Name: Jeffrey D. Sobel
Office sought: District Court judge, Dept. 5
Birth date: Oct. 23, 1943
Education: University of California at Berkeley Law School, Order of the Coif (top 10 percent of class).
Occupation: District Court judge
Relevant experience: Elected to the bench in 1990. Prior to that, served as president of Nevada's Trial Lawyers; six years on the Board of Governors State Bar; 50-plus jury trials, by 1980. Charter co-chairman of the County Defense Attorneys; state's vice president.
Endorsements: Nevada State AFL-CIO; Central Labor Council; Equal Rights for Divorced Fathers.
Why should you be elected?: I have worked hard and efficiently. Annually, I have had the fewest days in trial -- judges get the same workload. However, I start early and stay late, and prepare thoroughly prior to trial, minimizing jury inconvenience. We have no oral arguments on civil motions; I fax out all decisions -- lawyers do not have to leave their offices. I hammered out a $70 million settlement involving 60 lawyers for another judge, eliminating a trial estimated to take over a year, saving taxpayers millions. I have presided over almost every triple- and quadruple-murder trial in the last 12 years: Zane Floyd (the Albertson's murderer), Donte Johnson (killer of four young boys in a $230 robbery), Vernell Evans (killer of four to "revenge" being informed on), Joseph Weldon Smith (hammer killer of his wife and stepchildren), plus many dozens of "routine" murder cases and hundreds of trials.
What is the most pressing issue facing the area you would represent, and what will you do about it?: My area is the entire county, like all District Court judges. I believe the most pressing issue is giving thoughtful and efficient effort to one's work.
Additional comments: I am the only judge who has extensive civil and criminal trial experience combined with a long, deep record of service to legal organizations.