Chief Justice Kristina Pickering

 Kristina Pickering 2017

Chief Justice Kristina Pickering grew up in northern Nevada. She graduated from Reno High School, was named National Merit Scholar and Presidential Scholar from Nevada, and went on to Yale University, from which she graduated with honors. She attended law school at Georgetown University and the University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law. At King Hall, she served on the law review and was elected to the legal honor society, Order of the Coif.

Justice Pickering began her career as law clerk for United States District Judge Bruce R. Thompson in Reno. She then entered private law practice and handled complex civil litigation at both the trial and appellate level in Reno and Las Vegas before her election to the Nevada Supreme Court in 2008.

Justice Pickering is a life member of the American Law Institute. She served as an advisor on the ALI's Federal Judicial Code Revision Project and as a consultative group member on the Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers.

Justice Pickering and her husband, Steve Morris, own a small ranch in central Nevada, near Belmont. Justice Pickering is an accomplished athlete who has run the Las Vegas full and half marathons and continues to run regularly, usually with one or more of her border collies in tow.

Over the course of her legal career, Justice Pickering has worked to improve the legal profession and court system in Nevada. Justice Pickering currently serves on the Access to Justice Commission and in 2014, Justice Pickering received the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada Pro Bono Project Award of Judicial Excellence. She co-chaired the committee whose work led to the amendment of the NRCP effective March 1, 2019.  From 1992 to 2007, Justice Pickering was a member of the Nevada Board of Bar Examiners. She was an adjunct faculty member at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2000 and 2002 and frequently appears as a guest lecturer and judge for moot court competitions.


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