Patrica Lee will be the first Black and Asian American woman to serve on the Nevada Supreme Court.
According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, the Las Vegas attorney was appointed by Gov. Steve Sisolak to fill Justice Abbi Silver’s vacant seat. Silver left the court earlier this year.
“I am proud and honored to appoint Patricia to serve on the Nevada Supreme Court,” said Governor Sisolak, according to My News 4. “The breadth and depth of her skillset and her personal and professional experience make her an incredible addition to the State’s highest court. I want to thank the Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection for their work to bring forward three incredible applicants to my Office – this was a very difficult decision.”
Lee graduated from George Washington University Law School in 2002, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. She has worked at Hutchison & Steffen law firm since graduation and is now a partner at the firm. She also represents clients pro bono through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.
According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada named Lee the “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year” in 2012.
Lee will serve on the Nevada Supreme Court until 2025. If she wishes to extend her time, she must run for election in 2024.
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