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Hughes v. Mastin

By: - October 9, 2020 1:32 pm

Lynn Hughes has been an attorney in Las Vegas for 23 years, according to his website. He did not respond to requests for an interview. 

His practice, according to his website, is limited to family law, guardianship, probates and estates. He’s also been a pro-tem judge for 18 years.  

According to his website, Hughes was appointed to the Permanent Guardianship Commission by the Nevada Supreme Court.  

He has raised $12,898 and spent it all.

Amy Mastin is a hearing master who presides over Clark County’s civil Domestic Violence Court, a position she’s held for six years. She previously worked in the juvenile division of Clark County District Attorney’s Office and has been in private practice, where she “focused exclusively on Family Law.” 

Until April, she presided over Clark County’s civil Domestic Violence Court. 

Her career in Family Court began as a law clerk for then-Family Court Judge Gerald Hardcastle. 

She was among three finalists chosen for a judicial appointment in 2019. 

Mastin says she decided to run for judge when she saw the slate of candidates who had filed for the bench. 

“As a Hearing Master, the District Court judges are my bosses,” she told the Current. “I really had to consider if I wanted to be working for the people who are going to be my new bosses. I knew I had more experience than those candidates.”

Mastin says COVID-19 has altered the way she does her job as a Hearing Master, enforcing child support orders. Now, she’s modifying them.  

“You can only sincerely hope someday we’ll be out of this. Nobody is being taken to jail from our court for failure to pay,” she says.

The pandemic has forced the use of telephonic conferences.  

“It’s so long overdue,” says Mastin, pointing to the time and cost savings for litigants and their attorneys. “Now that we’ve been forced to accept this new reality, it’s shocking to see how easy it is.”

Mastin says the choice between her and her opponent is “a no-brainer. We have the same length of legal experience. Mine is solely focused on what I would be doing as a Family Court judge. I actively sought out work in Family law and that’s where my heart is. I have seven years of judicial apprenticeship.  I do the job of a judge under the supervision of a judge.”  

Hearing Masters make recommendations rather than rulings. District Court judges approve or reject them. 

“It’s the only way to learn to be a judge on the job. People who haven’t had this experience don’t know what they don’t know.”

As of September 30, Mastin had raised $10,547 and had $777 on hand.

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Dana Gentry
Dana Gentry

Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana has four adult children, two grandsons, three dogs, three cats and a cockatoo named Casper.