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Cynthia Dianne Steel
Court Information:
Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court
Title:   Judge
Position:   Dept. G
Active:   1997-2021
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Valdosta State College, 1977
Law School:   California Western School of Law, 1990
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Eighth District Court
Position:  Family Division, Dept. G
State:  Nevada
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  6/10/2014
Primary vote:  100%ApprovedA

Cynthia Dianne Steel is a family judge for the Eighth Judicial District Court in Nevada. She joined the court on January 6, 1997.[1][2] She ran unopposed for re-election in 2014, winning a term that expires in January 2021.[3]

2014 election

See also: Nevada judicial elections, 2014
Steel ran for re-election to the Eighth Judicial District Court.
Primary: She was elected without opposition in the primary on June 10, 2014.


In 2006, Steel ran for a seat on the Nevada Supreme Court, challenging incumbent Justice Michael Douglas.

Candidate IncumbentSeatPrimary %Election %
Michael Douglas ApprovedA YesSeat F37%48.3%
Cynthia Dianne Steel NoSeat F32.9%36.2%
"None of these candidates" Seat F14.6%15.3%
John Calvert Seat F15.3%

Election results are from the Nevada Secretary of State for the Primary Election and General Election.


Steel received an undergraduate degree from Valdosta State College in 1977, and earned her J.D. from California Western School of Law in 1990.[2]


Awards and associations

  • 2001-2002: President, Nevada District Judges Association
  • 2000-2001: Vice president, Nevada District Judges Association
  • 2001-2002: Member, State Judicial Council
  • 1998-Present: President, Eighth Judicial District Court Pro Bono Foundation
  • 1997-Present: Clark County Bench Bar Committee
  • 1997-Present: Family Law Section Executive Council, Nevada State Bar
  • 1997-1998: Board of Trustees, Clark County Law Library[2]


2010 judicial performance evaluation

The Las Vegas Review‐Journal performed a survey of attorneys with first-hand knowledge of state judges in 2010. Of 796 survey respondents, 58 percent said that they would not recommend Judge Steel for retention to the court.[5]

2013 judicial performance evaluation

In 2013, the Las Vegas Review-Journal sponsored a survey of 902 lawyers who rated Nevada Supreme Court justices and judges located in Clark County. 65 percent of respondents voted in favor of keeping Steel on the bench. The average vote in favor of retention for all 88 judges evaluated was 71 percent.[6]

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