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Kris Pickering
Court Information:
Nevada Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $170,000
Active:   2008-2021
Chief:   2013-2014
Past position:   Attorney in private practice
Past term:   1977-2008
Personal History
Party:   Republican
Undergraduate:   Yale University, 1974
Law School:   University of California-Davis, 1977
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
Position:  Seat B
State:  Nevada
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  11/4/2014
Election vote:  ApprovedA

Kristina "Kris" Pickering is a justice of the Nevada Supreme Court. She was elected on November 4, 2008. On January 5, 2013, she began a term as the chief justice of the supreme court, a position previously held by Justice Michael Cherry. She served in that capacity until January 2014.[1] She was re-elected in 2014, winning a new term that expires on January 3, 2021.[2][3]

2014 election

See also: Nevada judicial elections, 2014
Pickering ran for re-election to the Nevada Supreme Court.
General: She was unopposed in the general election on November 4, 2014.[3][4]


Candidate IncumbentSeatPrimary %Election %
Kris Pickering ApprovedA NoSeat B25.3%42%
Deborah Schumacher Seat B23.6%39%
None of these candidates Seat B6.7%18.9%
Nancy Allf Seat B21.9%
Don Chairez Seat B22.3%

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


Pickering received her B.A. from Yale University in 1974 and her J.D. from the University of California at Davis in 1977.[5]


After law school, Kris returned to Reno to clerk for U.S. District Judge Bruce Thompson. She then entered private practice, first with the firm Lionel Sawyer & Collins and then Morris Pickering & Peterson. She worked in private practice until her election to the Nevada Supreme Court in 2008.[6]



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. 69% of respondents voted in favor of keeping Pickering on the bench. The average vote in favor of retention for all 88 judges evaluated was 71%.[7]


The Las Vegas Review Journal conducted a judicial performance evaluation in 2010. The survey asked state attorneys to rate judges on a variety of criteria. Of the 796 respondents, 65% recommended Judge Pickering for retention.[8][9]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Pickering received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.15, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is less liberal than the average CF score of -0.22 that justices received in Nevada. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[10]

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