Amy Mastin

Amy Mastin

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Amy Meredith  Mastin

for Family Court Judge Department M

 

Candidate contact information:

Email address: Amy@ Mastin4Judge.com

Phone number: 702-279-3322

Facebook: Amy M. Mastin

Twitter: N/A

Website: www.Mastin4Judge.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 have spent 23 years serving the families of Clark County. For the past six years I’ve done that as a Domestic Violence Hearing Master (court-appointed judicial officer) hearing more than 8,000 DV cases per year. For the 10 years prior to my appointment, I maintained a private practice devoted exclusively to family law issues. I’ve worked as a Deputy District Attorney prosecuting child welfare cases and was a law clerk for a family court judge when I began my career 23 years ago. Families are what I care about and, by design, family law has been the focus of my career. That is why I am seeking to be elected to Family Court, Department M, and what qualifies me for the position.

 

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?

 

As an appointed judicial officer, I am subject to The Nevada Codes of Judicial Conduct. Pursuant to Canon 4, I will carry out my adjudicatative duties faithfully and impartially if elected. Furthermore, my role as a judicial officer is to follow the law, regardless my personal opinion of its merits. Therefore, I do not believe my “views” are relevant.

 

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?

 

As an appointed judicial officer, I am subject to The Nevada Codes of Judicial Conduct. Pursuant to Canon 4, I will carry out my adjudicatative duties faithfully and impartially if elected. Furthermore, my role as a judicial officer is to follow the law, regardless my personal opinion of its merits. Therefore, I do not believe my views are relevant.

 

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

 

As an appointed judicial officer, I am subject to The Nevada Codes of Judicial Conduct. Pursuant to Canon 4, I will carry out my adjudicatative duties faithfully and impartially if elected. Furthermore, my role as a judicial officer is to follow the law, regardless my personal opinion of its merits. Therefore, I do not believe my beliefs are relevant.

 

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?

 

Of course.

 

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 am not familiar with this decision. Were it applicable to a decision in my court, I would familiarize myself with the decision and act in accordance therewith.

 

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. I have not been involved in a “significant” case where these were the “primary” issues. Fortunately, the law has been changed so that these are no longer debatable issues in family law cases.

 

 

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?

 

I do not believe this issue is relevant to the cases that would appear before me in family court. Notwithstanding, as a judicial officer, my role is to follow the law that exists, not make it “more” or “less” one way or another.

 

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?

 

 

As an appointed judicial officer, I am subject to The Nevada Codes of Judicial Conduct. my role as a judicial officer is to follow the law, regardless my personal opinion of its merits.

 

 

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.

 

 

As an appointed judicial officer, I am subject to The Nevada Codes of Judicial Conduct. my role as a judicial officer is to follow the law, regardless my personal opinion of its merits.

 

 

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?

 

 

As an appointed judicial officer, I am subject to The Nevada Codes of Judicial Conduct. my role as a judicial officer is to follow the law, regardless my personal opinion of its merits.

 

 

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?

 

 

Access to justice continues to be an overarching issue in the justice system.

 

 

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?

 

 

As an appointed judicial officer, I am subject to The Nevada Codes of Judicial Conduct. my role as a judicial officer is to follow the law, regardless my personal opinion of its merits.

 

 

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

 

 

As an appointed judicial officer, I am subject to The Nevada Codes of Judicial Conduct. my role as a judicial officer is to follow the law, regardless my personal opinion of its merits.

 

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

 

 

As an appointed judicial officer, I am subject to The Nevada Codes of Judicial Conduct. my role as a judicial officer is to follow the law, regardless my personal opinion of its merits.

 

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