NV 8 Dept 32 2020

This race caused some disagreement among our diverse panelists. Bare received good reviews from half of the team. The judge was praised by a couple of panelists for standing up to pressure from Sheldon Adelson to close his courtroom during a trial. “He did not succumb to overt political pressure on a gigantic case,” one said. Another said he treats jurors with such courtesy and respect that they “send him nice notes.” But this same panelist suggested that sometimes Bare is too nice, has difficulty making hard calls. Another lauded Bare for his job when he was State Bar of Nevada counsel, how he genuinely cared about lawyers: “He was the best bar counsel we ever had.” Still another said: “He is well prepared, thoughtful, approachable, and facilitates what he can.”

One panelist wondered why Bare states his rulings ahead of the proceeding, then essentially asks the lawyers to persuade him that he is right or wrong. Another lawyer verified this is so. One panelist said Bare did not handle his role as a municipal court judge very well, often not adequately protecting the rights of the indigent and the homeless.

Craig was lauded for her work in the mental health courts system in Las Vegas. “She revolutionized mental health court reform in the community,” one panelist said. “She changed the way we look at (the mentally ill),” said another, who also said she stopped such defendants from “languishing in jail.” Another panelist added that Craig “can be a little rough around the edges,” which one of her advocates agreed was true.

Bare is the judge in Department 32 and has been on the bench for almost 10 years. Prior to becoming a judge, he was a private defense attorney and a defense lawyer and judge advocate in the U.S. Army. His self-reported impacts include ruling that Clark County teachers were legally entitled to a pay raise, that the Legislature fairly and legally enacted Nevada’s Medical Marijuana protocol, and, his particular favorite, a way to allow 18 dogs to be adopted rather than euthanized when the case appeared to be headed in that direction. 

Out of the 29 of Bare’s rulings that have been appealed, a majority of them have been upheld. In the most recent appeal, White v. State, the Nevada Supreme Court affirmed Bare’s ruling regarding the amount of worker’s compensation benefits for an inmate that was injured while working for the Division of Forestry through the prison’s work-release program. 

Craig is a Clark County public defender and has been since she was admitted to the bar 23 years ago. She is certified-qualified in capital defense, has tried more than 45 cases to verdict and has represented thousands of clients. Craig is passionate about defendants’ and inmates’ rights and has championed multiple diversion programs, including the Misdemeanor Mental Health Diversion Program and the Clark County Competency Court. In 2015, in addition to her caseload, Craig sued the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. In Burnside v. Nevada Dept. of Health and Human Services, Craig challenged delays in the transport of incompetent pretrial detainees from the Clark County Detention Center to Lake’s Crossing for treatment. As a result, the State of Nevada agreed to speedy transport of incompetent defendants and construction of a forensic treatment facility in Southern Nevada. Consequently, Stein Hospital opened in November 2015 in Las Vegas and is the only state-run forensic treatment facility in Nevada.  It has dramatically enhanced the state’s capacity to treat incompetent pre-trial detainees and has treated more than 600 mentally ill defendants.