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Seminar on supported-decision making Nov. 28

Judge Francis Doherty, pictured here in July at Great Basin College, will be part of a panel of judges, attorneys, family advocates and adults with disabilities to discuss supportive-decision making in two free seminars broadcast via video conference to the UNR Cooperative Extension office Nov. 28.

LAS VEGAS – A free presentation on supported decision-making will be broadcast via video conference to Elko at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension office at 701 Walnut St.

Two sessions will be available. The first is 9 a.m. to noon and the second is from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

The seminar includes judges, attorneys, advocates families and adults with disabilities to discuss using supported decision-making as an alternative to adult guardianships.

Jonathan Martinis, Esq., Senior Director of Law and Policy at Burton Blatt Institute will highlight national and international trends, including his personal experiences advocating on behalf of adults with disabilities.

Judge Francis Doherty, Dr. Elaine Brown, Debra Bookout, Esq., and Mary Bryant of UNR will join Martinis in an interactive conversation about how to support individuals’ autonomy and what supported decision-making looks like in Nevada.

Nevada Supreme Court Justice James Hardesty encourages attendance for the public to learn more about supported-decision making.

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“I recommend all attorneys, advocates, families caring for loved ones and persons with disabilities attend this free program for an opportunity to learn about supported decision-making as an innovative, alternative to guardianship from national expert, Jonathan Martinis,” said Hardesty.

The event is sponsored by the Second Judicial District Court, National Resource Center on Supported-Decision Making, State Bar of Nevada, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, and Washoe County Bar Association.

Attendance also qualifies for three free CLE credits and Professional Certificates of Completion is available.

For information or to pre-register, visit or call 775-328-3470.


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