STEPHANIE CHARTER - FAMILY COURT JUDGE, DEPT Y
I grew up in a large family in the Mid-West. My parents divorced when I was in middle school which led to big changes in mine and my siblings’ quality of life. We struggled financially and moved around a lot. I learned what it is like to always be the new kid in school and to not have that extra money to buy a bag of chips at lunch or a new pair of sneakers. This is a feeling well known by many kids whose lives are touched by family court judges whether it is in child welfare cases or custody cases. Despite our struggles, my parents ensured that I always knew the value of education and hard work. I was the first in my family to obtain my bachelor’s degree. I went on to graduate with my law degree from Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska where I was a member of the International Moot Court Board and earned a highest grade award in Advanced Constitutional Law.
I started my career as an attorney in civil litigation in Orange County, California, in 1991 and then continued in civil litigation in Las Vegas, Nevada, after moving here in 1994. My career changed dramatically when I took a case pro bono in 2001 for the then very new Children’s Attorneys Project. Representing that young girl was a tremendous honor and led to my realization that my passion is truly in child welfare. Through my first pro bono case, I was offered and accepted a position as a staff attorney with the Children’s Attorney’s Project. While with CAP, I founded the Nevada Chapter of the National Association of Counsel for Children. I also helped with a collaborative effort to decrease the population of infants and toddlers in congregate care in Clark County. I gained additional child welfare experience when I joined the District Attorney’s office in Clark County and then in Washoe County as an agency attorney and prosecutor in child welfare cases. I broadened my knowledge of the overall practice of family law when I worked as a family law practitioner with a law firm based in St. George, Utah. While in St. George, I had the honor of serving as a board member of the Dove Center Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence and as a volunteer with the Erin Kimball Foundation for victims of domestic violence.
My commitment to children and families extends beyond my work. I have been a long-time volunteer judge with the Truancy Diversion Program in Clark County. I was the co-founder of the Truancy Diversion Program in Washoe County and served as the Chairperson for the Student Attendance Advisory Board.
My husband, R. Scott Weide, and I have been married for 27 years. We have three children as well as a menagerie of ever-increasing pets including rescue whippets, a rescue greyhound, a desert tortoise, and two horses.
I appreciate your support. It is my goal to use my experience to create a courtroom where the parties, their counsel, and most importantly the children will feel that their voice is welcome, respected, and understood.
Paid for by the Committee to Elect Stephanie Charter for Family Court Judge