Original article posted on 3/19/12 by Reno Gazette Journal
The state panel charged with recommending a replacement for Judge
Robert Perry, who died in December, sent Reno lawyer Scott Freeman’s
name to the governor on Monday.
The Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection held a short meeting before
submitting Freeman’s name to Gov. Brian Sandoval, who will chose Perry’s
replacement in Washoe District Court, Department 9.
Freeman, 54, was the only lawyer to submit an application for the post.
Freeman, who is well-known in Nevada for handling many high-profile
cases, said he was excited about the prospect of serving on the bench.
“I’m very gratified that the commission is sending my application to the
governor for his review,” Freeman said. “If I am fortunate enough to have
the governor look favorably on my application, I look forward to serving as
a judge and to serving the citizens of Washoe County.”
The governor does not have a time limit for making his appointment, but if
he does not make the appointment within 30 days, he is not allowed to
make any other appointments to public office, according to rules.
The commission is composed of seven permanent members — Supreme
Court chief justice, three non-attorneys appointed by the governor and
three attorneys appointed by the State Bar of Nevada.
The appointee will serve through 2012 but must win in the November
general election to retain the seat.
Judge Perry, 68, died Dec. 20 in Reno. He had served since being
appointed in 2005 to succeed Judge James W. Hardesty, who had been
elected to the Nevada Supreme Court.
Original article posted on 3/27/12 by Reno Gazette Journal
Gov. Brian Sandoval on Monday appointed well-known Reno lawyer
Scott Freeman to the seat in Washoe District Court left empty with the
death of Judge Robert Perry.
“I am proud to appoint Scott to the bench,” Sandoval said in a
statement. “Scott’s extensive criminal and civil trial experience, as well
as his community service will serve him well in this next phase of his
legal career. I am confident he will be a fine judge and will be an
excellent addition to the Washoe County bench.”
Freeman said he was thrilled with the governor’s decision.
“I was extremely humbled by the governor’s confidence in me and my
abilities,” Freeman said. “At the same time, I have prepared my entire
career for this opportunity.
“I plan to use my vast experience and work very hard for the citizens
of Washoe County and to contribute to the Second Judicial District
Court as the newest member of the judiciary.”
Last week, the Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection held a brief
meeting with Freeman before sending his name to the governor for
consideration. Freeman was the only person to apply to fill the seat
left vacant when Perry died in December.
Freeman will serve on the bench through 2012, but will need to run in
the November general election and win to retain the seat. Reno
lawyer Cal Dunlap has also filed to run in November.