Nancy Lemcke

Nancy Lemcke

Adjunct Professor

  • Trial Advocacy

A 23-year veteran of the Clark County Public Defender’s Office, Ms. Lemcke has dedicated her career to advancing the cause of indigent criminal defense in Clark County, Nevada.  Ms. Lemcke has tried numerous felony cases to verdict, including both capital and non-capital homicide cases.  She has also litigated and argued multiple cases before the Nevada Supreme Court, including the 2020 landmark bail reform case of Valdez-Jimenez v. Eighth Judicial Dist. Ct..  Ms. Lemcke has also championed various justice-related legislative initiatives in Nevada, including Assembly Bill 267, which established Nevada’s state-wide exoneree compensation fund.  Ms. Lemcke’s cases and work have been profiled by various national print and television media, including Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Dateline, and The John Walsh Show.

Ms. Lemcke has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice; as a member of the Committee to Draft Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions for Nevada; and as the Nevada State Bar Representative to the Clark County Justice of the Peace Judicial Selection Committee.  She has lectured at UNLV on various topics relating to criminal justice and has conducted numerous trial advocacy seminars on behalf of legal organizations such as the Clark County Bar Association.  She has also served as a judge for the Nevada Center for Civic Engagement’s “We the People” constitutional law competition for Nevada high school students.  Recently, Ms. Lemcke was awarded the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award by Nevada Attorney Attorneys for Criminal Justice; named 2019 Defender of the Year by the Clark County Public Defender; and honored with a 2020 Legal Excellence Award by Vegas Legal magazine.

Ms. Lemcke holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and a J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law.