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Motions in Limine can be a game-changer in a case. That’s why it’s a good idea to attend the May 8, noon Civil Bench-Bar meeting in courtroom 10D, with free (continuing legal education) CLE on Motions in Limine. The session will offer useful tips on making the most of Motions in Limine and other information to up your game and help meet CLE requirements. The panel will include Judge Elissa Cadish, Judge Jim Crockett and Judge Gloria Sturman. moderators will be Dan Polsenberg, Esq. and Josh Cole Aicklen, Esq. A summary of the recent Nevada Supreme Court rulings will also be done by the Richard Harris Law Firm. Civil Bench-Bar meetings are a great forum to get questions or concerns addressed and to network.

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Judge Elissa Cadish issued an order this morning to unseal search warrant records with redaction related to Stephen Paddock investigation of 1 October.

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District Court Judge Elissa Cadish issued a Minute Order today in the case brought by American Broadcasting, Inc. and other media outlets to unseal search warrant records from 1 October mass-shooter investigation.

Journal Entries: “The Court held a hearing on January 16, 2018. Since that hearing, the Court has reviewed the warrant related documents on file and under seal with the Court Clerk, the warrant related documents unsealed by the federal court, the LVMPD Preliminary Investigative Report dated January 18, 2018 which was publicly released last week, and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s In Camera Sealed Supplemental Response to Petition to Unseal Search Warrant Records, filed under seal on January 23, 2018 in accordance with this Court’s order at the January 16 hearing.  After doing so, this Court has scheduled an in camera sealed hearing with LVMPD counsel and its proposed witness(es,) regarding the basis for its assertion of the need for continued confidentiality of the sealed search warrant records, for Friday January 26, 2018 at 1:30 pm. The hearing will be recorded, but sealed, in order to protect public safety and the ongoing law enforcement investigation. After the hearing, the Court will issue a public ruling regarding the Petition herein.”

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A ribbon-cutting marked the official opening for the new courthouse for the Supreme Court of Nevada and the Nevada Court of Appeals on March 27.   A who’s-who of officials were present for the celebration that took place on the same day that the Raiders NFL team announced they were moving to Las Vegas. The mood was jovial, and at one point a caravan of Raider revelers drove near honking and celebrating.  It was a perfect launch for the latest addition to the downtown “corridor of justice.” The new courthouse at 408 E. Clark Ave. was completed in just 14 months. Justice James Hardesty, credited for directing construction was given a standing ovation for his work on the project.

According to a ribbon-cutting program, the new courthouse is intended to reflect the importance of the building’s use and the permanence of justice. The Supreme Court courtroom in the basement of Library of Congress in Washington, DC was the inspiration for much of the design. The front doors are bronze and were inspired by the U.S. Supreme Court Building.

The courthouse was constructed using quality materials and fine detail.  The 17 counties in Nevada and state and Nevada Supreme Court seals are carved in stone on the eaves. Lady Justice tops a copper dome with her sword at the ready to strike down injustice.  There are many other details that make this building special; but to do it justice, you have to see it.

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Hundreds of bright young  students with anxious parents and other supporters impressed an all-star lineup of justice professionals and officials who judged the We the People Nevada State finals competition. We the People is a program intended to foster student understanding of American democracy, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Students from 12 high schools, who won regional competitions throughout the state of Nevada, including eight from the Clark County School District (CCSD), converged on the West Career and Technical Academy for the Nevada State Finals competition and wowed the judges with their presentations. It’s round-robin, debate-style competition, run in a manner similar to a sports tournament. Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Elissa Cadish moderated the event and presented the trophies and awards. Former U.S. Senator Richard Bryan received a standing ovation from the sea of students and families for his keynote speech on democracy and the Constitution at the closing ceremony. The top team from this event will advance to the national finals set for April in Washington, D.C.

The State Bar of Nevada hosts/sponsors the competition along with the Clark County School District, Washoe County School District, Nevada Humanities, Nevada Embracing Law Related Education and the justice professionals that make it all work.

First Place – Reno High School – 1,329

Second Place – Incline High School – 1,301

Third Place – Southwest Career and Technical Academy – 1,296

Fourth Place – Clark High School – 1,271

Fifth Place – Reed High School – 1,266

Sixth Place – West Career and Technical Academy – 1,201

Seventh Place – Canyon Springs High School – 1,195

Eighth Place – College of Southern Nevada High School East – 1,182

Ninth Place – Faith Lutheran Middle School and High School – 1,180

Tenth Place – Las Vegas Academy of the Arts – 1,134

Eleventh Place – Silverado High School – 1,107

Twelfth Place – ATECH – 1,105

The Results of the Unit Awards were:

Unit I Award Third Place Clark High School; Second Place Reno High School; First Place Reed High School

Unit II Award Third Place Clark High School; Second Place Incline High School; First Place Reno High School

Unit III Award Third Place Incline High School; Second Place Incline High School; First Place Southwest Career and Technical Academy

Unit IV Award Third Place Reno High School; Second Place West Career and Technical Academy; First Place Incline High School

Unit V Award Third Place Canyon Springs High School tied with Incline High School; Second Place Reno High School; First Place Southwest Career and Technical Academy

Unit VI Award College of Southern Nevada East High School; Second Place Reno High School Third Place Tie between Clark High School and Southwest Career and Technical Academy.

There was  an all-star lineup of justice professionals and officials who volunteered time to judge the competition including: Professor Fred Lokken, Judge Elliott Sattler, former Assemblyman Marcus Conklin, Professor Rachel Anderson, Judge Andrew Gordon, Judge Cynthia Leung, Judge Gloria Sturman, Professor Sondra Cosgrove, Judge Scott Pearson, Judge Lynne Simons, Daniel Schiess, Esq., Professor David Tanenhaus, Professor Michael Green, Judge Philip Pro (Ret.), Justice Michael Douglas, Andrew Lingenfelter, Justice Nancy Saitta (Ret.), Mark Simons, Esq., Kimberly Maxson-Rushton, Esq., Magistrate Judge George Foley, Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, Franny Forsman, Esq., Judge Richard Boulware and Judge Mike Nakagawa.

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The state We the People competition commences at West Career and Technical Academy 11945 W. Charleston Blvd. on February 4, with opening ceremonies at 8:45 a.m. and closing ceremonies around 2:30 p.m. Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Elissa Cadish will moderate the event with a keynote speech from former United States Senator Richard Bryan at the closing ceremony. District Court Judge Gloria Sturman will be in the all-star lineup of justice professionals and officials who will judge the competition.

The State Bar of Nevada hosts the competition along with the Clark County School District, Washoe County School District, Nevada Humanities, Nevada Embracing Law Related Education and the justice professionals that make it all work.

The competition will test the students’ skills with simulated congressional hearings on the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Students will appear before mock congressional committees consisting of volunteer judges from the community. As members of a committee, judges will hear oral presentations from groups of students on selected constitutional issues and treated as experts who have been asked to testify before the congressional committee on their particular topic. They will respond to their group’s question with a four minute, prepared presentation, during which they may use notes. They are then required to respond for ten minutes to follow-up questions by the judges. The judges will listen to each group’s presentation, question the group on its topic, and score each group. The class’ total score will consist of the combined scores received.

Judge Cadish has been judging the We the People competition for more than 25 years, after getting involved as a law clerk with Judge Philip Pro. “Once volunteer judges get a taste of it, they’re hooked,” said Judge Cadish who chairs the State Bar’s Law Related Education. “I love it; it’s a great program. We see the future leaders and know there is hope for our future. Once they understand the Constitution and its principles, they are ready to be active and informed citizens; that’s the goal.”

Southern and Northern Nevada schools compete. Any high school that has a teacher who is willing, can participate. Regional competitions are held to qualify for the Feb. 4 competition. The winner of the state competition qualifies to go to national finals in Washington DC, which are held in an actual congressional hearing room.

Judge Sturman has been involved with the program for a number of years dating back to when she was in private practice. When she was president of the State Bar, she judged the national competition. She compared it to a “team sport that offers lessons to be learned from being on a team.”  Judge Sturman said, “The students are electrified by what they learn. They realized the Constitution is a living document that directly affects their lives and that’s exciting to see.”

The judges will score each student group on the basis of six criteria: understanding, constitutional application, reasoning, supporting evidence, responsiveness, and participation. Although students are not told how their hearings are scored, they are given some feedback immediately following their presentation.

A number of schools will participate including: Las Vegas Academy of Arts, Incline High School, Edward C Reed High School, Reno High School, Faith Lutheran Middle School and High School, Silverado College Preparatory & Career/Technical High School, Southwest Career and Technical Academy, West Career and Technical Academy, Advanced Technologies Academy, Canyon Springs High School and College of Southern Nevada East High School.

There will be all all-star lineup of justice professionals and officials judging the competition including: Professor Fred Lokken, Judge Elliott Sattler, former Assemblyman Marcus Conklin, Professor Rachel Anderson, Judge Andrew Gordon, Judge Cynthia Leung, Judge Gloria Sturman, Professor Sondra Cosgrove, Judge Scott Pearson, Judge Lynne Simons, Daniel Schiess, Esq., Professor David Tanenhaus, Professor Michael Green, Judge Philip Pro (Ret.), Justice Michael Douglas, Andrew Lingenfelter, Justice Nancy Saitta (Ret.), Mark Simons, Esq., Kimberly Maxson-Rushton, Esq., Magistrate Judge George Foley, Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, Franny Forsman, Esq., Judge Richard Boulware and Judge Mike Nakagawa.

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The next Civil Bench Bar Meeting of the Eighth Judicial District Court will offer insight on the latest court developments including changes to some discovery procedures.  The meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 12:05 p.m. in courtroom 15D at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave. The Civil Bench Bar is designed to bring the judiciary and members of the bar together to discuss ways to improve the processing and handling of civil matters.  All members of the bar are welcome. Lunch will be provided.

At the August Civil Bench Bar meeting, Discovery Commissioner Bonnie Bulla emphasized that discovery related to the “sale of medical liens” to a third party will not be permitted. As the Nevada Supreme Court explained in Khoury, the amount a lien is sold for is “irrelevant to a jury’s determination of the reasonable value of medical services provided.” However, evidence of the existence of a medical lien will be permitted as it may be evidence of bias. However, footnote 6 to the opinion, which limits the use of such evidence, should be reviewed.

Attendees also got an overview of the Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court Guide and File system that made the list of the top-10 court technology solutions as named by the National Association for Court Management (NACM).

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District Court Judge Elissa Cadish has volunteered much of her time in service to the community including: mentoring students at the William S. Boyd School of Law; her work on the Executive Board for the Nevada chapter of the American Inn of Court; volunteering as an instructor at the State Bar of Nevada Young Lawyer’s Trial Academy; and volunteering as a judge for the Trial by Peers program. Judge Cadish serves on the Board of Directors of Jewish Family Service Agency of Las Vegas. She has also served on the Board of the Directors for Clark County Library Foundation, Clark County Bar Association and as President of Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys (SNAWA). Judge Cadish serves as the Chair of the Law-Related Education Committee of the State Bar of Nevada and heads-up the We The People Competition that teaches students about the importance of the Constitution. This work is the reason Judge Cadish was recently honored with the Liberty Bell award.  The awards are given in recognition to individuals in the community who uphold the rule of law, contribute to good government within the community, stimulate a sense of civic responsibility, and encourage respect for the law in the courts.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Brigid Duffy was also selected as recipients of the 2016 Liberty Bell Award. She  was honored for her volunteer endeavors including 16 years of volunteer service to train Court Appointed Special Advocates to be a voice for the best interests of Clark County’s foster children in dependency court.

The Annual Liberty Bell Award, a partnership between the Clark County Law Foundation’s Let Freedom Ring Committee and the City of Las Vegas, has been recognizing and honoring outstanding citizens since 1983. The Clark County Law Foundation is dedicated to providing community service programs throughout Southern Nevada that are integrated with law-related education.

The Judge Foley essay and poster contest winners were announced in conjunction to the Liberty Awards as part of the kick-off to Law Week.

Elementary School Submissions:

1)     90 posters

2)     32 Essays

 Essay  Winners:

1st place – Bryannna Shepard; 4th grade from Kesterson Elementary School; Mr. Donald & Mrs. O’Brien

2nd place – Patrick Gonczarek; 4th grade from Kesterson Elementary School; Mr. Donald & Mrs. O’Brien

3rd place – Destinee O’Brien; 3rd grade from Claude & Stella Parson Elementary School; Ms. Cole

3rd place – Kyle Hanson; 3rd grade from Claude & Stella Parson Elementary School; Ms. Cole

Honorable Mention – Aiden Schlientz; 3rd grade from Claude & Stella Parson Elementary School; Mr. Korder

Honorable Mention – Brendan Burton Watkins; 4th grade from Ruthie Deskins Elementary School; Mrs. Keller

Poster Winners:

4th & 5th grade poster winners:

1st place –– Joshua Nicolaides; 5th grade from Kesterson Elementary School; Mrs. O’Brien

2nd place – Cristabel Guzman-Pool; 4th grade from Hinman Elementary School; Mrs. O’Brien

3rd place – Brendan Burton Watkins; 4th grade from Ruthie Deskins Elementary School; Mrs. Keller

Honorable Mention–Anthony Erbella-Apodaca; 5th grade from Whitney Elementary School; Mrs. O’Brien

Honorable Mention–Ohlin Arellano; 4th grade from Hinman Elementary School; Mrs. O’Brien

Honorable Mention–Andrew Pehrson; 4th grade from Kesterson Elementary School; Mr. Donald & Mrs. O’Brien

Honorable Mention–Katrina Castillo; 4th Grade from Whitney Elementary School; Mrs. O’Brien

Honorable Mention -Alondra Robledo; 4th Grade from Kesterson Elementary School; Mr. Donald & Mrs. O’Brien

Honorable Mention- Patrick Gonczarek; 4th grade from Kesterson Elementary School; Mr. Donald & Mrs. O’Brien

3rd grade poster winners:

1st place – Braylyn Moffet; 3rd grade from Merryhill Elementary School; Mrs. Loos

2nd place – Mariel Ramirez Bueno; 3rd grade from Claude & Stella Parson Elementary School; Mr. Korder

3rd place- Kyle Hanson; 3rd grade from Claude & Stella Parson Elementary School; Ms. Cole

Honorable Mention–Jasmin Lopez-Guzman; 3rd grade from Claude & Stella Parson Elementary School; Ms. Cole

Honorable Mention- Leslie Alcantar Rosales; 3rd grade from Claude & Stella Parson Elementary School; Mr. Korder

Honorable Mention-Thomas Dadisman III; 3rd grade from Claude & Stella Parson Elementary School; Ms. Cole

Honorable Mention- Rocio E. Rodriguez; 3rd grade from Whitney Elementary School; Mrs. O’Brien

Honorable Mention-Analyn Rodriguez; 3rd grade from Claude & Stella Parson Elementary School; Ms. Cole

Honorable Mention-Destinee O’Brien; 3rd grade from Claude & Stella Parson Elementary School; Ms. Cole

Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade poster winners:

1st– Barack Obama Burton Watkins; 1st grade from Eisenburg Elementary School

2nd– Brody Watkins; kindergarten from Ruthie Deskins Elementary School; Mrs. Locher

3rd – Braxton Burton Watkins; 2nd grade from Ruthie Deskins Elementary School; Mrs. Taylor

Honorable Mention – Belize Burton Watkins; kindergarten from Ruthie Deskins Elementary School; Mrs. Locher

Middle School Submissions:

1)     0 posters

2)     2 Essays

Essay  Winners:

1st place – Steven Lee Jr., 7th Grader from  Jim Bridger Middle School; Teacher is Amy White

2 nd place – Alli Nicolaides, 7th Grader from Thurman White Academy; Teacher is Mrs. Deb O’Brien

 

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District Court Judge Elissa Cadish will be honored with the Clark County Law Foundation Liberty Bell Award on Saturday, April 30, at 11 a.m., at the Las Vegas replica of the Liberty Bell (located at the corner of Fourth St. and Lewis Ave.) at Centennial Plaza. The community is invited to attend the award ceremony that will kick-off to Law Week.

 The Liberty Bell Award is given in recognition to individuals in the community who uphold the rule of law, contribute to good government within the community, stimulate a sense of civic responsibility, and encourage respect for the law in the courts. Judge Cadish is being recognized for her philanthropic work including: mentoring students at the William S. Boyd School of Law; her work on the Executive Board for the Nevada chapter of the American Inn of Court; volunteering as an instructor at the State Bar of Nevada Young Lawyer’s Trial Academy; and volunteering as a judge for the Trial by Peers program. Judge Cadish serves on the Board of Directors of Jewish Family Service Agency of Las Vegas. She has also served on the Board of the Directors for Clark County Library Foundation, Clark County Bar Association and as President of Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys (SNAWA). Judge Cadish serves as the Chair of the Law-Related Education Committee of the State Bar of Nevada and heads-up the We The People Competition that teaches students about the importance of the Constitution.

“I am very honored and humbled to be a recipient of the Liberty Bell Award,” said Judge Cadish. “The principles this award recognizes are near and dear to my heart and it is my passion to educate young people on how civic responsibility and respect for the law in the courts is important for their lives.”

In July of 2007, Judge Elissa F. Cadish was appointed by Governor Jim Gibbons to fill the vacancy left by Judge Joseph Bonaventure’s retirement, and successfully won election in 2008 and 2014 to retain the District Court seat. Since 2009, Judge Cadish has been hearing both civil and criminal cases in District Court. Judge Cadish graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Political Science. She received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1989, where she was a member of the Virginia Law Review and was honored to be awarded the Order of the Coif. After graduation, she moved to Las Vegas and clerked for two years for Hon. Philip M. Pro in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Brigid Duffy has also been selected as recipients of the 2016 Liberty Bell Award. She is being honored for her volunteer endeavors including 16 years of volunteer service to train Court Appointed Special Advocates to be a voice for the best interests of Clark County’s foster children in dependency court.

The annual award recognizes individuals in the community who uphold the rule of law, contribute to good government within the community, stimulate a sense of civic responsibility, and encourage respect for the law in the courts.

“Judge Cadish has given much of her time to educate young people about the Constitution, justice, and principle that spark civic responsibility.” said District Court Chief Judge David Barker. “She is an excellent role model for so many young people and her volunteerism is exemplary.”

The Annual Liberty Bell Award, a partnership between the Clark County Law Foundation’s Let Freedom Ring Committee and the City of Las Vegas, has been recognizing and honoring outstanding citizens since 1983. The Clark County Law Foundation is dedicated to providing community service programs throughout Southern Nevada that are integrated with law-related education.

 

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