Carson City, NV November 08, 2019
Today, Governor Steve Sisolak announced the appointment of Sandra Unsworth to the Second Judicial District, Department 12.
“Sandra has had a remarkable 30-year career practicing Family Law in Washoe County,” Governor Sisolak said. “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.”
Unsworth has spent the last 25 years managing all aspects of her solo practice in Reno, Nevada. Initially, Unsworth’s practice was a mixture of Family Law and Criminal Law, but – for the last 10 years – she has primarily practiced Family Law. Within Family Law, she has represented clients in a variety of contexts, including divorce, paternity, juvenile delinquency, juvenile dependency, adoption, termination, child support, and minor and adult guardianship. On multiple occasions, she has been appointed by courts in Northern Nevada to serve as Guardian Ad Litem representing the “best interests of the child.”
Early in her career, Unsworth clerked for the Honorable Phyllis Halsey Atkins, the first female magistrate judge in the State of Nevada, and prosecuted cases as part of the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office. As a deputy district attorney, she prosecuted child and adult sexual abuse crimes in Washoe County and tried 18 jury trials.
Unsworth received her B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Reno and her J.D. from the University of Puget Sound, School of Law (subsumed by Seattle University in 1994).