Nevada Court of Appeals to Hold Oral Arguments at The National Judicial College

Nevada Court of Appeals
Nevada Court of Appeals: (l-r) Chief Judge Michael Gibbons, Judge Abbi Silver, and Judge Jerome Tao

The Nevada Court of Appeals will hold Oral Arguments at The National Judicial College on the University of Nevada, Reno campus on Oct. 21, 2015 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Model Courtroom.

This is the first time the Court of Appeals will convene at the College and the first time the court will convene outside of its Carson City or Las Vegas courtrooms.

All three members of the Court of Appeals, Chief Judge Michael Gibbons, and Judges Jerome Tao and Abbi Silver, are former participants at the NJC. Just months after being sworn-in on the Court, the judges completed two different NJC courses that helped sharpen their overall judicial skills and enhance judicial writing techniques.

Nevada voters elected to create the Court of Appeals during the November 2014 election by adding a provision to Article 6 of the Nevada Constitution.

Prior to this change, the Supreme Court heard all appeals, including everything from murder convictions to appeals of drivers’ license revocations and was the busiest state supreme court in the nation, according to a report from the National Center for State Courts. The Court of Appeals will hear roughly one-third of the appeals filed, thereby allowing the Supreme Court to give greater attention to the more serious cases.

Cases set to be heard on Oct. 21 include:

  • In City of Reno v. Bedian, the City appeals a district court order granting judgment as a matter of law overturning a jury’s decision in a negligence action. Bedian was injured while a prisoner in the back of a Reno police car that was struck by another vehicle.
  • In Goodwin v. Jones, a former employee appeals the denial of unemployment benefits. Goodwin’s employment from a Reno business was terminated after she allegedly failed to timely obtain her college degree and counseling license.
How to Attend

The public is invited to attend. For groups of 10 or more, please contact Megan Downs at The National Judicial College so that we may accommodate your group.

Media must receive permission through the court to record or photograph oral arguments. Visit the court’s website for more information.


» This story appeared in the September 2015 issue of The Judicial Edge


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