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Applications being accepted to succeed Retiring White Pine District Judge Dan Papez
Thursday, 18 October 2012 09:18

The Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection will accept applications from qualified Nevada attorneys until December 14, 2012, to fill the seat on the Seventh Judicial District Court bench that will become vacant with the retirement of Judge Dan Papez, Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Cherry announced.

Judge Papez is retiring January 5, 2013 after 30 years of public service, including 20 years on the District Court bench.  The Seventh Judicial District encompasses White Pine, Lincoln and Eureka Counties in eastern Nevada.

Chief Justice Cherry said “Judge Papez has been a strong advocate for the rural courts and has worked tirelessly to improve access to justice for those who live in our least populated communities. He has been someone we could always call upon throughout his career to serve all residents of Nevada, not just those of the Seventh Judicial District.” 

A graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, and McGeorge School of Law, Judge Papez began his public service career as a game warden for the Nevada Department of Wildlife (1973-78). After law school, he spent four years as the White Pine County District Attorney (1986-90) before going into private practice.  He was elected to the District Court in 1992.

The appointment process to fill the Department 2 vacancy is open to all Nevada attorneys with 10 years of legal experience, two of those in Nevada. 

Applications for the vacancy must be submitted to the Commission by 5 p.m. on December 14, 2012.  Applications must be submitted in hard copy to the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).  Applications may be submitted to the AOC in Carson City or Las Vegas according to application instructions.  The application for this vacancy is available on the Supreme Court website at: http://www.nevadajudiciary.us/index.php/viewdocumentsandforms/Commission-Files/Commission-on-Judicial-Selection/

The public will be able to view the applications on the Supreme Court website, although medical records and personal identification information will be excluded.  Also remaining confidential will be the letters of comment solicited about the candidates along with letters of reference to ensure the authors can be candid.

After all applications are submitted, the Commission will conduct background investigations and interview each of the applicants.  The Commission will then deliberate and nominate three finalists, whose names will be submitted to Governor Brian Sandoval for the appointment.

Interviews are tentatively scheduled for January 22-23, 2013, at the White Pine County Courthouse in Ely.

As has been the rule since 2007, the Commission’s interviews will be open to the public.

After receiving the names of the three finalists, no time limit exists for the Governor to make his appointment.  However, if an appointment is not made within 30 days following submission of names by the Commission, the Governor may make no other appointments to public office.

The Commission on Judicial Selection is composed of seven permanent members – the Supreme Court Chief Justice, three non-attorneys appointed by the Governor and three attorneys appointed by the State Bar of Nevada.  Neither the Governor nor the Bar may appoint more than two permanent members from the same political party, and cannot appoint two members from the same county.

For District Court vacancies, two temporary members are appointed from the judicial district where the vacancy occurs – a non-attorney by the Governor and an attorney by the State Bar – bringing the Commission membership to nine. 


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