Justice Abbi Silver was elected to a 6-year term in November of 2018.
Governor Brian Sandoval appointed Justice Silver as one of three inaugural judges for the Nevada Court of Appeals in December 2014. She was reelected to the court in November of 2016 and in January of 2017, Governor Sandoval swore her 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.
Justice 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., an Eighth Judicial District Court judge, she joined the Clark County District Attorney’s Office and was ultimately assigned as the Chief Deputy District Attorney of the Special Victims Unit. During her almost 14 years at the DA’s office, she tried more than one hundred jury trials.
Justice 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.
Justice 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, as a District Court Judge, Justice Silver presided over one of the highest-profile trials in Nevada–the case against the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada, a products liability case, which resulted in one of the highest verdicts in the history of Nevada.
Justice Silver has been practicing law for more than 30 years and has served as a judge for more than 16 years. She is the only judge in the history of Nevada to be elected to every court in Nevada’s court system. Justice Silver has been elected to the bench six times by the citizens of Nevada.