Judicial Candidate 2020: Margaret Pickard

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Clark County Bar Association

About the candidate: Margaret currently serves as a Hearing Master for the Eighth Judicial District Court, Family Division, hearing cases in child abuse and neglect, as well as overseeing the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court program. Prior to working for the courts, Margaret specialized in family law, working as a Family Law Mediator and Parenting Coordinator, assisting parents involved in high conflict custody cases work cooperatively to resolve timeshare disputes.

In 2014, Margaret was elected to the Nevada State Bar’s Family Law Section Executive Council, serving until 2018. Margaret was the Editor of the Nevada Family Law Report and Co-Chair of the Child Witness Committee, developing standardized protocols for conducting child interviews in the Family Court system. Margaret authored several articles for the Nevada Family Law Report and regularly trained Family Court judges throughout Nevada to develop best practices in creating Parenting Plans for separating and divorcing families.

Margaret graduated from the University of California, Davis, magna cum laude, in 1987, with a Bachelors’ of Arts in Sociology. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law in 1990, where she served as the Managing Editor of the UC Davis Law Review.

Since 2012, Margaret and her husband, Senator Keith Pickard, have worked in the recovery community throughout the Las Vegas Valley, offering a weekly 12-step programs for teens struggling with addiction, as well providing over 200 community presentations on facing and overcoming addiction.

Margaret and Keith are the parents of seven children and four grandchildren. They are true community servants.

Margaret Pickard

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