Bailey was deemed “whip smart” and a “legal scholar” by one legal panelist with knowledge of her work. Another pointed out that she already is a hearing master in the Family Court. Another said she “is the best candidate.” Yet another pointed out that she “spearheaded the autism court” for the benefit of autistic children in delinquency cases. Our panel was not familiar with Tobler.
Bailey is a Family Court hearing master for the Eighth Judicial District Court and has been licensed to practice law in Nevada for 16 years. She also was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 1996. Prior, she was a Clark County public defender and a private attorney who filled several other roles including deputy and acting labor commissioner, hearing master for the Nevada Taxicab Authority, alternate Municipal Court judge for the City of Las Vegas and judge pro tempore for the Las Vegas Township Municipal Court. As noted above, Bailey was instrumental in starting the Detention Alternative for Autistic Youth (DAAY) program which offers families with autistic children who struggle with violent outbursts an alternative to juvenile correctional facilities. She has never been sanctioned by the court for misconduct and has no history of ethics violations.
Tobler is also a Family Court hearing master for the Eighth Judicial District Court and has been serving for four years. Prior to that, she was an arbitrator for the Eighth Judicial District Court for 10 years and a solo practitioner before taking that position. (She did not complete our questionnaire, so our information comes solely from our law school team’s research.) Tobler was the attorney of record for 92 matters before the Eighth Judicial District Court in the 12 years she was a practicing attorney, but none were Family Court matters and therefore not relevant for the purposes of voter information. As far as our research indicates, Tobler has never been sanctioned by the court for misconduct and has no history of ethics violations.