United States District Court for the District of Nevada

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District of Nevada
Ninth Circuit
Judges: 7
Posts: 7
Vacancies: 0
Active judges
Chief: Robert C. Jones
Senior Judges
Magistrate Judges
Former Judges
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
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 green. The court currently has no vacancies out of their seven posts.

Pending nominations

There are no pending nominations for the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Judge James Mahan (Nevada)1943El Paso, TXW. Bush 1/30/2002 - PresentNew Seat|114 Stat. 2762University of Charleston, 1965Vanderbilt University Law School, 1973
Chief judge Robert C. Jones1947Las Vegas, NV 11/30/2003-Present2011-PresentDavid HagenBrigham Young University, 1971UCLA School of Law, 1975
Judge Gloria M. Navarro1967Las Vegas, NVObama 5/6/2010 - PresentBrian SandovalUniversity of Nevada Las Vegas, B.A., 1989Arizona State U. College of Law, J.D., 1992
Judge Miranda DuObama 3/28/2012 - PresentRoger HuntUniversity of California, Davis, B.A., 1991University of California, Berkeley Law, J.D., 1994
Judge Jennifer Dorsey1971Las Vegas, NVObama 7/9/2013 - PresentLarry HicksUniversity 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
Judge Richard Franklin Boulware II1968Rochester, MinnesotaObama 6/10/2014-PresentPhil ProHarvard, 1993Columbia Law School, 2002

Active Article III judges by appointing political party

This graph displays the percent of active judges by the party of the appointing president and does not reflect how a judge may rule on specific cases or their own political preferences.


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Roger Hunt (Nevada)Clinton 5/25/2000 - 5/26/20112007 - 20115/26/2011 - PresentBrigham Young University, 1966George Washington University, 1970
Senior Judge Kent DawsonClinton 5/31/2000 - 7/9/20127/9/2012 - PresentWeber State College, B.S., 1969University 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., 1955University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1961
Senior Judge Larry Hicks (Nevada)W. Bush 11/7/2001 - 12/13/201212/13/2012 - PresentUniversity of Nevada, B.S., 1965University of Colorado, J.D., 1968
Senior Judge Howard McKibbenReagan 10/4/1984 - 4/1/20051997 - 20024/1/2005 - PresentBradley U., B.S., 1962University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1967

Senior judges by appointing political party

This graph displays the percent of senior judges by the party of the appointing president and does not reflect how a judge may rule on specific cases or their own political preferences.


Magistrate judges

Magistrate Judge Valerie Cooke1999-PresentUniversity of Nevada, Reno, B.ANorthwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, J.D.
Magistrate Judge Robert McQuaid, Jr.1996-9/2/2011University of Nevada, Reno, B.A., 1968Willamette University College of Law, J.D., 1971
Magistrate Judge George FoleyAugust 2005-PresentUniversity of Nevada, B.A., 1977University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, J.D., 1980
Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen1/16/2001-PresentUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1976University 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 - PresentUniversity of NevadaLews & Clark Law
Magistrate Judge Nancy J. Koppe2013-PresentCornell Law School


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.




Federal Court Caseload 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
2013 4364390382673659 460810.18.7308 (9.0%)24.124
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.


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


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