The names of three attorneys have been recommended to Governor Steve Sisolak for his consideration to fill the opening on the Nevada Court of Appeals made vacant by the election of Chief Judge Abbi Silver to the Nevada Supreme Court.

The Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection’s three nominees for the open position, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Bonnie A. Bulla, 56, Las Vegas, Eighth Judicial District Court, Office of the Discovery Commissioner
  • Tracie K. Lindeman, 56, Carson City, Attorney
  • Jerry Weise, 52, Las Vegas, Eighth Judicial District Court, Dept. 30

Nine Nevada attorneys with 15 years of legal experience and two years of Nevada residency applied for the position and participated in public interviews in Las Vegas. As has been the rule since 2007, the Commission’s interviews were open to the public and public comment was requested.

In selecting the finalists, the Commission considered the applicants’ interviews along with information in comprehensive applications about education, law practice, business involvement, community involvement, and professional and personal conduct. The Commission also considered letters of reference and public statements during the interview process.

The Governor’s appointee must run in the 2020 General Election, win to retain the seat, and serve out the remaining two-year balance of the term. The appointee then must run again for retention and a six-year term in 2022.

No time limit exists for the Governor to make his choice. However, if appointments are not made within 30 days following submission of names by the Commission, the Governor may make no other appointments to public office.