Judge Abbi Silver
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Chief Judge Abbi Silver will be elected as a Justice to the Nevada Supreme Court in November of 2018. Chief Judge Silver was appointed to the Court of Appeals, Department 3, by Governor Brian Sandoval in December 2014. She was reelected to the court in November of 2016. In January of 2017, Governor Sandoval swore Judge Silver in as the first female Chief Judge of the Nevada Court of Appeals. Also in January of 2017, the Nevada Supreme Court appointed Judge Silver to the Nevada Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics.
Judge Silver grew up in Boulder City and graduated from Clark High School in Las Vegas. In 1986, Judge Silver earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In 1989, she earned her Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California. After passing both Nevada and California bars, and working as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Earle White, Jr., Eighth Judicial District Court judge, she joined the Clark County District Attorney’s Office and was ultimately assigned as the Chief Deputy DA of the Special Victims Unit. During her almost 14 years at the DA’s office, she tried more than one hundred jury trials.
Judge Silver prosecuted and secured convictions against John Wayne Bobbitt and Floyd Mayweather, Jr., for domestic violence and stalking. She also prosecuted and obtained convictions against the stalkers of Senator Harry Reid, Senator John Ensign, entertainer Jerry Lewis, former-sheriff Jerry Keller, and casino mogul Steve Wynn.
Judge Silver was elected to the Las Vegas Municipal Court in 2003, the Las Vegas Justice Court in 2006, and to the Eighth Judicial District Court in 2008, and again in 2014. In 2011, Judge Silver presided over one of the highest-profile product liability trials in Nevada–the case against the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada—which resulted in one of the highest verdicts in the history of Nevada. Judge Silver has been practicing law for over 28 years and has served as a judge for over 14 years and at every level of the court system. She has been elected by the citizens of Nevada to the bench five times.