Sara Dayani

Sara Dayani

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Sara  Dayani

for Family Court Judge Department P


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


I have worked exclusively in Family Law for the last 12 years. In 2009 I helped start the UNLV mediation program where law school students mediate real cases at Family Court. The program has been a success and I would like to see more mediation in Family Court. Not every case should go to trial because these are families in crisis. The expense, stress, and time it takes to get to trial only exasperates the conflict within these families.


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 that it’s the courts’ responsibility to uphold the law and apply it correctly.


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?


The Supreme Court in U.S. vs. Windsor held that section 3 of the defense of marriage act (DOMA) which denied federal recognition of same-sex marriage was a violation of the due process clause of the fifth amendment. In this case a same-sex couple was married in Canada and, after years of marriage, one of the spouses passed away in the United States. The law that was in place at the time of passing affected the other spouse’s property rights. I believe that the Supreme Court correctly decided this case.


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


Brown vs Board of Education was an important case. It was issued in 1954 and it overruled the “separate but equal” doctrine set forth from the Plessy vs Ferguson case . I agree with the holding from Brown vs Board of Education that separating children in public schools on the basis of race was unconstitutional.


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?




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.



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 were the primary issue with sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV/AIDS discrimination.
My entire legal career has been spent focusing on family law. I also have experience with drug court and I was a truancy diversion court judge for two years.



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 heartbreaking to see so many Nevadans lose their jobs and their homes because of Covid. I would like to see more stimulus packages offered to our citizens so that no one loses their home because of a pandemic. However a family court judge would have no ability to weigh in on this 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?



This question does not apply to the Family Court position that I am seeking.



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.



This question does not apply to the Family Court position that I am seeking.



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 did extensive research about truancy during the time that I was a truancy diversion court judge. I was also on the truancy summit committee where community leaders came together to discuss how we could increase Nevada’s high school graduation rates and address the school to prison pipeline. The truancy diversion court provides early intervention and puts students on the right path before some end up in prison. During this time I did extensive research about truancy and my research was used for a grant that was funded by the federal government for $600,000.



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 is the most important problem in our justice system today. There is no right to an attorney in a civil case and there are so many people that end up in family court. Over 70% of litigants represent themselves and it’s a daunting process to most of them. As a family court judge I plan on having a handout available for all pro se litigants that identifies all of the resources available to them. The self-help center does a fantastic job. They also offers a trial prep course that discusses discovery, what to expect at trial, and how to present your case that not enough litigants know about.



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 believe that diversion courts and specialty courts are effective. I have professional experience with drug court and I have seen participants stay the course. The program is not easy for participants. They are subjected to regular drug testing and mandatory counseling until they graduate the program. The court keep statistics on recidivism rates and those who are sent to drug court have a lower recidivism rates. This proves the program works.

The court has made great strides to increase these programs. There is now a veteran’s court and a gambling court. The only change I would make is to add more programs and mental health resources.



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



In general, this question does not apply to the Family Court position that I am seeking. However when a family court judge holds a litigant in contempt and imposes jail time, there is sometimes a cash bail amount. That amount is usually the amount that the litigant owes to the other party for unpaid debts like child support or spousal support. I do believe that there is value in this process because I have seen countless litigants pay the debt or a portion thereof to get out of jail and then they start making payments more diligently.


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



This question does not apply to the Family Court position that I am seeking.


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