Washoe District Judge Steven Elliott retiring, applications being accepted for position

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Updated: 12/19/2012 5:58 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection will accept applications from qualified Nevada attorneys until January 11, 2013, to fill the seat on the Second Judicial District Court that Judge Steven Elliott will leave when he retires, according to Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Cherry.

The appointment process to fill the Department 8 vacancy is open to all Nevada attorneys with 10 years of legal experience, two of those in Nevada. Applications for the vacancy must be submitted to the Commission by 5 p.m. on January 11, 2013. Applications must be submitted in hard copy to the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). Applications may be submitted to the AOC in Carson City or Las Vegas according to application instructions. The application for this vacancy is available on the Supreme Court website here

The public will be able to view the applications on the Supreme Court website. After all applications are submitted, the Commission will conduct background investigations and interview each of the applicants. The Commission will then deliberate and nominate three finalists, whose names will be submitted to Governor Brian Sandoval for the appointment.

Interviews are tentatively scheduled for February 26-27, 2013, in Reno.As has been the rule since 2007, the Commission’s interviews will be open to the public.

The Commission on Judicial Selection 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 Bar may appoint more than two permanent members from the same political party, and cannot appoint two members from the same county.

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 to nine.

Judge Elliott, who has served on the District Court Department 10 bench in Washoe County since 1997, will retire on March 12, 2013. A graduate of Stanford University and the University of Denver School of Law, he was Sparks City Attorney for 18 years before winning his seat on the District Court. He was a founder of the Washoe County Domestic Violence Task Force and served on the Nevada Statewide Court Security Task Force to improve security for judges and the public at courthouses throughout Nevada.

Contact Commission Staff Member Myrna Byrd
Administrative Office of the Courts in Las Vegas

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