Forty-two graduates of Eighth Judicial District specialty courts will
mark their independence from substance abuse at a July specialty court
The graduates from drug, mental health, DUI or veterans’ court will
reflect on their journey to gain independence at a commencement
ceremony on Friday, July 12 at 2 p.m. at the Regional Justice Center
in the jury services room at 200 Lewis Ave.
The graduates have successfully completed intensive treatment and
counseling programs to prepare them for a new life free from substance
abuse and crime.
As friends and family look on, participants will receive their
certificates, celebrate their graduation and share heartfelt stories.
Their booking mug-shots will serve as a backdrop reminder of the life
they left behind.
“During July, we are reminded about our freedom and independence. Our
graduates have worked really hard to gain their freedom and
independence from the grip of substance abuse and a life of crime,”
said Judge Linda Marie Bell who presides over the specialty courts.
“It is really inspiring to see our program graduates achieve their
goals and live their dreams.”
Specialty courts solve issues through a rigorous and coordinated
approach between judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation,
law enforcement,mental health, social service and treatment
communities. All work together to help participants recover, live
crime-free and become productive citizens. The National Association of
Drug Court Professionals reports that “nationwide, 75 percent of drug
court graduates remain arrest-free at least two years after leaving
Drug courts significantly reduce crime as much as 35 percent more than
other sentencing options. Nationwide, for every $1 invested in drug
court, taxpayers save as much as $3.36 in avoided criminal justice
costs alone. When considering other cost offsets such as savings from
reduced victimization and healthcare service utilization, studies have
shown benefits range up to $12 for every $1 invested. Drug courts
produce cost savings ranging from $4,000 to $12,000 per client. These
cost savings reflect reduced prison costs, reduced revolving-door
arrests and trials, and reduced victimization. Parents in family drug
court are more likely to go to treatment and complete it. Children of
family drug court participants spend significantly less time in
out-of-home placements such as foster care.
The specialty courts are a great example of how the Eighth Judicial
District Court is using alternative, more efficient means to address
crime and ensure justice. District Court continuously works to develop
innovative ideas, improve efficiencies, address issues and improve
access to justice.
For more information about the courts, please visit our website at
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The law firm of Lewis and Roca LLP are pleased to announce that Karl
Rutledge has been named a partner with the firm.
Rutledge is a member in the firm’s Gaming Practice Group. He focuses
his practice on Internet gaming, contests, sweepstakes, privacy
policies and website terms and conditions.
Rutledge has been listed in Best Lawyers in America, in the category
of Gaming Law since 2012.
He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Nevada, Las
Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law in 2006.
Four additional attorneys in other offices were also named partners:
Samuel Chang (Phoenix), Garrett Gordon (Reno), Darren Lemieux (Reno)
and Milton Wagner (Phoenix).
Lewis and Roca has been one of the Southwest’s leading law firms for
over 60 years. With offices in Las Vegas, Reno, Phoenix, Tucson,
Albuquerque and Silicon Valley, the firm’s practice encompasses
numerous industry and legal practice areas including business
transactions and litigation.
For additional information, please visit www.LRLaw.com.
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The Law Firm of Hutchison & Steffen is proud to announce that Z.
Kathryn Branson, Jeffrey R. Hall, and Jessica S. Taylor have been
named to the 2013 edition of Mountain States Rising Stars.
Attorneys are selected using a rigorous, multiphase rating process in
which peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third-party
Making their first appearances on the Mountain States Rising Stars
list, Branson and Hall were recognized for their work in Business
Litigation, while Taylor’s work in Personal Injury Defense: Medical
Malpractice was highlighted.
Hutchison & Steffen, a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated law firm, provides
a wide variety of legal services, including business and commercial
litigation, trust and probate litigation, appellate litigation,
insurance litigation, landlord/tenant law, healthcare professionals
advocacy, professional liability defense, alternative dispute
resolution, personal injury, creditor’s rights, construction law,
employment law, asset protection and business planning, real estate
law, corporate and transactional law, family law, and administrative
For more information about Hutchison & Steffen, please contact Teresa
Tokumon-Phillips at 702.385.2500 or visit the Firm’s Web site at
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