Sisolak appoints Unsworth to Washoe District Court

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- Gov. Steve Sisolak appointed Reno lawyer Sandra Unsworth to fill the Washoe District Court vacancy caused by Judge Frances Doherty’s retirement.

Unsworth clerked for federal magistrate Phyllis Halsey Atkins and was a deputy district attorney for the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office. She prosecuted child and adult sexual abuse crimes in Washoe County and tried 18 jury trials.

“Sandra has had a remarkable 30-year career practicing Family Law in Washoe County,” Sisolak said in a statement. “From seeking justice for children as a prosecutor to owning and operating a solo practice for more than two decades, Unsworth has an intimate understanding the ins and outs of the practice of law and the impacts it can have on all aspects of life. Her compassionate approach to advocacy has garnered respect among the legal community, and I am proud to appoint her as a judge.”

As a private attorney, Unsworth was appointed several times by the courts to look after the best interests of children going through the court system.

Unsworth received her B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Reno and her law degree from the University of Puget Sound, School of Law

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