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Douglas remembers senior judge

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Judge Norm Robison upon his appointment to Douglas County District Court Department II in 1982. Robison was the first judge to serve in the seat.

There was a moment of silence in Minden on Monday morning in memory of District Judge Norm "Robbie" Robison, who died Sunday at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center.

Robison, 78, was the first judge to sit in Douglas County District Court Department II. He was appointed to fill the seat in February 1982 by Gov. Robert List.

District Judge Tom Gregory offered his condolences to the family, saying he was "honored that (Robison) was able to attend his swearing-in ceremony just a few months ago. He will be missed dearly."

Gregory worked a trial as Robison's law clerk, a collaboration he said he'd never forget.

Nevada Chief Justice Jim Hardesty said Robison served all over the state.

"He was a dedicated, caring, and affable public servant, serving first as a district judge in Douglas County and then willingly serving anywhere in Nevada that the Supreme Court needed him as a Senior Judge," Hardesty said. "Judge Robison continued the long history of fair, thoughtful, independent-minded rural district court judges. He resolved thousands of cases with dignity and made a major contribution to the Nevada District Judges Association throughout his judicial career. The entire legal community offers its condolences to his family."

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Robison moved to Douglas County in 1962, and served as a deputy here for three years and then a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper for five years, according to The Record-Courier.

He attended the University of Nevada, Reno, and McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. In 1971 he joined the Nevada attorney general's office as a deputy attorney for the Highway Department.

He was named the toughest driving under the influence sentencing judge by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. He was one of the founders of China Spring Youth Camp.

He won election twice and retired in February 1994. In July 2006 he was commissioned as a senior judge serving in that capacity until June 2015.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.