Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo has appointed Erika Mendoza to fill the Department 27 judicial seat on the Eighth Judicial District Court. The seat became vacant when Judge Nancy Allf retired. Prior to her appointment, she served in the Clark County District Attorney’s office since including the Gun Crimes Unit, General Litigation Team and the Appellate Unit. She worked for the DA since September 2011.

The Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection interviewed seven applicants for the department 27 vacancy. The top three nominees were forwarded to Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo for his selection. The Governor has thirty days from the date of receipt of the applicant names to make an appointment.

To be eligible to apply for a seat on the Eighth Judicial District Court bench, applicants must be Nevada attorney in good standing with 10 years of legal experience, two years of Nevada legal practice and residency, and be at least 25 years old.

To serve the entirety of the term, the appointed judge is required to file as a candidate in the November 2024 general election. The current term for all district court judges in Nevada expires January 4, 2027.