Speaker Biography The Honorable Kevin G. Higgins
Chief Judge Kevin Higgins was appointed to the Sparks Justice Court on April 15, 2003, was retained in 2004, and was re-elected in 2010, 2016, and 2022. Before his election to the bench, Judge Higgins was the Chief Deputy Attorney with the Nevada Attorney General’s Office. During his time there, Judge Higgins prosecuted everything from DUI's to death penalty cases; and argued in the Nevada Supreme Court, the United States District Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Supreme Court, as well as almost every District Court in Nevada. In 1985 he graduated from Georgetown University Law Center with his Juris Doctorate. His undergraduate study was at Willamette University in 1982 where he was awarded the 'Senior Key' presented to 10 seniors who contributed the most during their time studying at the university. Judge Higgins also sits on the national scholarship selection panel for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Judge Higgins frequently teaches at judicial education conferences. For over 30 years, he has presented a review of the Nevada Supreme Court criminal cases at the annual meetings of the Nevada District Court Judges Association.