Early voting begins on Saturday, so today we're opening the floor to discuss the five openings on the Las Vegas Justice Court bench. Who do you think should be elected? Who should be avoided at all costs? Based on the facts available to us, was Judge Conrad Hafen right or wrong to have a public defender put in handcuffs shortly before primary elections? The candidates for the five openings are below.
Before we begin, just remember Nevada Rule of Professional Conduct 8.2:
Rule 8.2. Judicial and Legal Officials.
(a) A lawyer shall not make a statement that the lawyer knows to be false or with reckless disregard as to its truth or falsity concerning the qualifications or integrity of a judge, adjudicatory officer or public legal officer, or of a candidate for election or appointment to judicial or legal office.
(b) A lawyer who is a candidate for judicial office shall comply with the applicable provisions of the Code of Judicial Conduct.
Connell, Sean P.
Saragosa, Melissa A.
The RJ has a 2016 voting guide up with 1-minute videos from several of the candidates running for justice court. Now's your chance to finally see candidates in a format other than that one picture on the signage. We didn't watch all of them yet, so let us know if there is anything we must see.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Clark County Public Defender's office. [RJ]
Judge Eric Johnson, who is trying to retain his seat this year, issued a ruling that the ESA school choice program is neutral with respect to religion. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
A Nye county drug case against Heidi Fleiss was dismissed. [RJ]
Justice of the Peace Rodney Burr has officially taken Judge Diana Hampton's place on the Henderson Municipal Court bench and Henderson city council member/deputy district attorney Sam Bateman has announced he is running for the justice court position vacated by Burr. [RJ]
A reader wants your suggestions on how to deal with the following: Fred and Wilma are both attorneys who work at different firms. Fred is at the local office of a national firm and a third-year associate. Wilma works at a small local firm and is also a third-year associate. They're expecting their first child later this year and want your advice on how to deal with paternity/maternity leave. They both want to take some time off when the baby arrives, but aren't sure of the best way to approach it. Fred is concerned about billable hour requirements and a certain overbearing partner who won't appreciate paternity leave. Any tips on how to deal with work and a new baby?