September 14, 2017 - 5:06 pm
CARSON CITY — The Nevada Supreme Court has appointed 20 people to the Permanent Guardianship Commission.
The commission will be chaired by Justice James W. Hardesty and comprised of judges, private and public guardians, lawyers and others, the court said Thursday.
The commission will make recommendations the Nevada Supreme Court for rules on administering guardianship cases and provide oversight for implementation of new guardianship reform laws.
Five bills aimed at reforming the system were signed into law by Gov. Brian Sandoval this year.
Laws included creation of a State Guardianship Compliance Office in the Administrative Office of the Courts, a Guardianship Bill of Rights, and mandatory appointment of legal counsel. The law creating the State Guardianship Compliance Office goes into effect January 1, 2018.
The commission’s first meeting is expected to be in October.
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Permanent Guardianship Commission
District Judge Vincent Ochoa, 8th Judicial District Court
District Judge Gloria Sturman, 8th Judicial District Court
District Judge Egan Walker, 2nd Judicial District Court
Dawna Richert, judicial executive assistant, 8th Judicial District Court
Karen Kelly, Clark County Public Guardian
Shelly Register, Private Guardian, Washoe County
Debra Amens, private counsel
Jim Berchtold, Legal Aid
Elizabeth Brickfield, private counsel
Henry Cavallera (retired)
Lynn Hughes, private practice
Michael Keane, private practice
John Michaelson, private practice
Jennifer Salem, private practice
Jennifer Rains, public defender, Washoe County
Dania Reid, deputy district attorney, Washoe County
Mary Bryant, director of Path to Independent program, University of Nevada, Reno
State Sen. Becky Harris
Lynda Hascheff, community outreach director, AARP Nevada
Homa Woodrum, Nevada Department of Health & Human Services
Source: Nevada Supreme Court