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James Braxton Kelly

James Braxton Kelly, American judge. Bar: Nevada 1971. Recipient Distinguished Service award North Las Vegas Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1963.


  • Kelly, James Braxton was born on October 13, 1933 in Hollywood, California, United States. Son of John Joseph and Lucy Emma (Newsom) Kelly.

  • Education

    • Student, Brigham Young University, 1951. Student, University Nevada, Las Vegas, 1967. Juris Doctor, University Utah, 1970.


    • Judge North Las Vegas Township Justice Court, 1970-1995. Municipal judge City of North Las Vegas, 1995-1997. Senior judge State of Nevada, from 1997.

      Vice president, legal counsel Nevada Savings and Loan Association, 1970-1973. Instructor savings and loan law American Savings and Loan Institute, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1971-1972. Member committee to code judicial conduct Nevada Supreme Court, 1976-1977.

      Member faculty National Judicial College, 1980.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Nevada 1971.


    • Author revised Nevada Justice Court Rules Civil Procedure, adopted 1981.


    Councilman, mayor protem City of North Las Vegas, 1961-1967. Former bishop Las Vegas 4th and 56th wards Church Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Member American Bar Association, American Judges Association (president 1983-1984, governor), Nevada Judges Association (president 1981, Outstanding Judge of Year 1980), National League of Cities (national chairman committee public relations 1965), Nevada Chamber of Commerce (president 1963).


    • Married Devera Eileen Rutowsky, November 12, 1954. Children: Cindy Ellen, Brian James.
    • father: John Joseph Kelly
    • mother: Lucy Emma (Newsom) Kelly
    • spouse: Devera Eileen Rutowsky
    • children: Cindy Ellen Kelly
    • Brian James Kelly
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    Born October 13, 1933
    Died May 13, 2006
    (aged 72)