Teaching & Lecturing
In 2014, Judge Bluth taught a course on testifying in the courtroom and proper courtroom etiquette to employees of Child Protective Services. This course was designed to teach these individuals the rules of the courtroom, proper and improper forms of testimony, and work with them in regards to any questions or concerns they had about how the courtroom/trial process works.
In 2015, Judge Bluth taught a continuing legal education course at the Nevada Prosecutor’s Conference entitled, “Changes in the Law of Child Abuse and How to Prosecute Child Abuse Cases.” At this particular conference, prosecutors from every jurisdiction of Nevada were present and received instruction on this topic. Judge Bluth instructed on recent changes in the laws that she and others had fought to pass at the legislature. More importantly, she instructed on how to work with child victims both in and out of the courtroom.
In 2015 when Judge Bluth was placed on the homicide division of the District Attorney’s Office, she and another district attorney started noticing trends related to child homicide cases. One of the trends they saw was officers who had not been in the field very long, and/or some who had not dealt with child abuse before, were missing signs of child abuse and thus, the child was being left in the home with his/her abuser. Judge Bluth believed that if she and others could educate patrol officers from the various police departments and discuss with them the warning signs, they could decrease the rates of child fatality. Judge Bluth realized that in order to reach this goal, they couldn’t just teach at the academies because they were not reaching police officers that were already in the field. To do this, she and another Chief Deputy District Attorney went to each and every area command of local law enforcement and discussed what they were seeing and how the signs had to be recognized. They have received countless amounts of positive feedback on the education they provided and know that it was well worth the time and effort even if just one child has been saved.
The homicide division is part of a broader unit called the “Major Violators Unit.” This unit is comprised of deputies who work on the homicide unit, gang unit, and gun unit. One of the tasks the “Major Violators Unit” is charged with is the duty of responding to all officer-involved shootings, assessing the conduct of officers involved in any use of force that occurred during the course of their duties. That assessment includes determining whether any criminality on the part of the officers existed at the time of the incident. After the assessment, Judge Bluth then would then write a formal report that was released to the public. She would then do a public presentation of the facts that surrounded the officer-involved shooting, referred to as a “Police Fatality Public Fact-Finding Review.” As a member of this unit since 2015, Judge Bluth participated in the assessment and presentation of four (4) incidents where there was an officer-involved shooting. Judge Bluth presented these publicly at the government building and wrote the formal reports. Those reports can be found on the Clark County website. The names associated with the reports are:
Police Fatality Public Fact–Finding Review Surrounding the Death of Anthony Wade Moore, December 7, 2014
Police Fatality Public Fact–Finding Review Surrounding the Death of Bryan Bauer on July 4, 2015.
Police Fatality Public Fact–Finding Review Surrounding the Death of Efren Trujillo Soriano, April 11, 2016.
Police Fatality Public Fact–Finding Review Surrounding the Death of Phillip Pitts on November 11, 2017
In 2017, Judge Bluth visited the William S. Boyd School of Law with Professor Steven Wolfson and taught his class about opening and closing statements. She, along with the Honorable Judge Valerie Adair, and Special Public Defenders Robert Arroyo and Randy Pike spoke to the law students not only about opening and closing arguments but also more about the professions of district attorneys and special public defenders. Judge Bluth talked to the students about the fact that while it is an adversarial process, often the sides are working together to find a common ground on what we believe justice to be for that specific case.
In 2018, Judge Bluth was asked by the Attorney General to teach a webinar entitled, “Sensitive Victim Populations in the Courtroom.” Through this webinar she taught 500 prosecutors from Mexico about Nevada law in cases related to child abuse, both physical and sexual. Judge Bluth also taught ways in which prosecutors work with children, for example how to make the process easier for children victims, how to help them both in and out of the courtroom, and how to make sure they are helped once the court process is over. This was an incredibly valuable experience because Judge Bluth is very passionate about the way victims, Defendants, and witnesses should be treated and respected throughout the legal process. Many of the victims that Judge Bluth worked with on the Special Victim’s Unit had come from other countries, Mexico included. These children and their family members discussed with her their feelings of gratitude in regards to how our system protects child victims. Judge Bluth felt this was a wonderful opportunity to share with these prosecutors how to better assist child victims and their families with what they are going through.
On April 11, 2019, Judge Bluth taught a continuing legal education course entitled, “Child Abuse – Injury, Mechanism, and Defenses” which was aimed at teaching prosecutors the various aspects of child abuse and how to educate juries on the same.
Paid for by the Committee to Retain Judge Jacqueline M. Bluth