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United States District Court for the District of Nevada

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District of Nevada
Ninth Circuit
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Chief:Robert C. JonesJudges:6
Posts:7Vacancies:1
Active judges
DorseyDuGordonMahanNavarro
Senior Judges
DawsonGeorgeHicksHuntMcKibbenPro
Magistrate Judges
CobbCookeFerenbachFoleyHoffmanKoppeLeenMcQuaid
Former Judges
Key:
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
0%0%-10%
10%-25%25%-40%
More than 40%

The United States District Court for the District of Nevada is one of ninety-four United States district courts. The court has locations in Las Vegas and Reno. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals based in downtown San Francisco at the James R. Browning Federal Courthouse, but initial appeals are heard at the Richard Chambers Federal Courthouse in Pasadena, California.

The United States Attorney for the District of Nevada represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Daniel G. Bogden .[1]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the District of Nevada's vacancy warning level is yellow. The court currently has one vacancy out of their seven posts.

Pending nominations

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Richard Franklin Boulware IIHarvard, A.B., 1993Columbia Law School, J.D., 2002


Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge James Mahan1943El Paso, TXW. Bush 1/30/2002 - PresentNew Seat|114 Stat. 2762U. of Charleston, B.A., 1965Vanderbilt U. Law School, J.D., 1973
Chief Judge Robert C. Jones1947Las Vegas, NVW. Bush 11/30/2003 - Present2011 - PresentDavid HagenBrigham Young U., B.S., 1971U. of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, J.D., 1975
Judge Gloria M. Navarro1967Las Vegas, NVObama 5/6/2010 - PresentBrian SandovalU. of Nevada Las Vegas, B.A., 1989Arizona State U. College of Law, J.D., 1992
Judge Miranda DuObama 3/28/2012 - PresentRoger HuntU. of California, Davis, B.A., 1991U. of California, Berkeley Law, J.D., 1994
Judge Jennifer Dorsey1971Las Vegas, NVObama 7/9/2013 - PresentLarry HicksU. of Nevadas, Las Vegas, B.A., 1994Pepperdine U. Law, J.D., 1997
Judge Andrew Gordon1962San Francisco, CAObama 3/11/2013 - PresentKent DawsonClaremont McKenna College, B.A., 1984Harvard Law, J.D., 1987


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Roger HuntClinton 5/25/2000 - 5/26/20112007 - 20115/26/2011 - PresentBrigham Young U., B.A., 1966George Washington U., J.D., 1970
Senior Judge Phil ProReagan 7/23/1987 - 12/31/20112002 - 200712/31/2011 - PresentSan Francisco State U., B.A., 1968Golden Gate U. School of Law, J.D., 1972
Senior Judge Kent DawsonClinton 5/31/2000 - 7/9/20127/9/2012 - PresentWeber State College, B.S., 1969U. of Utah School of Law, J.D., 1971
Senior Judge Lloyd GeorgeReagan 5/3/1984 - 12/1/19971992 - 199712/1/1997 - PresentBrigham Young U., B.S., 1955U. of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1961
Senior Judge Larry HicksW. Bush 11/7/2001 - 12/13/201212/13/2012 - PresentU. of Nevada, B.S., 1965U. of Colorado, J.D., 1968
Senior Judge Howard McKibbenReagan 10/4/1984 - 4/1/20051997 - 20024/1/2005 - PresentBradley U., B.S., 1962U. of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1967


Magistrate judges

JudgeActiveBachelorsLaw
Magistrate Judge Valerie Cooke1999-PresentU. of Nevada, Reno, B.ANorthwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, J.D.
Magistrate Judge Robert McQuaid, Jr.1996-9/2/2011U. of Nevada, Reno, B.A., 1968Willamette University College of Law, J.D., 1971
Magistrate Judge George FoleyAugust 2005-PresentU. of Nevada, B.A., 1977U. of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, J.D., 1980
Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen1/16/2001-PresentU. of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1976U. of San Diego Law School, J.D., 1979
Magistrate Judge Vincent Ferenbach8/7/2011-PresentPrinceton, 1969Arizona State U., J.D., 1979
Magistrate Judge Carl Hoffman
Magistrate Judge William Cobb09/04/2011 - PresentU. of NevadaLews & Clark Law
Magistrate Judge Nancy J. Koppe2013-PresentCornell Law School


Jurisdiction

The Counties of Nevada (click for larger map)

The District of Nevada has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.

The jurisdiction of the District of Nevada consists of all the counties in the state of Nevada.

Caseloads

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Federal Court Case Load Statistics*
YearStarting case load:Cases filed:Total cases:Cases terminated:Remaining cases:Median time(Criminal)**:Median time(Civil)**:3 Year Civil cases#:Vacant posts:## Trials/Post
2012 4347385682033794 440911.88.9236 (7.3%)17.618
2011 4540403985793929 46509.58.1179 (5.5%)4.226
2010 4288417284603832 462898257 (7.5%)7.122
2009 3673430079733519 44549.97153 (4.6%)0.522
2008 3685327269573190 376713.39.5166 (5.7%)023
20073375306464393142329713.79.6146 (5.2%)014
*All statistics are taken from the Official Federal Courts' Website and reflect the calendar year through September.    **Time in months from filing to completion.
#This statistic includes cases which have been appealed in higher courts.    ##This is the total number of months that any judicial posts had spent vacant that year.


Notable cases

For a searchable list of opinions, please see Justia.com-Nevada District Court Cases.



History

The District of Nevada was established by Congress on February 27, 1865 with one post to cover the entire state and was assigned over to the Tenth Circuit. On July 23, 1866, Congress reorganized the circuits and assigned the District of Nevada over to the Ninth Circuit. Over time 6 additional judicial posts were added for a total of 7 current posts.[5]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the District of Nevada:[5]

Year Statute Total Seats
February 27, 1865 13 Stat. 440 1
July 23, 1866 14 Stat. 209 1
February 10, 1954 68 Stat. 8 2 (1 temporary)
May 19, 1961 75 Stat. 80 2
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 3
July 10, 1984 98 Stat. 33 4
November 29, 1999 113 Stat. 1501 6
December 21, 2000 114 Stat. 2762 7

Former Chief Judges

In order to qualify for the office of Chief Judge in one of the federal courts, 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 in the office of Chief Judge 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. Unlike the Chief Justice of the United States, a Chief Judge returns to active service after the expiration of his or her term and does not create a vacancy on the bench by the fact of his or her promotion.[6][7]

Former judges

For information on judges of the District of Nevada, see former federal judges of the District of Nevada.

Federal courthouse

Two separate courthouses serve the District of Nevada. 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 and was the first federal building built to comply with the post-Oklahoma City blast resistance requirements.

Las Vegas courthouse shooting

On January 4, 2010, a shooting happened at the Lloyd George federal courthouse in Las Vegas in where the gunman and the security officer were killed. The shooting happened at 8:00 AM-Pacific Standard Time in the courthouse's main lobby. The gunman who was killed in the case was Johnnie Lee Wicks. Wicks filed a racial discrimination case in 2008 against the Social Security Administration.[8]

See also

External links

References


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