Grant from State of Nevada will fund outreach to tribal judiciaries on impaired-driving cases

The College has received a grant of $45,337 from the Nevada Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety to provide outreach to 13 tribal courts in Nevada, nine of which routinely handle impaired-driving cases.

The initiative will seek to determine whether these courts are functioning well with their traffic dockets. It will also provide guidance on resources and subject-matter or skills-based training as needed to benefit the tribes’ judicial officers.

Former longtime tribal judge Jan Morris, now director of the College’s National Tribal Judicial Center, will serve as Nevada Tribal Judicial Outreach director. Under the grant he will assess each tribal court’s capacity to address impaired-driving cases and discuss resources available for enforcement, adjudication, diversion, DUI courts, culturally-informed and -responsive best practices and alternatives to incarceration.

Working with the American Bar Association (ABA) Region 8 Judicial Outreach Liaison and the American Bar Association (ABA) Tribal Courts Fellow, Judge Morris will offer technical assistance to tribal judges regarding judicial education and training, enhancing impaired-driving data collection, and engaging in inter-governmental cooperation with local jurisdictions, especially in Nevada’s rural areas.

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