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A guardianship Bench-Bar meeting will be held Feb. 1 at 11:30 a.m. at the Public Guardian’s Office, 515 Shadow Lane. Topics covered will include processes and procedures; code review and proposed changes; notices; news you can use, including guardianship committee updates; and a question and answer session.

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Attorneys who attend the upcoming Family Bench Bar on January 28, will get info that should help navigate practicing in the Family Division. The meeting, to be held at noon in Family Courtroom 9 at 601 N. Pecos Road, will open with announcements and updates, followed by discussion topics including:

• Settlement Master Committee
• Bench v. Bar Chili Cook-off
• Paralegal Pro Bono Hours
• Domestic Violence Issues
1. Criminal Implications of Domestic Violence
2. Brief Overview of the TPO Process

The Pro Bono Advisory Council Volunteer of the Month Carrie Primas, Esq. will be recognized followed by an open forum. The bench bar meetings are a great way to stay up on changes, convey concerns and network and should help attorney to be more effective in court. The next Family Bench Bar will be March 31.

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Adoption is a dream come true for many children in our community who just want a stable and loving home. District Court Family Judge Cynthia Giuliani dressed as a fairy godmother today to make adoptions for eight families a magical experience  The children came in costumes or their best clothes and enjoyed teddy bears and special treats for the experience of a lifetime.

This is the fourth year Judge Giuliani brought her fairy godmother magic for adoptions around Halloween. “We have received so much positive feedback on these special adoptions,” said Judge Giuliani. “It is a real highlight every year to make this very special occasion even more magical for families who may otherwise be intimidated by the idea of coming to court.”

The District Court Family Division is involved in other special adoption events, including an annual adoption day marathon which is scheduled this year for November 18. For more information about adoption, call the Clark County Department of Family Services at 702-455-0800 or e-mail

“The judges understand how important it is for children to have loving, stable families. The annual fairy godmother adoptions performed by Judge Giuliani, showcase the joy families receive when they adopt and go a long way to getting the word out,” said Family Division Presiding Judge Charles Hoskin.

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The 25th Annual Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer Recognition Gala was an exceptional recognition event by all accounts. It was well planned, well attended and had all the elements that you could want to make volunteers feel appreciated. Many worthy people received recognition for volunteering to communicate the needs of kids in foster care. The highlight of the night however wasn’t the really good band, the food, or even the awards for the volunteers; it was the two young people who stood up in front of a huge room full of adults and shared their story of how their CASAs changed their lives and made them believe that anything was possible for them and that their future was bright. They showed without a doubt that volunteering a few hours a week can make a difference and can bring hope to a young person in need. They spoke as well as any seasoned speaker could and conveyed how much they gained from their CASA and how much they appreciated all that their CASA did for them. All of the CASA volunteers are appreciated. A few were selected to be recognized at the CASA Gala this year. It was CASA’s 25th Annual Gala and a “toast to the future.”

Thanks to these and all CASA volunteers who serve as a voice for some of our community’s most vulnerable children.

CASA Outstanding Caseworker Marlou Steele

CASA Foundation President’s Award recipient Bart Masi w/Wirtz Beverage

CASA Excellence Award Heather McCusker

Judge John J Mendoza CASA Child of Year Alexandra Lawrence

Adelson Scholarship winner Ryan Matt

CASA Outstanding Newcomers

  • Crystal Bomar
  • Alyssa Carothers
  • Kristen Cole
  • Erin Colegrove
  • Judy Colegrove
  • Janice Morton
  • Karen Rein
  • Kharisma Rodriquez

CASA Outstanding Service Award

  • Verise Campbell
  • Felicia Ceberio
  • David Desmarais
  • Ted Hartwell
  • Hilda Wagner

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. Upcoming orientations will be held at the Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy. For more information about the program please call 702-455-4306, visit or Facebook at!/CASALasVegas.

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What’s going on with e-filing? How’s this new technology supposed to work? Why should I bother to do pro bono work? These and other burning questions will be answered at the next District Court Family Division Bench Bar Meeting on Aug. 27 at noon in courtroom 9, 601 N. Pecos Road. There is also a time designated for “open forum” (a.k.a. venting). Don’t miss this great opportunity.

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Those visiting the Family Division of District Court are often there at the worst time of their life. Divorce, custody of children and guardianships are just a few of the contentious matters that are handled there. So, it’s no surprise that people lose their cool and get emotional during proceedings. Judges do their best to guide litigants through the process in a smooth manner, but it’s a constant challenge that is seen in courts across the nation; so much so, that it has been a

focus in judicial colleges. That’s why the Family bench issued a recent resolution to spell out civility in court with the aim to improve courtroom courtesy.

The following rules of professional cooperation shall be enforced in every courtroom in the

Family Division:

  1. Attorneys and litigants shall, at all times, demonstrate respect for the opposing attorney, litigant and the court
  2. Attorneys and litigants shall be adequately prepared for each court appearance
  3. Attorneys and litigants shall permit the opposing party to present their arguments without interruption (no objections during argument)
  4. Attorneys and litigants shall refrain from excessively repeating facts or arguments
  5. Attorneys and litigants shall refrain from personal attacks on the opposing attorney or litigant
  6. Attorneys and litigants shall address all comments to the Judge and not the opposing attorney or litigant
  7. Attorneys and litigants shall maintain control over their emotions

“The resolution spells out the rules as a reminder to all parties that courtesy and preparation are essential to smooth and efficient court operations.” said the civil Presiding Family Division Judge Charles Hoskin. “It points out that candor, courtesy and cooperation facilitate faster, less costly and mutually accepted resolution of disputes; reduce stress for lawyers, staff and clients; reduce waste of judicial time; and generate respect for the court system, the individual attorney and the profession as a whole.”

Preparation for Family matters has been helped by improvements at the Family Law Self-Help Center located right on the Family Division Campus at 601 N. Pecos Road and the Family law self Help website Those looking to represent themselves in Family Court  cases, can access a new website that offers how-to tips, forms and info on going solo in court. Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada has launched the new site at for the Family Law Self-Help Center. The non-profit Legal Aid Center operates the Self-Help Center at Family Court in cooperation with the Eighth Judicial District Court. The new website provides easy access to many of the forms and resources available at the Self-Help Center.

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Truancy Diversion Program (TDP) volunteers who commit to a school-year of weekly truancy diversion court sessions on a CCSD campus will be recognized on Monday, June 29 at noon lunch to be held at Ainsworth Game Technology, 6975 S. Decatur Blvd., Suite 140. Each of the volunteers will be given an award for making a difference in the lives of our young people. Guest speakers will touch on truancy trends seen in Clark County and discuss future plans for the program that is slated to expand next year.

The TDP was established by Judge Gerald Hardcastle in 2002. Since 2007, the program has been overseen by District Court Judge Jennifer Elliott in collaboration with the Clark County School District CCSD.

Clark County reported nearly 120,000 truant children for school-year 2013-2014.Those without a high school diploma face higher prospects of unemployment and the associated negative consequences. This collaborative effort between the CCSD has been structured to prevent and reduce youth crime, re-engage students in learning, and ultimately, reduce potential costs to our welfare and justice systems. It 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.

Judges, attorneys and other qualified applicants volunteering approximately three hours each week to and hold truancy court sessions at schools where they meeting individually with students and their parents. They review the students’ attendance, school work, and progress to ensure that students have the resources they need to be successful. The TDP judges promote and support academic achievement using a team effort and an individual student success plan. Since 2007, the TDP has expanded from six to 70 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 358 Clark County schools have a TDP program. In 2014, the TDP was one of four programs in the nation to receive a $600,000 grant from the Department of Justice designed to keep kids in school and out of court.

“I want to acknowledge and thank the Truancy Diversion volunteers for being part of the solution to the significant problem of truancy in our schools. By addressing these issues before they compound, we are helping struggling students to be successful in their educations so they can graduate and have the chance at college or a career,” said Judge Elliott.

“The Truancy Diversion volunteers, along with Judge Elliott and her team, have accomplished much to fill some of the gaps to get students struggling with attendance on track and in school,” said Presiding Family Court Judge Charles Hoskin. “Their efforts are making a difference in the lives of young people and improving their chances for success.”

If you are a licensed attorney, mental health professional or law enforcement officer and are interested in volunteering as a TDP judge for this Specialty Court program please contact DeDe Parker at: 702-321-2410.

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