Judicial races have historically had a low turnout, partially due to the unknown faces running for seats and the off-year cycle of the judicial elections.
Those throwing their hat into the next race include Phung Jefferson, a longtime Las Vegas resident since 1982, who has been practicing law since 2001.
Jefferson ran for district judge unsuccessfully against Carolyn Ellsworth in 2012, but believes this time she can win a seat in the district court.
Jefferson currently is licensed to practice law both in Nevada and California. Her Las Vegas practice is a full service firm offering representation in family, traffic and the criminal courts.
In 2006, as a Nevada attorney, Jefferson argued an appeal in the case of Hudson vs. Jones before the Nevada Supreme Court, and the resulting Court opinion became a published opinion which stands today as controlling legal authority in Nevada.
According to her website she also spends time mentoring young would-be law students contemplating their future careers as well as giving free seminars on domestic violence and small business management. Her parents moved to Southern Nevada with their family after her father, a decorated veteran of 26 years, was stationed at Nellis Air Force Base. Jefferson is a UNLV alum and received her law degree in Southern California where she also practiced for a number of years. Jefferson officially announced her plans to run for District Court Judge in Department 2, vacated by retiring Judge Valorie Vegas, on her website phungjefferson.com and to the Las Vegas Tribune during a telephone interview with the newspaper editorial staff earlier this year and will be a guest on “Face the Tribune” on November 18 to talk about her plans and experience as a defender of the law in (Clark County) Las Vegas.
Face the Tribune radio show, with Bob Beckett and Rolando Larraz, now in its fifth year, airs Monday to Friday at noon on RadioTribune.com.