Truckee attorney appointed to Nevada Co. court commissioner slot |

Truckee attorney appointed to Nevada Co. court commissioner slot

Courtesy PhotoTruckee resident Yvette Durant.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Meet the newest officer of the Nevada County Superior Court and#8212; Truckeeand#8217;s Yvette Durant.

The attorney took the bench Monday, March 28, after being appointed the previous week as court commissioner. Durantand#8217;s hire comes after former Court Commissioner B. Scott Thomsen was appointed to a vacant judgeship in December due to the retirement of long-time Truckee Judge C. Anders Holmer.

Durant said she was and#8220;genuinely very honored to be appointed, and humbled to be selectedand#8221; as court commissioner.

and#8220;The commissioner deals primarily with family law, which is what Iand#8217;ve dealt with in my practice,and#8221; she said. and#8220;I have done some judge pro-temming (filling in on a temporary basis) and I really enjoyed that. I really enjoy being on the bench, I enjoy my work in family law and this is going to allow me the opportunity to continue working in the family law arena, dealing with people and ideally helping people who are going through a difficult time in their life.and#8221;

Durant will cover family law and child support cases in Department 5.

and#8220;I think it takes a certain breed (to enjoy family law),and#8221; Durant said. and#8220;There are a lot of attorneys who did some early on in their career and are happy to never have to do it again. Iand#8217;ve done it for 11 years, so I am obviously not one of those. Iand#8217;ve always felt very fortunate in my practice. I sincerely like and care about my clients, and thatand#8217;s something I will miss. I actually enjoy the diversity of issues you deal with in the family law arena and#8212; thereand#8217;s just a lot going on there. I really enjoy the personal nature, if you will, of that practice.and#8221;

Durant is a Reno native whose family spent summers at their Truckee cabin. She received her bachelorand#8217;s degree from University of Nevada, Reno, and her law degree in 1991 from the University of Washington.

After practicing construction law in a Seattle firm for several years, Durant took a few years to travel around the western United States and Canada.

Durantand#8217;s father was born in France and her mother in Scotland, and her mother worked for United Airlines and#8212; so the family traveled frequently to Europe.

and#8220;When I decided to leave Seattle, I hadnand#8217;t traveled much in the U.S.,and#8221; she said. and#8220;I wanted to take that opportunity … I lived in Telluride for a while, and in Sun Valley for a while. I also was studying to get licensed in both California and Nevada.and#8221;

Moving back to Truckee felt like a natural next step, Durant said.

and#8220;I love living in the mountains,and#8221; she said. and#8220;I came back not really sure what I was going to do. After being here a year or so, I realized I was going to stay long-term and needed to get back in the career mode and get back to practicing (law). I think the draw for me was being near my family, and certainly, Iand#8217;ve always loved this area. Having spent time in other areas, I just felt at home here.and#8221;

Durant practiced real estate law in Nevada, then worked as a personal injury defense attorney in Truckee. She opened her own private practice in 2000, primarily focusing on family law and personal injury.

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