JUDGE ROB BARE
When he was a baby, Rob Bare’s birth mother placed him in an orphanage as she felt he might be given more life opportunity than she would be able to provide. Her decision created an incredible life path of good fortune for Bare.
Bare was adopted at age six months by a United States Army soldier and his wife. They met years earlier at a time when both served in the Army (his mom was in the Women’s Army Corps in the 1950s). His father, Jack Bare, ultimately would serve 27 years in the military, and Bare is proud that he is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Going back to his father’s career, after retirement from the Army, Bare’s family settled in a small steel mill town called Aliquippa, just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as his mother’s entire family (she is one of 13 children!) lived there. From the fourth grade through law school, Bare grew up there.
After he graduated law school, Bare was offered a $57,000 a year position with Reed Smith Shaw and McClay, LLP. At the time, this law firm was considered the largest firm in Pittsburgh with 200 lawyers. He declined the position and chose to join the U.S. Army JAG Corps, mainly to surprise his father and to show appreciation for his 27-year U.S. military career and service. His older sister also served in the Navy, and all of their service photos are shown on his re-election website, www.JudgeRobBare.com
During his educational career, he graduated as follows:
Admitted to practice law:
Since his admission to the Nevada Bar in 1993, Bare has actively been a member of the State Bar of Nevada, Clark County Bar Association, Washoe County Bar Association, and the National Organization of Bar Counsel.
In the past, he volunteered to serve as a judge in the statewide competition of the Nevada High School Mock Trial State Championships held in Las Vegas. He judged and scored four rounds of the competition. Since being elected, they have honored Bare by using his courtroom to hold the state competitions of the Mock Trials.
As bar counsel to the State Bar of Nevada (see resume below), one of his duties was to educate the members and the public about safeguarding the integrity of the legal profession. He continues to provide legal education, and has conducted five seminars since his election in 2010, including “Benefit Pro Bono” with Supreme Court Justices Michael Douglas and James Hardesty at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The Benefit raised approximately $25,000 for legal aid in Clark County, after an incredible seminar turn out.
In addition, Bare has presented many other continuing legal education seminars opened to the public, as well as the legal community. Seminars that serve a civic role in educating the public include the Professionalism Summits, which are the brain child of Supreme Court Justice Nancy Saitta. While attorneys attend these seminars, non-legal professionals are also welcome to attend. They are a tool to bring awareness to the bar of ethics and civility in and out of the courtroom. A prestigious panel of the Nevada judiciary is assembled to respond to discussion items. He has been honored to serve on the panels, as well as provide materials, and Power Point presentations.
Additionally, from 2001 to 2008, for a total of 14 semesters, Bare was an adjunct professor at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) teaching Legal Research II to paralegals enrolled in the paralegal studies program. This is the most advanced course paralegals need to complete to graduate. Bare says he taught for the personal gratification in giving back to the community continuing that it was professionally satisfying to watch the professional progress of a number of his students after graduation. Many became paralegals in Las Vegas law firms.
To balance quality of life, he played baseball during all formative years, and still loves the sport. Bare is an artist and enjoys giving tours of his work, and truly loves exploring our beautiful State in one of his two jeeps (one has a roof, one does not, specific adventure is weather dependent).
Bare’s legal experience includes:
Criminal Accused Trial Representation. Represented as the trial attorney and assigned other lawyers to represent soldiers accused of criminal offenses at trial by Court-Martial. This included formal preliminary investigation, extensive motion practice (including written briefs) in front of the Military Judge, and in-court trial advocacy before military juries.
Supervisor, Trainer, Rater. Supervised two criminal defense lawyers and two paralegals. Supervisory duties included primary responsibility for staff training in all aspects of client representation. Prepared written ratings, such as Officer Evaluation Reports for the two other attorneys in the office and was selected for Senior Defense Lawyer position during my first tour of duty. This position is usually reserved for Major or senior Captain, Bare was honored to be selected as a relatively new Captain.
Trial Defense Lawyer. U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Trial Defense Service, Fort Ord, California, October 1989 – May 1991. Represented clients accused of criminal offenses and facing trial by Court-Martial. Carried an average case load of 25 concurrent Court-Martial clients. Deployed with units from Fort Ord to Panama from December 1989 to February 1990, in removal of General Noriega from Panama (Operation Just Cause). Advised commanders of various legal aspects of armed conflict scenarios.
As a lawyer in the Judge Advocate General Corps, Bare tried over 150 jury and bench trials, all felony cases. He also litigated approximately 100 hearings concerning the command’s attempts to discharge a soldier for alleged administrative misconduct.
As a military attorney, Bare loved trials by Court-Martial as the juries were always comprised of senior Army officers and/or enlisted soldiers. All approximately 150 trials had their inception in a preliminary hearing procedure that he also handled in each case.
During his time as a Municipal Court Judge, Bare presided over at least 50 cases each judicial day.
As Chief Prosecutor for the State Bar of Nevada, Bare tried approximately 180 formal disciplinary cases on behalf of the State Bar. State Bar process also includes an informal hearing process and when added to the number of formal cases, he tried to conclusion approximately 870 hearings. In addition, Bare averaged, over his 17 years at the State Bar of Nevada, 70 hours per year, providing legal education courses.
Of notable mention, as the lawyer for the State Bar, Bare got a finding of fact from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In Gardner v. State Bar of Nevada, 284 F .3d 1040 (2002), the Court found in relevant part “…lawyers are not merely a necessity but a blessing.” “Rob Bare, Las Vegas, NV, for the defendants-appellees."
Trials Presided Over:
In addition to the previously mentioned Municipal Court experience, as a District Court Judge, over the last approximately 3.5 years, Bare presided over 22 civil jury trials, two civil bench trials, and five criminal jury trials.
Why Did He Become a Judge
According to Bare, “In my heart and mind the main reason was that I wanted my now 82-year old mother to witness her son make it to the pinnacle of the legal profession, and see her adopted son become a judge. My father passed away in 1995, so he never got to see my election. By now, in reading this narrative, you know my family has always been about love, service, and respect. To this end, it was awesome that my investiture ceremony was essentially a tribute to my family and particularly my mom who was able to be in the audience.
In fact, as a surprise further tribute to her, at the end of the ceremony, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court presented her with a framed copy of my official judicial photo!”
Additionally, on the professional front, respected members of the Nevada State Bar asked him to run for his current judicial position. He was honored that so many respected friends asked him to run, and was fortunate to win his contested race in November 2010 by 29,763 votes. This is the only time he’s ever run for office, until the current re-election process.
This judgeship, respectfully, represents the perfect coming together of all his professional experiences of over twenty-five years as an attorney and as a judge. The District Court, our highest trial court, is a culmination of professional duties and decorum, which Bare has seemingly trained for his entire life.
As for judicial personality and leadership, there is a lot to say. As a judge, Bare wants all who come into his courtroom, including litigants, members of the public, attorneys, and judicial staff to leave feeling that justice was fairly and openly served, the safety of the community was paramount, and individual rights were respected. For many, appearing in his court may be their only exposure to a live judge and court. With this in mind, Bare always respects the importance of the proceedings. He quickly learned that the judge has the primary responsibility to set the tone and control of what happens in the courtroom.
The judge is the courtroom’s leader. As a judge, he learned that children, whether observers or witnesses, must be noticed and treated appropriately with care. Those with special needs might need to be given priority, along with disabled or elderly members of our community.
As a judge, Bare knows the importance of even-handed judicial demeanor and temperament. During the first weeks of his tenure in Municipal Court, and now in District Court, he noticed that members of the bar, especially the many members of the criminal defense bar who have been his professional adversaries in disciplinary cases over the years, came into court with respect for him. It is a lot easier to run a courtroom when respected. Bare added attentiveness and caring to the respectful atmosphere, and as a result, he noticed that this seemed to bring out the better qualities in litigants and lawyers. This is the way it should be! For Bare, it is the pinnacle of professional pride to know his courtroom is this way.
When asked about judicial energy and competence, Bare said, “I give every ounce of my energy, every day. I am proud to be a judge. Respectfully, consideration of judicial ethics is very important to me. Please know that integrity and professionalism are everything to me.”
He continued, “My career as an Army officer, bar counsel, and full-time judge is a reflection of these ideals. As bar counsel for over seventeen years, I enjoyed a special trust from the Supreme Court and the State Bar to be the primary enforcement officer of the ethical rules of professional conduct that attorneys swear to uphold when they raise their hand and take the attorney’s oath. In addition, I have never been subject to discipline by the bar, or any court.”
Lastly, Bare had the following to say about his beliefs and attitudes towards judicial management, “the management role of a judge cannot be over stated. Efficient management of the court calendar in a way designed to respect the time commitment of litigants, jurors, witnesses, and lawyers helps promote justice. Making prompt decisions and not taking matters under advisement for prolonged periods is also important. Helping foster settlements or mediations speeds up the process and allows the ultimate goal to be achieved: resolution of disputes of human affairs that are very important to people, and which seriously affect their lives.”
Tindall has been a licensed attorney in Nevada since 1997.
Tindall has been a licensed attorney in Nevada since 1997.