Judge Suzan Baucum is a native Nevadan. She is a graduate of Western High School in Las Vegas, receiving her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho where she served as the Notes and Comments Editor of the Idaho Law Review.

Judge Suzan Baucum was elected to the bench originally in 2010. Judge Baucum has served with distinction as Justice of the Peace for Department 13 of the Las Vegas Justice Couty to the present day. From January 2019 to December. She was Chief Justice of the Las Vegas Justice Court.

For nearly a decade, Judge Baucum oversaw the largest caseload of any DUI county in the country and was proud to institute many technologies and programs that not only saved lives but decreased recidivism. Judge Baucum has also served as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Las Vegas Municipal Court and the North Las Vegas Justice Court.

Prior to her tenure in Department 13, for 19 years Judge Baucum was the Executive Director of the Nevada Law Foundation, a non-profit group here in Nevada dedicated to serving the legal needs of our state’s less fortunate and indigent citizens- particularly victims of domestic violence, and children in need of protection. 

Judge Baucum’s Legal career covers a wide range of law, including prosecuting both civil and criminal matters with the Ada County Prosecutor’s office. Following graduation from law school, she worked with a firm located in Reno, Nevada. During her time with this firm, she handled criminal, personal injury, real estate, and general business matters. Judge Baucum has also served as a State Training Specialist and Staff Attorney for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Judge Baucum has always believed and continues to believe in being an active part of both her profession and her community. She is a fellow of the American Bar Association, a member of the Clark County Bar Association, the State Bar of Nevada, and a Colleague of the Nevada Law Foundation. She has served as co-chair of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. On the Board of Directors for the Child Assault Prevention Project, the Eighth Judicial District Pro Bono Foundation, and the board of the Las Vegas Dance Stars.

Judge Suzan Baucum has volunteered for the Red Cross, Jerry Lewis telethon, United Blood Service, the American Heart Association, and the American Cancer Society. She has also served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Children in need of protection by the courts and as a counselor for Lincoln House, a home for unwed mothers in St. Paul, Minnesota. She served as a room mom for many years at her children’s school and directed the annual school pageant. 

Judge Baucum is also involved in reading on a regular basis to children at the elementary school level and spends countless hours providing information to our area youth regarding the perils of diving under the influence.

She is endorsed by the Las Vegas Police Protective Association (LVPPA METRO), Las Vegas Peace Officer Supervisor Association (LVPOSA), Las Vegas Peace Officers Association (LVPOA), Las Vegas Police Managers & Supervisors Association, North Las Vegas Police Officers Association, Police Officers Association of Clark County School District, Peace Officer Research Association of Nevada, Reno Police Protective Association, Washoe County Sheriff Deputies Association, Public Safety Alliance of Nevada, Washoe County School Police Officers Association, Carson City Sheriff’s Supervisory Association, Douglas County Sheriff’s Protective Association, Laborers Internation Union of North America Local 872, Veterans in Politics International, Henderson Police Officers Association, Henderson Police Supervisors Association, Juvenile Justice Probation Officers Association, Clark County Juvenile Justice Supervisors Association, Mesquite Police Officers Association, Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers, Nevada State Law Enforcement Officers Association, Elko County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Perishing County Law Enforcement Association, Las Vegas Protective Association Civilian Employees, Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Plumbers, Pipefitters & Service Technicians Local 525, Clark County Prosecutors Association. Southern Nevada Central Labor Council, Nevada Veteran’s  Association, Voice of the Veteran, Law Enforcement Loyalty Pac, Veterans for Responsible Government, Clark County Firefighters, AAPI Nevada Leadership Council, Culinary Workers Union Local 226, Nevada First Agenda Association, Asian American Group, and Calrk County District Attorney Investigators Association.

You can learn more about Judge Baucum by visiting her website: https://www.judgesuzanbaucum.com.