Meet Chief Justice Kristina
Pickering

MEET JUSTICE PICKERING

Chief Justice Pickering joined the Nevada Supreme Court in 2009. As Chief Justice, she serves as the administrative head of the Nevada judicial branch. She also serves on the Nevada Pardons Board.

Chief Justice Pickering grew up in northern Nevada. She graduated from Reno High School, was named National Merit Scholar and Presidential Scholar from Nevada, and earned her B.A. degree, cum laude, from Yale University. She attended law school at Georgetown University and the University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law. At King Hall, she served on the law review and was elected to the legal honor society, Order of the Coif.

Justice Pickering began her legal career working as a law clerk for United States District Court Judge Bruce Thompson in Reno. She then entered private law practice and tried cases and argued appeals in Nevada’s state and federal courts for more than 25 years. As a lawyer, she received the highest rankings available from Martindale-Hubbell, Super Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America.

Before joining the Nevada Supreme Court, Justice Pickering served on Nevada’s Board of Bar Examiners and as an adjunct faculty member at UNLV Boyd School of Law.

She is an elected life member of the American Law Institute.

NEVADA SUPREME COURT

Chief Justice Pickering is dedicated to the rule of law. The Nevada Supreme Court hears and decides cases involving legal issues that affect all our lives—including criminal law, property law, water law, constitutional law, tort and contract law, and family law. In her more than 10 years on the Court, Justice Pickering has decided cases and authored opinions in these and other critical areas of Nevada law.

The Supreme Court amended the Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure, effective March 1, 2019. Chief Justice Pickering co-chaired the Committee that undertook this project. She also helped lead the effort to create Nevada’s Court of Appeals. Most recently, she has worked with judges and courts across Nevada helping to craft measures designed to preserve essential court services during the COVID-19 pandemic, at the same time restricting the face-to-face contact that allows the virus to spread.

Chief Justice Pickering is deeply committed to access to justice. Currently, she co-chairs the Nevada Access to Justice Commission. In 2013, she helped found the Nevada Appellate Pro Bono Program.

Chief Justice Pickering has received a number of awards recognizing her work on the Court, including the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada Judicial Excellence Award and UNLV Boyd School of Law PILA Silver Staircase Award.

FAMILY AND PERSONAL

Justice Pickering is married to Steve Morris. They have two grown sons, Greg Morris and Steve Morris, Jr. Two of their grandsons, Taylor and Zachary, are also lawyers.

Justice Pickering and her husband own a small ranch in central Nevada, near Belmont. The Belmont Courthouse is nearby. The courthouse opened in 1876 and closed in 1905 after the Nye County changed the county seat. In 2011, they and other dedicated Nevadans formed the Friends of the Belmont Courthouse, an IRC 501(c)(3) entity whose mission is to preserve this historic landmark.

In her spare time Justice Pickering loves to hike and jog. She has run the Las Vegas full and half marathons and loves running local 5K events like Opportunity Village’s annual Great Santa Run, usually with one of her border collies in tow!