Kristin Luis, Special Master of the Juvenile Court
Judge Kristin N. Luis was appointed Juvenile Court Special Master for the First Judicial District Court in October 2010, to replace David I. Nielsen who retired from the position in November 2010. Kristin is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno and Gonzaga University, School of Law. She was previously employed as a deputy district attorney with the Carson City District Attorney's Office for more than ten years when she assumed this assignment. As Juvenile Court Special Master for the First Judicial District Court, Kristin presides over juvenile delinquency cases, cases involving the protection of children under NRS Chapter 432B, and child support cases. As the Discovery Commissioner, Kristin is also responsible to administer the Civil Arbitration Program and Family Mediation Program.
David I. Nielsen, Retired Special Master
Service Dates: January 1991 to November 2010
Because of Special Master Nielsen’s desire and commitment to helping juveniles in the community, the Juvenile Drug Court Program was established in 1999. Over 100 juveniles have participated in the Drug Court Program and have received treatment and counseling for their drug use. The program is still operational by grant funding. In December of 2007, Special Master Nielsen accepted the assignment of presiding over child support enforcement hearings and assisting families in the community with these challenging issues. In 2010, Special Master Nielsen established the Families First Specialty Dependency Court. Throughout his tenure, Special Master Nielsen has presided over matters in the absence of the Justice of the Peace and Municipal Court Judges in Carson City. His reputation is outstanding and his dedication and commitment to serve Carson City and the Judicial Branch is admired by all who have worked with him. Since his retirement, Special Master Nielsen continues to serve as a Pro Tem Judge in both Juvenile Court and Justice Court.