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A chili cook-off at the Regional Justice Center raised more than $700. for Quilts of Valor. A check was presented to the Nevada state coordinator for the Quilt of Valor Foundation, Victoria Colburn Hall at a recent Veteran’ Court graduation ceremony. Judge Linda Bell presides over the Veteran’ Court program.

Veterans’ courts are hybrid drug and mental health courts that use the drug court model to serve veterans struggling with addiction, serious mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders. They promote sobriety, recovery and stability through a coordinated response that involves cooperation and collaboration with the traditional partners found in drug and mental health courts and agencies.

Quilts of Valor presents Veterans Court graduates a Quilt of Valor a quilt to comfort them as they build their new lives. Victoria is a Blue Star mom; her son spent 24 year in the Marine Corp assault unit. She awarded two vets at the chili cook-off  Quilts of Valor for their service and gave a brief overview of the foundation.

The cook-off was planned to mark Veterans’ Day. 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. Cheyenne 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.

 

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On November 14 at noon, District Court judges and civil attorneys will convene in courtroom 10D of the Regional Justice Center at 200 Lewis Ave. for a bite to eat and great info. Representative from the State Bar of Nevada Vernon “Gene” Leverty, President and Kimberly Farmer, Executive Director will shed light on hot topics for the bar. At 12:15 p.m., Judge Timothy Williams will do a free Continuing Legal Education (CLE)  on Voir Dire: A Lawyer’s Ethical Obligation. The meeting will wrap up with a case presentation by luncheon sponsor Schwartz Flansburg PLLC. Lunch is limited to the first 80 attendees.

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Three children from the Miller family had a look of pure bliss when District Court Family Division Judge Cynthia Giuliani waved a magic wand, finalized their adoptions and made their new family whole. The trio got to sit on the bench with the judge. There were tears and cheers from the new parents and family as the adoptions were made official. The newly minted mom and dad gushed as reality sunk in on their hectic new life of love and raising three kids.

When she presides over cases, Judge Giuliani sees a lot of children in need of stable and loving homes. Many of those kids have suffered abuse and neglect. As part of her effort to raise awareness for the need for adoptive families, each year around Halloween, Judge Giuliani transforms to a fairy godmother for a special day of adoptions. She also invites the families to dress up and celebrate the day.

“Creating this experience for these children and their families is a great way to make court a little less intimidating and memorable in a good way,” said Judge Giuliani. “These special adoptions also get people talking and help to raise awareness for the need for adoptive families.”

The District Court Family Division is involved in other special adoption events, including an annual adoption day marathon which is scheduled this year for Nov.16. For more information about adoption, call the Clark County Department of Family Services at 702-455-0800 or e-mail DFSAdoptions@ClarkCountyNV.gov.

Nine adoptions were finalized by Judge Giuliani on Oct. 31. “With this special adoption event, Judge Giuliani brings attention to the need for caring families who will adopt, foster or even volunteer as court advocates for abused and neglected children. It is a positive way to bring attention to a huge need,” said Family Division Presiding Judge Charles Hoskin. “These adoptions are heartwarming and we’d like to see a lot more of them.”

 

 

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Fourth grade students from Rundle Elementary School had an eye-opening experience when they sat through Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Doug Herndon’s actual criminal calendar. The students reacted when the judge sentenced an armed robber to six to 20 years. One students remarked that he hadn’t even been alive that long. Judge Herndon and Judge Linda Bell fielded questions from the kids after the criminal calendar and before the students took on roles of judge, jury, attorneys, witnesses and marshals for a Harry Potter mock trial. Two classes were part of the pilot-program done in coordination with Project REAL. The activities are intended to teach students about the justice system, possible career opportunities and the consequences of criminal activities. A highlight for the kids was a taser demonstration conducted by District Court Marshal Tom Lemke.

Judge Herndon envisioned this mock trial program and wrote the script as a way to provide a fun and interesting way for young students to learn about the justice system. “This program is a good way for young students to see the legal profession in action. When they watch actual court proceedings, they see the unfortunate consequences of criminal activity,” said Judge Herndon. “The mock trials give the students a way to relate to and understand the justice system, and to see career roles that they may want to consider in the future.”

Rundle Elementary is the first Clark County School District school to participate in this mock trial program. “We appreciate the teachers and principal bringing their students to watch a criminal court and participate in a mock trial,” said Judge Bell. “These kids are at the perfect age to learn about the justice system. Giving the students a front-row seat in a real courtroom helps them understand the impact people’s bad decisions have on others and on our community. We also hope to inspire these kids to become the next generation of lawyers and law enforcement professionals.”

To support the lessons in Judge Herndon’s script, Project REAL created three days of presentations and supporting worksheets. Project REAL’s staff then presented the lessons to the students of Rundle Elementary with support from their teachers. These activities prepared students for their Harry Potter experience by teaching them basic law-related vocabulary, trial procedure, and the roles and career opportunities available in the justice system.

Project REAL, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was founded in 2005 by Sam Lionel and Irwin Molasky to meet the challenge of teaching K-12th grade Nevada students the importance of the law. They have taught over 160,000 Nevada students about the importance of the law with the goal of preparing them to be informed, law-abiding and participating citizens through their programs Your Day in Court, Play By the Rules, REAL Drama, and Independence & You. More information about Project REAL can be found by visiting http://projectrealnv.org or contacting mkamer@projectrealnv.org.

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District Court Judge Jack Lehman, who established the first adult drug court in Nevada, passed away Sept. 14 at the age of 89. Judge Lehman’s obituary is posted online and includes his significant accomplishments and very rich work history.  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/rgj/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=186671056

According to his Obituary, “Jack died peacefully at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, CA, surrounded by his family. His legacy is one of survival and perseverance, labor and devotion, laughter and love, and a ceaseless desire to improve the lives of those around him. Contributions in Jack’s honor can be made to the Jack and Lulu Lehman Scholarship Fund, to provide educational opportunities for graduates of the Las Vegas Juvenile Drug Court. Checks can be made payable to the California Community Foundation, specifying Jack and Lulu Lehman Scholarship Fund in the memo, to 221 S. Figueroa St. Suite 400 Los Angeles, CA 90012.”

The Lehman Scholarship Fund has been set up by Steve Lehman and Jessica Lehman Hirsch to the honor their father, Judge Jack Lehman, who established the first drug court in Nevada in 1992. Scholarships will be awarded to graduates of the Eighth Judicial District juvenile drug court program who demonstrate an interest in furthering their education as part of their path to a better life in recovery.

Judge Lehman lived a full and very productive life and he will truly be missed. Judge Jack Lehman January 27, 1928- September 14, 2017.

 

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The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) School-Justice Partnership Summit will be held on Sept.15 from 8 a. m. to 3 p.m. at Family Court Campus/Child Haven, 701 North Pecos, Las Vegas, Red Rock Training Room – 701 Building K2. The focus of the Summit will be developing effective methods to reduce school truancy and juvenile delinquency rates in Clark County.  Effective programming for schools, school/police diversion programs, positive school climate, restorative practices, early warning systems, trauma informed classrooms and judicially led school justice partnerships will be the priorities of the day.

Truancy and school dropout are viewed as a gateway to crime and a lifetime of challenges. The Clark County  School District is the fifth largest school district in the U.S., serving more than 300,000 students at 358 schools. The district reports alarmingly high dropout and teen pregnancy rates. “Everyday we see teens in court who started out skipping school and progressively go down the path to serious crime,” said Juvenile Court Judge William Voy. “This summit is a way to discuss best-practices that work to address the growing crisis of pathways to criminal activity with our community youth.”

Those who have been working this issue in the trenches will share their knowledge including: Judge Steven Teske, Clayton County, Georgia will present proven strategies used in Georgia to reduce truancy rates and the impact on referrals to the juvenile justice system including: Kevin Bethel, Retired Deputy Police Commissioner, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, currently of Center for Children’s Law and Policy; Theresa Bohannan, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and Kori Hamilton, Educational Specialist, National School Climate Center.

A panel discussion of Las Vegas leaders will discuss the efforts of community agencies to reduce truancy rates and juvenile court referrals with community leaders including: District Court Judge William Voy; Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson; Dr. Tammy Malich, Asst. Superintendent CCSD; Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick and Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani.

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges is the nation’s oldest judicial membership organization and focused on improving the effectiveness of our nation’s juvenile and family courts. A leader in continuing education opportunities, research, and policy development in the field of juvenile and family justice, the 2,000-member organization is unique in providing practice-based resources to jurisdictions and communities nationwide.

 

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Civil attorneys can stay cool, get updated on court news and grab lunch at the District Court Civil Bench-Bar meeting on Aug. 8 at noon in courtroom 3A at the Regional Justice Center.

Judge Jim Crockett will lead a discussion on minors’ compromises and inter-pleader actions. Judge Gloria Sturman will take on the topic of EDCR 2.22. Discovery Commissioner Bonnie Bulla will offer up important information on Discovery.  And Judge Allf will lead a discussion on possible standard protocols for electronic discovery.

Also on the agenda is a review of July Nevada Supreme Court Civil Decisions including:

Rural Telephone Co. v. Public Utilities Commission, 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 53 (August 3, 2017)

Peter Gardner v. Henderson Water Park, 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 54    (August 3, 3017)

LN Management LLC v. Green Tree Loan Servicing, 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 55 (August 3, 2017)

City of Sparks v. Reno Newspapers, Inc., 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 56 (August 3, 2017)

So. Calif. Edison v. State, Dep’t of Taxation, 133. Nev. Adv. Op. No 49

(July 27, 2017)

K&P Homes v. Christiana Trust, 133 Nev. Ad. Op. No. 51 (July 27, 2017)

Renfroe v. Lakeview Loan Serv., LLC, 133 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 50 (July 27, 2017)

So. Calif. Edison v. State, Dep’t of Taxation, 133. Nev. Adv. Op. No 49

(July 27, 2017)

If you can’t make the Aug. 8 meeting, schedule the upcoming Sept. 12 and Oct. 10 noon Civil Bench-Bar meetings that will offer special presentations and an opportunity to get the latest news that can impact your civil practice. Bench-Bar meetings are a great way to get current information about the court and to get questions or issues addressed with the bench.

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