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    Increase of Unreported Cases of Child Abuse and Neglect During COVID-19

    9/23/2020 11:32:20 AM

    A message from Judge Franklin Sullivan

    COVID-19 - Decrease in Child Abuse Reports

    The COVID-19 pandemic has created a perfect storm of factors that has led to a sharp increase in unreported cases of child abuse and neglect. The detection of child abuse and neglect is heavily dependent on reports by teachers, doctors and other professionals who are mandated reporters. About 75% of suspected child abuse and neglect reports in Nevada are made by mandated reporters. Upon the onset of the pandemic in March, Nevada saw a 14% decrease in suspected child abuse and neglect reports, which included a 46% decrease in reports made by educational personnel. The week following the closing of Nevada’s school buildings on March 16, 2020, Child Welfare Services received 12 reports from school personnel in comparison to 256 reports the week prior to school closures. In Clark County, Child Welfare investigations decreased 43% in the month of April with a 35% reduction in the month of May. “Unfortunately, this drop in reporting is not likely due to a drop in child abuse, but rather fewer community members with eyes on vulnerable kids”, Ross Armstrong, DCFS Administrator.

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    Passing of Former Justice Thomas L. Steffen

    9/10/2020 8:32:25 AM
    Former Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas L. Steffen died peacefully from natural causes on Sept. 1 in Hendersonville, TN. He was 90 years old.Steffen served on the Nevada Supreme Court from 1982 until his retirement in 1997.

  • Justice James W. Hardesty named Alumnus of the Year by the Nevada Alumni Association

    8/19/2020 11:36:43 AM
    The Nevada Alumni Association of the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) recently named Supreme Court Justice James W. Hardesty the 2020 Alumnus of the Year, a prestigious recognition that is presented to a UNR graduate who has rendered special and outstanding service to the university and by personal achievement has brought distinction to the University.  This year, the Nevada Alumni Association awards will be honoring Justice Hardesty and the other outstanding alumni and friends during a virtual awards ceremony on Oct. 23, 2020.

  • Nevada Bar Exam Successfully Completed Virtually

    8/14/2020 2:01:41 PM
    The Nevada Supreme Court and the Nevada Board Bar of Examiners are pleased to announce that the Nevada Bar Exam was successfully completed virtually on August 11 and 12. From early on, both organizations opted to proceed with a virtual exam as a way to handle the administration of the bar exam in the middle of a pandemic to ensure that it would be safe, effective, and fair. A total of 305 individuals completed the exam.

  • July 2020 Bar Exam Postponed and Rescheduled

    7/25/2020 2:50:05 PM
    The July 28 and 29, 2020 Nevada bar examination has been postponed and rescheduled for Aug. 11 and 12, 2020. The change was made because of problems with an update to the test software for the exam.

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