Nevada Judicial Selection Commission Recommends Three Nominees to Governor Sandoval
10/23/2018 2:49:55 PM
The Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection has recommended three attorneys to Governor Brian Sandoval for consideration to fill an open judicial seat in the Eighth Judicial District Court, Family Division.
selected the nominees following interviews Oct. 22 - 23 at the Nevada Supreme
Court in Las Vegas. Governor Sandoval will select the judge who will serve in
Dept. L, made vacant by the retirement of Judge Jennifer L. Elliott.
Commission’s three nominees, in alphabetical order, are:
- Soonhee Bailey, 48, Las Vegas, Eighth Judicial
District Family Court
- David S. Gibson, Jr, 44, Henderson, Eighth
Judicial District Family Court
- Shann Dee Winesett, 51, Las Vegas, Pecos Law
total of 11 attorneys submitted applications for the open judicial seats. Only
attorneys with 10 years of legal experience, two of those in Nevada, were
eligible to apply.
selecting the finalists, the Commission conducted background investigations and
considered the applicants’ answers during the interview. Each applicant
provided comprehensive applications about education, law practice, business
involvement, community involvement, and professional and personal conduct.
Commission also considered letters of reference and public statements during
the interview process, which was open to the public.
on Judicial Selection
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.
Commission members participating in this selection:
- Justice Michael L. Douglas, Carson City, Supreme
Court Chief Justice, Chair (Constitutional appointee)
- Valerie Cooney, Carson City, past executive
director, Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevadans (State Bar appointee)
- Jeffrey Gilbert, Henderson, veteran gaming
executive (Governor appointee)
- Jasmine Mehta, Esq., Reno, Nevada State Board of
Medical Examiners (State Bar appointee)
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.
- Stacy Rocheleau, Las Vegas, attorney, RIGHT
Lawyers (State Bar appointee)