Justice of the Peace first to file in 2012 election season | RecordCourier.com

Justice of the Peace first to file in 2012 election season

by Sheila Gardner

East Fork Judge Tom Perkins opened the 2012 political season today by filing for election.

Perkins, 60, was appointed to the position following the resignation of Judge James EnEarl in August 2010.

Perkins and his wife Ellen arrived at the Douglas County Clerk’s office shortly after 8 a.m., the first day of filing for the nonpartisan position.

“It’s a great job and I think I can make a difference,” Perkins said. “We’re working on a lot of different ways to restore dignity to the court and a sense of professionalism.”

In addition to his current justice court service, Perkins has 34 years courtroom experience, as a prosecutor, defense attorney and district judge. He has practiced law as a private attorney and a public lawyer.

He has extensive trial and appellate experience throughout Nevada. Perkins has practiced law in Douglas County since 1983, and lived here almost 20 years. Perkins resides in Minden with his wife. They have five daughters.

Perkins attended high school in Tonopah and Sparks. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, and the University of Denver, College of Law. He attended the Hastings College of Advocacy, the National College for Criminal Defense, and the National Judicial College.

He has served on many state bar and supreme court committees, including the Standing Committee for Judicial Ethics and Campaign Practices and a special Supreme Court Committee that revised Nevada’s rules of criminal procedure.