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Civil Bench-Bar meetings always provide plenty of food for thought for those practicing civil law, but the January 10 noon meeting in courtroom 3A, will have the added bonus of featuring a chili cook-off. It’s a tasty way to get the latest Civil Division info, find out which lawyer or judge cooks-up the meanest chili, and mingle.
At the December Bench-Bar, Judge Susan Johnson, now the Presiding Civil Division Judge, passed the baton for presiding over the Bench-Bar Meetings to Judge Nancy Allf. There were a lot of interesting hot topics at the meeting including: the implications of the the $15,000 threshold for Justice Court cases, new marijuana laws and the idea of raising the arbitration limit. Procedural issues were discussed for de novo cases including some quick tips on how to do things right and avoid wasting time. Nevada State Bar President Bryan K. Scott addressed concerns and fielded questions on a variety of topics. He noted that bar counsel investigators have been hired and the backlog of attorney discipline actions have been reduced. Laughlin Constable Jordan Ross provided information on complex civil enforcement in his jurisdiction.
Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the upcoming Civil Bench Bar meeting and don’t forget it is in courtroom 3A.
Brenoch Wirthlin recognized as September pro bono volunteer of the month
Brenoch Wirthlin, who is a Director at the Fennemore Craig law firm, was recognized by the District Court judges as the September pro bono volunteer of the month. Since 2012, Brenoch has accepted seven new pro bono cases through Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. He has assisted low income clients in a variety of matters, including civil/consumer, domestic violence and bankruptcy. Brenoch also participates in a Small Claims and Veterans Ask-A-Lawyer Programs. He is fluent in Spanish and uses his bilingual skills to assist Spanish speaking clients.
Brenoch has been interested in doing pro bono work since he first moved to Las Vegas. “The most meaningful law I ever practiced was pro bono,” said Brenoch when accepting his award.
He shared a story on the very first pro bono client he helped who was in tears in his office because she did not see a way out of her difficult situation. Brenoch was able to assist her to find a resolution.
One of his most memorable pro bono clients was a mother whom he assisted in retaining custody of her children. This client had been through a tough time in her personal life but Brenoch was able to protect her rights and come to a resolution which allowed her to keep custody of her son. This client was so grateful for Brenoch’s assistance that she continued to stay and touch and send thank you notes for years following the case.
Attorneys who are interested in taking a pro bono case should visit www.lacsnprobono.org or call 702-386-1413 to select a case. October is pro bono month with a special case line-pass program in place for attorneys who volunteer.
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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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.
June 24, 2016 Court receptionist leaves desk job, graduates from police academy and will now serve to protect the courthouse
Laquedra Parks has a big smile and a determined personality. Her determination is what helped her make it through the Southern Desert Regional Police Academy. She graduated on June 23 and will begin serving as a court marshal on June 27. Laquedra left her desk job as a receptionist for the District Court to go through 23 weeks of tough police academy training. A graduation video showed the trainees getting tased, fighting, running and other grueling training to prepare them for the job. There was a lot of talk about integrity during the graduation. The academy commander Lt. Walt Dennison summed it up well; he said, “If someone does not have integrity, they do not belong in the field of law enforcement.”
Graduation was a proud moment for Laquedra. Her already big smile was a little brighter as District Court Chief Judge David Barker pinned the official badge on her uniform.
The courts are some of the most frequented facilities in Southern Nevada. Thousands pass through the courthouse doors each day and the marshals who protect the gates and courtrooms are responsible for the safety of all those who enter. It takes high caliber individuals to meet this challenge and complete the training to be a court marshal.
District Court has a Police Academy Recruitment Program. Military veterans are encouraged to apply and may be eligible to receive help to cover the costs for the Criminal Justice Academy P.O.S.T. certification. The court is working with the Nevada Partners, Las Vegas Urban League, the Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation and the College of Southern Nevada to sponsor military veterans for the Criminal Justice Academy P.O.S.T. certification. The Police Academy Recruitment Program gives veterans who have successfully completed their service a good career path. It is also to help the court fill the many marshal vacancies with the high-caliber individuals needed to fill those important jobs. Weeks of Criminal Justice Academy P.O.S.T. certification training will ready the veterans for a potential career keeping citizens who visit the court safe. Joseph Ortega and Gustavo Molina are successful graduates of the program and now serve to protect the courthouse. Veterans who are interested in the program can email RamosS@clarkcountycourts.us.
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