Tierra D. Jones is currently a District Court Judge in Department 10 of the Eighth Judicial District Court.
On April 27, 2017, Governor Sandoval appointed Tierra to the District Court Bench. Tierra became the first African American woman to serve on the District Court in the State of Nevada. Her case assignments consist of both criminal and civil cases. Judge Jones took the bench on May 22, 2017 and began hearing cases. She was set for jury trial on her first day, but the case negotiated before jury selection.
Judge Jones grew up in the small town of Hawthorne Nevada. She attended the William S. Boyd School of Law and obtained her Juris Doctorate in 2006.
Judge Jones has dedicated her legal career to public service. Immediately after law school, she worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Stewart L. Bell in the Eighth Judicial District Court. After passing the State Bar, she worked for the Office of the Clark County Public Defender. She then began her prosecuting career at the Nye County District Attorney’s Office and later moved on to the Clark County District Attorney’s Office. During her time as defense attorney and a prosecutor, Judge Jones appeared in court almost every day. She completed more than 35 jury trials, including several high-profile cases, and she argued before the Nevada Supreme Court.
Judge Jones has also volunteered several hours of community service within the Las Vegas community. Mentoring young law students has been a priority for her, and she has been able to accomplish this goal through the National Bar Association and being a volunteer judge and coach for mock trial and moot court. She has also reached out to other sectors of the Las Vegas community through the Junior League of Las Vegas and Leadership Las Vegas. Junior League of Las Vegas assists children in the community by providing everything from scholarship, mentoring, a career fair, education grants, and even a fashion show. Through Leadership Las Vegas she has helped to promote leaders from all different professional areas of the community.