For the first time in Nevada history, more women than men are at the helm of the state’s highest court.
The two newest Nevada Supreme Court justices, both women, were sworn in Monday, giving women a 4-3 majority on the court.
“It’s about time,” Miriam Shearing, the state’s first female Supreme Court justice, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I think that Nevada citizens are realizing that women can be just as effective — if not more so — as men in high positions in the legal profession. I’m very gratified to see it.”
Southern Nevada voters won’t head to the polls for a general election until next November, but it’s wise to stay educated about potential issues and candidates. While information on those seeking national and statewide office is often readily available, voters have far fewer resources when it comes to down-ticket contests, particularly judicial races.
Veteran Clark County District Judge Douglas Herndon has announced he will run for the Nevada Supreme Court seat being vacated by Mark Gibbons.
Gibbons, currently the longest serving member of the court, has announced plans to retire when his term expires at the end of 2020.
Herndon has served as a district judge since his appointment by then-Gov. Kenny Guinn in 2005. Before that, he was a prosecutor in the Clark County DA’s office for 14 years, nine of them as chief deputy DA in charge of the special victims unit.
Clark County District Judge Douglas Herndon announced Wednesday that he will run for the Nevada Supreme Court in 2020.
He’ll be vying for the seat left open after Chief Justice Mark Gibbons announced he will not seek re-election when his term ends in January.
Herndon, 55, has served on the District Court since 2005, when he was appointed by then-Gov. Kenny Guinn. Before that, he spent 14 years in the district attorney’s office, the last nine as the chief deputy district attorney overseeing the Special Victim’s Unit, his campaign said in a release Wednesday.
Judge Herndon is an extremely active member of our community. From his time on the bench to this work with local organizations, Judge Herndon is committed to engaging his neighbors, his friends and all of those he serves.