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Sandoval appoints Kacin and Porter to court vacancies



CARSON CITY – Gov. Brian Sandoval announced today he has appointed Nancy Porter and Alvin Kacin to fill the judicial vacancies in the 4th Judicial District Court.

“Nancy’s breadth of experience, her commitment and desire to serve in a public capacity and her individual strengths – confidence, respectfulness and unflappability – will provide the foundation for a successful judgeship,” Sandoval said. “Al’s experience, upbringing and the mechanisms he has imposed as a judge to make his court more efficient in the service of the people, including new forms to dispense with the need for certain hearings, will serve him well in the District Court,” Sandoval added.

Porter, an Elko native, is currently a solo practitioner. A member of a family with a long history in Elko County, she has worked mainly in the areas of criminal law, family law, civil litigation, wills and probate. A graduate of Willamette University College of Law, Porter also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Admitted to the Nevada bar in 1989, Porter has practiced in the Second, Fourth, Sixth and Seventh Judicial District Courts, as well as the Nevada Supreme Court and several justice courts in the past five years. In addition to her practice of law, Porter has served as a mediator on a number of occasions, usually mediating disputes at the request of local attorneys, and she has handled a number of pro bono cases.

During the last five years, Kacin has served as Elko Township Justice of the Peace. He was appointed to be Elko Municipal Judge in 2007. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Kacin attended Gonzaga University School of Law and was awarded his juris doctor degree in 1994.

Admitted to the Nevada bar in 1995, Kacin has previously served as an Elko County Deputy District Attorney, where he prosecuted felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor criminal cases. During his last five years with the Elko County District Attorney, Kacin tried close to twenty jury trials to conclusion and more than 100 non-jury trials to decision.

Following law school, Kacin clerked for the Judge Dan Papez of the Seventh Judicial District Court. From 1995 to 1997, he worked with the firm of Puccinelli & Puccinelli, handling civil and criminal litigation matters.

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