Nine attorneys, including a handful of judges, have submitted applications to replace outgoing Justice Abbi Silver on the three-member state Court of Appeals.
The applicants submitted their names to the court on Friday, and a replacement for Silver — elected to the state’s Supreme Court in November — will be chosen by Governor-elect Steve Sisolak sometime in January.
Sisolak will make the appointment from three finalists picked by the Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection, which is composed of the Supreme Court Chief Justice, three non-attorneys appointed by the governor and three attorneys appointed by the state bar. The commission is charged with interviewing the nominees, doing background checks and delivering a list of finalists to the governor.
Approved by voters in 2014, the Nevada Court of Appeals is a three-member panel of judges which hears cases “pushed down” by the state’s seven-member Supreme Court. In 2018, the court disposed of 1,104 cases out of 1,322 assigned. Nearly 60 percent of the appeals court cases were criminal appeals, according to the Nevada Judiciary’s 2018 annual report.
Interviews with the commission, which are open to the public, are scheduled for the week of Jan. 14.
The applicants include:
• Bonnie A. Bulla, 56, Las Vegas, Eighth Judicial District Court, Office of the Discovery Commissioner
• Shawn M. Elicegui, 48, Reno, NV Energy
• Charles Hoskin, 55, Las Vegas, Eighth Judicial District Court, Family Division, Dept. E
• John Hunt, 64, Las Vegas, Clark Hill PLLC
• Clark G. Leslie, Jr, 68, Minden, Nevada Attorney for Injured Workers
• Tracie K. Lindeman, 56, Carson City, Attorney
• Vincent Ochoa, 66, Las Vegas, Eighth Judicial District Court, Family Division, Dept. S
• Kevin Speed, 44, Las Vegas, Office of the Clark County Public Defender
• Jerry Wiese, 52, Las Vegas, Eighth Judicial District Court, Dept. 30