Phil Aurbach

Phil Aurbach

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Phil  Aurbach

for Clark County District Court Department 4

 

Candidate contact information:

Email address: paurbach@gmail.com

Phone number: 702-608-1031

Facebook: philaurbachforjudge

Twitter: http://Twitter.com/paurbach

Website: philaurbachforjudge.com 

 

CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE RESPONSES

 

Please share briefly what inspired you to run for this office and why you feel you’re qualified for the position.

 

I was inspired to run for office because of the number of judges who have never gone to trial or run a law firm.

For 42 years I have handled the kinds of cases that District Court Judges handle every day—complex contract and real estate cases, partnership and business disputes, as well as personal injury cases.

In addition to my litigation qualifications, I have served as an arbitrator on large cases for over 20 years. I also served for 17 years as a Nevada Supreme Court Settlement Judge helping get District Court Cases settled before expensive appeals were necessary. Finally, I have given seminars and written numerous articles and practice manuals for the Nevada Bar so new lawyers could benefit from my experience.

 

What are your views on the courts’ responsibility to uphold precedent on reproductive health care, particularly as it relates to Roe v. Wade and access to abortion as a constitutional right?

 

I believe a judge must follow the law.

 

What are your views on “human dignity,” as applied by the Supreme Court in U.S. v. Windsor (133 S. Ct. 2675), shares the same constitutional protection provided to liberty and equality rights?

 

I do not have a view on human dignity as applied in U.S. v Windsor since it has not been an issue in one of my cases.

 

Do you believe that Brown v. Board of Education (347 U.S. 483) was correctly decided?

 

Judges must follow the law. I have not developed an opinion on the correctness of this decision.

 

Would you honor the request of a plaintiff, defendant, or witness in a case before you who is transgender to be referred to in accordance with that person’s gender identity?

 

Yes.

 

Describe your understanding of Newman v. Piggie Park Enterprises (390 U.S. 400) and application of this precedent to nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people in places of public accommodation.

 

I have not read that decision since it has not been an issue in any of my cases.

 

Have you been involved in a significant case where a primary issue was sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV/AIDs discrimination? If so, can you provide the case, venue, case number and case citation (if published decision) and your involvement?

 

 

No.

 

 

With more and more Nevadans only one family emergency away from being unable to pay rent and maintain shelter for their loved ones, what steps would you take towards having a more equitable eviction process for Nevadans?

 

It is the job of the legislature to create an equitable eviction process. Judges cannot create their own eviction process.

 

How would you ensure that criminal defendants with adverse immigration consequences attached to their cases are protected in the event the case is dismissed or otherwise resolved, so that the criminal justice system does not become a trap for the undocumented?

 

 

I do not have an opinion on this since it has not been an issue in any of my cases.

 

 

In recent years, we have seen Immigration and Customs Enforcement detain individuals as they are leaving criminal court hearings. Please describe your views on this practice.

 

 

I do not have a view on this practice for or against since it has not been an issue in any of my cases.

 

 

What actions will you take to dismantle the school to prison and deportation pipeline? What do you see as the judiciary’s role in advancing restorative discipline practices for Nevada’s students?

 

 

I do not have a view for or against this practice since it has not been an issue in any of my cases.

 

 

What do you think is the most important issue or problem in the state’s justice system today, and how would you work to address it?

 

 

I think the biggest problem is a system that is designed to foster delay. I would work toward moving cases along more efficiently while maintaining fairness and respect for the litigants and attorneys.

 

 

Do you feel that existing diversion initiatives and specialty courts are effective in meeting the needs of the community? What changes would you make to improve their effectiveness?

 

 

I do not have a view on this practice for or against since it has not been an issue in any of my cases.

 

 

What value does cash bail bring to Nevada’s judicial system?

 

 

I do not have a view on this practice for or against since it has not been an issue in any of my cases.

 

In light of Nevada’s move to legalize recreational marijuana, what is your position on vacating convictions of individuals for marijuana possession?

 

 

I do not have a view on this practice for or against since it has not been an issue in any of my cases.

 

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