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Amendments to Rules of Practice for the Eighth Judicial District Court – Effective November 9, 2014

On October 10, 2014 an order was filed by the Supreme Court of Nevada in the matter of proposed amendments to Rule 7.20 of the Rules of Practice for the Eighth Judicial District Court. The changes are detailed in Exhibit A of the order. The amendments shall be effective 30 days from the date of the order. See ADKT 0500.

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=34737.

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Nominations for CCBA Executive Board to be Accepted through Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Nominations from members of the Clark County Bar Association (CCBA) to serve on the 2015 CCBA Executive Board will be accepted through Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Nominations should be sent to the CCBA President Kimberly Buchanan at prez@clarkcountybar.org.

The nominating committee shall consider the following criteria and characteristics as applied to each prospective nominee in their application:

  • Each prospective nominee must be a member in good standing of the CCBA
  • Demonstrated past service to the CCBA
  • Contribution to creating balance on the executive board of representation amongst various areas and types of the practice of law
  • Professionalism
  • Knowledge and expertise in an area in which the CCBA needs or desires assistance
  • Such other factors as the nominating committee may deem relevant and appropriate

The election will be held on Thursday, December 11, 2014. More information about the election will be posted soon. Members with questions can call the CCBA at (702) 387-6011.

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Notice of Correction to October 2014 Bar Journal

Due to an error in production for the October 2014 issue of the bar’s journal Communiqué, the name of judicial candidate John Hall “Jack” Howard, Jr. was listed incorrectly.

A corrected version of the publication can be found online at https://www.clarkcountybar.org/communique/october-2014/.

The Clark County Bar Association staff and editors apologizes for the error and any confusion this error may have caused.

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Applicants Sought to Serve as Alternate Judges in 2015 at Las Vegas Municipal Court

The Las Vegas Municipal Court is looking for qualified applicants to serve as alternate judges for the 2015 calendar year.

At the Las Vegas Municipal Court, alternate judges are appointed for a one-year term of office from January 1 to December 31 each calendar year.  Mid-term appointments expire on December 31 of the appointment year.  There is no term limit, and alternate judges are encouraged each year to submit their names to the court for reappointment. Per Las Vegas Municipal Code 2.23.040, alternate judges are paid “one hundred dollars for each morning, afternoon or evening session.”

Alternate judges are subject to the same qualifications set forth by NRS 5.023, the City of Las Vegas Charter 4.020.4, and Las Vegas Municipal Code 2.23.040 as elected Las Vegas Municipal Court Judges, namely:

  • Must be a resident of the City of Las Vegas
  • Must be a member in good standing of the State Bar of Nevada

 

Interested attorneys should send a letter of interest and their current resume to Las Vegas Municipal Court Administrator Mr. Dana P. Hlavac at:

 

Las Vegas Municipal Court

ATT: Dana P. Hlavac

P.O. Box 3960

Las Vegas, NV 89127

 

For more information, please contact Las Vegas Municipal Court Administration at 702-229-4673 (or by e-mail at cviado@lasvegasnevada.gov).

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Communiqué 2015 Editorial Calendar Set

The Publications Committee of the Clark County Bar Association (CCBA) has set the editorial calendar for next year’s issues of the bar’s journal Communiqué:

  • January 2015:        Five Things
  • February 2015:    Pro Bono
  • March 2015:        Bankruptcy
  • April 2015:        Personal Injury
  • May 2015:         Medical Marijuana
  • June/July 2015:    Family Law
  • August 2015:         International Law
  • September 2015:    Legislative Wrap-Up
  • October 2015:    Social Media
  • November 2015:    Class Actions
  • December 2015:    Corporate Law

Attorney members of the CCBA are encouraged to write practical legal articles. Articles must be on topic and original, unpublished works. As space is limited, the editors review all proposals for articles several months in advance.

Proposals can be a simple e-mail to Steph at CCBA and should include the following:

  • Author(s) name(s) and Nevada bar #(s)
  • Summary paragraph providing the focus and scope for the article (include relevant rules/statues/procedures, etc.)
  • Proposed issue for placement (see editorial calendar above)

For more information on the publication’s editorial policies and writer’s guidelines, visit https://www.clarkcountybar.org/about-communique/ or call Steph at (702) 387-6011.

*The publication’s editorial calendars, schedules, editorial policies, and writer’s guidelines are subject to change without notice.

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Updates to Assignment of Construction Defect Matters at Eighth Judicial District Court – Effective January 5, 2015

On September 12, 2014 an administrative order was filed by Chief Judge Jennifer Togliatti in regards to the assignment of construction defect matters in the Eighth Judicial District Court.

Administrative Order 14-04 addresses the current and future assignment of cases to the specialty docket.  All attorneys who handle construction defect cases should read the order and update their records accordingly. The administrative order shall be in effect on January 5, 2015

To read the order, download PDF: EJDC-AO14-04-CD-Assignments

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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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