UNLV Boyd Law Associate Dean Anne Traum Nominated for Nevada Federal District Judge by President Joe Biden


LAS VEGAS – The White House announced this week that UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law's Associate Dean for Experiential Legal Education and Professor of Law Anne Traum has been nominated to one of two U.S. District Court vacancies in Nevada. Specifically, Dean Traum would fill a seat in Northern Nevada that has been open since 2016. Dean Traum and District Court Judge Cristina Silver were selected from a list of candidates vetted by Nevada’s bipartisan judicial commissions established by U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen. The nominations will next be sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee for review and a confirmation hearing. 

Anne Traum joined the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law in 2008 where she teaches Federal Courts, Criminal Procedure, co-directs the Misdemeanor Clinic, and directs the Appellate Clinic. She served as associate dean for experiential legal education from 2013-2015 and was again appointed to that role in 2021. Prior to joining the UNLV Boyd faculty, Traum served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the District of Nevada and as a civil Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada. She was also a trial attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice.

“Dean Traum is a nationally recognized expert in criminal law and access to justice issues,” said Sara Gordon, interim dean of the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law. “She has taught and mentored students in law school clinics that cover the gamut of criminal defense, from misdemeanor defense to appellate advocacy. Through that clinical teaching, Dean Traum has given our students the opportunity to understand access to justice issues and provide direct assistance to members of the Las Vegas community and we know that her wealth of experience will similarly inform Dean Traum’s work on the federal bench.”

Established in 1998, the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has nearly 400 students and offers three juris doctor degree programs: a full-time day program, a part-time day program, and a part-time evening program. The school also offers a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Gaming Law and Regulation and three dual degree programs: the J.D./MBA, J.D./M.S.W., and J.D./Ph.D. It is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. For more information about UNLV Law, please visit law.unlv.edu and stay connected on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.