Hers is not a career, but a higher calling.

Day after day, case after case, Justice Lidia Stiglich demonstrates her guiding belief in the power of justice to protect and improve the lives of Nevadans. Through her unwavering dedication to listening and understanding, to dignity and fairness, to hard work and the highest of ethical standards, she embodies the promise of our state’s highest court.

And we’re all the better for it.


Justice Stiglich graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, emphasis in Finance. While at UC Berkeley, she was a member of the intercollegiate softball team. Justice Stiglich received her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.  Justice Stiglich served as a Note Editor on the Constitutional Law Quarterly law journal.

Prior to Bench

Justice Stiglich began her career as a public defender. After leaving the public defenders office, Justice Stiglich was the founder and managing partner of Stiglich & Hinckley, LLP. Justice Stiglich’s vast experience includes significant federal and state criminal and civil matters, as well as administrative law.  She maintained her commitment to service while in private practice by participating on federal and local panels to serve indigent defendants.  In addition, Stiglich & Hinckley, LLP served as counsel for a police officers association and represented other first responders in court and administrative actions.  In addition to her role at the firm, Justice Stiglich also served as special counsel to Lieutenant Governor Brian K. Krolicki, where she advised on legal matters related to economic development, tourism, cultural affairs, and other special projects. Justice Stiglich is admitted to practice law in Nevada and California.

Community Activities

In addition to her professional affiliations, Justice Stiglich participates in several community organizations.  She is a member of the Reno Sunrise Rotary, serves as a board member for Friends of Nevada Mansion, and is a member of the Sierra Nevada Ballet Board of Directors.

Justice Stiglich currently serves as a faculty member at the National Judicial College and an instructor at the University of Nevada, Reno. She has served as an adjunct law professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, and New College of the Law.

Elective/Appointive Public Offices

Appointed by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval
Nevada Supreme Court Justice, Seat G
Elected/Retained by voters
District Court Judge
Second Judicial District Court, Department Eight
Appointed by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval
District Court Judge
Second Judicial District Court, Department Eight
Appointed by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom

Subsequently elected by peers on the Commission to serve as Commission President
San Francisco Juvenile Probation Commissioner
The Commission sets the policies for the Juvenile Probation Department and oversees the management of the Department and the implementation of the policies. My duties as Commission President were to manage the Commission, set the agenda, appoint staff committees, and act as a liaison between the Commission and other city offices and departments. The Commission was also responsible for approving the budget for the Department and complying with budget directives.

Awards & Recognition

2017Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys (SNAWA) Luncheon– Recognition for Women in Leadership
2016Judicial Survey*
Washoe County Bar Association
96.6 percent retention rating
Highest retention rating and highest ranking performance score of all Second Judicial District Court Judges
2014Judicial Survey*
Washoe County Bar Association
93.3 percent retention rating
2012Super Lawyer
Northern California
2009Super Lawyer
Northern California
2008Super Lawyer
Northern California

*The Washoe County Bar Association Judicial Survey is administered every two years.


2016Co-Authored with James Popovich
“The Second Judicial District Court’s New Youth Offender Court”
Nevada Lawyer
August 2016
2013Co-Authored with Zelalem Bogale, Esq.
“Writing to Judges…Persuasively”
Nevada Lawyer
October 2013
Comment, Fourth Amendment Protection for Juvenile Probationers in California, Slim or None?: In re Tyrell J.
Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Vol 22, No. 3 p.893 [1995]
1994Co-Authored with Lawrence Gibbs
“What Talks and What Walks: Winning and Losing Issues in the Court of Appeal”
CACJ Forum, 1994 Vol. 21, No. 1
State Bar of NevadaMember
State Bar of CaliforniaMember
U.S. District Court, District of NevadaMember
U.S. District Court, Northern District of CaliforniaMember
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of CaliforniaMember
Washoe County Bar AssociationMember
Clark County Bar AssociationMember
National Association of Women JudgesMember
Bruce R. Thompson Inns of CourtMaster Member
Northern Nevada Women Lawyers AssociationMember
International Association of LGBT JudgesMember
Bruce R. Thompson Inns of CourtMaster Member
Northern Nevada Women Lawyers AssociationMember
International Association of LGBT JudgesMember
Bruce R. Thompson Inns of CourtMember
Nevada District Judges AssociationAt-Large Board Member
San Francisco Bar AssociationMember
California Trial Lawyers AssociationMember
La Raza Lawyers AssociationLife Member
Women DefendersBoard Member
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeBoard of Governors
Bay Area Lawyers for Individual FreedomMember
California Public Defender AssociationMember
2017Nevada Supreme Court Committee to Study Child Custody Reform Chairperson
2017Governor Brian Sandoval’s Opioid State Action Accountability Task ForceCommittee Member
2017Child Support Guidelines CommitteeCommittee Member
2016Indigent Defense CommissionCommission Member
2016Office of Governor Brian Sandoval
Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit
Planning Committee Member and Summit Presenter
2016Second Judicial District Court
Court Interpreter Committee
Committee Member
2015-2016Nevada Legislature
Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice
Commission Member
2015-2016Nevada Supreme Court
Commission on Statewide Rules of Criminal Procedure; Jury Instructions Subcommittee
Commission Member
Three Squares Food Bank Volunteer Day
Clark County Bar Association
St. Thomas More Society of Nevada
Red Mass of the Diocese of Reno
Member, Red Mass
Host Committee
Reno Rotary Club (Sunrise)Member
Sergeant at Arms
Sierra Nevada Ballet Board of DirectorsBoard Member
Washoe County Law Library Board of DirectorsBoard Member
American Bar Association
TIPS/ABOTA National Trial Academy
Mock Trial Judge
Friends of Nevada MansionBoard Member
Nevada High School Mock Trial CompetitionScoring Judge
National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges
Project ONE: Implementation Working Group
Project REAL (Relevant Education About the Law)Member