Attorneys with Douglas ties seek Vegas judgeship

Two attorneys who have practiced in Minden courtrooms in the last month are among 10 seeking newly elected Supreme Court Justice Linda Bell’s district court seat.

Former Douglas County Deputy District Attorney Patrick Ferguson and contract defense attorney Nadine Morton are both on the list for the Eighth Judicial District Department VII.

On Wednesday, the Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection released the names of 34 attorneys seeking five seats in the Eighth District, which serves Las Vegas.

Ferguson, 52, prosecuted crimes in Douglas County for about three years. He returned to the Nye County District Attorney’s Office, where he’d previously worked for seven years. A 1996 graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, he received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California Los Angeles. He has been a member of the state bar since 1997.

Morton, 52, has operated Morton Law since 2011 and serves as contract counsel for Douglas, Nye and Clark counties.

She served in the Clark County Public Defender’s Office for seven years before she opened her own firm. She also served in the Clark County District Attorney’s civil division. She received her law degree in 2003 from the William S. Boyd School of Law. She was admitted to the Nevada Bar the same year. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Nevada attorneys with 10 years of legal experience, including two years of Nevada practice were encouraged to apply for the opening. Interviews to fill vacancies are scheduled for Feb. 7–10, in Las Vegas. The interviews will be streamed live through the Supreme court’s YouTube channel and are open to the public. After the interviews, the commission will nominate three finalists for each vacancy to Gov. Joe Lombardo.


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