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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Free efiling upgrade training today 4/21 at 1:30 p.m. Training – Q&A session available at Family Court in Courtroom 2

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District Court E-filing is getting upgraded with the highly anticipated File and Serve roll-out beginning in April. The roll-out is scheduled to be completed by the end of May. The goal is to make this transition as smooth as possible. Once File and Serve is activated, the former system will continue to be available for approximately 30 days.

Further updates will be communicated as they develop. The court will hold training sessions at the Regional Justice Center and the Family Court campus. Law firms or those who are unable to make one of the sessions can make arrangements for one-on-one training. Details on how to request this training will be announced prior to April 17. A training video is also available at https://tylertech.egain.cloud/kb/nvh5/list/242400000011494

Free webinars are also available. Visit the link to sign up for the webinars – https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6244957033569706242 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits – Sign up for one of…

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Court Appointed Special Advocates needed to speak up for kids. For more information about the program please call 702-455-4306, visit http://www.casalasvegas.org or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/CASALasVegas.

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Friday, April 7 was a warm and windy day.  A group of Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers braved the winds to plant 300 pinwheels to attract attention and make a point. April is child abuse awareness and prevention month. The pinwheels are supposed to draw attention to the issue and hopefully spurred interest for people in the community to get involved to help by volunteering as a CASA.

Karen Barfield showed up for the pinwheel event with a hat and gloves, ready to take on the challenge in the same way she has taken on the challenge of serving to speak up for abused and neglected children.  Karen has been a CASA volunteer for seven years. A few years ago in another city, she was a foster parent. From her experience, she knew that children in foster care need an advocate to speak up for them in court. As a foster parent in another state…

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Scott Shepard is a veteran who ended up in the Eighth Judicial District veterans’ specialty court. He spent a year and a half going through the intensive treatment program and emerged a new and improved man. He stabilized his life, got housing and is moving forward. At his graduation from the program, presiding veterans’ court Judge Adrianna Escobar and the Nevada state coordinator for the Quilt of Valor Foundation, Victoria Colburn Hall were there to wrap him in a beautiful Quilt of Valor. The stunning, patriotic themed quilt was made by volunteers to show honor and give comfort to veterans who have served our country. Judge Escobar commended the Army veteran and said,” We are all very proud of you and you should be very proud of yourself.”

Victoria Hall is a Blue Star mom; her son spent 24 year in the Marine Corp assault unit. She thanked Scott for his service. She said, “It is very near and dear to my heart to say thank you. Every quilt is made with many hands. It is a privilege to serve, honor and comfort.” She gave a brief overview of the foundation. The Quilt of Valor Foundation was founded in 2003 by Blue Star mom Catherine Roberts from her sewing room. Blue Star moms have a son or daughter in active service. Her son Nathanael’s deployment to Iraq served as the initial inspiration for the foundation.

The local chapter of Quilt of Valor meets the second Friday of the month at 8670 W. Cheyanne Ave. from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 105. Volunteers are always welcome; no quilting experience is necessary. For more information call 702-357-0377.

Judge Escobar looks to veterans’ court success stories as inspiration for others going through the program. She said, “Veterans’ court graduates are buying houses, finishing college, getting custody of their children. What they are doing, are not the things they would be doing if they were in prison. They are getting the tools they need to be successful which ultimately makes the community much safer.”

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. 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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Judge Joanna Kishner and Judge Susan Johnson were scheduled to swap courtrooms to accommodate what was expected to be a year-long civil trial. The trial did not go forward as scheduled, so both judges will remain in their respective courtrooms.  Judge Kishner will preside in 12B and Judge Susan Johnson will preside in 15D.

Judge Joanna Kishner and Judge Susan Johnson will swap courtrooms to accommodate what is expected to be a year-long civil trial. On April 17, the One Queensridge Place Homeowners Association vs. Perini Building Company trial is scheduled to get underway. Judge Kishner will preside in 15D and Judge Susan Johnson will preside in 12B. The swap makes use of the larger courtroom to accommodate large legal teams with enhanced IT needs. Large racks have also been added to accommodate millions of exhibits.

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District Court will be recruiting marshals at the Southern Nevada Regional Law Enforcement Job Fair at Las Vegas City Hall on Friday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held in front of City Hall on the Oscar B. Goodman Plaza at 495 S. Main St. Free two-hour parking is available in the nearby covered parking garage at 500 S. Main St. with validation at the fair. Recruiters will be present from several law enforcement agencies including the Eighth Judicial District Court, which is looking for marshals to serve and protect at the courthouse.

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Friday, April 7 was a warm and windy day.  A group of Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers braved the winds to plant 300 pinwheels to attract attention and make a point. April is child abuse awareness and prevention month. The pinwheels are supposed to draw attention to the issue and hopefully spurred interest for people in the community to get involved to help by volunteering as a CASA.

Karen Barfield showed up for the pinwheel event with a hat and gloves, ready to take on the challenge in the same way she has taken on the challenge of serving to speak up for abused and neglected children.  Karen has been a CASA volunteer for seven years. A few years ago in another city, she was a foster parent. From her experience, she knew that children in foster care need an advocate to speak up for them in court. As a foster parent in another state who cared for children, she didn’t have a say in court on what happened to them and what was in their best interest. As a CASA she does. That’s why she got involved in CASA. She said, “I get satisfaction that maybe I’m helping a child start a normal life.”

Jacqueline Phillips is a retired corrections sergeant. She served the North Las Vegas Police Department for 26 years and has seen first-hand what years abuse and neglect does to people. Jacqueline has been a CASA for five years. It’s her way of breaking the  cycle. She praised the CASA team and said she that she never feels alone and gets a lot of support with helping the children in her cases.

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Sheila Taube is retired clinical psychologist who has been a CASA for just over a year and a half. She said, “I care about the kids. I let my voice be heard by the court.” Her deep green eyes light up when she descries the children she helps and four year old girl and her little 2-year-old brother who she calls, “a fire engine.”

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 judges.

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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