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For the past six years in late April, tennis players from the legal and medical communities have suited-up to compete in the lawyers vs. doctors tennis tournament as a fun way to raise money for the Marty Hennessey Inspiring Children Foundation. The doctors won this year, for the third year in a row.  The truth is, the kids really end up the winners as more funding comes in to help students in need achieve higher education. The lawyers, doctors, judges and others compete in both adult and junior singles, doubles and mixed doubles tennis draws. The foundation has raised more than $2 million to help at-risk youth including 85 children who have received college scholarships.

The event also raises awareness for the Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation which helps keep kids “stay on the court and out of court.” To date they have helped placed more than 100 under-served youth into college on scholarship to schools such as Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Wharton School at Penn, Yale and UNLV law and medical schools.

The Physicians and Barristers Ball Charity Tennis Classic Tournament was founded in 2012 with the help of Neal and Nicole Tomlinson. The Physicians’ & Barristers’ Ball Charity Tennis Classic was created to get active tennis players from the legal community involved with a fun and exciting event that raises awareness and funds for the Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The Marty Hennessey Inspiring Children Foundation was started more than11 years ago by Ryan Wolfington and Marty Hennessey. With the support of entertainment legend Tony Bennett and Andre Agassi’s father Mike, as well as the top doubles team in the world Bob and Mike Bryan, the foundation has raised more than $2 million to help at risk youth. The Foundation’s goal is to provide the ultimate environment for a child to become their best in all areas of their life. This includes excellence in academics, athletics, inter-personal skills and leadership. To learn more, visit www.InspiringChildren.net.

Judges and attorneys who played tennis for the lawyers this year included:

Judges: Judge Abbi Silver, Judge Jennifer Togliatti, Judge Michael Villani 

Attorneys: Trevor Atkins, Marcus Berg, Brian Berman, Jordon Butler, Victor Cardoza, Elaine Dowling, Bruce Gale, Charles Gianelloni, Ryan Gormley, Rory Kay, Alex Mazzia, Craig Marquiz, Andres Moses, Neal Tomlinson, Diane Welch, David Westbrook

Attorneys who think they have tennis skills are invited to join the fun next year to help give lawyers a win over doctors.

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Eighth Judicial District Court judges have teamed up with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada to offer insight on recent Nevada Supreme Court decisions with a free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) session on Jan. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave., courtroom 3A

The distinguished panel will include Judge Nancy Allf (moderator), Chief Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez, Judge Susan Johnson, Judge Gloria Sturman, Judge Timothy Williams
and Judge Michael Villani.

The cost for this one-credit CLE is free, contingent on acceptance of one new pro bono case or participation in two Ask-A-Lawyer sessions. Those who wish to participate can view case summaries and Ask-A-Lawyer opportunities. Register online to attend the CLE seminar. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.   

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The ability to present testimony via video conference is up and running in all courtroom in the District Court at the Regional Justice Center. Easy access to video conferencing has been highly anticipated and a hot topic at several of the recent Civil Bench Bar meetings. It is expected to save time and money on testimony for out of town witnesses and aid in facilitating the testimony of those who face significant logistical challenges getting to court.

There are a few important considerations to keep in mind including: Counsel/Party must agree to provide all exhibits to the Party or Witness in advance in the same form as have been or will be submitted to the Court Clerk. Any objection to a request must be made in writing within two judicial days of service of a request. Counsel/Party must agree that by submitting a request, the party and witness (or their respective representatives) will test and verify the functionality of video conference connectivity with the court IT department at least two judicial days before the scheduled appearance.  The video conference request form can be found under Court News at Audio/Visual Appearance Request InstructionsFull agreement of counsel isn’t necessary for video testimony to be used; it is up to the judge.

Part IX of the Nevada Supreme Court Rules Governing Appearance by Audiovisual Transmission Equipment can be viewed at https://www.leg.state.nv.us/CourtRules/SCR_AudTranEquip.html. As posted on this site, “The intent of this rule is to promote uniformity in the practices and procedures relating to audiovisual transmission equipment appearances in civil cases.” It’s important to note the following excerpt: “A party choosing to appear by audiovisual transmission equipment at a hearing, conference, or proceeding under this rule must either: Place the phrase “Audiovisual Transmission Equipment Appearance” below the title of the moving, opposing, or reply papers; or at least three court days before the appearance, notify the court and all other parties of the party’s intent to appear by audiovisual transmission equipment. If the notice is oral, it must be given either in person or by audiovisual transmission equipment. If the notice is in writing, it must be given by filing a “Notice of Intent to Appear by Audiovisual Transmission Equipment” with the court at least three court days before the appearance and by serving the notice at the same time on all other parties by personal delivery, fax transmission, express mail, or other means reasonably calculated to ensure delivery to the parties no later than the close of the next business day.”

Bench Bar meetings are one of the best ways to stay up on what’s new in court and to get clarification on issues that surface. On Oct. 24, a joint Guardianship and Probate Bench Bar meeting will be held at the Nevada State Bar office at 3100 S. Charleston Blvd. from 11:30-1:30 p.m. The Blue Ribbon Guardianship Commission will present their report and recommendations on guardianship in Nevada. Attendees will get free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit and lunch will be served.

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