Judge Harmony Letizia was born and raised in Las Vegas. Judge Letizia received her Bachelor of Arts with a degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. While in college, she served as a Congressional staff Intern to Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, where she conducted research on constituent-related issues concerning Transportation and Infrastructure, Veteran’s Affairs, and Yucca Mountain.
Judge Letizia obtained her Juris Doctor with a concentration in Litigation from the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. While there, Judge Letizia received several honors and awards for her litigation skills. Judge Letizia also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Michael A. Cherry at the Nevada Supreme Court in Carson City, Nevada, and as a teaching assistant to the Honorable Richard Suhrheinrich from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Prior to her election to the bench, Judge Letizia served as a Chief Deputy Public Defender at the Clark County Public Defender’s Office. In that position, Judge Letizia represented indigent persons in various criminal proceedings and ensured that these indigent persons were afforded their constitutional rights. Judge Letizia has served as a mentor to new attorneys and assisted in the training of new attorneys at the Public Defender’s Office.
Judge Letizia was recognized by her peers as a top 25 government attorney in the State of Nevada in the 2015 and 2016 edition of Nevada Business Magazine’s Legal Elite. Elected as a Justice of the Peace in Department 3 in November 2016 for a six-year term, Judge Letizia hears one of the criminal calendars.