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Young lawyerÕs first trial heard by Supreme Court justice

As civil trials go, Sound & Secure v. Roni Amid isnÕt going to rank as one of the most intriguing in·trigue  
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 cases in District Court in Clark County Clark County is the name of twelve counties in the United States of America:
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Sound & Secure sued Amid for failing to pay $10,230 after the company installed an audio-video system at his Las Vegas Las Vegas (läs vā`gəs), city (1990 pop. 258,295), seat of Clark co., S Nev.; inc. 1911. It is the largest city in Nevada and the center of one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States.  home. ItÕs a simple breach of contract suit that took only one day to try this week.

But what makes the case worth singling out is who presided over it — Nevada Supreme Court Justice Mark Gibbons Mark Gibbon Filmography
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For one of Sound & SecureÕs lawyers, Denise Balboni of the firm Kemp, Jones & Coulthard, the experience was especially noteworthy. It was her first trial.

ÒIf anything I was a little more comfortable with Justice Gibbons Famous people named Gibbons include:
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,Ó said Balboni, a former law clerk law clerk
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 for Chief Justice James Hardesty. ÒIt was fabulous.Ó

It is rare, but not unprecedented, for a Supreme Court justice to take the bench in the lower District Court. Former Justice Bob Rose did it occasionally, and Gibbons said he and fellow Justice Bill Maupin, both former District Court judges, did it in 2003 when the courts needed help.

Gibbons said he fell into the assignment this week and doesnÕt plan to make a habit of it because his plate is full at the stateÕs highest court.

He was in Las Vegas on Monday to hear arguments in O.J. SimpsonÕs bid to be released from prison on appeal and decided to stay the rest of the week to get a firsthand first·hand  
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 look at one of his pet projects, business court.

Gibbons has become the Supreme CourtÕs point man in the ongoing development of the business court, one of several growing specialty venues at the Regional Justice Center.

While in Las Vegas, Gibbons said he presided over some business settlement conferences and discussed possible rule changes for business court with the judges who handle those cases and lawyers who practice before the judges.

One of the judges, Mark Denton, asked Gibbons to sit in for him in Sound & Secure v. Roni Amid on Thursday so Denton could devote more time to business court matters.

Gibbons said he agreed to take the case because he knew there was little chance it would be appealed to the Supreme Court, where he would have to recuse To disqualify or remove oneself as a judge over a particular proceeding because of one's conflict of interest. Recusal, or the judge's act of disqualifying himself or herself from presiding over a proceeding, is based on the Maxim  himself.

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 hearing lower court cases for the very reason that it could pose a conflict later, he said.

ÒIf we did this more often, it could become an issue because we definitely couldnÕt participate in any appeal,Ó he said.

At the end of the trial, Gibbons ruled that Amid had to pay Sound & Secure just under $10,000 for its work. The company wanted interest, as well.

But in the end, no one had any complaints about the way Gibbons handled the trial.

ÒI thought he was fantastic,Ó said Kyle Smith, another one of Sound & SecureÕs lawyers. ÒFor someone who had no real familiarity with the case before this week, he completely understood all of the legal issues.Ó

ÒHe was more than fair,Ó AmidÕs attorney, Jamie Cogburn, added, Òespecially considering he had some young attorneys in there.Ó

Jeff German is the SunÕs senior investigative reporter. He can be reached at 474-7406 or at german
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Date:Aug 8, 2009
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