Nevada State Supreme Court building in Carson City.
Nevada Appeal Capitol Bureau
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Six lawyers, including two district court judges, have applied to fill the vacant seat on Nevada’s Supreme Court.
Justice Abbi Silver resigned as a member of the high court Sept. 29.
Those seeking to fill that seat include Washoe County Chief Judge Scott Freeman and Judge Tierra Jones of Las Vegas.
In addition, Attorney General Aaron Ford’s Solicitor General Heidi Stern has applied for the post.
The remaining applicants are Las Vegas lawyers Patricia Lee, Emily McFarling and Richard Pocker, all in private practice.
To apply for the position of justice, applicants must be Nevada attorneys with at least 15 years of legal experience, including two years in Nevada.
Interviews before the Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection are scheduled for Nov. 9-10 and will be streamed online and open to the public. After the interviews, the commission will nominate three finalists to Gov. Steve Sisolak, who will make the final selection to fill the position.
The commission is composed of seven members headed by the chief justice of the Supreme Court, currently Justice Ron Parraguirre. The other members are three non-attorneys appointed by the governor and three attorneys appointed by the state bar of Nevada.
Neither the governor nor the Bar can appoint more than two members from the same political party and cannot appoint two members from the same county.
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