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CCBA 2015 Executive Board Election Information

On Thursday, December 11, 2014, attorney members of the Clark County Bar Association (CCBA) are expected to vote for members to serve on the 2015 CCBA Executive Board of Directors. Officers serve for one year. Directors serve for two years. This year’s ballot is uncontested. The full list of proposed board members to serve in 2015 is listed below with the nominees for election highlighted in bold font:

Officers:

  • Damon K. Dias, Esq.* of Dias Law Group – President 2015 (Dias was elected during last year’s election)
  • Catherine M. Mazzeo, Esq.of Southwest Gas Corp. - President-Elect 2015 (Serves a one-year term through December 2015 and then as president of the association during 2016)
  • Tami D. Cowden, Esq.* of Greenberg Traurig, LLP  - Secretary/Treasurer 2015 (Serves a one-year term through December 2015)

Directors:

  • John P. Aldrich, Esq.* of Aldrich Law Firm, Ltd.
  • Nedda Ghandi, Esq.* of Ghandi Deeter Law Offices
  • James E. Harper, Esq.* of Harper Law Group
  • Brandon P. Kemble, Esq.* of City of Henderson
  • Macaire K. Moran, Esq.* of Las Vegas Sands Corp. - Nominee for Director position (to serve a two-year term through December 2016)
  • Jennifer Roberts, Esq.* of Duane Morris LLP - Nominee for Director position (to serve a two-year term through December 2016)
  • Mariteresa Rivera-Rogers, Esq.* of Wright Stanish & Winckler
  • Jason Stoffel, Esq.of Roberts Stoffel Family Law Group Nominee for Director position (to serve a two-year term through December 2016)
  • Kelly B. Stout, Esq. of Bailey Kennedy, LLP - Nominee for Director position (to serve a two-year term through December 2016)
  • Brenda Weksler, Esq.* of the Federal Public Defender’s Office
  • Hon. Susan Scann* of Eighth Judicial District Court, Dept. 29 is the Judicial Appointee

*Denotes person currently serving on the board.

Election Day
On December 11, 2014, members may cast their votes for candidates in either of two locations, as follows:

  • 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at CCBA Office, 725 S. Eighth Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at CCBA President’s Luncheon and Annual Meeting at Mundo Restaurant 495 South Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89106-4555
  • 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at CCBA Office, 725 S. Eighth Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101

To attend the CCBA President’s Luncheon and Annual Meeting, please RSVP by Noon, Monday, December 8, 2014. Get details and RSVP info at https://www.clarkcountybar.org/events/luncheons/.

For members who cannot physically submit a ballot on the day of the election, then they can submit an absentee ballot declaration and a ballot before the election. Send to CCBA, P.O. Box 657, Las Vegas, NV, 89125 or to CCBA Operations Manager Donna Wiessner at donnaw@clarkcountybar.org.  Declarations and ballots are available at CCBA’s offices during normal business hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday) and via electronic file (PDF) from CCBA’s website at CCBA-AbsenteeBallot-2015

Contact: Donna Wiessner, CCBA Operations Manager at (702) 387-6011.

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Special Offers for New Ad placement Orders for Communiqué Magazine

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PLACE AN AD IN THE JANUARY 2015 ISSUE – Our popular “Five Things” issue will be printed and mailed to a much larger circulation. EXTENDED DEADLINE: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2014.

‘Tis the season to save!

SPECIAL OFFERS FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY

PLACE AN AD IN OUR SPECIAL JANUARY 2015 ISSUE– Our popular “Five Things” issue will be printed and mailed to a much larger circulation. EXTENDED DEADLINE: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2014. Place an ad for 3x, 6x, or 12x—in separate issues and SAVE EVEN MORE!

The following special offers* for new ad placement orders for CCBA’s publication Communiqué that are placed before March 1, 2015:

  • “Four for Three” – Purchase 3 ads and get the 4th free!
  • “Baker’s Dozen” – Purchase 12 ads and get the 13th free!
  • “Complimentary Ad Design” – Available with purchase of an ad – for CCBA members only!

With the exception of the January 2015 issue’s deadline of Friday, December 5, 2014, ad order & materials are due 30 days prior to the first day of the desired month of publication (e.g. May 1 for the June/July issue). All advertisers must adhere to size specification, standards and policies contained on the official rate card. See at https://www.clarkcountybar.org/marketplace/communique-advertising-rates-specs/ or Communique-Ad-Rates.pdf

To place an ad, complete the Communique-Ad-Order-Form.pdf (PDF) and submit to Steph Abbott , Clark County Bar Association, (702) 387-6011, www.clarkcountybar.org.

*Restrictions apply. These special offers are limited to new ad placements made before March 1, 2015. These offers expire on March 1, 2015. Discounts and added value opportunities are limited to new ad placement orders. Offer for complimentary ad design is limited to design work performed by CCBA for CCBA members only; offer does not include the cost for any images not already owned. All advertisers must adhere to size specification, standards and policies contained on the official rate card. Space reservations are required. Space is limited with placement only guaranteed to paid advertisements.

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Attorney Volunteers Needed to Judge Truancy Diversion Program

Attorneys who practice law in Clark County are sought to volunteer to judge the Family Court’s Truancy Diversion Program (TDP).

“This program has been successful for 13 years, and has grown from 9 to 50 schools since 2007 when Judge Gerry Hardcastle turned it over to me,” said Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Jennifer Elliot.

“I recently applied for and received a federal grant entitled “Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court;” the grant provides $200,000 each year for three (3) years. I have about 57 volunteer attorneys who sit as a Truancy Diversion (TDP) judge at an elementary, middle or high school each week for about 2 to 3 hours. I need 43 (+) more licensed attorneys, law clerks or judges to volunteer before I can expand to the 100 schools as pled for in the grant. We have determined to expand and include interested licensed mental health professionals as they have the skills and have had background checks which is required by CCSD.” Emphasis added.

To learn more about the TDP program and the need for volunteers, then read the court’s informational flyer (PDF): TDP-Judges-Needed.
To learn more about the recent grant award to fund the program, then read the court’s press release (PDF): Family Court Truancy Diversion Program One Of Four Programs Nationally Selected To Receive GRANT PSA

If you are a licensed attorney and are interested in volunteering as a TDP judge for this specialty court program, the please contact Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Jennifer Elliott at (702) 455-0158.

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Applicants Sought for Judicial Position at Las Vegas Justice Court

Clark County is accepting applications through 5 p.m. Dec. 15 from qualified people interested in being appointed to serve as the Justice of the Peace for Department 6.

Applications must be delivered to the Clark County Managers Office by 5:00 pm on December 15, 2014.

Applicants can find the application and additional information at http://www.clarkcountynv.gov.

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Applicants Sought for Three Open Judicial Positions for Nevada’s Court of Appeals

The Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection will accept applications for three open judicial positions for the Court of Appeals between 8 a.m. November 5, 2014, and no later than 5 p.m. November 12, 2014.

Applicants can find the application at http://www.nevadajudiciary.us/index.php/applicants-page.

Applicants will be permitted to apply for only one of the three seats on the Court of Appeals. Applicants are permitted to withdraw from the application process prior to the application deadline; however, applicants cannot reapply once they have withdrawn their application.

Applications must be hand delivered to the Administrative Office of the Courts at the Supreme Court locations in Carson City or Las Vegas. The names of applicants will be posted to the website daily. The public portion of each application will be posted to the Commission’s website within a few days following the November 12th closing.

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Las Vegas Justice Court Begins New Procedure Relating to Documentary Proof for Traffic Citations

New Policy Effective Monday, November 17, 2014

The Traffic Division of the Las Vegas Justice Court is implementing a new policy regarding documentary proof for traffic citations. Documentary proof is often presented in a variety of circumstances, such as the following:

(1) A defendant shows proof of a new driver’s license.
(2) A defendant shows proof of a valid vehicle registration.
(3) A defendant shows proof of valid vehicle insurance.
(4) A defendant shows proof of incarceration.
(5) A defendant shows proof of repair for a cited deficiency (such as a broken headlight or cracked windshield).

Effective on Monday, November 17, 2014, the Court will be requiring defendants (or their attorneys) to either submit hard copies of documentary proof, or to e-mail copies of documentary proof, so that such copies can be scanned into the electronic case record for auditing purposes.

In conjunction with the above, the Court will no longer allow defendants (or their attorneys) to simply “show” documentary proof by way of a tablet, smartphone, or other electronic device.

Hard copies or e-mailed copies do not need to be magnified as long as such copies are legible. For example, a copy on an 8 1/2 X 11 sheet of paper will commonly be sufficient. Moreover, copies may be in standard black-and-white format or in color.

Documentary proof can be presented to the Court as follows:

(1) At the front counter

(2) During a scheduled “walk-in” attorney session on Tuesdays and Thursdays

(3) During a scheduled “bulk” session for those attorneys with large numbers of tickets

(4) During a scheduled pretrial session before a deputy district attorney

(5) By e-mail to the following address: LVJCTraffic@clarkcountynv.gov

(6) By mail to the following address:  Las Vegas Justice Court Traffic Division, 1st Floor, Regional Justice Center, Las Vegas, NV 89155

The Court discourages defendants and attorneys from submitting documentary proof by fax because of the degradation of the copy quality.

Any questions about this new procedure can be forwarded to Staff Attorney Joe Tommasino at (702) 671-3424 or Joe.Tommasino@clarkcountynv.gov.

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Public Hearing Scheduled for December 4, 2014 Regarding Term of Office of Nevada’s District Judges

On October 17, 2014, an order was filed with the Supreme Court of Nevada to schedule a public hearing on December 4, 2014.  The hearing is to address a request for clarification in the matter of the term of offices of the state’s district judges. The public hearing will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 4, 2014 in the Nevada Supreme Court Courtroom located on the 17th Floor of the Regional Justice Center at 200 Lewis Avenue in Las Vegas, Nevada. The hearing will be videoconferenced to the Nevada Supreme Court Courtroom located in Carson City, Nevada. For more information, read the full text of the order (PDF): NSC-Order-Public-Hearing-re-Terms-of-Offices-of-District-Judges

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Las Vegas Justice Court News – Notice of Change to Case Information and Calendar Access

UPDATE 11/1/2014: “The Las Vegas Justice Court Case Management System Migration is complete. You can access our case lookup and secure Justice Partner portal at http://www.lasvegasjusticecourt.us. Please contact us via email at lvjcithelp@clarkcountynv.gov should you have any questions or issues.” -Las Vegas Justice Court IT Help Desk

Between Thursday, October 30 and Saturday, November 1, 2014, access to Las Vegas Justice Court case information will change. The following information applies only to Las Vegas Justice Court case and calendar access*:

  • After 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 29, 2014, the Las Vegas Justice Court case information will be outdated in the current Odyssey environment.
  • Beginning Friday, October 31, 2014, the District Court and Las Vegas Justice Court case information will be contained in separate Odyssey environments.

*Access to Eighth Judicial District Court case information remains the same.

The changes are due to the Las Vegas Justice Court migrating its case management system to a new infrastructure located in the Clark County Operations Center.

For more information and to get answers to questions you may have regarding this migration, see the announcement posted on CCBA’s Court News page, “Access to Las Vegas Justice Court Case Information – Changes effective November 1, 2014” at https://www.clarkcountybar.org/2014/access-to-las-vegas-justice-court-case-information-changes-effective-november-1-2014/

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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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