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Michael Gibbons chosen as appellate court finalist

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District Judge Michael Gibbons speaks about Question 1 at the Town Hall Forum on Oct. 14.
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District Court Judge Michael Gibbons is one of the nine finalists to fill three positions on the new Court of Appeals, Chief Justice Mark Gibbons announced.

The nominees were selected following interviews by the Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection this week in Las Vegas. The names of the finalists have been sent to Governor Brian Sandoval, who will appoint three new judges from the list.

A total of 36 attorneys submitted applications for the vacancy. Applicants had to be Nevada attorneys with 15 years of legal experience, two of those in Nevada.



The Commission’s nine nominees for the three open positions, in alphabetical order, are:

Court of Appeals – Department 1



■ David A. Hardy, 50, District Court Judge, Second Judicial District

■ Kirby J. Smith, 57, Attorney, Lionel Sawyer & Collins

■ Jerome T. Tao, 46, District Court Judge, Eighth Judicial District

Court of Appeals – Department 2

■ Thomas D. Beatty, III, 72, Attorney, Law Offices of Thomas D. Beatty

■ Michael Patrick Gibbons, 58, District Court Judge, Ninth Judicial District

■ Susan Holland Johnson, 55, District Court Judge, Eighth Judicial District

Court of Appeals – Department 3

■ Allan Ray Earl, 73, District Court Judge, Eighth Judicial District

■ Abbi Silver, 50, District Court Judge, Eighth Judicial District

■ Joan Chisholm Wright, 62, Attorney, Allison Mackenzie Pavlakis Wright & Fagan