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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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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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A new scam has surfaced with a bogus promise of money from a fake judgment with the forged signature of real Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti. The scam claims that for a commitment deposit of just under $2,000, the victim can collect close to $8,000.

This scam is just the latest in a long list of attempts to invoke the name of the court or judges to either entice or scare unsuspecting victims into turning over their hard-earned money. Many of the victims targeted by these scammers are seniors on a fixed income and who just want to stay on the right side of the law.

The scammers are hard to catch and prosecute. Potential victims should thoroughly examine and verify any paperwork or e-mails that ask for money. The court doesn’t require or ask for commitment deposits for judgments. Other telltale signs that the latest scam was bogus include that the judge’s name was misspelled, a sloppy forgery, and the faked-up Clark County District Court judgment had a United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals seal. Not all forgeries are so sloppy though, many fakes look as good as authentic documents.

“I urge people when they get correspondence or phone calls asking for money for anything, proceed with caution,” said District Court Judge Jennifer P. Togliatti. “The court doesn’t require commitment deposits for judgments and never solicits money on the telephone. Residents who receive suspicious letters, e-mails or calls asking for money, should report them to law enforcement.”

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To keep the medical/dental malpracctice cases on-track and moving through the District Court, a status check calendar will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Regional Justice Center in Cocurtroom 10D. Visit the court website to get more details http://www.clarkcountycourts.us/.

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DSC_0153Thanksgiving is a time for families. But many families in our community are in crisis and many of those families end up at Family Court. Last week, Family Court marked more than 20 years of service to the community with events, including two service provider fairs, intended to inform the community about the services offered to assist those families in crisis. Representatives gave out information on programs including: The Family Court Violence Intervention Program; the Family Mediation Program; the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program; classes in English and Spanish to teach effective parenting; help from Boys Town that offers a hotline and other resources for parents; counseling on substance abuse and mental health issues and foster care services through Choices and Maple Star; ways to reunify families through the FIT program; the FACT program that helps families heal from traumas and the cycle of abuse, neglect, violence and addiction; UNLV’s program for cooperative parenting; the COPE program that helps parents help their kids, Peggy’s Attic that helps young people get the things they need when recovering from abusive situations. It’s a long list; a list that many people don’t know exists. For a list of services visit the court website at http://www.clarkcountycourts.us/ejdc/courts-and-judges/family.html.

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Six judges were in attendance for the Dec. 10 Civil Bench Bar meeting. Recent Supreme Court decisions were a prominent topic. Lawyers who are looking to use Power Point presentations in cases were advised to look at 59703 – Watters v. State another opinion of particular interest 55817 Perez V. State http://supreme.nvcourts.gov/ . Judge Kenneth Cory will be taking on the docket from the outlying areas. A civil case reassignment to distribute Judge Cory’s civil caseload will be effective Jan. 4. The next Civil Bench Bar will be Jan. 14 at 12:05 p.m.

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Judge Timothy Williams took lawyers to school to give Canyon Spring High School students an education on a real short trial. The judge used a civil short trial as a teaching tool for students in the high school law magnet program. “A short trial provides the perfect educational experience for students, because it takes all the elements of a complex trial and distills it down to one day,” said Judge Williams. “The opportunity to show students the legal process and give them first-hand experience is a wonderful teaching tool for the District Court and the Clark County School District.”

Short trials are used to resolve civil cases in one day. In a short trial, each party is limited to three hours to present their case and the jury is composed of four or six members rather than eight. Short trials have proven to be a cost effective way to resolve many civil cases that may be less complicated or lower in dollar value than others.

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