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United States District Court for the District of Nevada

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United States District Court for the District of Nevada
(D. Nev.)
Map of USA NV.svg
Location Las Vegas
Appeals to Ninth Circuit
Established February 27, 1865
Judges 7
Chief Judge Gloria Navarro
Officers of the court
U.S. Marshal Gary G. Schofield

The United States District Court for the District of Nevada (in case citations, D. Nev.) is the federal district court whose jurisdiction is the state of Nevada. The court has locations in Las Vegas and Reno.

Cases from the District of Nevada are appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Nevada represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current Interim United States Attorney is Dayle Elieson since January 5, 2018.

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Current judges

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
24 Chief Judge Gloria Navarro Las Vegas 1967 2010–present 2014–present Obama
25 District Judge Miranda Du Reno 1969 2012–present Obama
26 District Judge Andrew Patrick Gordon Las Vegas 1962 2013–present Obama
27 District Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey Las Vegas 1971 2013–present Obama
28 District Judge Richard Franklin Boulware II Las Vegas 1968 2014–present Obama
29 District Judge vacant
30 District Judge vacant
13 Senior Judge Lloyd D. George Las Vegas 1930 1984–1997 1992–1997 1997–present Reagan
14 Senior Judge Howard D. McKibben Reno 1940 1984–2005 1997–2002 2005–present Reagan
18 Senior Judge Roger L. Hunt Las Vegas 1942 2000–2011 2007–2011 2011–present Clinton
19 Senior Judge Kent Dawson Las Vegas 1944 2000–2012 2012–present Clinton
20 Senior Judge Larry R. Hicks Reno 1943 2001–2012 2012–present G.W. Bush
21 Senior Judge James C. Mahan Las Vegas 1943 2002–2018 2018–present G.W. Bush
22 Senior Judge Robert Clive Jones Reno 1947 2003–2016 2011–2014 2016–present G.W. Bush

Vacancies and pending nominations

Seat Seat last held by Vacancy reason Date of vacancy Nominee Date of nomination
4 Robert Clive Jones Senior Status February 1, 2016
8 James C. Mahan June 29, 2018

Former judges

# Judge State Born–died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Alexander White Baldwin NV 1835–1869 1865–1869  Lincoln death
2 Edgar Winters Hillyer NV 1830–1882 1869–1882  Grant death
3 George Myron Sabin NV 1833–1890 1882–1890  Arthur death
4 Thomas Porter Hawley NV 1830–1907 1890–1906 B. Harrison retirement
5 Edward Silsby Farrington NV 1856–1929 1907–1928 1928–1929 T. Roosevelt death
6 Frank Herbert Norcross NV 1869–1952 1928–1945 1945–1952  Coolidge death
7 Roger Thomas Foley NV 1886–1974 1945–1957 1954–1957 1957–1974 F. Roosevelt death
8 John Rolly Ross NV 1899–1963 1954–1963 1961–1963  Eisenhower death
9 Roger D. Foley NV 1917–1996 1962–1982 1963–1980 1982–1996  Kennedy death
10 Bruce Rutherford Thompson NV 1911–1992 1963–1978 1978–1992  Kennedy death
11 Harry E. Claiborne NV 1917–2004 1978–1986 1980–1986  Carter impeachment and conviction
12 Edward Cornelius Reed Jr. NV 1924–2013 1979–1992 1986–1992 1992–2013  Carter death
15 Philip Martin Pro NV 1946–present 1987–2011 2002–2007 2011–2015  Reagan retirement
16 David Warner Hagen NV 1931–present 1993–2003 2003–2005  Clinton retirement
17 Johnnie B. Rawlinson NV 1952–present 1998–2000  Clinton appointment to 9th Cir.
23 Brian Sandoval NV 1963–present 2005–2009 G.W. Bush resignation

Chief judges

Chief judges have administrative responsibilities with respect to their district court. Unlike the Supreme Court, where one justice is specifically nominated to be chief, the office of chief judge rotates among the district court judges. To be chief, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as chief judge. A vacancy is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The chief judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position.

When the office was created in 1948, the chief judge was the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire on what has since 1958 been known as senior status or declined to serve as chief judge. After August 6, 1959, judges could not become or remain chief after turning 70 years old. The current rules have been in operation since October 1, 1982.

Succession of seats


Las Vegas

The Lloyd D. George Federal District Courthouse is the home for the district court in Las Vegas. The building of the courthouse was completed in 2002 [1] and was the first federal building built to comply with the post-Oklahoma City blast resistance requirements. Blast-resistance tests for the project were conducted at the Department of Defense’s Large Blast Thermal Simulator in White Sands, New Mexico to validate building performance under blast loads.[2]

On January 4, 2010, a single gunman, identified as Johnny Lee Wicks, aged 66, went inside the lobby of the courthouse and opened fire, fatally wounding a security officer before being killed himself by return fire from other security officers and U.S. Marshals. Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign, both of whom had offices in the courthouse building, were not present when this happened. Wicks was apparently angry over the outcome of a legal dispute over his Social Security benefits.[3][4]


The Bruce R. Thompson Courthouse and Federal Building was completed in 1996. The building's primary tenants are the U.S. District Court, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services, Nevada Senators, and the Corporation for National Community Services.[5]

See also



  1. ^ "Home". Thornton Tomasetti.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-16. Retrieved 2013-07-23.
  3. ^ "Court officer killed, marshal wounded in shooting inside Las Vegas courthouse".
  4. ^ "Courthouse gunman had history of brushes with law". 5 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Building Information".

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