Department 11 - Honorable Chuck Weller
BiographyChuck Weller is a District Court Judge in the Family Division of the Second Judicial District Court, Department 11. He was first elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2010.
Judge Weller attended law school at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Since becoming judge, he studied and received a Masters Degree and a Ph.D in Judicial Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2013, he received the Nevada Supreme Court's highest recognition for judicial education, the Outstanding Achievement in Judicial Education Award.
Before he was a judge, he was an attorney in Reno for 21 years. He hosted a well-known radio show for 12 years called Chuck Weller and The Law on KKOH, a local talk radio station. For three years he wrote a weekly legal advice column in the Reno Gazette Journal. Judge Weller has continued to provide easy access to legal advice to the 70% of people who appear before the court without lawyers by assuming administrative responsibilities for the Family Court's Self-Help Center and Self Represented Litigant program.
Judge Weller writes, publishes and speaks on many areas of law and on Nevada history. He is credited with bringing Admiral Halsey's saddle, a World War II artifact built because of the donations of the people of Washoe County, back home to Nevada for the first time since 1946 for display during the State's Sesquicentennial Celebration.
Judge Weller has been married to his wife Roza Maria Weller for 28 years. She is an instructor at Truckee Meadows Community College and also a substitute teacher for the Washoe County School District. They are parents to two accomplished daughters: one is a graduate student at UNR and the other is at the University in Colorado. They also have two spritely dogs.
•Ph.D in Judicial Studies from the University of Nevada Reno and the National Judicial College, December, 2013.
•Masters Degree in Judicial Studies from the University of Nevada Reno and the National Judicial College, May, 2009.
•Juris Doctorate. Georgetown University Law School, Washington, D.C., 1977.
•B.A., St. Joseph's College, Philadelphia, PA., 1974.
•Doctoral Thesis: Statutory Response to Court Security Concerns, December 2013.
•World War II's Impact on the Development of Gambling in Nevada: The Effect of Defense Workers, Military Personnel, and Other Transient Residents, Gaming Law Review and Economics, September, 2013.
•Admiral Halsey's Saddle, Nevada in the West, Summer, 2013.
•"Toward Improved Media Coverage of Domestic Violence: Why and How Courts and Others Should Share the News about Domestic Violence" Reynolds Courts & Media Law Journal, Spring/Summer, 2012.
•Japanese Balloon Bombs over Nevada, Nevada in the West, Fall, 2011.
•Forced Administration of Antipsychotic Drugs to Civilly Committed Mental Patients in Nevada. Nevada Law Journal, Summer, 2011.
•The Battleship Nevada, Nevada in the West, Winter, 2010.
•Dissertation: "Covering Domestic Violence: A Guide for Informed Media Reporting in Nevada." Endorsed by the Committee to Aid Abused Women (CAAW), the Nevada Broadcasters Association, the Nevada Council for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, the Nevada Domestic Violence Ombudsman, the Nevada Network against Domestic Violence, the Nevada Press Association, and Safe Nest. May, 2009.
•Nevada Westerners Corral, September 19, 2013.
•Kansas Judicial Conference, Wichita, Kansas, June, 2013.
•Court Security Conference, Appleton, Wisconsin, 2010.
•Northern Nevada Women's Lawyers Association, February 16, 2010.
•Key Note Speaker at Safe Nest's 26th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Luncheon, Las Vegas, October 23, 2009.
•National Conference on Juvenile Justice hosted by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the National District Attorneys Association, Orlando, Florida, 2009.
•Indian Child Welfare Act Conference, Reno, 2008.
•Judicial Excellence Joint Conference, American Judges' Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2007.
•24th Joint Conference on Juvenile Justice, Tennessee Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Courtroom Safety and Security, Nashville, Tennessee, August 7, 2007.
•National Judicial College Faculty, 2006 - Present
•Media Appearances: Good Morning America; Larry King Live; Lawyers, Guns and Money; Observations; Marilyn York Show.
Awards and Recognitions:
•Nevada Supreme Court's Outstanding Achievement in Judicial Education Award April 18, 2013.
•Nevada Supreme Court's Distinguished Achievement in Judicial Education, May 3, 2012.
•Nevada Supreme Court's Advanced Achievement in Judicial Education Award March 2, 2012.
•Nevada Supreme Court's Basic Achievement in Judicial Education Award April 17, 2009.
•Reno Host Lions Citizen of the Year Award, 2007-2008.
•Washoe County Sheriff's Honorary Deputies Association, Honorary Deputy Sheriff Sergeant, 2004.
•Reno's Sanford Center of Aging Senior Star Certificate of Recognition, 2004.
Community Involvement and Memberships:
•Administrative responsibility for the Family Court's Self Help Center and Self Represented Litigant Program.
•CASA Advisory Board.
•Nevada District Judges' Association.
•State Bar of Nevada.
•Executive Committee, Family Law Section, Washoe County Bar Association.
•United States Navy League, Reno Chapter, Historian.
•Reno Hosts Lions Club.
•Friends of Washoe County Library.
•Board of Trustees, Washoe County Law Library.
•Nevada Supreme Court's Court Funding, Resources and Services Commission.
•Chairman of Nevada Supreme Court's Interim Committee to Revise Standard Protection Orders.
•Originator of Brief Focused Assessment Program by which local mental health professionals provide assistance in child custody cases at a reduced cost to the families.
•Chairman, Washoe County Commission's "Justice Facilities Working Committee"