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March 30, 2015

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Fifteen lawyers apply for two judgeships in Vegas

CARSON CITY – The Commission on Judicial Selection will conduct interviews Feb 9-10 on the 15 lawyers that applied for the two open seats on the District Family Court in Clark County.

Most of those applying by the deadline Friday were attorneys in private practice in Las Vegas.

They want to replace Family Court Judge Stefany Miley who was elected to a civil/criminal judgeship, replacing Judge Elizabeth Halverson in Department 23. And the other opening is to succeed Family Court Judge Sandra Pomrenze who was elected to the newly-created Department P at Family Court and will be leaving her Department E seat.

The selection commission will nominate three persons for each seat and Gov. Jim Gibbons will make the final selections.

Those applying are William B. Gonzalez, 47, a Clark County deputy public defender and Terrance Marren, 60, a senior district court judge.

The rest, attorneys in private practice, are Philip J. Dabney, 49; Fernando Guzman, 59; Charles J. Hoskin, 45; John Howard, Jr., 61; Ronald J. Israel, 54; Keith M. Lyons, Jr., 47; Aurora M. Maskall, 45; Michele Mercer, 46; Vincent Ochoa, 56, Morrisa Schechtman, 49 and Dawn T. Throne, 38, all of Las Vegas and Gregory G. Gordon, 38 and Kurt K. Harris, 45, both of Henderson.

The interview and deliberation process will be open to the public.

Once the governor receives the nominations, he has 30 days to make the appointments. If he fails, he cannot make any other appointments to public office.

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