Richard Boulware Judicial Nominee

News Release: LVNBA Member Richard Boulware Nominated for Federal Judiciary (pdf) 


Richard F. Boulware

The Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association (“LVNBA”) is pleased to support LVNBA member, Richard Franklin Boulware II, for confirmation as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. Mr. Boulware’s confirmation would fill a judicial emergency.

On January 16, 2014, President Barack Obama nominated Richard Boulware to serve on the United States District Court, District of Nevada.  Mr. Boulware was recommended to President Obama for this judicial vacancy by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid with his highest recommendation.

Mr. Boulware received the endorsement of the National Bar Association on January, 19, 2014. The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges. It represents approximately 59,000  lawyers, judges, law professors, and law students and has over 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world.

The LVNBA joins the National Bar Association (National Bar) in thanking President Barack Obama for nominating Richard Boulware and commending U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for recommending Mr. Boulware. We also applaud the bipartisan leadership of Senator Reid (D-NV) and Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) for their support of Mr. Boulware’s confirmation.

Mr. Boulware is well regarded by both defense lawyers and prosecutors and has the respect and support of elected officials on both sides of the aisle. His confirmation would make him the first African-American man to serve on the federal bench in Nevada. The first African American from Nevada to serve on a federal court is Judge Johnnie B. Rawlinson, U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, who in 1980 became one of the first two African-American women admitted to practice law in Nevada and is a co-founder of the LVNBA.

Richard Boulware has worked at the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Las Vegas since 2007 and has been the lead attorney on complex white-collar cases since 2010.  From 2003 to 2007, he was a trial attorney at the Federal Defenders of New York.  Mr. Boulware began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York from 2002 to 2003.  He earned his J.D. in 2002 from Columbia Law School and his A.B. cum laude in 1993 from Harvard College.

Mr. Boulware is a Past President of the LVNBA, a former First Vice President of the Las Vegas chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  He received the Medal of Justice award from the State Bar of Nevada in 2012 and the Dedicated Service award in 2013 from Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice.  He serves as a board member of the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association Foundation, a charitable foundation that provides scholarships, sponsors free legal community events, and engages in other charitable activities to support the diversity of the local legal community and equal access to legal advice.  He has also served on the Clark County School District Superintendent’s Educational Opportunities Advisory Committee, where he helped formulate recommendations for improving academic performance at underachieving schools in the district.


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