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December 15, 2016 Public Invited To Provide Input On Hearing Master Candidates For Eighth Judicial District Court
The public is invited to provide written and signed comments regarding candidates for a hearing master position for the Eighth Judicial District specialty courts. The public input will be part of a three-tiered recruitment process established in an administrative directive for selecting District Court hearing masters and commissioners. Input on the final three candidates can be e-mailed to the Eighth Judicial District Human Resources manager’s office EJDCHRManagersOffice@clarkcountycourts.us or mailed to 200 Lewis Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89155. The public comment period will be open through Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 5 p.m.
The candidates listed below are finalists who have already been through an application review committee and an oral panel interview. The public input on these candidates will go to a selection panel for the third and final tier of the hiring process.
- Julian Gregory
- Jeffrey Rue
- Bita Yeager
All of the candidates are attorneys who are members of the State Bar of Nevada in good standing. The selected hearing master will be assigned to the specialty courts and responsible for hearing matters and rendering legal opinions and decisions in relevant case law.
“To give the public a voice and to ensure confidence the justice system, the District Court opened the process of public comment for hearing masters,” said Eighth Judicial District Court Chief Judge David Barker. “Opening the comment process has proven to be an effective way to give the community a opportunity to have a hand in vetting those who will serve.”
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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Those who are looking to do something nice this holiday season and don’t know what to do are invited to experience the joy of gifting a toy. Fostering Futures (formerly known as the CASA Foundation) will distribute the toys to children in foster care. The court Marshals initiated collecting new unwrapped toys in giant gift boxes at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave and at Family Court at 601 N. Pecos Road. Toys can be dropped off until 2 p.m. on Dec. 4. They will be delivered to CASA kids on Dec. 12. Gifts can also be dropped off at Rachel’s Kitchen locations. For information on CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate Program), please call 702-455-4306, visit www.casalasvegas.org or Facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/CASALasVegas.
There are about 3,500 children in the foster care system. They face instability, uncertainty and challenges that make it very difficult for any young person to be successful. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA’s) are able to provide a stabilizing force in their lives. As CASA celebrates 35 years of serving the community, the push is on to get more people to volunteer. The goal is to get a volunteer to be a voice for every foster child. The volunteers get so much in return.
In 1980, Judge John Mendoza led the creation of the Clark County CASA Program. He saw a need that has continued to grow over the years. Thirty-five years later, 35 Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA’s) for youth in Foster Care have taken to the CASALasVegas Facebook page to share their personal stories of being a voice for kids in foster care and making a difference. Their stories make it clear that the volunteers end up coming out of the experience enriched and feeling that they really have made a difference.
The primary goal of CASA is to help children achieve permanence in a safe and loving home and to ensure that the children they speak for will have the opportunity for a bright future. For 35 years, the CASA program has recruited and trained volunteers to serve as a voice for children in foster care. There are many stories of success that have impacted the lives of the kids and their families. The stories posted on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CASALasVegas provide inspiration.
There are currently around 357 CASA volunteers serving as a voice for foster children in our community. Many more volunteers are needed to advocate for the nearly 3,500 children receiving services under supervision of Family Court. Last year, more than 900 children had a CASA volunteer to help them navigate through the system, and deal with school challenges and home life.
“The stories shared by the CASA volunteers show how one person can make a big difference in the life of a child,” said Family Court Judge Frank Sullivan. I encourage people in the community to visit the CASALasVegas Facebook page to see the satisfaction volunteers receive and to consider volunteering as a CASA.”
The CASA program recruits, screens, trains and supports the volunteers who 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. The CASA mission continues to be fully supported by Family Court judges.
“For 35 years, CASA has met a crucial need in our community. We thank those who have volunteered to serve as a voice for youth in foster care, and we encourage others to volunteer to help ensure a bright future for the more than 3,500 young people in need of a voice,” said Presiding Family Division Judge Charles Hoskin.
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 https://www.facebook.com/CASALasVegas. Follow CASA on Twitter at
August 21, 2015 Your Burning Questions Answered at District Court Family Division Bench Bar Meeting Aug. 27
What’s going on with e-filing? How’s this new technology supposed to work? Why should I bother to do pro bono work? These and other burning questions will be answered at the next District Court Family Division Bench Bar Meeting on Aug. 27 at noon in courtroom 9, 601 N. Pecos Road. There is also a time designated for “open forum” (a.k.a. venting). Don’t miss this great opportunity.
A new scam has surfaced with a bogus promise of money from a fake judgment with the forged signature of real Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti. The scam claims that for a commitment deposit of just under $2,000, the victim can collect close to $8,000.
This scam is just the latest in a long list of attempts to invoke the name of the court or judges to either entice or scare unsuspecting victims into turning over their hard-earned money. Many of the victims targeted by these scammers are seniors on a fixed income and who just want to stay on the right side of the law.
The scammers are hard to catch and prosecute. Potential victims should thoroughly examine and verify any paperwork or e-mails that ask for money. The court doesn’t require or ask for commitment deposits for judgments. Other telltale signs that the latest scam was bogus include that the judge’s name was misspelled, a sloppy forgery, and the faked-up Clark County District Court judgment had a United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals seal. Not all forgeries are so sloppy though, many fakes look as good as authentic documents.
“I urge people when they get correspondence or phone calls asking for money for anything, proceed with caution,” said District Court Judge Jennifer P. Togliatti. “The court doesn’t require commitment deposits for judgments and never solicits money on the telephone. Residents who receive suspicious letters, e-mails or calls asking for money, should report them to law enforcement.”
With retirements and two judges taking the bench in the new appellate court, there have been a lot of changes to the bench at District Court that have necessitated some civil/criminal case reassignments. On Monday March 2, 2015 the following calendar and case re-assignments will occur:
Judge Escobar (DC 14) will be moving into Specialty Courts and will coordinate with Judge Bell in that transition. Judge Bell (DC 7) will be assuming Judge Escobar’s civil docket and take an adjusted percentage of random new cases filed and transfers from Judge Sturman (DC 26) until Judge Bell’s caseload is consistent with other all civil departments. Judge Johnson (DC 22) will take Judge Escobar’s criminal rural track assignment and keep her existing civil caseload. Judge Togliatti will take the criminal competency calendar previously assigned to Judge Bell. She will keep her Track 2 criminal caseload, but her previous 25 percent of Judge Hoo’s (NLVJC1) criminal cases will be redistributed to the remaining three judges on Tracks 2 and 12 (Walsh, Ellsworth and Adair). Probate Commissioner Yamashita will move into Phoenix ADR (chambers) and share a courtroom with Judge Sturman Wednesdays and Fridays.
January 21, 2015 Eight Newly Elected District Court Judges Hit The Ground Running To Uphold Justice In Our Community
Eight new District Court judges hit the ground running after pronouncing their judicial oath to uphold justice in our community. During one of two investiture ceremonies in early January, the new District Court judges received their judicial robe and took an oath to support, protect and defend the constitution and government of the United States, and constitution and government of the state of Nevada, against all enemies domestic or foreign. They have been on the bench hearing cases and are acclimating quickly.
The new judges serve in courtrooms in one of three buildings:
• Dept. 2 Judge Richard Scotti will serve in the Phoenix Bldg. 11th floor courtroom with a civil docket.
• Dept. 19 Judge William “Bill” Kephart will serve in the Regional Justice Center courtroom 3E with civil/criminal docket.
• Dept. 24 Judge Jim Crockett will serve in the Phoenix Bldg. 11th floor courtroom with a civil docket.
• Dept. B Linda Marquis will serve at Family Court in courtroom 7.
• Dept. C Rebecca L. Burton will serve at Family Court in courtroom 8.
• Dept. F Denise L. Gentile will serve at Family Court in courtroom 3.
• Dept. J Rena G. Hughes will serve at Family Court in courtroom 4.
• Dept. T Lisa M. Brown will serve at Family Court in courtroom 5.
Their term is six years.