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Professional Experience

  • Jan 2009 – Present, Justice of the Peace, Las Vegas Justice Court Department 12
    Criminal docket: Jan – June 2009; July 2010 – present
    Civil docket: July 2009 – June 2010
    Presiding Criminal Judge: 2015 – 2018
  • Ghanem & Sullivan LLP, Las Vegas NV, April 2004 – Dec 2008
    Attorney, Partner/Owner
    Business and real estate litigation
  • Jan 2006 – Dec 2008, Private Arbitrator
    Engaged by private lawyers to act as a binding arbitrator in business/real estate litigation matters
  • May 1992 – March 2004, Jones Vargas, Las Vegas, Nevada
    Stockholder: February 2001 – March 2004
    Associate: October 1992 – February 2001
    Business and real estate litigation

Education

  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D.
    Class Standing: Top 19% (51/266)
  • University of Nevada Reno
    B.A., Criminal Justice, Magna Cum Laude
    Minor, Accounting

Bar/Court Admission

  • State Bar of Nevada – 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Nevada – 1992
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals – 1992
  • Paiute Tribal Court, Nevada – 2004

Professional Affiliations/Activities

  • President: Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction Association (2020)
  • Pres. Elect: Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction Association (2019)
  • Director: Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction Association (2016 – 2018)
  • Member: Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction Association (2009 – present)
  • Member: American Bar Association
  • Member: State Bar of Nevada
  • Member: Clark County Bar Association
  • Committees
    • Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, January 2017 – present
    • Co-Chair, First Appearance Court Subcommittee, September 2017-present
    • Las Vegas Justice Court Local Rules Committee, 2009 – present
      (Chair, 2013 – present)
    • NV Supreme Court Pretrial Release Committee, 2016 – 2019
    • Las Vegas Justice Court Civil Processes Committee, 2011 – 2014
    • Nevada Supreme Court Foreclosure Mediation Program, 2009
    • Summary Eviction, 8th Judicial District Court, 2009
  • 2017 “Judge of the Year”: Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction Association
  • Instructor/Speaker
    • Instructor: The Future of Court Operations: Citations, Fines and Fees, and Domestic Violence – A Conversation with Legislators (NJLJ January 2020)
    • Instructor: Nevada Pretrial Risk Assessment Training for Judges (mandatory webinar 2019)
    • Instructor: 2019 Legislative Strategy and Planning Session (NJLJ June 2018)
    • Instructor: TPOs and Continuing Courses of Conduct (NJLJ January 2016)
    • Instructor: NACCA, Off the Beaten Path: Understanding the More Obscure and Complex Case Types in the Civil Arena (October 2015)
    • Instructor: Las Vegas Justice Court Pro-Tem/Referee Training (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2018)
    • Instructor: NACCA, Ethics Training (October 2012, 2014)
    • Instructor: Nevada State Bar Convention (June 2012)
    • Instructor: Landlord/Tenant Law CLE (April 2010)
    • Speaker: Market Trends Conference (February 2015)
    • Speaker: Nat’l Assoc. of Property Managers Meeting (October 2014)
    • Speaker: City of Las Vegas Downtown Cultural Series (May 2011)
    • Speaker: METRO SE Area Command Community Management Meeting (2009-2010)
    • Speaker: Leadership Las Vegas Alumni Event (November 2010)
    • Speaker: Your Day In Court (September 2009)
    • Speaker: SES Commercial and Residential Evictions (2004)

Community Activities

  • Mentor: Clark County School District Reclaim Your Future Mentor Program, various years
  • Pro Bono Project/Law Student Mentor Program, 2008
  • Judge: Boyd Law School Moot Court Competition, April 2009, 2013
  • Judge: High School Mock Trial Competition, various years
  • Speaker: Career Fair, Rancho High School, April 2013
  • Career Day, Pat Diskin Elementary School, March 2009, 2013
  • Career Day, O’Roarke Elementary School, April 2010, April 2011
  • Nevada Reading Week (various schools and years)
  • Univ. of Nevada (Reno) Recruitment Volunteer, 2010 – 2012
  • Clark County Community Services Committee, 1994 -1997
  • Habitat for Humanity Project, 1997
  • Doctors/Lawyers softball charity events (1993 – 2000)

Publications

  • Administrative Profile of a Justice of the Peace, “Justice Administration”
    (8th Ed. textbook, author Dr. Kenneth Peak, University of Nevada (2014)
  • “Reflections from the Bench: The air is better outside a bubble”
    The National Judicial College Judicial Edge, August 17, 2017
  • “Community Service in Las Vegas Justice Court: HELP is on the way!”
    CCBA Communique, June/July 2013

Hobbies/Interests
I enjoy watching sports and traveling with my husband and children.