JUDGE ABBI SILVER
Judge Abbi Silver is a lifelong resident of Southern Nevada. She grew up in Boulder City and graduated from Clark High School in Las Vegas. In 1986, Judge Silver received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In 1989, she received her Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California.
From 1989 to 1990, Judge Silver passed the bar exams in both California and Nevada while working as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Earle White, Jr., Eighth Judicial District Court judge. In 1990, she joined the Clark County District Attorney’s office as a deputy district attorney.
From 1994 until 2003, Judge Silver was assigned to the Special Victim’s Unit of the District Attorney’s Office. She specialized in murder cases involving children and domestic violence, sexual assault cases of children and adults, child and elderly abuse cases, aggravated stalking cases and domestic violence cases.
In 1998, then-District Attorney Stewart Bell promoted her to chief deputy district attorney in the newly created Domestic Violence and Aggravated Stalking Division of the Special Victim’s Unit. For five years, Judge Silver supervised this unit consisting of attorneys, investigators, process servers, secretaries and clerks in cases involving murder, domestic violence, stalking and child and elderly abuse.
In 2002, she was nominated by Nevada Senator John Ensign and appointed by United States Attorney General John Ashcroft to serve as Nevada’s representative on the National Advisory Board-Violence Against Women and Children.
Judge Silver has served as the special prosecutor of Humboldt County on a double homicide case and for Lyon County on a child sexual assault case. She also prosecuted and obtained convictions against the stalkers of Senator John Ensign, Senator Harry Reid, entertainer Jerry Lewis, former-Sheriff Jerry Keller and casino owner Stephen Wynn.
In 2003, Judge Silver ran for an open seat, in a contested election, and was elected to the Las Vegas Municipal Court. In 2006, Judge Silver ran for an open seat, in a contested election, and was elected to the Las Vegas Justice Court. In 2009, Judge Sally Lohrer retired from the District Court Department XV. Judge Silver applied for the open seat, and no opponent contested her election. As a result, Judge Silver was elected without opposition to the Eighth Judicial District Court. In 2014, Judge Silver applied to be retained in her seat without opposition. Judge Silver will be elected, retaining her seat, in November of 2014.
Judge Silver tried over 100 jury trials to verdict on felony charges. Most of these cases were either murder (capital) or sexual assault cases. Judge Silver was either the lead or sole prosecutor. Judge Silver trained new deputies (from the appellate division) for jury trials the last five (5) years of her tenure at the District Attorney’s Office. Judge Silver was the lead counsel in those murder cases with a new deputy as the second chair. Judge Silver has tried over a thousand bench trials. Additionally, Judge Silver argued many cases to the Nevada Supreme Court over her tenure as a Deputy District Attorney.
Judge Silver has presided over hundreds of bench trials and over a hundred jury trials including both civil and criminal cases. Judge Silver runs a very efficient docket. Judge Silver issues minute orders in uncontested motion practice. Judge Silver has not been subject to discipline by the bar or a court.
After clerking for The Honorable Earle White, Jr. as a Judicial Law Clerk in 1989, Judge Silver always aspired to be a District Court Judge. Judge Silver’s experiences as a trial attorney and trial judge serve her well in her position as a District Court Judge.