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A recent book drive at the Regional Justice Center and at Family Court brought in boxes of books to be given to students, teachers and for use at an upcoming book fair. Thanks to all those who lugged in bags and boxes to contribute books. The Clark County School District sent a van to collect the recycled reading material. They expressed appreciation for the books and promised that they will go to good use in the hands of kids who really need them, in teacher gift baskets, or to stock book fair tables.

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Recovery is a lifelong journey. Two recent District Court veterans’ court graduates will have something special to remind them to stay solid in their recovery. At a recent graduation ceremony, the vets were wrapped in a Quilt of Valor by presiding veterans’ court Judge Adrianna Escobar and the Nevada state coordinator for the Quilt of Valor Foundation, Victoria Colburn Hall. The beautiful, patriotic themed quilt was sewn by volunteers to show honor and give comfort to veterans who have served our country.

Victoria Hall is a Blue Star mom; her son spent 24 year in the Marine Corp assault unit. She thanked the vets for their service and 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 are those who have a son or daughter in active service. Her son Nathanael’s deployment to Iraq served as the initial inspiration for the foundation. That has since presented thousands of quilts nationwide to those who have served our country.

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. 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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For the past six years in late April, tennis players from the legal and medical communities have suited-up to compete in the lawyers vs. doctors tennis tournament as a fun way to raise money for the Marty Hennessey Inspiring Children Foundation. The doctors won this year, for the third year in a row.  The truth is, the kids really end up the winners as more funding comes in to help students in need achieve higher education. The lawyers, doctors, judges and others compete in both adult and junior singles, doubles and mixed doubles tennis draws. The foundation has raised more than $2 million to help at-risk youth including 85 children who have received college scholarships.

The event also raises awareness for the Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation which helps keep kids “stay on the court and out of court.” To date they have helped placed more than 100 under-served youth into college on scholarship to schools such as Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Wharton School at Penn, Yale and UNLV law and medical schools.

The Physicians and Barristers Ball Charity Tennis Classic Tournament was founded in 2012 with the help of Neal and Nicole Tomlinson. The Physicians’ & Barristers’ Ball Charity Tennis Classic was created to get active tennis players from the legal community involved with a fun and exciting event that raises awareness and funds for the Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The Marty Hennessey Inspiring Children Foundation was started more than11 years ago by Ryan Wolfington and Marty Hennessey. With the support of entertainment legend Tony Bennett and Andre Agassi’s father Mike, as well as the top doubles team in the world Bob and Mike Bryan, the foundation has raised more than $2 million to help at risk youth. The Foundation’s goal is to provide the ultimate environment for a child to become their best in all areas of their life. This includes excellence in academics, athletics, inter-personal skills and leadership. To learn more, visit www.InspiringChildren.net.

Judges and attorneys who played tennis for the lawyers this year included:

Judges: Judge Abbi Silver, Judge Jennifer Togliatti, Judge Michael Villani 

Attorneys: Trevor Atkins, Marcus Berg, Brian Berman, Jordon Butler, Victor Cardoza, Elaine Dowling, Bruce Gale, Charles Gianelloni, Ryan Gormley, Rory Kay, Alex Mazzia, Craig Marquiz, Andres Moses, Neal Tomlinson, Diane Welch, David Westbrook

Attorneys who think they have tennis skills are invited to join the fun next year to help give lawyers a win over doctors.

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The Family Bench Bar meeting on May 18 at noon, in courtroom 9 at Family Court, 601 N. Pecos Road, will offer latest information for attorneys practicing family law. The meeting will also offer an opportunity to bring up questions and issues.  Judge Charles Hoskin will provide updates on the latest news in the Family Division. The most current information will be given on File and Serve. Orders, Findings of Facts and Conclusions of Law, and Decree are on the agenda for discussion. The

Pro Bono Advisory Council volunteer of the month Shelly Cooley, Esq. will also be recognized with a presentation by Judge Frank Sullivan.

District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti gave four third grade classes from the Las Vegas Day School a great lesson on justice through mock trials. The students played the parts of judges, lawyers, victims, witnesses, jurors and defendants. The mock trials: Big Bad Wolf vs. Curly Pig, and Three Bears vs. Goldilocks were scripted to offer lessons how cases move through court. The  students not only had fun with the mock trials, but they took away some valuable life-lessons on how the justice system works. Judge Togliatti was particularly impressed by the junior jurors, who payed close attention, took notes and deliberated in an organized and reasonable manner.

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On Monday, May 15, the legacy E-Filing system will be turned to read-only, and all new filings must be done by File and Serve. District Court E-filing has been upgraded with the highly anticipated File and Serve roll-out. The court held multiple training sessions at the Regional Justice Center, the Family Court campus and were made available to law firms.

Free webinars are still 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 the webinars using the link above and you will receive Continuing Legal Education CLE credit.

Meanwhile, users can self-register for File and Serve by going to https://nevada.tylerhost.net/OfsWeb/

There are many advantages to File and Serve including: the Envelope Feature which enables the filer to bundle multiple filings (all must be same case number) into one envelope for just one $3.50 flat-fee. Filers can submit an Answer, Initial Appearance Fee Disclosure (IAFD) and Demand for Jury Trial in one envelope for a total of $3.50 thereby saving $7.00 on the cost of two documents (if filed separately).

The Issuing Summons feature enables the clerk to electronically issue Summons’ through the new site. Simply submit the Summons at the same time you submit the Complaint (using the envelope feature) and once the Clerk processes the Complaint and assigns a case number, the Summons can be issued. The Summons and Complaint will be returned to the filer ready to be served. These new features will cut steps and save the time previously required to present the Summons’ to the Clerk’s office for issuance after the case had been initiated and a case number assigned through electronic filing.

Defaults and Writs of Execution can also be submitted electronically for review and issuance saving a trip to the Clerk’s office.

Template Functionality enables users to easily set up reusable templates for common new case initiation as well as subsequent filings. This feature can be used to save time and ensure accurate filings.

The E-Check Feature enables payment with checking account information for only $1 per filing/envelope.

Webinars Visit the link to sign up for the webinars – https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6244957033569706242 CLE Credits – Sign up for one of the webinars using the link above and you will receive CLE credit. Dates

May 16, 2017 1-2 p.m. Webinar
May 26, 2017 2-3 p.m. Webinar
May 30, 2017 1-2 p.m. Webinar
June 15, 2017 1-2 p.m. Webinar
June 27, 2017 1-2 p.m. Webinar

Training Videos

https://tylertech.egain.cloud/kb/nvh5/list/242400000011494

Further updates will be communicated as they develop.

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A joint Bench Bar meeting will be held Monday, May 15 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Regional Justice Center courtroom 10D, 200 Lewis Ave.  The meeting will offer information to help navigate legislative changes and should prove to be useful for those practicing probate, trust, and elder law. First on the agenda, is a legislative report to help attendees get up to speed on changes with guardianship. Recent Nevada Supreme Court decisions will be covered in the meeting and other hot topics will be discussed. Lunch will be sponsored by the Probate Section of the State Bar of Nevada.

Agenda:

Legislative report:

Dara Goldsmith report on Senate Judiciary Hearing May 8, 2017 AB 150 private professional guardians; AB 254 jurisdiction over trusts in guardianship matters; AB 288 protection of older persons; AB 319 guardianship of minors–proposed Chapter 159A, while adult guardianship cases remain governed by Chapter 159

Sections Bill AB 314—Alan Freer

Report on remaining Guardianship Bills (several have significant fiscal impact and are pending in the Finance committees)   See attached report

Other new business:

Supreme Court decision:  In re:  WN Connell and Marjorie T. Connell Living Trust,  133 Nev. Adv. Op. 19 (5/4/17)

Status of Graham BK claims/Reassigned cases—after Court Personnel leave

Section Reports

Probate Section—Elizabeth Brickfield

Elder Law Section—Cary Payne

Old business:

Questions or concerns about case transfers, RJC handicapped access, Guardianship Compliance; Probate Closures; Web Portal.

Probate/Discovery Commissioners:   Wes Yamashita (Jury Duty?) Bonnie Bulla

Guardianship issues:   Judges Potter, Ochoa, Sturman

Eighth District Court Rules (EDCR)

GUARDIANSHIP EDCR:  following the legislative session & Supreme Court Rules, revision of EDCR may be necessary, Judge Kishner, Chair of Rules Committee will discuss process.

Next meeting:

Bench Bar Probate Section June 12, 2017 (tentative SBN & video conference) Elder Law Section

Adjourn

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