Department XIV

Adriana Escobar

Office - (702) 671-4419

Fax - (702) 671-4418

Law Clerk - (702) 671-4423

Email - dept14lc@clarkcountycourts.us

Location - RJC Courtroom 14C



Regional Justice Center
200 Lewis Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89155

Adriana Escobar
Department XIV
Eighth Judicial District Court

Term of Office 2012 – present

Judge Adriana Escobar has been a practicing attorney since 1991.  She was appointed to the District Court by Governor Sandoval on June 26, 2012 after being recommended for appointment by the Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection. She took the bench August 6, 2012 following the retirement of Judge Donald Mosley.

Prior to joining the bench, Judge Escobar worked as a Deputy Attorney General in the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Nevada Attorney General’s Office where she prosecuted complex mortgage and investment fraud cases.  She also served as Nevada Consumer’s Advocate and Chief Deputy Attorney General where she protected the interests of Nevada consumers and ratepayers supervising complex consumer protection and public utilities cases.

Judge Escobar was appointed by former Governor Kenny Guinn to serve as a Commissioner with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada.  During her tenure at the PUCN, she heard and decided numerous cases involving utility regulation of electricity, gas, telephone and water that had a state wide impact.

Prior to being appointed to the PUCN, she was appointed to serve as a member of the State of Nevada Taxicab Authority by former Nevada Governor Bob Miller. 

Judge Escobar founded and managed Chanos Escobar Chanos, P.C., a Nevada law firm that represented local business owners in complex business transactions and commercial litigation. Judge Escobar was Special Counsel in Las Vegas to Fox Rothschild LLP, a national law firm.
 
Judge Escobar has lived in Las Vegas most of her life.  She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and the University of Nevada Las Vegas where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

After graduating from UNLV, Judge Escobar earned certification as a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselor by the Nevada Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse (BADA).  She counseled patients in outpatient and group settings.  Judge Escobar developed substance abuse prevention programs for children and adolescents and taught classes.  She edited a column entitled “Ask Adriana” that ran in a high school student newspaper where she answered students’ anonymous questions about drug and alcohol use.  Judge Escobar also produced and directed Spanish language public television programs about substance abuse prevention. 

After working as a certified substance abuse counselor, Judge Escobar enrolled in law school at California Western School of Law in San Diego, California, where she earned a Juris Doctor in 1991.

Upon law school graduation, Judge Escobar was appointed Deputy City Attorney in the Office of the City Attorney of San Diego.  There she gained extensive jury trial experience prosecuting criminal offenses.

Before her appointment to the District Court, Judge Escobar served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of Spring Valley Hospital.  She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce and has received the Professional of The Year Award.

Courtroom Protocol

No weapons are allowed. There is no eating, drinking, smoking or chewing gum in any courtroom.

Proper courtroom attire is required. No shorts or tank tops are allowed in the courtroom, shoes are required. T-shirts, which show offensive slogans or pictures, are not allowed. Hats should be removed before entering the courtroom.

While in the courtroom, sit quietly when court is in session. Do not talk or whisper. The court proceedings are being recorded by a court recorder and noise can interfere with the preparation of this important record.

All beepers, cellular telephones, and electronic devices must be turned off before entering the courtroom. Avoid reading newspapers, or books in the courtrooms, particularly if your use of such material may be a distraction to others.

Attorneys are expected to maintain the highest ethical standards at all times, and to strictly adhere to the opportunities, requirements, limitations, and deadlines set by the judge. All counsel are to be punctual for all conferences, hearings and trials. They are to be civil to one another as well as to all parties, witnesses, and court personnel - whether in front of a jury or the court.

Current Assignment

    o     Department 14 is currently assigned a Civil Court dockets and Specialty Court programs that include the Felony DUI Court and Veteran’s Treatment Court Specialty Court dockets.

Motion calendar schedule

    o     Department 14 regularly hears all Civil Court motions on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. Department 14 has a split civil / criminal calendar.  Civil matters are heard every other Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 a.m.  Veterans Treatment Court is held every other Monday at 2:00 p.m. and Felony DUI Court matters are heard alternating weeks on Tuesdays through Thursdays starting at 10:00 a.m.

Regular chambers calendar

    o     Department 14 does have a regular chambers calendar, Motions to withdraw, Motions to associate, status settlement documents and status check blocked account in for which no parties need appear.  The following Motions may be placed on this calendar:  Pro Hac Vice Applications, Motion to Association Counsel, Motion to Withdraw, Motion to Approve Settlement Agreement, Motion to Approve Receiver’s Report, Motion to Amend Complaint, Motion for Reconsideration, Motion for Clarification, Minor’s Compensation Petitions, Motion for Enlargement of Time to Serve and/or for Service by Publication, Motion to Retax, and Time Computation (pursuant to NRS 34.724(2)(c)), and Motions for Default Judgment (except as noted below).

Injunctive Relief

    o     Department 14 prefers to set a noticed hearing, Noticed motions for temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions are heard as any other motions.  Ex parte motions for temporary restraining orders pursuant to NRCP 65(b) may be set for chambers calendar.

Court Reporter or a Court Recorder for its official record

    o     Department 14 uses a Court Reporter Recorder.

Telephonic appearance request

    o     Department 14 routinely grants telephonic appearance requests when good cause is shown.  Counsel to should contact chambers via fax or email for permission.

Unopposed motions

    o     Department 14 does not grant unopposed motions in advance of the hearing date  MAY grant unopposed motions in advance of the hearing date.  If so, a Minute Order will be issued to all parties. Unless otherwise notified by the Court, counsel is required to appear for unopposed motions set for hearing.

Default judgment prove-ups

    o     A Default Judgment prove-up hearing is not required unless for Personal Injury or Fraud (1) the party is seeking damages in excess of $50,000; (2) the party is seeking punitive damages; (3) the party is seeking equitable relief; or (4) the damages are otherwise not readily ascertainable by affidavit reference to bills, costs, promissory notes, and other instruments.  Live testimony is generally required at default judgment prove-up hearings, but permission to appear telephonically may be granted in extreme circumstances.

Submission of Orders

    o     Department 14 requires require prevailing counsel to submit a draft order to opposing counsel for review as to form and content. Department 14 requires opposing counsel to sign off on the proposed order prior to submission on Motions for Summary Judgment and Dismissal and Motions in Limine. Department 14’s desired method for resolving disputes regarding proposed orders if If both sides cannot agree, each side should to submit their own proposed Order for approval of the Judge.  Any competing order, or order submitted on a motion for summary judgment, motion for dismissal, or motion in limine without obtaining opposing counsel’s signature, must be accompanied by a cover letter explaining the reasoning for the competing order or the lack of signature. 

    o     Counsel is encouraged to submit proposed orders in Microsoft Word format to the law clerk via email in addition to physical copies.

Jury selection

    o     Department 14 uses the "Arizona Method” of jury selection, and it provides a written explanation of the procedure to counsel at the Calendar Call.