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Public invited to Feb. 1 ceremony for new judge

Published Caption: Jim Grant

The community is invited to a Feb. 1 ceremony as Minden attorney Tod Young is sworn in as Ninth Judicial District Court judge in Department 1.

Young asked Senior Judge Peter Breen to perform the investiture.

“Judge Breen is the first district court judge I ever appeared in front of,” Young said Thursday.

He estimated his first Nevada district court appearance was in 1986.

Young, 54, said he will be introduced by District Attorney Mark Jackson. Judge Michael Gibbons will speak as well as Young’s son Elliot.

Young said his daughter Skylar, three brothers, and sister will be attending the ceremony.

Despite the formal overtones, Young said he hopes the event will be more casual than some investitures he has attended. That’s why he has opened the ceremony and reception to the community.

“I really wanted the event to be more about the community, and an opportunity for the community to come down, meet the new judge, and say hello. It’s an important position, but the importance is for the citizens of the community, not just for me, but for everybody,” Young said.

Young is filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Dave Gamble. He was appointed by Gov. Brian Sandoval to complete the last two years of Gamble’s six-year term, and will be up for election in 2014.

Young, who has practiced in Douglas County as a criminal defense attorney and court-appointed lawyer for the county’s indigent defendants, is bringing his 18-year associate Brenda Hoelzen as judicial assistant.

“Brenda has been absolutely critical to my success. As I move into my new job, I would very much like her to go with me. She is smart, capable and loyal,” he said.

Hoelzen will be filling the position held by JoAnn Thaler who is retiring.

“JoAnn is absolutely a marvelous person, she’s a gem,” Young said. “She has 30 years in the system, and she is retiring.”

He has spent the past month closing his Minden office, and is turning over the court-appointed attorney caseload to lawyer Jamie Henry who will complete the contract through the end of the fiscal year in June.

Young said he picked Feb. 1 for the investiture because it is a Friday, and he plans to spend the weekend preparing for his new role.

“I am really looking forward to serving this community,” Young said.


What: Investiture ceremony for Tod Young for Ninth Judicial District Court Department One, Senior Judge Peter Breen presiding;

Where: Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 1038 Buckeye Road, Minden;

When: 3 p.m. Feb. 1, reception immediately following.