Nadia Wood is running for Las Vegas Justice Court

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Nadia Wood



My name is Nadia Hojjat Wood and I’m running to be the judge in department 16 of the Las Vegas Justice Court. I moved to Las Vegas in 2011 to work at the Office of the Clark County Public Defender. Like many who live in our great city, I chose Las Vegas as my home. I met my husband here, bought a house here, and have formed lasting friendships. 


As a Chief Deputy Public Defender and an adjunct professor at Nevada State College, I have dedicated my life to public service. I am the only candidate in my race with experience as both a public defender AND an advocate for victims of crime. I am running to bring a balanced perspective to the bench. 


My work ethic, my legal expertise, my dedication, and my temperament make me the right choice for justice court judge. When you vote, I hope you will remember Nadia4Nevada!




Prior to becoming a lawyer, I attended the University of California at Berkeley, where I was an Alumni Leadership Scholar. I graduated at the age of 19 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and then moved to Washington DC to attend law school at Georgetown University Law Center.


I earned a Cali Award for Law and Non-violence and was a Pro Bono Pledge Honoree. I was also Vice President of the Student Bar Association and Lieutenant Governor for the 11th Circuit of the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association. While in law school, I also interned during the summer at the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, where I represented victims of violent crime. 




My experience in the courtroom is unmatched. I am the only candidate in my race who has never represented big businesses or the government. I have spent my whole career representing indigent and working class individuals. 


I have represented over 2,000 clients and tried approximately 20 felony jury trials. I have conducted well over 150 evidentiary hearings in the justice court, in addition to dozens of misdemeanor bench trials. I have represented individuals in over 1,500 sentencing arguments in the justice and district courts. 


Because of my work and experience, I have received multiple merit scholarships to training programs across the country hosted by the National Criminal Defense College and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.




In addition to working as a public defender, I am also an adjunct professor at Nevada State College, where I teach two criminal justice courses. In my Criminal Law and Procedure course, I teach students the fundamentals of criminal law, including how to read a statute, how to read a case, and leading cases on the 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments. In my Law and Society Course, I teach students the underlying principles of law and how our laws shape our country. 





I believe volunteering is incredibly important. I volunteer through Legal Aid of Southern Nevada. I frequently participate in their Ask a Lawyer Program, as well as taking a variety of pro bono cases. One of my favorite programs which they have is the Children's Attorney Project, in which I volunteer representing abused and neglected children in family court.


I also volunteer frequently to help train the next generation of lawyers. I am a guest lecturer every semester at UNLV Boyd School of Law, where I teach cross examination to the trial advocacy classes. I regularly volunteer to act as a judge in mock trial competitions and I have also coached for Boyd’s mock trial team.


Outside of the legal field, I volunteer with the Asian Community Development Council. They are an amazing, non-partisan, organization. They provide food assistance, park cleanups, health insurance enrollment assistance, and engage in a variety of services that help the community.





I do not believe in judicial activism. I believe judges must be unbiased and follow the law as it is written. The United States and Nevada Constitutions provide the framework for the rights and due process that every individual is entitled to when they walk into a courtroom. As a public defender of over a decade, I have spent my career working to uphold the constitution. I will ensure individuals receive their constitutional rights in my courtroom.





As a member of our community, I want our city to be safe. I have worked with and advocated for victims of violent crime and I have seen the trauma they have had to endure. I have also seen how rehabilitation can help our community, keep kids in school, and save taxpayer dollars. My experience as both a public defender AND as an advocate representing victims of crime makes me uniquely qualified to assess which individuals pose a danger to our community and which individuals need help and rehabilitation. I am running to bring a balanced perspective to the bench.