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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 43 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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Las Vegas Justice Court Purges Unserved Arrest Warrants

On August 4, 2014 an order was filed by the Chief Justice of the Peace Karen Bennett-Haron for the Las Vegas Justice Court in the matter of unserved arrest warrants in older civil cases. The court determined that “the outstanding arrest warrants in those cases should be quashed, and the related cases should be closed, due to the passage of time…” See Administrative Order 14-04 (PDF): 14-04-LVJC-Civil-Bench-Warrants

The list of affected cases are detailed in Exhibit A of the order. The order was made effective immediately.

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Las Vegas Justice Court Order Addresses Restitution Amounts Due to be Paid for Specific Criminal Cases

On July 31, 2014 an order was signed by the Chief Justice of the Peace Karen Bennett-Haron for the Las Vegas Justice Court in the matter of restitution in criminal cases. The order included the list of cases with unpaid restitution amounts due to be paid to the Clark County District Attorney’s Victim-Witness Assistance Center and locations for such payments to be made. See Administrative Order 14-03 (PDF): 14-03-LVJC-Restitution-Payments-Criminal

The very long list of affected cases is included as Exhibit A of the order. The order was made effective August 1, 2014.

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New Benefit for CCBA Members: Professional Liability Coverage

Kimberly A. Buchanan, Esq. CCBA President 2014

Kimberly A. Buchanan, Esq.
CCBA President 2014

We are excited to announce a new benefit for members of the Clark County Bar Association!

The CCBA has partnered with AFPD, a division of NSM Insurance Group and Kaercher Insurance to provide members with a terrific new professional liability policy.

Learn more from CCBA President Kimberly Buchanan at https://www.clarkcountybar.org/about-us/letter-from-the-president/

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CCBA’s August 14 Luncheon to Feature Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller

Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller

Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller

Join us on Thursday, August 14, 2014 for lunch at Mundo, a “Latin chic’ restaurant. Featured speaker Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller will present a legal update of new changes to the Secretary of State’s office from the 2013 legislative session. Bank-of-Nevada-Logo

The August luncheon is sponsored by AFPD Insurance for Professionals, Bank of Nevada, Data Clone Labs, and Kaercher Insurance.DCL_logoV2_taglineKaercher Insurance_rev
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Take a break. Catch up with colleagues. Support your local bar association.

To attend the luncheon, please register with payment by Friday, August 8, 2014. Get more information and link to event registration on our Luncheons page.

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Medical/Dental Malpractice Status Check Calendar – Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Eighth Judicial District Court has announced that it will hold the next Medical/Dental Malpractice Status Check Calendar at 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 12, 2014. See EJDC-Med-Mal-Sessions-8-12-14 .

The calendar will be held at the Complex Litigation Center, 333 S. Sixth Street in downtown Las Vegas. Endoscopy cases will not be included. The calendar will be heard in numerical case number order with the oldest case being heard first, as follows:

  • 8/12/14 at 8:30 a.m. – Case No. A-08-571528-C through A-13-679172-C
  • 8/12/14 at 1:00 p.m. – Case No. A-13-679493-C through A-14-702328-C

Attorneys are expected to bring a list of their cases for which they will be appearing to the hearing.

The Discovery Commissioner, Bonnie Bulla, will be available to address any discovery issues.

The court will work to enforce NRS 41A.061.1(b), and will attempt to set all medical/dental malpractice trials (not already scheduled) within two years of the date that the complaint was filed.

Questions regarding the status check calendar should be directed to Tatyana Ristic at (702) 671-3633.

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