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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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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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District Court Judges Valerie Adair, Doug Herndon, Eric Johnson, Jennifer Togliatti, Michael Villani and Nevada Appeals Court Judge Abbi Silver recently attended a four-day, intensive course on handling capital cases sponsored by the National Judicial College in Nashville, TN.

During the graduation ceremony for the course, Judge Villani was awarded The Certificate in Judicial Development General Jurisdiction Trial Skills with a plaque and certificate from the college. Judge Villani has 442.51 hours of continuing judicial education credit which qualified him for the Advanced Judicial Education Certificate.


Judge Michael Villani

Continuing education requirements for Nevada judges are mandated by statute and Supreme Court order. Judges are required to keep their knowledge of the law current through comprehensive continuing education and training to promote the competency and professionalism of the Nevada judiciary. A complete overview of judicial educational requirements can be found on the Nevada Supreme Court website

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