Kristina Pickering

Kristina Pickering

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Kristina  Pickering

for Nevada Supreme Court Seat B


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Please share briefly what inspired you to run for this office and why you feel you’re qualified for the position.


I joined the Nevada Supreme Court in 2009 and am currently serving as its Chief Justice. I grew up in Nevada, leaving only to attend Yale for my BA and Georgetown and University of Cal.-Davis for my JD. During my years on the court I have participated in the decision of 1000's of cases and authored opinions on criminal law, constitutional law, civil law, family law and administrative agency law. I am a member of the Nevada Pardons Board and co-chair the Nevada Access to Justice Commission. Before joining the court I tried cases and argued appeals in Nevada's state and federal courts for more than 25 years. I work hard to be prepared, fair, and intellectually honest. In 2018 I received an retention rating from the Washoe County Bar Ass'n of 83.9%. I am a life member of the American Law Institute; clerked for US Dist. Judge Bruce Thompson in Reno; served on the Nevada Board of Bar Examiners for many years; and served as an adjunct faculty member for UNLV Boyd School of Law.


What are your views on the courts’ responsibility to uphold precedent on reproductive health care, particularly as it relates to Roe v. Wade and access to abortion as a constitutional right?


The judicial ethics rules do not allow justices or judicial candidates to commit to positions they would take in future cases. This and some of the other questions below ask about USSCT decisions on federal constitutional law--the NVSCT must follow USSCT precedent on federal constitutional law.


What are your views on “human dignity,” as applied by the Supreme Court in U.S. v. Windsor (133 S. Ct. 2675), shares the same constitutional protection provided to liberty and equality rights?


Please see response to first question above.


Do you believe that Brown v. Board of Education (347 U.S. 483) was correctly decided?




Would you honor the request of a plaintiff, defendant, or witness in a case before you who is transgender to be referred to in accordance with that person’s gender identity?


Please see response to first question above.


Describe your understanding of Newman v. Piggie Park Enterprises (390 U.S. 400) and application of this precedent to nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people in places of public accommodation.


Please see response to first question above.


Have you been involved in a significant case where a primary issue was sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV/AIDs discrimination? If so, can you provide the case, venue, case number and case citation (if published decision) and your involvement?






With more and more Nevadans only one family emergency away from being unable to pay rent and maintain shelter for their loved ones, what steps would you take towards having a more equitable eviction process for Nevadans?


In general, please see response to first question above. As Chief Justice, serving in my constitutionally mandated administrative role, I recently worked with Nevada's Limited Jurisdiction Judges to craft standard procedures for implementing Governor Sisolak's Emergency Directive 008, placing a hold on evictions during the COVID-19 emergency. This and other COVID-19 judicial orders are available on the Nevada Supreme Cout's website as ADKT 554, 555, and 556.


How would you ensure that criminal defendants with adverse immigration consequences attached to their cases are protected in the event the case is dismissed or otherwise resolved, so that the criminal justice system does not become a trap for the undocumented?



Please see response to first question above.



In recent years, we have seen Immigration and Customs Enforcement detain individuals as they are leaving criminal court hearings. Please describe your views on this practice.



Please see response to first question above.



What actions will you take to dismantle the school to prison and deportation pipeline? What do you see as the judiciary’s role in advancing restorative discipline practices for Nevada’s students?



Please see response to first question above. In 2015 I authored In re L.A.W., 131 Nev. 191, discussing the right to public education and student waiver of constitutional rights--for young people to uphold the rule of law they must believe it is fairly and forthrightly applied.



What do you think is the most important issue or problem in the state’s justice system today, and how would you work to address it?



Access to justice is key to an effective and functioning judicial system. While on the Nevada Supreme Court I have worked hard to ensure access to justice. In 2013, I helped found the Nevada Appellate Pro Bono Program, and I currently co-chair Nevada's Access to Justice Commission. I was honored to be recognized for those efforts by receiving the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada's Judicial Excellence Award and the UNLV Boyd School of Law PILA Silver Staircase Award.



Do you feel that existing diversion initiatives and specialty courts are effective in meeting the needs of the community? What changes would you make to improve their effectiveness?



I support the work Nevada's specialty courts do and have done. I fearthey will face profound funding challenges in the COVID-19 aftermath.



What value does cash bail bring to Nevada’s judicial system?



Please see response to first question above.


In light of Nevada’s move to legalize recreational marijuana, what is your position on vacating convictions of individuals for marijuana possession?



Please see response to first question above.


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