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EJDC Judges Rebecca Burton, Frank Sullivan and Cynthia Giuliani volunteered their time and experience to preside over mock trial competition.

Local high school students faced-off in an intense mock trial competition before actual District Court Judges Rebecca Burton, Cynthia Giuliani and Frank Sullivan. The judges volunteered their time and experience to preside over the competition. They gave the young legal eagles some valuable, real-world insight in round-one of mock trial competitions that lead up to a regional challenge.

The District Court Family Division hosted the Fourth Annual Faith Lutheran Mock Trial Competition on Jan. 7.  Six teams totaling almost 50 students participated. The 27 students that earned highest scores will make up the Faith Lutheran Mock Trial teams that will move on to the regional competition on Feb. 11 at the Regional Justice Center.

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The upcoming Family Bench Bar Meeting on November 17 at noon, in courtroom 9 at Family Court 601 N. Pecos Road, will give attorneys the latest insight on what’s new for 2017. In addition to announcements and updates, an overview of Promise One and the Annual Family Law conference will be given. Discussion topics will  include transgender and the law, and proper  courtroom decorum. The Pro Bono Advisory Council Volunteer of the Month will be recognized. Attorneys are also invited to weigh in during the open forum. The Bench Bar meetings are a great way to raise issues, address questions and network.  There will be no Family Bench Bar meeting in December.

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Competition was fierce at the first ever Chili Wars to benefit the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. Attorney Jason Stoffel took first place with his secret chili recipe called Yodalicious. Second place went to The Rabid Beans by Frank Preuss the department J marshal. The runner-up came from the Red Hot Chili Preppers submitted by Lorien Cole. The honor of people’s choice went to The Rabid Beans. It was a perfect night for the outdoor event that included delicious food and music. Word is, the competition will heat up even more next time around.  Thanks to all who entered, attended and helped to make this event a success.

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It’s the most wonderful day of the year with breakfast, family photos and other treats for 50 families as part of an adoption marathon to be held on Thursday, Nov. 17 , starting at 8 a.m. in the Juvenile Justice Gymnasium, 651 N. Pecos Road. Adorable kids dressed in their finest will then head off to the Family Court, 601 Pecos Road where six judges will finalize their adoptions with hearings from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The event at Family Court is a concerted effort between the Eighth Judicial District Court, the Clark County Department of Family Services, CASA Program, CASA Foundation, The Adoption Exchange, Olive Crest and Nevada Youth Care Providers, and Eagle Quest.  Eagle Quest. The families will be honored before they head to the courtrooms of Judges  Rena Hughes, Cynthia Giuliani, Jennifer Elliott, William Potter, Frank Sullivan and Robert Teuton.

“The adoption marathon is an exceptional event. Seeing families come together to love and support children and witnessing the joy it brings is a bright spot for the Family Division,” said Presiding Judge Charles Hoskin. “There is always a need for caring people to come forward to foster, adopt or speak up as a CASA volunteer for abused and neglected children.”

November is National Adoption Awareness Month, a designation intended to raise awareness on the thousands of children in foster care waiting for permanent loving families through adoption. Adoption month  is also designated as a time to celebrates the families who make the commitment to give children a place to call home. Locally, more than 3,500 children receive services under the supervision of the District Court Family Division.

Each year, National Adoption Day connects thousands of children with permanent families through the help of judges, attorneys, adoption agencies, adoption professionals and child advocates. For more information about adoption, call the Clark County Department of Family Services at 702-455-0800 or e-mail DFSAdoptions@ClarkCountyNV.gov. For information on CASA, please call 702-455-4306, visit www.casalasvegas.org or Facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/CASALasVegas.

 

 

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Twenty-two children got the memory of a lifetime as their adoption dreams were granted today by District Court Family Division Judge Cynthia Giuliani. Eleven families got a special treat when the judge dressed as a fairy godmother for the special adoptions. The kids showed up for their big day dressed in costume and received treats and a teddy bear. The adoption process can be intimidating for young children. Judge Giuliani has performed the special adoptions for five years around Halloween to make the process fun for the kids and to raise awareness of the need for adoptive families.

 

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There is a big need for CASAs in Clark County. Several opportunities are upcoming for people who want to have a positive impact on the life of a child. Those who want to help abused and neglected children are invited to one of the upcoming CASA orientations: Oct 19, Nov. 16 and Dec. 21 from 6-7:30 p.m. 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 www.facebook.com/#!/CASALasVegas.

There are 351 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 goal is to get a CASA volunteer for every child in foster care.

The CASA program recruits, screens, trains and supports volunteers to 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. In 1980, Judge John Mendoza led the creation of the Clark County CASA Program. The CASA mission continues to be fully supported by Family Court judges. 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.

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Professionals looking for something fulfilling  in their life are invited to spend a few hours a week motivating struggling students. The Truancy Diversion Project (TDP) aimed at improving student school attendance and success in classes is calling on attorneys, law enforcement and social service professionals to be volunteer judges at area schools. Volunteers are asked to visit their chosen school once a week to meet with and motivate students to achieve success. Those who are interested in volunteering as a Truancy Diversion Judge, can contact DeDe Parker at702-455-1755.

On Sept. 2 TDP held all-day “trauma-informed” kickoff training for volunteer judges at Family Court with approximately 50 participants. The purpose of the TDP is to utilize a specialty court model to assist the Clark County School District (CCSD) to reduce absenteeism, re-engage students in learning and to cut the dropout rate.

Clark County School District reported nearly 244,000 truant children for school-year 2015-2016. Teenage pregnancy, truancy, and high school dropout rates in Nevada are alarming. Individuals lacking a high school diploma face higher prospects of unemployment and the negative consequences associated with it. The TDP is a collaborative effort between the Family Court and CCSD designed to prevent and reduce youth crime, to re-engage our youth in learning, and ultimately, reduce potential costs to our welfare and justice systems.

The Truancy Diversion Program (TDP) is a partnership between Family Court and CCSD. TDP is a non-punitive, incentive-based approach to at-risk school students with truancy problems. A team (judge, family advocate, school personnel) works with the students and their families. Since 2007, the program has been overseen by Eighth Judicial District Family Court Judge Jennifer Elliott in collaboration with the Clark County School District.

“The research on truancy has shown attendance and behavior problems at school are risk factors for drug/alcohol use and for involvement in juvenile justice system,” said Judge Jennifer Elliott. “Truancy Diversion volunteers effectively work directly with the students to address their challenges and motivate them to go to school, graduate and move on to a productive future. The Truancy Diversion Program doesn’t just benefit these students, but it benefits our community as a whole. Higher graduation rates lead to a stronger and more employable community,” said Judge Elliott. “Volunteering to serve as a judge with the TDP is worthwhile work. Our young students gain so much from the guidance provided by the volunteers in this program.”

The volunteer TDP judges are licensed attorneys, mental health professionals, law enforcement personnel, another qualified professionals who commit to a school year of weekly court sessions that promote and support academic achievement using a team effort and an individual student success plan. Since 2007, the TDP has expanded from six to 85 schools including elementary, middle schools and high schools. The goal of the Eighth Judicial District Court, Family Division is to continue to expand until all 357 Clark County schools have a TDP specialty court.

“The Truancy Diversion program helps young people achieve success in education. That success sets the stage for the rest of their lives.” said Presiding Family Court Judge Charles Hoskin. “I urge attorneys in our community to be a part of this program to help young people in our community achieve.”

 

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