the California Community Foundation, made the award based on the youth’s demonstrated ability to overcome challenges in her life and willingness to obtain an education to enhance her opportunities in the future.

“Judge Jack Lehman was ahead of his time when he established the first adult drug court in Nevada. His legacy of investing in the hope and promise of recovery for people in this community will live on through these scholarships,” said District Court Chief Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez.

For those who would like more information on the Jack and Lulu Lehman Scholarship Fund, visit www.calfund.org or contact Marilu Guzman with the California Community Foundation at (213) 452-6260.

“By establishing the first drug court in our state, Judge Jack Lehman took an important step that has turned so many lives around,” said Presiding Family Court Judge Charles Hoskin. “This scholarship, which helps to educate young people who excel in drug court and want to better their lives, is a commendable way to honor the legacy of Judge Lehman.”

Under the direction of Judge William Voy, hearing master Margaret Pickard presides over the juvenile drug court.

“This scholarship offers reinforcement and a hand to the juvenile drug court participants who are getting their lives on the right track,” said Judge Voy. “It provides much needed educational funding, which greatly improves the odds for success for drug court participants.”

Nevada state Senator Michael Roberson and Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager will be joining Jessica Lehman Hirsch, Steve Lehman, and a staff member of the California Community Foundation, as members of the selection committee.

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 who work together to help participants recover, live crime-free and become productive citizens.

 

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