November’s Highlighted Judge – Lidia S. Stiglich

November’s Highlighted Judge – Lidia S. Stiglich

The Honorable Lidia S. Stiglich

Justice Supreme Court of Nevada

 The Honorable Lidia S. Stiglich was appointed to the Supreme Court of Nevada by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval in November 2016.

Justice Stiglich is a member of the Nevada Supreme Court’s Indigent Defense Commission and the Commission on Statewide Rules of Criminal Procedure.  She is a member of the Washoe County Bar Association, the Clark County Bar Association, the Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association, and the National Association of Women judges.

Prior to her appointment to the Supreme Court, Justice Stiglich was appointed district court judge of the Second Judicial District Court by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval in November 2012, and was subsequently retained by voters in 2014.  As the presiding judge in Department Eight of the district court, Justice Stiglich heard civil and criminal trials.  In addition to the duties in Department Eight, she served as the Probate Judge for the district and was also the co‑founder and presiding judge of the Youth Offender Drug Court.  This specialty court was designed for the young adult population (ages 18 to 24) who are opiate/heroin users, as an alternate sentencing/rehabilitation program.


Justice Stiglich graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, emphasis in Finance. While at UC Berkeley, she was a member of the intercollegiate softball team. Justice Stiglich received her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

Prior to Bench

Justice Stiglich’s vast experience includes significant federal and state criminal and civil matters, as well as administrative law.  Prior to her appointment to the bench, Justice Stiglich was the founder and managing partner of Stiglich & Hinckley, LLP.  In addition to her role at the firm, she also served as special counsel to Lieutenant Governor Brian K. Krolicki, where she advised on legal matters related to economic development, tourism, cultural affairs, and other special projects.  Justice Stiglich is admitted to practice law in Nevada and California.

Community Activities

In addition to her professional affiliations, Justice Stiglich participates in several community organizations.  She is a member of the Reno Sunrise Rotary, serves as a board member for Friends of Nevada Mansion, and is a member of the Sierra Nevada Ballet Board of Directors.

Justice Stiglich currently serves as a faculty member at the National Judicial College and an instructor at the University of Nevada, Reno.  She has served as an adjunct law professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, and New College of the Law.