Alzora B. Jackson is the 2011 recipient of the LVNBA Attorney of the Year Award. The Attorney of the Year Award is given to a local attorney who has provided exceptional service to his or her clients, served the needs of a diverse client base with great success, and has inspired the membership of our organization through their ethical law practice and track record for serving the local community, especially communities of color.
Ms. Jackson obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida, Gainsville, Florida, and graduated from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon. Upon graduating from law school, she became an Associate Law Instructor at the Boalt Hall College of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. She later clerked for U.S. Magistrate Phyllis Halsey Atkins in the Federal District Court in Reno, Nevada.
As a Deputy District Attorney in Washoe County, Nevada, Ms. Jackson prosecuted every conceivable type of criminal case. She maintained a solo practice for several years before joining Clark County Public Defender’s Office in 2000. In her current position as a Special Public Defender, Ms. Jackson specializes in murder and capital murder cases.
Ms. Jackson has received numerous honors and awards including the Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice Defender of the Year for Nevada, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for Washoe County (Prosecutor of the Year), and was voted one of the Ten Most Watchable Women in Washoe County by the Reno Gazette Journal.
She is a member of several organizations, including: the National Bar Association, the Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys, the Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the Nevada Trial Lawyers, and the Nevada and Clark County Bar Associations.
For several years, Alzora Jackson has been a mentoring figure to young attorneys both inside and outside the criminal defense community. She has fought tirelessly to ensure fairness and due process in capital punishment cases. Outside of the courtroom, Ms. Jackson provides confidential peer intervention for substance and gambling abuse through her membership on the Trial by Peers Committee.