“Bill” Kephart announced to the Las Vegas Tribune that he is running
for the position of District Court Judge.
Kephart told the Las Vegas Tribune Publisher, Rolando Larraz, during
an hour-long meeting in chambers, that after talking to friends,
family members and political experts, he can now say that he will be
running in Department 2 for the seat vacated by District Court Judge
Valorie Vega, who has announced that she is not seeking another
six-year term on the bench.
Kephart will not be the only one running in the race. He will be among
52 other judges who are up for reelection, but not all will face
opposition; some will be running for a vacant seat when some judges,
like Judge Vega, will not be running again.
Fifty-two judges are running in District Court and thirty are running
in the Family Court Division of District Court; but in reality, only a
few of them are going to face opposition, while others running for
open seats may face several candidates.
Judges James Bixler and Gloria Sanchez are among those with Valorie
Vega who are not running again for the position they have held for a
Judge Kephart has created a name for himself since he took the bench
in justice court, working hard to start a night court to reduce the
court traffic and the overcrowded calendar.
Las Vegas Justice Court Department 6, under Judge Bill Kephart, is one
of the most innovative courtrooms in our judicial system. And now the
judge has come up with the most useful idea for innovation in the
court system that anyone has had: night court, like that television
program of years back, and such as many civilized cities already have.
At the present time it is only a test and only on weekends, but if it
works out, it could reduce the court calendar and court traffic and
may become part of the Las Vegas and Clark County system for the
Kephart graduated from Basic High School in 1979. He attended the
University of Nevada Las Vegas, receiving a Bachelor of Arts and
Letters Degree in Criminal Justice.
Judge Kephart then attended Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, earning
his jurist doctorate in May 1988.
Bill Kephart began his career working as a Deputy City Attorney in Las
Vegas, then was recruited by the Clark County District Attorney’s
Office and joined the office as a deputy district attorney in 1990.
Bill was assigned to various units within the District Attorney’s
office, including the Special Victims and Major Violators Units.
He was also instrumental in starting up the office’s first DUI specialized team.
In 2010 he was elected to the bench and has proven himself to be an
efficient and hard-working judge.
Now Judge Bill Kephart is on his way to District Court with an