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Four fourth grade classes from Liliam Lujan Hickey Elementary School experienced justice in action at the Eighth Judicial District Court in early April. They  also got a view on where life-choices lead when they sat in on actual criminal calendars and saw judges, court employees and attorneys perform their jobs. They watched defendants in various stages of their cases, including sentencing. After viewing the calendar, students asked judges questions about  what they saw, and how and why it works that way. The Q&A session was followed by a mock trial of Harry Potter, who was charged with misappropriation of magic. The school visits are part of a new joint program between nonprofit agency Project Real, the District Court and schools.

District Court Judge Doug Herndon envisioned this mock trial program. He wrote the script 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. “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 see career roles that they may want to consider in the future.”

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.

The mock trial program is intended to contrast the view of careers in the justice system against the choice to get involved in criminal activity. This collaboration between the courts, Project Real and Hickey Elementary School involved a lot of work on the part of the judges and their departments in District Court, Project Real, and the teachers. Thanks to the many people who helped to make it come together so that the students could benefit from a real-world perspective.

 

 

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Judge Kathleen Delaney had a fifth grade class from St. Viator’s sit in on her calendar. After watching the wheels of justice turn in the courtroom, the wheels in the students’ minds were turning. They asked the judge some very thoughtful questions. One student got a big laugh when he asked the judge if she ever got frustrated with what happens in court.

Students from the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law spent part of their spring break in an alternative program where they learn about the practice of law and the courts. They sat in on court, attended a judges meeting and got some Q&A time in with the judges.

District Court is involved in a number of initiatives to educate students about the justice system.

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OathtightThree new District Court judges will pronounce their judicial oath to uphold justice in our community on June 2 at 2:30 p.m., at an investiture ceremony at the Clark County Government Center Commission Chambers, 500 Grand Central Pkwy. In front of family, friends and fellow jurists, District Court Judge Tierra Jones, District Court Judge Mark Bailus, and District Court Judge David M. Jones will receive their judicial robes and swear an oath to uphold the law.

“Each of these new jurists have excelled professionally. I believe that their depth of experience will serve them well as they preside over the complex and challenging cases of the Eighth Judicial District Court,” said Chief Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez.

  • Judge Tierra Jones is serving in District Court Dept. 10 in Regional Justice Center courtroom 14B with a civil/criminal docket.
  • Judge Mark Bailus will serve in District Court Dept. 18 in the Phoenix Bldg.11th floor courtroom with a civil docket.
  • Judge David Jones is serving in District Court Dept. 29 in Regional Justice Center courtroom 3B with a civil docket.

Judge Tierra Jones leaves a post as a deputy district attorney for Clark County to take the bench. She also served as a district attorney in Nye County and public defender in Clark County. Judge Jones is from  Hawthorne, Nevada. She attended University of Nevada, Reno and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law.

Judge Mark Bailus takes the bench after working in private practice with a focus on complex civil and criminal litigation and appeals at the law firm of Bailus Cook & Kelesis, Ltd.  Judge Bailus’ professional experience also includes a partnership in the law firm of Cherry Bailus & Kelesis, serving as general counsel for Nevada Beverage Company and as an attorney with the Clark County Special Public Defender’s Office.  Further, he was on the Ombudsperson Panel to represent the deceased family and public at the Police Fatality Public Fact-Finding Review hearings. Judge Bailus is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and received his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law.

Judge David Jones is a Las Vegas native and Valley High School graduate. He attended Arizona State University. After graduation, Judge Jones taught Government, World and U.S. History at Rancho High School. After several years as a teacher, Judge Jones attended University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, graduating with honors. Judge Jones’ professional experience includes a long-term partnership at Rawlings, Olson, Cannon, et al., and a partnership at the law firm of Lewis Brisbois. He was also the managing attorney for the Plaintiff based firm of David Allen & Associates. His work includes presiding over short-trials, mediation and arbitration, and the Truancy Diversion Program.

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As we begin 2017, we bid a fond farewell to Judge David Barker, who retired at the end of 2016 after 32 years of public service. We remember the sad passing of Judge Susan Scann, while we extend a warm welcome to Judge David Jones, who has since been appointed to Department 29. We also look to replace Judge Jessie Walsh, who retires this month after 13 years on the bench. So, it’s moving season for District Court. As part of the moving process we are relocating two groups of judges who hear common cases: business, probate and guardianship, to be in closer proximity to each other. This new arrangement should facilitate workflow and improve efficiency for all those involved with these case types.

There will be a total of nine court location changes including:

Dept. 7 Judge Linda Marie Bell will move to Courtroom 15A

Dept. 11 Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez will move to Courtroom TBA case-by-case

Dept. 13 Judge Mark R. Denton will move to Courtroom 3D

Dept. 14 Judge Adriana Escobar will move to Courtroom 14C

Dept. 15 Judge Joseph “Joe” Hardy Jr. will move to Courtroom 3H

Dept. 18 Sr. Judge Courtroom will move to Phoenix Bldg. 11th Floor

Dept. 20 Judge Louis Eric Johnson will move to 12A

Dept. 25 Judge Kathleen Delaney will move to Courtroom 3F

Dept. 26 Judge J. Sturman will move to Courtroom 10D

Below is a complete list of all the District Court courtrooms at the Regional Justice Center and the Phoenix building.

Eighth Judicial District Court at the Regional Justice Center

Dept. 1 Judge Kenneth C. Cory Courtroom 16A

Dept. 2 Judge Richard Scotti Courtroom 11D

Dept. 3 Judge Douglas W. Herndon Courtroom 16C

Dept. 4 Judge Kerry Earley Courtroom 16B

Dept. 5 Judge Carolyn Ellsworth Courtroom 16D

Dept. 6 Judge Elissa Cadish Courtroom 15B

Dept. 7 Judge Linda Marie Bell Courtroom 15A

Dept. 8 Judge Douglas E. Smith Courtroom 11B

Dept. 9 Judge Jennifer Togliatti Courtroom 10C

Dept. 10 Vacant Courtroom 14B

Dept. 11 Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez Courtroom TBA case-by-case

Dept. 12 Judge Michelle Leavitt Courtroom 14D

Dept. 13 Judge Mark R. Denton Courtroom 3D

Dept. 14 Judge Adriana Escobar Courtroom 14C

Dept. 15 Judge Joseph “Joe” Hardy Jr. Courtroom 3H

Dept. 16 Judge Timothy Williams Courtroom 12D

Dept. 17 Judge Michael Villani Courtroom 11A

Dept. 18 Vacant Courtroom Phoenix Bldg. 11th Floor

Dept. 19 Judge William “Bill” Kephart Courtroom 3E

Dept. 20 Judge Eric Johnson 12A

Dept. 21 Judge Valerie Adair Courtroom 11C

Dept. 22 Judge Susan Johnson Courtroom 15D

Dept. 23 Judge Stefany Miley Courtroom 12C

Dept. 24 Judge Jim Crockett Courtroom Phoenix Bldg. 11th Floor

Dept. 25 Judge Kathleen Delaney Courtroom 3F

Dept. 26 Judge J. Sturman Courtroom 10D

Dept. 27 Judge Nancy L. Allf Courtroom 3A

Dept. 28 Judge Ronald J. Israel Courtroom 15C

Dept. 29 Judge David Jones Courtroom 3B

Dept. 30 Judge Jerry A. Wiese II Courtroom 14A

Dept. 31 Judge Joanna S. Kishner Courtroom 12B

Dept. 32 Judge Rob Bare Courtroom 3C

Dept. H Judge T. Arthur Ritchie, Jr. Courtroom 3G

Dept. M Judge Bill Potter Courtroom 10B

Dept. S Judge Vincent Ochoa Courtroom 10A

If you need help finding courts, download the free Courtfinder app. Courtfinder, developed by the District Court Information Technology division with Judge David Barker, displays updated dockets in real-timefor the courts located at the Regional Justice Center. The application is easy to use and free to download from the Google Play and iphone app stores.

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