Tribute to Judge Steven Elliotby Senator Dean Heller
Posted on 2013-03-13
HELLER. Mr. President, today I wish to congratulate Judge
Elliot as he retires from the bench having honorably served on Nevada's
Second Judicial District Court for 16 years. Judge Elliot's wisdom and
temperance has made him an extremely effective and admirable judge. His
distinguished career as an attorney, judge, and public servant in
Nevada is worthy of our appreciation.
After graduating from Stanford University and earning his juris doctor from the University of Denver, Judge Elliot was first elected Sparks City Attorney in 1979 and held that position until his election to the district court. While working as city attorney for Sparks, he founded the Washoe County Domestic Violence Task Force and supported the Washoe County DUI Task Force. Judge Elliot also crafted legislation requiring land developers to dedicate water rights to local governments, saving taxpayer dollars.
In 1997, Judge Elliott assumed his position as district judge where he was assigned in the family division and general jurisdiction dockets working on civil and criminal cases. As chairman of the Employee Relations Committee, he led a year-long task force to revise the employee manual. He also served on the Nevada Statewide Court Security Task Force to improve security for judges and the public in courthouses throughout Nevada.
In addition to his responsibilities in the court, he has also been very active in many community organizations. He has tirelessly worked to improve the life of Nevada's young people and abused and battered women, as well as promoted clean and safe communities in Nevada. I applaud Judge Elliot's commitment to upholding the law of the land as well as the betterment of his community. Today, I ask my colleagues to join me in congratulating Judge Elliot for his accomplishments and contributions to Nevada and his retirement from the Second Judicial District Court of Nevada. He is a truly exceptional Nevadan.