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Monthly Archives: February 2018

The Joint Guardianship/Probate/Trust/Elder Law Bench/Bar to be held on Feb. 20 at noon in courtroom 10D at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave., will offer must-know information for attorneys practicing in these growing areas of law.

A presentation will be given by Kristin Tyler on an ethical option for finding and managing contract counsel on a project basis.

A Lock Box Program presentation by Gail Anderson, Deputy Secretary of State will cover SB 229, the 2017 SOS and the new program that everyone will want in their offerings to handle estate planning documents.

The growing issue of elder abuse and relevant statutory changes will be covered in a presentation by Senator Nicole Cannizzaro and Jay P. Raman from the District Attorney’s Office Elder Abuse/Major Fraud Unit.

Issues raised in prior meetings and new issues will be discussed, including an update on the 1 October Las Vegas Victims’ Fund.

Twelve law enforcement agencies including the Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court will be recruiting at the Leaders Career Fair on Feb. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Downtown Summerlin, 1980 Festival Plaza Drive. Court Human Resource professionals will be at the job fair to respond to questions and offer information on job requirements and benefits for those interested in a career as a court marshal. For more information on the career fair or marshal employment opportunities, contact the District Court recruitment office at

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The February 13 noon Civil Bench-Bar Meeting in courtroom 10D at the Regional Justice Center will be packed with useful information including, an update on important changes to jury services and must know information on criminal case sealing. The top five things you should know about the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada will also be covered, along with recent Nevada Supreme Court rulings and what they mean.

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Seventeen new CASA volunteers have opened their hearts to children who have endured abuse and neglect. The volunteers will take an oath to speak on behalf of  47 kids on Monday, Feb. 12 at noon at Family Court, Courtroom 9, 601 N. Pecos Road.

The volunteers, including a retired teacher, police officer and principal, will serve as a voice for the young children whose parents are working through addiction and other issues. The volunteers also include former foster youth , foster parents, adoptive parents and a Veterans Administration social worker.

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. Those who want to help abused and neglected children are invited to one of the upcoming CASA orientations, which 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 or Facebook at!/CASALasVegas. The next CASA orientation will be held on Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central  Pkwy.

“Our goal is to have a CASA volunteer for every child in foster care. When you give abused and neglected kids a CASA, you give them a voice. When you give them a voice, you give them hope. When you give them hope, you give them a future,” said Family Court Judge Frank Sullivan, who will administer the oath to the CASA volunteers. “When you volunteer as a CASA, it’s so rewarding and you get so much back.”                                      Scarlett & Stephanie Bagunu

There are around 350 CASA volunteers serving as a voice for children under the supervision of the Family Court CASA Program. However, 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.

“CASA volunteers help to stabilize the lives of foster children who have endured tremendous instability in their lives,” said Presiding Family Court Judge Bryce Duckworth. “I encourage those who want to add meaning to their life to consider volunteering as a CASA; and I thank those who are already volunteering for their commitment.”

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, 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. 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.


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Judge Richard Scotti ruled to grant a petition filed by media outlets for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for the release of video from body cameras worn by police, 911 calls evidence logs, surveillance video, interview reports and other materials from 1 October. Judge Scotti cited the Nevada Public Records acts and the Constitution when making his ruling. He said, “The Nevada Public Records Act, and the First Amendment to the Constitution provide the press with the ability to obtain and publish information about issues that affect the public interest; about the conduct of government officials; and provides the press with the tools to insure that the government is responsible and efficient. Furthermore, they provide the press with the tools to assist the public in holding its government accountable.”

Prior to his ruling, Judge Scotti said, “First and foremost, Metro officers, and all other public safety officers, must be praised for their courage, bravery, and resourcefulness in protecting the public, and conducting its investigations.  But this petition is not about the conduct of Metro. This petition is about public access to public records so that the purposes of the First Amendment may be achieved.”

Judge Scotti ordered rolling disclosure of the material. He ruled that personal information could be redacted and protective orders could be pursued for information that could compromise the investigation. The judge cautioned that the right to seek a protective order should be used sparingly. Attorneys were given a week to brief the issue of the records production costs. Judge Scotti said the he would then issue a minute order regarding the issue. He also ordered a status check on March 7 at 9 a.m.


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