Mary "Kris" Pickering

CARSON CITY, Nev. (Legal Newsline)-Newly-elected Nevada Supreme Court Justice Mary "Kris" Pickering will be sworn into office today in an installation ceremony at the state Capitol, the court announced.

Pickering, a Republican, was elected Nov. 4 to fill the seat being vacated by Justice William Maupin, who announced last January that he would not seek election to a third six-year term.

Chief Justice James Hardesty will administer the oath of office to Pickering, who began her legal career as law clerk for U.S. District Judge Bruce Thompson in Reno.

She later practiced law in Reno before moving to Las Vegas. There, she and her husband, Steve Morris, founded the law firm of Morris, Pickering & Peterson.

Pickering served for a decade as a Supreme Court settlement judge and has been an elected member of the American Law Institute since 1987.

During the nonpartisan campaign, Pickering touted that she has argued more cases before the state Supreme Court and federal appellate courts than have her opponents. In the general election, she beat out Washoe County Family Court Judge Deborah Schumacher.

In its Oct. 15 endorsement of Pickering, the Las Vegas Review-Journal said: "Brisk and articulate, she expresses a distaste for legal activism and possesses a temperament that most attorneys would appreciate on the bench."

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