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Meet Your District Judges

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Join us Saturday, August 17th from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Canyon Springs High School to the Inaugural ‘Meet Your District Court Judges.’ The event is dedicated to promoting voter education about the Clark County 2014 General Election, training future leaders, improving access to justice, and promoting transparency of Clark County’s judicial system.

While discussing the upcoming event Paul Padda, stated, “We are pleased to lend our support to this historic event and are very excited that our efforts will help provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to students from Canyon Springs High School desiring to enter the legal profession.”

Students from Canyon Springs High School will be presented with the opportunity to participate in the ‘Shadow a Judge for a Day Program’. This program enables students to spend a day with a judge and develop a better understanding of how courtrooms function. Participating judges represent Civil/Criminal and Family departments. Students are encouraged to share their experiences at the event.

Confirmed participating moderators include: Clark County District Attorney, Steve Wolfson and Clark County Public Defender, Philip J. Kohn, Esq.

The Eighth Judicial District Court is served by 52 elected judges. There are 32 civil/criminal judicial departments and 20 family/juvenile judicial departments. Currently 35 District Court Judges have confirmed their attendance including 24 civil/criminal judges and 11 family/juvenile judges.

Confirmed judges include:

Civil/Criminal Judges

  • Kenneth C. Cory
  • Valorie J. Vega
  • Kerry Earley
  • Carolyn Ellsworth
  • Elissa Cadish
  • Douglas E. Smith
  • Michelle Leavitt
  • Mark R. Denton
  • Adriana Escobar
  • Abbi Silver
  • Timothy Williams
  • Michael Villani
  • David Barker
  • Jerome T. Tao
  • Valerie Adair
  • Susan Johnson
  • Stefany A. Miley
  • Gloria J. Sturman
  • Nancy L. Allf
  • Ronald J. Israel
  • Susan W. Scann
  • Jerry A. Wiese
  • Joanna S. Kishner
  • Rob Bare

Family Judges

  • Cynthia Dianne Steel
  • T. Arthur Ritchie, Jr.
  • Cheryl B. Moss
  • Kenneth E. Pollock
  • Cynthia N. Giuliani
  • Jennifer Elliott
  • Bill Potter
  • Frank P. Sullivan
  • Bryce C. Duckworth
  • Bill Henderson
  • Vincent Ochoa

Additional Judges will be announced as their participation is confirmed.


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Paul Padda, a former federal prosecutor, is the founder of Paul Padda Law: a law firm based in Las Vegas Nevada representing plaintiffs throughout the nation in personal injury and other civil cases. With over 15 years experience litigating in federal and state court, Paul has a proven track record of success, including obtaining one of the largest jury verdicts in Nevada history. A first generation American, Paul is dedicated and committed to helping his clients navigate the legal system and take on large and powerful interests. A lawyer who truly cares, Paul provides individualized and compassionate attention to each and every one of his clients.

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