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It’s hard to get and keep the attention of a class of fourth graders. Judge Tierra Jones and Judge Eric Johnson kept the attention of two fourth grade classes from Grant M. Bowler Elementary School in Logandale, NV and taught them some valuable lessons on the justice system when they put on a mock trial in District Court. The mini legal eagles got into their roles as judges, jurors, attorneys, witnesses and marshals in a trial to determine if legendary wizard Harry Potter was guilty of the misuse of magic. After hearing the testimony with built in hints on how courts work, the fourth grader found Potter not-guilty. The students peered into the holding cell which gave them a stark view of what happens to those who get caught in the justice system.

Two more classes from Grant M. Bowler will visit the court on Friday, Nov. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.  Judge Kerry Earley in courtroom 12D  and Judge Adrianna Escobar will host the mock trials.

The mock trials are a cooperative effort between the Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court, nonprofit agency Project REAL and the school. In preparation for the student mock trials, Project REAL provides teachers lessons to convey the roles and processes of a criminal trial. The students get an immersive, real-world learning experience, with the benefit of Project Real classroom lessons to set the stage for better understanding. The students embark on their journey through the justice system with the legal terms and other information provided in the classroom sessions.

District Court Judge Doug Herndon envisioned the mock trial program. He wrote the script involving Harry Potter to provide a fun and interesting method for young students to learn about the justice system. The activities promote the importance of education, highlight potential legal careers and demonstrate the outcome of bad choices.

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. For more information from Project REAL, please contact Program Director Mike Kamer at mkamer@projectrealnv.org, call 702.703.6529, or visit http://projectrealnv.org.

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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.

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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 http://nvcourts.gov/AOC/Programs_and_Services/Judicial_Education/Overview.

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Two new District Court judges and one Justice Court judge will pronounce their judicial oath to uphold justice in our community on June 5 at 2 p.m., at an investiture ceremony to be held at the Las Vegas City Council Chambers at 495 S. Main St. In front of family, friends and fellow jurists, District Court Judges Joe Hardy Jr. and Eric Johnson, and Justice Court Judge Bita Khamsi, will receive their judicial robes and swear an oath to uphold the law.

“These new jurists have had exceptional careers prior to joining the bench. Their strong backgrounds will serve them well as they undertake the challenging caseload carried by judges who sit on the bench in Clark County,” said Chief Judge David Barker. “They join the court at an exciting time of change and technical advancement.”

The new judges have already been hearing cases in their assigned courtrooms. Judge Joe Hardy Jr. is serving in District Court Dept. 15 in the Phoenix Bldg. 11th floor courtroom with a civil docket. Judge Eric Johnson is serving in District Court Dept. 20 in Regional Justice Center courtroom 10D with a civil/criminal docket. Judge Bita Khamsi is serving in Justice Court Dept. 6 in Regional Justice Center courtroom 1A.

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Governor Brian Sandoval today announced the appointment of Joseph “Joe” Hardy Jr. to Department 15 and Louis Eric Johnson to Department 20 of the Eighth Judicial District Court. They will fill the vacancies created by the appointment of Judges Abbi Silver and Jerome “Jerry” Tao to the Nevada Court of Appeals. Hardy will replace Judge Silver and Johnson will replace Judge Tao.

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