Tahoe Township Justice of the Peace Richard Glasson - who routinely rides a bicycle to work but will hike, snowshoe or ski to court in the Stateline winters - has been named Judge of the Year by the Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction.
Glasson received the award for his years of commitment to improving the judiciary in Nevada and assisting fellow members, said Senior Justice of the Peace Tina Brisebill of Pahrump, the association's outgoing president.
The association, which represents Nevada's justices of the peace and municipal court judges, meets twice a year for educational seminars. Glasson's award was presented Feb. 1 at the association's winter seminar in Laughlin.
"Judge Glasson serves as a mentor to other judges, is generous with his time and works to help judges in crisis," Brisebill said.
"He does everything the association has asked of him and more," she said. "And he never seeks credit for what he does."
Glasson serves on the board of directors and is former chairman of its education committee.
He describes himself as ex-officio chaplain of the association.
Throughout his judicial career Glasson has served on several Supreme Court committees and commissions.
"Judge Glasson's contributions to the Nevada judiciary and the citizens he serves make the Judge of the Year award a well-deserved honor," said Supreme Court Chief Justice Kristina Pickering.
"To have received such recognition from my colleagues is extremely fulfilling," Glasson said. "There are so many other excellent Nevada jurists who could have received this award. The fact that I was so honored blows me away."
A 1978 graduate of McGeorge School of Law, Glasson has been Justice of the Peace at Tahoe Justice Court since being elected in 2000. He was re-elected twice without opposition.
"Our goal at the Tahoe Justice Court is to guarantee access to justice for everyone in our community - the locals, our visitors, witnesses, law enforcement, the accused and, of course, the victims of crime," Glasson said. "But our responsibility does not stop at the courthouse doors. We are expected to remain active in our communities and judicial education, and to help out wherever we are needed throughout the state."
During his tenure, Glasson Introduced mandatory pre-trial settlement conferences, community service programs through Douglas County Parks and Recreation and local general improvement districts; and judicially monitored Victims Impact Panels in conjunction with Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Prior to becoming a justice of the peace, Glasson was a trial attorney at Stateline for 22 years.
He said that during nice weather he commutes to work on a bicycle "until the snow around Lake Tahoe is too deep - then I walk, snowshoe or ski to court."