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CCBA’s Continuing Legal Education Seminar Addresses “How to Bring a Case to Trial”

On Thursday, September 25, 2014, the Clark County Bar Association hosted the CLE seminar, “How to Bring a Case to Trial.”

Phil Aurbach, Esq.

Nevada attorney Phil Aurbach

Hon. Susan Scann

Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Susan Scann

We are grateful for the time and energies demonstrated by speaker Phil Aurbach, Esq. from the law firm of Marquis Aurbach Coffing who presented a relevant display and practical pointers designed to educate the bar  members on the topic of trial preparation. Special thanks to Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Susan Scann for also providing a view from the bench.

This seminar was video recorded, and we will offer audio and video files for CLE credit. Later this fall, the files will be posted for rent or purchase from our CLE Audio/Visual library at https://www.clarkcountybar.org/events/recorded-cle-seminars/

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Videographer Shane Godfrey

The CCBA’s CLE programming is sponsored by the Bank of Nevada and Depo International. The videography services are sponsored by Las Vegas Legal Video.

Other companies and firms interested in sponsoring this or other bar services should contact CCBA’s Operations Manager Donna Wiessner at (702) 387-6011 and submit a proposal.

 

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Access to Las Vegas Justice Court Case Information – Changes effective November 1, 2014

The following information was provided to CCBA staff by the Las Vegas Justice Court Information Technology Department.

Beginning Saturday, November 1, 2014, access to Las Vegas Justice Court case information will change. The Las Vegas Justice Court is migrating its case management system to a new infrastructure located in the Clark County Operations Center. The following information applies only to Las Vegas Justice Court case and calendar access. Access to District Court case information remains the same. Below are answers to questions you may have regarding this migration:

Where do I go to get access to Las Vegas Justice Court Case Information?
Las Vegas Justice Court will provide links on its home page at http://www.lasvegasjusticecourt.us/ for both general and secure access to case and calendar information. Las Vegas Justice Court Information Technology Department will send emails and post a message on our website homepage when the new system is available.

We currently use the Secure Access Website – What do we need to know?
Current Secure Access users will log on to the new site using their existing accounts and passwords. Users currently utilizing VPN accounts to access the secure site will no longer need VPN connectivity to gain access to the Secure Odyssey site – simply click on the Secure Access link on the Las Vegas Justice Court homepage at http://www.lasvegasjusticecourt.us/.

Who do we contact in case we have questions or issues?
Please send an email to lvjcithelp@ClarkCountyNV.gov or call the Las Vegas Justice Court IT Helpdesk at (702) 671-3282.

Our department currently utilizes the full Odyssey Client – What do we need to do?
Access to the new Las Vegas Justice Court Odyssey system will require the installation of new icons for each desktop currently granted access using the full Odyssey Client. The Las Vegas Justice Court Information Technology team will work directly with your IT Departments to deploy. Once the migration is complete, the Las Vegas Justice Court IT team will broadcast a notice announcing that the new icons are activated. Access to District Court case information will continue to be made through the existing icons. User accounts and passwords will remain the same.

Our agency currently receives calendars or reports from Odyssey. Will these continue to be sent after the migration?
Yes, Odyssey will continue to send these documents once the migration is complete.

Our agency currently receives calendars or reports from CTrack. Will these continue to be sent after the migration?
Yes, CTrack will continue to send these documents after the migration. However, we would like to ultimately migrate these reports to Odyssey. Please send an email to lvjcithelp@ClarkCountyNV.gov and one of our representatives will work with you on migrating these reports to Odyssey.

Contact: Las Vegas Justice Court Information Technology Department Email: lvjcithelp@ClarkCountyNV.gov Phone: (702) 671-3282.

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October Bar Luncheon Featuring Shelley Berkley

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Shelley Berkley, Esq.

Join us on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from Noon to 1:00 p.m. for lunch at Mundo, a “Latin chic” restaurant.

Featured speaker will be Shelley Berkeley Nevada, chief executive officer and senior provost for Touro University Western Division. The former U.S. Representative will address life after politics.

The October luncheon is sponsored by Bank of Nevada and Data Clone Labs. Check-in starts at 11:30 a.m.

To attend this event, please register with payment to the Clark County Bar Association by Noon, Monday, October 20, 2014. Get details and registration information about this event at CCBA Luncheons.

Take a break.

Catch up with colleagues.

Support your local bar association.

 

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Las Vegas Justice Court Announces Updates for Traffic Cases Effective September 15, 2014

New Procedures for Bulk Attorney Sessions in Traffic Cases for the Las Vegas Justice Court

A “bulk” attorney session occurs when an attorney schedules between 100-200 traffic tickets to be heard by a referee at one time.

Beginning September 15, 2014, the Las Vegas Justice Court will implement the following procedure for reserving bulk attorney sessions:

(1) Attorneys may call Legal Office Specialist Jeanna Loupe at (702) 671-3487, or e-mail her at jeanna.loupe@clarkcountynv.gov, in order to determine which dates are available for scheduling of the bulk session.

(2) Once the attorney has selected an available date, the attorney must submit a formal scheduling request by sending an e-mail to the following address: TrafficBulkAttySession@clarkcountycourts.us. The e-mail must contain the attorney’s name and bar number, the defendants’ names, and the specific citation numbers to be scheduled for the particular session.

(3) Within 2 business days, attorneys who submit the aforementioned e-mail will receive a return e-mail confirmation relating to the request.

a.) If the return e-mail includes a notation of NIS next to the citation number, the particular citation is not in our system and therefore cannot be set for a bulk session.

b.) If the return e-mail includes a notation of SET next to the citation number, the particular citation was successfully calendared for the requested bulk session.

(4) Citations requiring immediate attention should be indicated with a “W” (for warrant recall) or “FTA” (for FTA clearance) after the citation number.

(5) All requests to schedule a bulk session must be received no later than 2 business days prior to the scheduled hearing date.

Walk-In Attorney Sessions in Traffic Cases for the Las Vegas Justice Court

 The existing procedures relating to walk-in attorney sessions remain the same. To participate in such sessions, attorneys are required to reserve specific slots as follows:

(1) Reservations can be made in person at the Attorney Window in the Justice Court Traffic Division, or via e-mail to TrafficAttySession@clarkcountycourts.us.

(2) Attorneys must designate the specific day for when they would like to appear, and they must select morning or afternoon sessions, as applicable.

(3) No “same-day” reservations will be allowed.

(4) Instead, attorneys will have to reserve their desired slots no later than 3:00 p.m. in order to appear on the following day’s calendar.

(5) Morning and afternoon sessions are capped at a maximum of 250 tickets. However, attorneys are still allowed to schedule up to 15 citations per session.

(6) The dates and times for the Walk-In Attorney Sessions remain the same:

  • Tuesday:8:00-11:00 AM (morning session) & 1:00-4:00 PM (afternoon session)
  • Thursday: 8:00-11:00 AM (morning session) & 1:00-4:00 PM (afternoon session)

(7) Attorneys who register via e-mail will get a confirmation e-mail to alert them to the fact that specific slots have been reserved for them.

(8) Attorneys are not required to print registers of action for the referees when they appear for the walk-in sessions.

Any questions about these policy changes can be addressed to Staff Attorney Joe Tommasino, at (702) 671-3424 or via e-mail to joe.tommasino@clarkcountynv.gov.

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Las Vegas Municipal Court Announces Updates for Traffic Cases & Process on Quashing of Warrants Effective Oct. 1, 2014

The Las Vegas Municipal Court will be changing the way in which motions to quash traffic cases in warrant status are resolved. Currently, when an attorney files a motion to quash a first (1st) time warrant in a traffic case, the clerks administratively cancel/resolve the warrant, waive the associated warrant fee and set the case out for a new court date. By contrast pro se defendants who appear on a first time warrant, must pay in full, or appear before a Traffic Commissioner to argue for a waiver of the warrant fee. All warrant fees remain in place for a pro se defendant.

In an ongoing effort to ensure equal access to justice, effective October 1, 2014 warrant fees will no longer be waived at the front counter for any traffic cases in 1st time warrant status. By judicial order, the clerks are authorized to cancel/resolve 1st time warrants for defendants either represented by counsel or appearing pro se and set them for an appearance, however the associated fees will not be administratively removed in either instance.

Warrant Fee for First Warrant is $85 (per case/charge).

Attorneys or pro se defendants who wish to present a reason or explanation as to why a warrant fee should be waived will be calendared into the next available Traffic Court session to be heard by the Traffic Commissioner. Traffic Commissioners retain all judicial discretion for the waiver of fees for good cause.

Additionally, the Court is developing a standardized motion template for traffic cases in warrant status. This template will be available on the Las Vegas Municipal Court Attorney Page located on-line at www.lasvegasnevada.gov/MunicipalCourt and at the Court’s front counter.

Should you have any questions about Traffic Warrant Fees/Motions, please contact Court Administration at 702-229-4673.

To find more “Court News” headlines, visit CCBA’s Court News page at http://www.clarkcountybar.org/category/court/.

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United States District Court Invites Attorneys to Apply for a Position on Inmate Early Mediation Panel

The United States District Court for the unofficial northern division of the District invites members of the Clark County Bar Association to apply for a position on the Inmate Early Mediation Panel. Attorneys appointed to serve as pro bono mediators will preside over mediations with inmate plaintiffs who sue the Nevada Department of Corrections for constitutional violations of their confinement pursuant to Title 42 U.S.C. § 1983.

 

What is the Inmate Early Mediation Program?

Prisoner litigation comprises 27% of the District of Nevada’s caseload. The Inmate Early Mediation Program was created in 2009 to assist the court in the management of Section 1983 inmate cases, which account for a significant percentage of the District Court’s civil caseload. The program has been successful in resolving thirty-seven percent of the cases referred to mediation, and early resolution has reduced the significant court time required to decide dispositive and non-dispositive motions in these cases. As a result, the court is better able to manage its remaining caseload, which continues to increase.

 

Who should apply?

Lawyers who are selected to serve on the mediation panel will preside over mediations between the pro se inmate, the Nevada Department of Corrections representative, and the deputy attorney general. No prior mediation experience is required, and serving on the panel is an excellent way to become familiar with federal court procedures in civil cases. Both new and experienced lawyers are encouraged to apply.

 

Why should you apply?

In Nevada, lawyers are asked to aspire to provide twenty hours of pro bono legal services to those unable to pay, and this panel is an excellent way to serve the public. Lawyers who have served on the panel report that the experience has greatly enhanced their own understanding of mediation and the work of the federal court. In addition, they find it rewarding to assist the parties in arriving at a settlement and in achieving a better understanding of their case.

 

Will there be training?

The court will offer training in mediation and in Section 1983 law at a series of programs. New mediators are required to attend all training sessions. Mediators will also tour a prison and observe at least two inmate mediations to become familiar to become familiar with the process.

 

What is the time commitment?

When a case is referred to mediation, the court contacts the mediation panel via email, and the first mediator to volunteer is selected for that mediation. This voluntary system has worked very well and allows attorneys to sign up for a mediation when their calendars allow. Mediators are asked to commit to one of year of service, but many members of the mediation panel have asked to remain because they find the work challenging and rewarding.

 

How long does a typical mediation last? When and where are they held?

Mediations are scheduled on Fridays at 9 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. They typically last two to three hours. They are held at the courthouse, and the inmate appears via video conference. The NDOC representative and deputy attorney general are present. Mediators are provided confidential mediation statements and are able to review the inmate complaint, and the defendants’ answer.

 

How do I apply to become a mediator?

Those interested in applying should send a letter of interest and resume to Judge Foley’s judicial assistant, Julia Wright, at julia_wright@nvd.uscourts.gov or at 702-464-5575. Judge Foley will also be pleased to answer any questions you may have, and you may contact him through Ms. Wright.

 

What is the application deadline?

The deadline to apply is Monday, November 3, 2014.

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CLE Seminar to Focus on How to Bring a Case to Trial

Join us on Thursday, September 25, 2014 for the CLE seminar, “How to Bring a Case to Trial”. This seminar will help you prepare for the outline of proof, organization of facts and documents, graphics, and provide practical pointers.

Featured speakers are Phillip S. Aurbach, Esq. from Marquis Aurbach Coffing and Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Susan Scann from Dept. 29 from that Clark County court.

Get event details and registration information

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NOTICE: CCBA’s Office Communications are Offline

info-2UPDATE:  At this time, the outage seems to be limited to phone and fax transmissions. (4:50 p.m., 8/15/2014)

Our telecommunications service is no longer working. This outage includes all phone, fax, e-mail, and internet service. We are working to remedy this problem.

If you have business to conduct with the staff of the Clark County Bar Association, then you may contact CCBA’s Communications Coordinator Steph Abbott via the alternative e-mail, ccbastephabbott@outlook.com or 702-241-9150. She will try to respond back as quickly as possible; however, it may take  72 hours or more.

We truly appreciate your understanding and patience during this time.

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Amendments to Nevada Rule of Civil Procedure Regarding Entry of Judgment – Effective September 29, 2014

On July 31, 2014 an order was filed by the Supreme Court of Nevada in the matter of amendments to the proposed amendment to Rule 58 of the Nevada Rule of Civil Procedure. The changes are to Part E (Entry of Judgment). See ADKT 0488. The changes are detailed in Exhibit A of the order. The amendments shall be effective 60 days from the date of the order.

To download the full order and review the administrative case, visit the Appellate Case Management System at http://caseinfo.nvsupremecourt.us/public/caseView.do?csIID=31249.

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Amendments to Eighth Judicial District Court Rules of Practice Regarding Probate; Trusts and the Administration of Estates – Effective August 30, 2014

On July 31, 2014 an order was filed by the Supreme Court of Nevada in the matter of amendments to the proposed amendments to Part IV of the Rules of Practice for the Eighth Judicial District Court. The changes are to the rule are extensive and outlined within Exhibit A to the order. See ADKT 0498. The amendments shall be effective 30 days from the date of the order.

To download the full order and review the administrative case, visit the Appellate Case Management System at http://caseinfo.nvsupremecourt.us/public/caseView.do?csIID=33996.

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