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A recent book drive at the Regional Justice Center and at Family Court brought in boxes of books to be given to students, teachers and for use at an upcoming book fair. Thanks to all those who lugged in bags and boxes to contribute books. The Clark County School District sent a van to collect the recycled reading material. They expressed appreciation for the books and promised that they will go to good use in the hands of kids who really need them, in teacher gift baskets, or to stock book fair tables.

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Recovery is a lifelong journey. Two recent District Court veterans’ court graduates will have something special to remind them to stay solid in their recovery. At a recent graduation ceremony, the vets were wrapped in a Quilt of Valor by presiding veterans’ court Judge Adrianna Escobar and the Nevada state coordinator for the Quilt of Valor Foundation, Victoria Colburn Hall. The beautiful, patriotic themed quilt was sewn by volunteers to show honor and give comfort to veterans who have served our country.

Victoria Hall is a Blue Star mom; her son spent 24 year in the Marine Corp assault unit. She thanked the vets for their service and gave a brief overview of the foundation. The Quilt of Valor Foundation was founded in 2003 by Blue Star mom Catherine Roberts from her sewing room. Blue Star moms are those who have a son or daughter in active service. Her son Nathanael’s deployment to Iraq served as the initial inspiration for the foundation. That has since presented thousands of quilts nationwide to those who have served our country.

The local chapter of Quilt of Valor meets the second Friday of the month at 8670 W. Cheyanne Ave. from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 105. Volunteers are always welcome; no quilting experience is necessary. For more information call 702-357-0377.

Judge Escobar looks to veterans’ court success stories as inspiration for others going through the program. Since Sept. 2012, the veterans’ treatment court has helped veterans who are facing criminal charges as a result of substance abuse. Veterans’ court is one of several Eighth Judicial District specialty courts that save millions of tax dollars by averting repeated incarcerations due to substance abuse offenses and related crimes. Specialty courts solve issues through a rigorous and coordinated approach between judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, Parole and Probation, law enforcement and mental health/social service/treatment professionals. All work together to help participants recover, live crime-free and become productive citizens. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals reports: “nationwide, 75 percent of drug court graduates remain arrest-free at least two years after leaving the program. Drug courts reduce crime as much as 35 percent more than other sentencing options.”

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District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti gave four third grade classes from the Las Vegas Day School a great lesson on justice through mock trials. The students played the parts of judges, lawyers, victims, witnesses, jurors and defendants. The mock trials: Big Bad Wolf vs. Curly Pig, and Three Bears vs. Goldilocks were scripted to offer lessons how cases move through court. The  students not only had fun with the mock trials, but they took away some valuable life-lessons on how the justice system works. Judge Togliatti was particularly impressed by the junior jurors, who payed close attention, took notes and deliberated in an organized and reasonable manner.

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Four third grade classes will try Goldilocks and the Big Bad Wolf during two days of mock trials before District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti on May 10 at noon and 1 p.m., and May 11 at noon and 1 p.m. in courtroom 10C at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave.

Big Bad Wolf is scheduled to testify in the case on how his legendary bluster allegedly got out of hand. Goldilocks, charged with breaking and entering and robbery, will also take the stand in her own defense, sporting her trademark golden curls. The third graders from Las Vegas Day School, will wear costumes, act out roles and make their case in a real courtroom.

The court has been involved with doing mock trials as a way to teach students at early age about the justice system and what good and bad choices lead to. “These mock trials  will be a fun way to get third graders thinking about the justice system, their choices and about potential careers,” said Judge Togliatti. “It’s never too early to get children thinking about these things; they are lessons that will stay with them for a long time, and hopefully have a positive influence on them.”

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Hearing Master Erin Lee Truman

After a thorough three-tiered recruitment process that included public input, Erin Lee Truman was selected to fill the hearing master post for the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program.  Hearing Master Truman has been practicing law in Las Vegas since 1992. She most recently worked with the law firm of Hutchison & Steffen as head of the firm’s ADR department, acting as both a mediator and arbitrator, and with the firm’s insurance defense litigation team. She also served as a court-appointed arbitrator and short trial judge pro tempore in the Eighth Judicial District Court.

Ms. Truman also served  as a privately retained mediator and arbitrator  with Bongiovi Dispute Resolution , and assisted in resolving numerous litigated cases and pre-litigation disputes through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). She served as Lead Counsel for Allstate Insurance Company.  During her 14 year tenure with the company, she managed the employees in the Allstate and Encompass Insurance staff counsel litigation office in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“The Alternative Dispute Resolution has proven to be a valuable program saving time and money by keeping cases moving efficiently through our court,” said Eighth Judicial District Court Chief Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez. “ Hearing Master Truman brings a wealth of experience that is well-suited to meet the growing significance of the court’s ADR program.”

Ms. Truman’s legal education began at J. Reuben Clark Law School- Brigham, where she received a Juris Doctor degree in 1991. Prior to law school, she attended Brigham Young University as a Trustee Scholar and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, with a minor in Business Management, from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management in 1988. She also attended the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at William S. Boyd School of Law for their Mediation Intersession Course.

“I am honored to be selected as Hearing Master for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. I have a strong belief in the importance of ADR, to benefit litigants, reduce costs of litigation, relieve burdened dockets and conserve judicial resources,” said Hearing Master Truman.

Alternative Dispute Resolution is a program intended to settle legal cases. ADR typically involves neutral mediation, negotiation and/or arbitration.

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District Court E-filing is getting upgraded with the highly anticipated File and Serve roll-out beginning in April. The roll-out is scheduled to be completed by the end of May. The goal is to make this transition as smooth as possible. Once File and Serve is activated, the former system will continue to be available for approximately 30 days.

Further updates will be communicated as they develop. The court will hold training sessions at the Regional Justice Center and the Family Court campus. Law firms or those who are unable to make one of the sessions can make arrangements for one-on-one training. Details on how to request this training will be announced prior to April 17. A training video is also available at

Free webinars are also available. Visit the link to sign up for the webinars – Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits – Sign up for one of the webinars using the link above and you will receive Continuing Legal Education CLE credit.

Meanwhile, users can self-register for File and Serve so that you are ready to start filing on April 17 by going to

There are many advantages to File and Serve including: the Envelope Feature which enables the filer to bundle multiple filings (all must be same case number) into one envelope for just one $3.50 flat-fee. Filers can submit an Answer, Initial Appearance Fee Disclosure (IAFD) and Demand for Jury Trial in one envelope for a total of $3.50 thereby saving $7.00 on the cost of two documents (if filed separately).

The Issuing Summons feature enables the clerk to electronically issue Summons’ through the new site. Simply submit the Summons at the same time you submit the Complaint (using the envelope feature) and once the Clerk processes the Complaint and assigns a case number, the Summons can be issued. The Summons and Complaint will be returned to the filer ready to be served. These new features will cut steps and save the time previously required to present the Summons’ to the Clerk’s office for issuance after the case had been initiated and a case number assigned through electronic filing.

Defaults and Writs of Execution can also be submitted electronically for review and issuance saving a trip to the Clerk’s office.

Template Functionality enables users to easily set up reusable templates for common new case initiation as well as subsequent filings. This feature can be used to save time and ensure accurate filings.

The E-Check Feature enables payment with checking account information for only $1 per filing/envelope.

Important  Dates: April 17 File and Serve will be available for new filings.

May 15 The legacy E-Filing system will be turned to read only and all new filings must be done by File and Serve.

Training Dates Training
April 19 thru April 21 Remote training at firms available
April 21, 2017 – 10:30 a.m. Training – Q&A session available at RJC in 3rd Floor Jury Lounge
April 21, 2017 – 1:30 p.m. Training – Q&A session available at Family Court in Courtroom 2
April 26, 2017 – April 28, 2017 Remote training at firms available
April 28, 2017 – 10:30 a.m. Training – Q&A session available at RJC in 3rd Floor Jury Lounge
April 28, 2017 – 1:30 p.m. Training – Q&A session available at Family Court in Courtroom 2
May 3, 2017 – May 5, 2017 Remote training at firms available
May 5, 2017 – 10:30 a.m. Training – Q&A session available at RJC in 3rd Floor Jury Lounge
May 5, 2017 – 1:30 p.m. Training – Q&A session available at Family Court in Courtroom 2
Webinars Visit the link to sign up for the webinars – CLE Credits – Sign up for one of the webinars using the link above and you will receive CLE credit. Dates Webinar
April 4, 2017 1-2 p.m. Webinar
April 14, 2017 2-3 p.m. Webinar
April 19, 2017 2-3 p.m. Webinar
April 26, 2017 1-2 p.m. Webinar
May 4, 2017 2-3 p.m. Webinar
May 10, 2017 2-3 p.m. Webinar
May 16, 2017 1-2 p.m. Webinar
May 26, 2017 2-3 p.m. Webinar
May 30, 2017 1-2 p.m. Webinar
June 15, 2017 1-2 p.m. Webinar
June 27, 2017 1-2 p.m. Webinar

Training Videos

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A class of fourth graders got an education on the justice system when they sat through the court calendar of District Court Judge Douglas Herndon. They then got to test their chops in a court of law with a mock trial: The Ministry of Magic vs. Harry Potter. The students from the Meadows School were prepped by their teacher for their day in court. They played the roles of judges, jury, attorneys and witnesses. The fabulous fourth graders peppered Judge Herndon with questions; he in turn, grilled them about what they learned. They appeared to have learned a lot. Two more mock trials are scheduled with Judge Herndon April 18 and May 4 at 10 a.m. in courtroom 16D at the Regional Justice Center.

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