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Local judge dies, remembered for service to community

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Posted at 1:50 PM, Jul 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-17 16:50:01-04

A local judge died Saturday after a reported battle with cancer.

Judge Susan W. Scann served in department 29 of the Eighth Judicial District Court since 2011 and as an alternate Municipal Court judge for the city of Las Vegas from 1980 to 2010. She practiced civil law for 34 years before taking the District Court bench.

Scann was a member of the Clark County Fee Dispute Committee and president of Southern Nevada Association Women Attorneys and served on the State Bar Ethics Committee and on the Clark County Bar CLE Committee. She is a founding member of the Clark County Bar Pro Bono Committee and a member of Rotary International.

“Our condolences go to the Scann family," said District Court Chief Judge David Barker in a statement. "Judge Scann leaves a legacy of a dedicated jurist who always maintained high standards and a positive demeanor.

"She gave generously of her time to get legal representation for those who could not afford it, she served to help others through Rotary International and worked to promote ethics and professionalism through the Clark County Bar Association. Her presence on the District Court Bench will be greatly missed.”

Scann received the 1995 Professionalism Award from the Clark County Bar Association. She also recently received an award for outstanding service in law and politics from the Clark County Democratic Lawyers Caucus.

Scann was the premier recipient of the award that was named in her honor. The Susan Scann award is to be given annually to a lawyer or judge who has exemplified dedication, commitment and ethics in their conduct.

Scann got a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in 1968 and her law degree from the California Western School of Law in 1976. She was a staff member of the California Western Law Review from 1974-1975 and a member of the Board of Editors from 1975-1976.