District court judges first to file
January 6, 2014
Douglas County’s district judges were first to file at the Douglas County Clerk-Treasurer’s Office in Minden on Monday.
Tod Young, 56, said this was the first time he’d ever filed for elected office. He was appointed to the office by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to replace Judge Dave Gamble.
Michael Gibbons, 57, filed for his fourth term. He has served as a judge since 1994.
Both Young and Gibbons announced their candidacies earlier.
Both men are long-time residents of Carson Valley with Gibbons having lived here for 33 years. Young has lived in Northern Nevada for 28 years, and before becoming a judge, operated a law firm in Minden for more than 20 years.
In his announcement issued last month, Gibbons said he received the top judicial award from the Nevada Supreme Court in April for completing more than 1,000 hours of judicial training. He was elected to the Nevada District Judges’ Association in 2005 and named Citizen of the Year by the Carson Valley 20-30 Club in 2006.
He served as the president of the Nevada District Judges Association and of the Douglas County Bar Association. He also serves as a youth soccer coach, referee and trainer.
Gibbons lives in Gardnerville with his wife Barbara. They have three daughters and three grandsons. He is a graduate of UCLA and the University of Idaho College of Law.
Young is a graduate of Mississippi College School of Law. He was admitted to the Nevada Bar in 1985.
From February 1994 through March of 1999, Young was managing partner of Beavers and Young, P.C. in Minden.
Over the last five years, 90 percent of Young’s work has been related to litigation and trial courts. Since 1997, he has served as an arbitrator and been appointed as arbitrator by courts in the First, Second and Ninth Judicial Districts.
He has served as an adjunct professor and a guest lecturer at Truckee Meadows Community College and Western Nevada College. Additionally, from 2007 until 2010, Young was a guest lecturer for the State of Nevada Department of Public Safety Cadet Training.
The two district court judge positions are the only judicial positions open in Douglas County in 2014. Filing for judicial positions wraps up on Jan. 17. Filing for all other seats is March 3-14.