JUDGE STEPHANIE CHARTER
FAMILY COURT JUVENILE DEPENDENCY
For my first contribution to the CASA newsletter, I wanted to share a little about my background and my ideas for the future in my courtroom and in dependency in Clark County. First, I am so grateful to have been assigned to hear dependency cases. I feel I have come full circle. In 2001 after having practiced civil litigation for about a decade, I took my first pro bono case for the then very new Children’s Attorneys Project. At that time, Steve Hiltz and Liliana Loftman were the only full time CAP attorneys. Through representing my young client, I found my passion within the law. I joined CAP later that year as their third dedicated children’s attorney. I went on from CAP to work for the District Attorney’s office in Clark and later in Washoe County where I was assigned to child abuse and neglect cases. My career also includes practicing family law in St. George, Utah, and representing youth in dependency and delinquency cases in Mohave County, Arizona.