Nevada Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Announces Public Meeting: Municipal Fines and Fees in Nevada

March 10, 2017


United States Commission on Civil Rights

Las Vegas, NV – The Nevada Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will convene a series of panel discussions to determine whether municipal fines and fees disparately impact federally protected communities in the state, and, if so, what steps can be taken to remedy the impact.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, simultaneously at two locations. The primary meeting will be in Las Vegas, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm PST, at the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, 2800 E. St. Louis Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89104. The second location will be in Reno, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm PST, at the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, 1325 Corporate Blvd., Reno, NV 89502. Parking will be available and free of charge at both locations.

The Committee will hear testimony from government officials, law enforcement, policy experts, advocates and community members. The public will also be invited to speak during the open forum session: 4:15 pm to 5:00 pm. The Committee will accept written testimony submitted to by April 14, 2017. The Committee will issue its findings and recommendations in a memorandum to the Commission.

Wendell Blaylock, Chair of the Committee, stated: “In today’s political climate and glaring national divide, it is important that we stay vigilant on issues that affect our communities. The state of Nevada is unique. We intend to learn more about this topic and how it may affect members of the community. I encourage full participation from the public to let their voices be heard.”


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Opening Remarks and Introductions (9:00 am – 9:15 am)

Government and Law Enforcement Panel (9:15 am – 10:30 am)

  • Dana Hlavac, Court Administrator, Las Vegas Municipal Court
  • Bill Zihlmann, Court Administrator, Henderson Municipal Court
  • Earl Mitchell, Constable, City of Henderson Township
  • Sam Diaz, Commission Officer and Government Liaison, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
  • * Dexter Thomas, Court Administrator, Reno Justice Court

Elected Officials Panel (10:45 am – 11:45 am)

  • * James Hardesty, Nevada Supreme Court Justice, Nevada Supreme Court
  • * Dina Neal (D), Assemblywoman, District 7
  • Michele Fiore (R), Former Assemblywoman, District 4
  • * Leisa Moseley, Founder, The Action Company

Break (11:45 am – 1:15 pm)

Policy Experts Panel (1:15 pm – 2:30 pm)

  • *Egan Walker, Justice, Second Judicial District Court, member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Board of Directors
  • Jessica Feierman, Associate Director, Juvenile Law Center
  • Dr. Nancy E. Brune, Executive Director, Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities
  • Nicole Austin-Hillery, Director and Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice at New York University
  • Thomas Harvey, Executive Director, ArchCity Defenders

Advocates and Community Members Panel (2:45 pm – 4:00 pm)

  • Amy Rose, Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union, Nevada
  • Alex Cherup, Vice President, National Association for The Advancement Of Color People, Las Vegas
  • Dustin Marcello, Defense Attorney, Pitaro & Fumo Law
  • Jeffrey Barr, Partner, Ashcraft & Barr LLP
  • Hannah Brown, President Emeritus, Urban Chamber of Commerce

Open Forum (4:15 pm – 5:00 pm)

Closing Remarks (5:00 pm – 5:15 pm) 

* Panelists joining via video conference in Reno, Nevada

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