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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Judge Elissa Cadish issued an order this morning to unseal search warrant records with redaction related to Stephen Paddock investigation of 1 October.

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The Medical Dental Malpractice Status Check Calendar, more commonly known as Med Mal Sweeps, will be held on Monday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave. in Courtroom 14A. If the trial department has been set, or your trial had already been set, re-set, or vacated in a previous Med Mal Sweeps, you don’t need to attend the Feb. 5 sweeps and must instead coordinate with your respective trial judge.

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

All med mal cases never set for trial, whose complaints were filed up to December 5, 2017 if a joint case conference report (JCCR) has been filed.

We will post a list of cases on the Clark County and Nevada State websites, once the calendar is finalized. The discovery commissioner won’t be present to address discovery issues, because only trial-ready cases whose trial schedule order has been established by the latest JCCR or SCHO (Scheduling Order) will be heard.

The court will work to enforce NRS 41.A.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. Please bring a list of all the cases at which you will be appearing to the hearing. Those who may have questions regarding the calendar can contact Tatyana Ristic at (702) 671-3633.

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District Court Judge Elissa Cadish issued a Minute Order today in the case brought by American Broadcasting, Inc. and other media outlets to unseal search warrant records from 1 October mass-shooter investigation.

Journal Entries: “The Court held a hearing on January 16, 2018. Since that hearing, the Court has reviewed the warrant related documents on file and under seal with the Court Clerk, the warrant related documents unsealed by the federal court, the LVMPD Preliminary Investigative Report dated January 18, 2018 which was publicly released last week, and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s In Camera Sealed Supplemental Response to Petition to Unseal Search Warrant Records, filed under seal on January 23, 2018 in accordance with this Court’s order at the January 16 hearing.  After doing so, this Court has scheduled an in camera sealed hearing with LVMPD counsel and its proposed witness(es,) regarding the basis for its assertion of the need for continued confidentiality of the sealed search warrant records, for Friday January 26, 2018 at 1:30 pm. The hearing will be recorded, but sealed, in order to protect public safety and the ongoing law enforcement investigation. After the hearing, the Court will issue a public ruling regarding the Petition herein.”

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Michael Kagan was recognized by the District Court bench as the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada Pro Bono Volunteer of the Month for January. Judge Joanna Kishner presented the award to Michael who serves the UNLV Immigration Clinic director.

The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada provided the below nomination information:

“Michael directs the Immigration Clinic at UNLV and teaches administrative law, professional responsibility, international human rights and immigration law. Before taking the position at UNLV, he worked in the Middle East for 10 years developing legal aid programs for refugees from Sudan, Iraq Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea. During his first year out of law school, he started a program in a loft above an Anglican Church in Cairo, Egypt where were trained educated Sudanese refugees to help other Sudanese refugees to prepare their cases for refugee protection and resettlement.

Under his direction, the Immigration Clinic trains student attorneys to represent people in complex deportation cases, innovates new ways to offer legal advice and representation to underserved people in immigration proceedings, and seeks to be a catalyst to expand legal services for the most at-risk indigent immigrants in Nevada. He also consults with the Clark County Public Defender on immigration considerations for non-citizen defendants in criminal cases.

When we asked Michael why he does pro bono work, he responded, “At the Immigration Clinic, all of our work is pro bono. I’ve been a client of free legal services at points in my life when I would have had trouble affording it. I just think access to justice is a right, no matter how much money people have.” remembers a Sudanese refugee he represented who was able to escape from Egypt.  The day before his client got on the plane, his client gave him a hug and said, “You’ve given my children a better life.” This was one of the most powerful things anyone has ever told him as a thank you.

For his commitment to representing clients with immigration issues, we honor Michael Kagan as the January Pro Bono Volunteer of the Month.”

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Settlement conferences have proven to be an effective way to resolve cases, and save time and resources for the court and involved parties. Judge Jerry Wiese has resumed the responsibility to handle settlement conferences for the District Court. “My staff and I in department 30 are excited for the opportunity to resume handling of the Overflow Settlement Conference Program,” said Judge Wiese. “I would like to convey my thanks to Judge Richard Scotti for all of his help in handling the program for the past year.”

Requests to schedule a settlement conference through the Judicial Settlement Conference Program, should be directed to Tatyana Ristic at 702-671-3633 or ristict@clarkcountycourts.us in department 30. There are immediate openings available to schedule Judicial Settlement Conferences. Those who have an upcoming trial date and want to try a Settlement Conference prior to trial, should contact department 30 in District Court.

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This time of the year, a lot of people contemplate what they can do to get the year off to a good start. Those who want to help children in need, may want to consider volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). A CASA orientation on Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy. will provide information on how you can have a huge impact on the life of a child.

There is a big need for CASA volunteers in Clark County to speak up for the approximately 3,200 children in the community who are receiving services under supervision of Family Court. CASA volunteers represent the children in school, 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.

There are around 350 CASA volunteers serving as a voice for children under the supervision of the Family Court CASA Program. Many more volunteers are needed to advocate for the remainder of the children in care. Last year, nearly one thousand children had a CASA volunteer to help them navigate through the system, deal with school challenges and handle home life.

The CASA program recruits, screens, trains and supports volunteers to represent the best interests of hundreds of foster children annually. In 1980, Judge John Mendoza led the creation of the Clark County CASA Program.

CASA orientations are held the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy. More information is available about the program at 702-455-4306, visit www.casalasvegas.org or Facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/CASALasVegas.

 

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Fourteen entries made for some heated competition at the Civil Bench Bar Chili cook-off. While those in attendance networked and got a rundown of the recent Nevada Supreme Court rulings as presented by Veronica Fink, Judge Linda Bell, Judge Doug Herndon and Judge Susan Johnson were busy judging the chili.

Competitors brought their A-game demonstrating creativity through ingredients and presentation.

These are the judges’ picks:

Best overall – Justin Corne (really his wife)

Spiciest- Mark Gentile

Most colorful – Judge Kathleen Delaney

Most elusive secret ingredient- Brian Berman

Most Creative – Lauren Calvert

The next Civil Bench-Bar meeting will be Feb. 13 at noon with guest speaker Jury Commissioner Mariah Witt who will provide valuable information that every attorney will want to know about voir dire.

 

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