June 29, 2011
McGeorge has long had a major alumni presence in the Nevada justice system, but it is something of a coup for seven graduates from one class (2011) to land judicial clerkships in that neighboring state.
Jessica Lee, the recipient of the law school's Day Division Outstanding Student Achievement Award and an Order of the Coif member, will serve a prestigious two-year clerkship for Justice Ron D. Parraguirre of the Nevada Supreme Court.
Four members of the Class of 2011 will serve court clerkships with McGeorge alumni. Lauren Davis will clerk for Judge James Todd Russell, '74, of the First Judicial District in Carson City. Christina Miller will clerk for Judge Steven Kosach, '72, in the Second Judicial District. Brian Pyle and Mike Wheable will clerk for Judges Steve L. Dobrescu, '86, and Dan L. Papez, '82, of the Seventh Judicial District Court of Nevada in Ely. Pyle, who graduated in December and passed the California bar exam in February, is already working for the court.
Marilee Breternitz will clerk for Judge Connie J. Steinheimer of the Second Judicial District Court in Reno. Bob Sweetin will clerk for Judge Gloria J. Sturman of the Eighth Judicial District Court in Las Vegas.
A Class of 2009 Order of the Coif grad, Joshua Hendrickson, will clerk for Judge Steven Elliot of the Second Judicial District Court in Reno. He previously served a clerkship for Justice Parraguirre with the state high court.
District courts are the trial courts of general jurisdiction in the Nevada state court system. These courts also hear appeals from the limited jurisdiction state courts, which are the 17 municipal courts and 45 justice courts. Appeals from the district courts go to the Nevada Supreme Court. Unlike most other states, there are no intermediate appellate courts in Nevada.