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September 16, 2016 September Adult Guardianship Bench/Bar Meeting cancelled – next meeting to be held in October
The Adult Guardianship Bench/Bar Meeting that was scheduled for Sept. 26 has been cancelled. Mark your calendar for the next meeting on Oct.24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Public Guardian’s Office, 515 Shadow Lane. If you have an agenda item for the Oct. meeting please e-mail RootA@clarkcountycourts.usno later than Oct. 14. Attendance to the Bench/Bar Meeting is free plus you getting two free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits. Bench Bar meetings are a great way to stay up on the latest developments and improve the efficacy of those who practice in the area of guardianship.
September 15, 2016 Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez Selected To Assume District Court Chief Judge Post January 1
Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez was selected to be the new chief judge of the Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court. She will succeed Chief Judge David Barker. Judges on the District Court bench voted to choose the new chief who will officially start the role on Jan. 1 next year. The chief judge is responsible for managing the administration of the court while maintaining an active (reduced) caseload hearing and deciding cases.
“I am honored to be selected to fill the role of chief judge of the Eighth Judicial District Court and to carry on the precedence of excellence established by colleagues such as Chief Judge Barker,“ said Judge Gonzalez. “I look forward to beginning this new challenge of keeping the court on course to achieve the vision of timely and fair adjudication, optimum technological advancement, continuous improvement and maximum efficiency.”
Judge Gonzalez who was the 2015 Liberty Bell Award honoree, is currently the presiding judge of the Civil Division, handling business and criminal cases and serving on the executive committee of the court. She was appointed to the District Court in July 2004. Prior to taking the bench, she practiced predominantly in complex civil litigation that included business, mass tort, and construction defect litigation. From 1986 to 1998, she was employed with the law firm of Beckley, Singleton, Jemison & List where she focused on these areas of litigation and served as the firm’s president from 1997 to 1998. From 1998 until taking the bench, she operated her own firm.
Judge Gonzalez is a past president of the American College of Business Court Judges and has served as a Business Court Representative to the ABA Business Law Section. Currently she serves on the Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission and serves on both the Education Committee and Judicial Education Requirements Study Committee of the Judicial Council of the State of Nevada. She previously served on the Judicial Council of the State of Nevada, the Supreme Court Jury Improvement Commission, and the State of Nevada Ethics Commission. Judge Gonzalez attained a B.A. in History, with honors, from the University of Florida in May of 1982 and received her law degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1985. She was admitted to the State Bar of Nevada in 1985.
“Judge Gonzalez has demonstrated repeatedly that she is well-suited to fill the role of chief judge of the District Court. She is well-respected and has excelled as the presiding Civil Division judge; and has contributed much as an executive committee member. I am confident that Judge Gonzalez will lead the District Court in a productive direction,” said current Chief Judge Barker.
Under Chief Judge Barker, the District Court received recognition for several programs including the NACM Top 10 Court Technology Solutions Award and NACM Award for Project 48. During his tenure as chief, Judge Barker worked on the Pre-trial Committee to relieve jail overcrowding, worked to start the Guardianship Commission, served on the Nevada State—Federal Judicial Council and the Judicial Council of Southern Nevada.
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September 14, 2016 Opportunity for legal, law enforcement and social service professionals to step up for kids and feel great about it
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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September 13, 2016 What attorneys need to know about Discovery changes to the procedures for the Report and Recommendations
Discovery Commissioner Bulla has made changes to the discovery procedures for the Report and Recommendations. The parties only have to submit the original Report and Recommendations. Copies are no longer required.
Pursuant to N.E.F.C.R. 9, after Commissioner Bulla signs the Report and Recommendations , the parties will be served with notice pursuant to EDCR 2.34(f) via e-service through Wiznet . The new Report and Recommendation form with the new notice page is now available at the Clark County Website – http://www.clarkcountycourts.us/ejdc/courts-and-judges/discovery/discovery.html
The time to object to the Report and Recommendations will continue to be eight (8) judicial days from the date of e-service and the parties are still required to timely provide Commissioner Bulla’s office with a file stamped courtesy copy of any Objection. If a file stamped copy of the Objection is not available before the objection time expires, a copy of the details of filing from Wiznet will be accepted.
Run slips submitted with the original Report and Recommendations to the Discovery Commissioner, will remain attached to the document when forwarded to the District Court Judge. Once the Report and Recommendations is signed by the District Court Judge, it will be available for pick up by your runner service from the Department.
Attorneys who practice family law are invited to attend the Family Bench Bar meeting on Aug. 11 at noon in courtroom 9 at the Family Court, 601N. Pecos Road.
The agenda will include the following:
Administrative Announcements (Presiding Judge Hoskin) – This is when Judge Hoskin reveals the latest happenings in the Family Division, tells what’s in the pipeline and what the latest buzz is.
Promise One (Corinne Price, Esq.)
Ask and Answer
Next Bench-Bar Meeting Nov. 17, 2016
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Attorneys in civil practice are invited to escape the heat, grab a bite and pick up tips to improve their practice at the Civil Bench Bar Meeting Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 12:05 p.m. in District Court courtroom 15C at the Regional Justice Center. Changes that will occur as a result of new Justice Court civil case thresholds were discussed at the July Bench Bar.
On the Agenda is a Review of July NV Supreme Court Civil Decisions:
- Golden Road Motor Inn, Inc. (Atlantis) v. Islam, 132 Nev.Ad.Op. 49 (July 21, 2016) (4-3) (38-page decision)
- Khoury v. Seastrand, 132 Nev.Ad.Op. 52 (July 28, 2016) [5-1(concurring)] (31-page decision)
- Humboldt General Hospital v. District Court, 132 Nev.Ad.Op. 53 (July 28, 2016)
- Nationstar Mortgage, LLC v. Rodriguez, 132 Nev.Ad.Op. 55 (July 28, 2016)(7-0)
The committee is open to new suggestions and issues of concern to bar members. 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.
The Civil Bench Bar is this Tuesday, July 12 at 12:05 p.m. in courtroom 15D at the Regional Justice Center. Lots of hot topics will come up that will help those practicing civil law. Discussion will include the Courts’ jurisdictional limits, arbitration, etc.
Last month’s Bench Bar offered up a useful discussion of videoconferencing which is taking root in District Court. The biggest issue to surface with using video-conferencing is the speed of video line on other end. It was suggested that using public Wi-Fi in Starbucks in New York in the afternoon generally doesn’t work out well. In order to use video-conferencing, judicial approval is required five days prior. A drafted form is in the approval process. No rules change is needed.
Discovery was another hot topic at the June meeting. Volume for requests for discovery continuances has increased dramatically. The Discover Commissioner Bonnie Bulla told those in attendance, “We’re happy to continue discovery as long as trial date stays in place.” If it requires a change in trial date the request for continuance will be forwarded to the department or returned to counsel for submission to the department.
Top 5 Discovery tips offered at the June Bench Bar Meeting:
A request for discovery extension should include an explanation why the request is being made and must comply with Eighth Judicial Court Rule 2.35 http://www.trucounsel.com/edcr/part-ii-civil-practice/rule-235-extension-of-discovery-deadlines.
If you are submitting a motion to discovery, ensure that “Discovery” is indicated on the first page of the motion. But if you want to extend the discovery deadlines and trial date, please submit your motion to the department to be heard by the judge.
If you are a new party to a case, you may request an Early Case Conference under NRCP 16.1. After the conference, a supplemental Case Conference Report must be filed. However, once discovery issues a scheduling order you must submit an EDCR 2.35 stipulation or motion to be able to extend your discovery deadlines.
Please make certain that your discovery dates do not fall on holidays or weekends. Select date that work for the discovery to be completed so that your trial date will be meaningful.
If your requested a settlement conference in your Case Conference Report and you do not receive a date for one, please contact Department 30 at (702-671-3633) to inquire as to the status.
Nevada Supreme Court Decisions that will be reviewed at the July Bench Bar:
Review of Last Month’s NV Supreme Court Civil Decisions:
- Sparks v. Bare, 132 Nev.Ad.Op. 43 (June 16, 2016)(3-0): NRS 189.030(1), which provides a municipal court has 10 days to “transmit to the clerk of the district court the transcript of the case [and] all other papers relating to the case [along with] a certified copy of the docket” after notice of appeal is filed, does not confer a duty on the municipal court to provide a transcript for a defendant’s misdemeanor appeal.
- Scenic Nevada, Inc. v. City of Reno, 132 Nev.Ad.Op. 48 (June 30, 2016)(7-0): Nev. Const. Art. 19, §2(3) prohibits the Legislature from amending or repealing a voter-initiated statute for three years after it takes effect.
- Civil Judges’ Meeting, July 27, 2016, 12:00 p.m. (noon), Courtroom 14C
- Civil Bench-Bar Meeting, August 9, 2016 at 12:05 p.m. in Courtroom 15D
- The Medical/Dental Malpractice Status Check Calendar will be held on Monday, August 1 at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave., Las Vegas, Nevada in Courtroom 14A.
- Construction Defect sweeps will be held 7-8. Judge Wiese and the Construction Defect Bar will offer a CLE on day two.
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