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Attorneys Sought to Fill Reno Family Court Opening

8/5/2019 8:13:14 AM

Chief Justice Mark Gibbons has announced the Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection has begun taking applications from attorneys seeking to fill the a judicial seat in Washoe County’s Second Judicial District Court, Family Division, Department 12.


The vacancy is the result of the retirement of the Honorable Judge Frances M. Doherty.

The judicial application packet can be found at http://nvcourts.link/NVJudicialSelection.

Nevada attorneys with 10 years of legal experience, which includes two years of Nevada experience, are encouraged to apply for the opening. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Sept. 6, 2019, at the Nevada Supreme Court Building in Carson City.

Once the applications are in, the Commission will conduct background investigations and interview each of the applicants. Interviews to fill the vacant position are scheduled for Oct. 14 and 15 (as necessary) in Carson City, and are open to the public. After the interviews, the Commission will nominate three finalists to Governor Steve Sisolak.

The Commission is composed of seven permanent members - the Supreme Court Chief Justice, three non-attorneys appointed by the Governor, and three attorneys appointed by the State Bar of Nevada. Neither the Governor nor the State Bar may appoint more than two permanent members from the same political party, and cannot appoint two members from the same county.

Currently there is a vacancy on the permanent Commission for a rural member, which has not been filled at this time.

For District Court vacancies, two temporary members are appointed from the judicial district where the vacancy occurs - a non-attorney by the Governor and an attorney by the State Bar - bringing the Commission membership for this selection to eight.