JUDGE KATHLEEN DELANEY
Judge Delaney was elected in to District Court in 2008. She began practicing law in 1990. Judge Delaney earned her bachelor’s degree from The Colorado College and her law degree from University of North Carolina at Chappel Hill. She has worked as a Senior Deputy Attorney General in the Bureau of Consumer Protection and as an in house attorney for The Mirage.
Sean Connell grew up in Iowa before attending college at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in 1997 after majoring in both criminology and philosophy. He returned to Iowa to attend law school at the University of Iowa. He graduated in 2000 with distinction. He passed the Nevada Bar Exam in 2000. Sean was authorized to practice in all of the state and federal courts in Nevada, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the state courts of Iowa.
After passing the Bar in 2000, he went to work an insurance defense firm. He spent nearly two years working on a variety of civil matters before taking a job with a sole practitioner that was looking to expand his firm. Sean gained valuable experience handling criminal defense, family law, probate, labor law, worker’s compensation claims, bankruptcy, and personal injury claims on behalf of plaintiffs. He now runs the Nevada office of a firm based in California that handles mostly complex civil litigation matters. His caseload includes large construction claims, both commercial and residential; wrongful death claims, catastrophic injuries, and coverage litigation. His clients include international construction companies, international architecture and design firms, banks, and public entities.
The majority of the cases he has been involved with the past 7 years have been resolved prior to reaching a verdict. As a result, the number of jury and bench trials he has completed during that time is low. However, he have served as lead counsel at trial in the past and taken a number of cases up to the begging of trial during that time. In addition, he has completed countless arbitrations, mediations, and evidentiary hearings that required presentation of arguments and questioning of witnesses. It is difficult for him to estimate the amount of time he had spent in the courtroom or the number of “trials” when factoring in all of the arbitrations and evidentiary hearings that closely resembled a mini-trial. There was a year he spent three or four days a week in court for most of the day on these types of matters. In addition, he has briefed matters before the Nevada Supreme Court and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He prevailed on all three occasions, but none of the matters resulted in a published opinion.
Desire to Run for Judicial Seat:
Sean Connell has always had a desire to serve the residents of Clark County as a Judge. He chose to finally run this year for a couple of reasons. First, he believes he has obtained the experience and training necessary to make an outstanding Judge. Second, he has become frustrated with manner in which some of the Judges have presided over my cases in the past. Rather than complaining about lengthy delays, inconsistent rulings, and improper application of the law; he decided he should try to get elected and make improvements. His frustrations reached a “put up or shut up” point.
Work History Qualifications:
His work history includes experiences in every type of law he would be asked to preside over. His countless hours spent in various courtrooms have provided him with comprehensive knowledge of the rules of procedure and evidence that will govern the cases before him. In addition, his experience before most of the state and federal judges has given him the opportunity to witness both good and bad practices that inform my approach to the position.
Previous Election Experience:
This is his first time running for a judicial seat.
Qualities Fit to Serve as a Judge:
He prides himself on being fair, honest, and ethical. He has the temperament, patience, and commitment to being impartial that are necessary to necessary to serve as a Judge. He also possess the ability to listen and apply logical reasoning to the unique facts of each case.
Connell has not been subject to discipline by the bar.
To Speed Process & Minimize Case Delays:
Connell had the following to say about speeding up the process and minimizing case delays:
"Delays in the current courtrooms are caused by numerous factors. Some of the causes of delay are beyond the control of the Judges, i.e. the number of cases filed and the litigation strategy of attorneys that result in lengthy motions and arguments. However, other factors are well within the Judge’s control. Changes and improvements he would make include always showing up on time so the calendar begins promptly. He would also issue consistent rulings in a timely manner so that cases could continue to move towards resolution or trial. Litigants should not have to wait up to six months, which has happened on more than one occasion, to receive a ruling or order from the Court. Finally, he would revise the current motion calendar to reduce the time litigants have to pay their attorneys for simply sitting and waiting to be heard. Currently all motions are calendared for 9:00 a.m. The calendar continues until all matters are heard. By having and 8:30 and 10:00 calendar, parties will be able to arrive closer to when their matter will be heard. In addition, calendaring contested matters expected to include lengthy arguments later in the morning or on available afternoons whenever possible will also help expedite other matters."