Suzan Baucum is running for Las Vegas Justice Court

Suzan Baucum

Judge Suzan Baucum is a native Nevadan.  A graduate of Western High School in Las Vegas, she received 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 Baucum was elected to the bench in 2010, and has served with distinction as Justice of the Peace for Department 13 of the Las Vegas Justice Court to the present day.  From January 2019 to December 2020, she was the Chief Judge of the Las Vegas Justice Court.  For nearly a decade, she oversaw the largest caseload of any DUI Court 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 – especially 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 in Reno, Nevada, handling criminal, personal injury, real estate, and general business matters.  She has also served as a State Training Specialist and Staff Attorney for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.


            Judge Baucum believes in being active in 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 on the board of the Las Vegas Dance Stars.


Judge 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 room mother for many years at her children’s school and directed the annual school pageant.  She 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 driving under the influence.