About Joanna


I am Joanna Kishner and I have had the privilege of serving our community as the District Court Judge in Department 31 since I was elected by you in 2010. I sought to enter public service after practicing law for over twenty years as it gave me an opportunity to serve the community where I was born and raised.


Prior to being elected as your District Court Judge in Department 31, I have also had the honor of previously working as a Justice of the Peace Pro Tem, Pro Tem Small Claims Referee, a Pro Tem Traffic Court Referee, and as an Arbitrator. I was also fortunate to be named as one of the Best Lawyers in America and one of Nevada’s “Super Lawyers”

I graduated magna cum laude in 1986 with a double major in Political Science and Psychology from Claremont McKenna College. While at CMC, I also worked with the Claremont Graduate School’s Autism Clinic. Thereafter, I earned my Juris Doctorate in 1989 from UCLA School of Law. At UCLA, I was a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Stephen V. Wilson of the United States District Court, Central District of California. I also the Managing Editor of the Federal Communications Law Journal, the Third Year Editor of the UCLA School of Law Yearbook, and a Volunteer for the Homeless Legal Project. I am licensed in both Nevada and California.


As a Judge, I proudly ensure that justice is administered fairly in a wide variety of cases including a specialty docket in complex construction defect litigation. When I am not in Court, I serve as a member of the statewide Access to Justice Commission, the Executive Board of Boyd Law School’s Public Interest Law Foundation, the Legal Aid of Southern Nevada’s Pro Bono Advisory Committee, the Law Library Foundation, and the Nevada District Judges’ Association.

I look forward to utilizing my knowledge, experience, and work ethic, to continue to serve our community as your Judge. I truly care about our community and will continue to ensure that I oversee a fair and ethical court where everyone is treated with respect. I would appreciate if you would honor me with your vote in the upcoming election. If you would like to learn more about me or have any questions, please contact me.

Paid for by the Committee to Re-Elect Judge Joanna Kishner

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