Second Judicial District Court Leads Statewide Event
National Expert on Supported Decision-Making to Keynote

Media Release
For Immediate Release

Contact: Jackie Bryant

Reno, Nev. Nov. 13, 2017. Judge Frances Doherty and the Second Judicial District Court, with the support of the State Bar of Nevada, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, and National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making, are sponsoring a statewide outreach event on November 28 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Nationally recognized speaker, Jonathan Martinis, Esq., Senior Director of Law and Policy at the Burton Blatt Institute, will keynote the event, which includes a panel of disability and legal professionals from a variety of fields. Mr. Martinis works nationally and internationally to ensure people with disabilities and older adults have access to the supports they want and need to live full, independent, and inclusive lives.  Martinis has spoken to thousands of individuals, families, and professionals about an individual’s right to make choices and direct their own lives.

“It is important for Nevadans to have a substantive conversation about supported decision-making so that those of us who may be disabled or aged, has the possibility of leading an independent life, with the support of loved ones or advocates,” explained Judge Doherty.

Event details:

What: Supported Decision-Making: A Nevada Conversation, Statewide Event

Where: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Clark County Learning Center 8050 Paradise Road, Suite 100, Las Vegas, NV 89123.

Videoconference: The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension will videoconference the event in Las Vegas to locations statewide, including Carson City, Reno, Fallon, Elko, Winnemucca, and Tonopah. Click here to find a location nearest you.

When: Tuesday, November 28, 2017. Two sessions are available: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Optional pre-registration available here.

The event will be free of charge and material will be made available here on the Second Judicial District Court’s website 7 days before the event.  Continuing Legal Education credits are pending approval.

The event on November 28 is the culmination of a yearlong grant awarded to the Second Judicial District Court in December 2016 from the National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making and the Administration of Community Living of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

For a complete calendar of events, contact: Department 12 (775) 328-3164 or

Additional information on Supported Decision-Making can be found at:

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