• By Albert Depew

Justice & Municipal Court Dept. II

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Kristin Luis, Justice of the Peace/Municipal Court Judge

Judge Kristin LuisIn November 2018 Judge Luis was elected to Department 2 of the Carson City Justice/Municipal Court, replacing longtime Justice of the Peace, John Tatro. She was sworn into office on January 7, 2019 and she is the first female to hold this position in Carson City.

Before Judge Luis’ election, she served as the Assistant District Attorney. She held this position from January 2015 to December 2018, overseeing the juvenile and criminal divisions of the District Attorney’s Office and handling a number of high profile felony cases.

From October 2010 to January 2015, Judge Luis served as the Juvenile Special Master, hearing and deciding juvenile delinquency, child welfare and child support cases. Judge Luis also served as the Arbitration Commissioner and Mediation Coordinator, overseeing the alternative dispute resolution programs.

Prior to her appointment as the Juvenile Special Master, Judge Luis worked as a deputy in the Carson City District Attorney’s Office for nearly 11 years. She worked as a criminal and civil deputy, handling a wide variety of criminal cases and representing boards and commissions in various civil matters.

Before coming to the District Attorney’s Office, Judge Luis worked in private practice developing experience in the areas of criminal defense and civil litigation.

Judge Luis is a Nevada native, born and raised in Reno. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1991 before attending Law School at Gonzaga University where she graduated with distinction in 1994. During summer breaks from law school, Judge Luis   volunteered her time at the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office and gained the opportunity to intern with the Honorable Mills Lane, Washoe County District Court Judge and boxing referee. Judge Luis also worked as a law clerk for the Washoe County District Court Judge James Stone.

Judge Luis has made her home in Carson City with her family. She is committed to this community and the families that call it home. She is an active member of Soroptimist International of Carson City and she serves on the board of the Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada. She also volunteers her time to support   community youth programs, including girls softball, the Tigershark’s swim program and the Junior Ski Program. Judge Luis is an outdoor enthusiast who spends time with her family enjoying the many recreational opportunities that Carson City offers.