Governor Sandoval Appoints Dixie Grossman to Second Judicial District Court

CARSON CITY, NV – March 20, 2018

Governor Brian Sandoval has appointed Dixie Grossman to the Second Judicial District Court.

“Dixie has an impressive history of family law experience and I am pleased to appoint her to this position,” Governor Brian Sandoval said. “I am confident that the attention and passion with which she treats all those who enter her courtroom will make her a strong addition to the Second Judicial District Court bench.”

A graduate of the University of Montana, Dixie Grossman is currently a Juvenile Court Master for the Second Judicial District Court. While in law school, Grossman participated in the school’s legal clinic and was selected for the Margery Hunter Brown Assistantship, which provided stipend funding while Grossman researched, wrote and presented on the topic of domestic violence. She graduated 17th in her class of 86 students and was admitted to the Montana bar in 2001. Immediately after graduating law school, Grossman accepted a clerkship at the Family Division of the Second Judicial District Court, where she was supervised by Judges Deborah Schumacher, Charles McGee and Frances Doherty. In 2008, Grossman joined the firm of Silverman, Decaria & Kattleman, where she worked until she was chosen as a Juvenile Court Master in 2013.

Grossman has authored multiple articles on family law topics, served on the Steering Committee for the Juvenile Justice Reform and State Courts Initiative and the Executive Council of the Family Law section of the state bar.

“I am honored that Governor Sandoval has appointed me to the Second Judicial District Court,” Dixie Grossman said. “I thank him for the trust he has placed in me and I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Washoe County.”

I Announce my Candidacy for Family Court

Due to the appointment of Judge Walker to Department 7 in the General Jurisdiction Division, Department 2 in the Family Division is vacant.  I seek to fill this position.

Every day, the Washoe County Family Court is called upon to intervene in human relationships, often at the most vulnerable and turbulent time of a person’s life.  The decisions in these cases can have far reaching and life altering effects on children and families in our community.

For almost twenty years, I have devoted my professional career to the practice and improvement of family law.  After serving as a law clerk to judges Deborah Schumacher, Charles McGee, and Frances Doherty, I transitioned to private practice where I spent eight years committed to the practice of family law.  In 2013, I was appointed as a Court Master in the Second Judicial District Court, Family Division, where I continue to serve today working primarily in the area of juvenile delinquency while also covering protective orders, child support, dependency, divorce and child custody matters.

Serving families and children of Washoe County is more than just my professional career; it is my passion.  For almost two decades, I have worked to improve our local family law practice and to serve the children and families of Washoe County through extensive volunteer work.  Some of this work includes service to the Family Law Executive Council of the Nevada State Bar, the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) Board, Bruce R. Thompson Inns of Court, Northern Nevada Women Lawyers, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Juvenile Justice Reform and State Courts Initiative (JJRSCI) Steering Committee.  I have also volunteered for numerous other programs including the We the People program, Lawyer in the Library, continuing legal education classes, and programs in our local schools.

Washoe County needs an experienced, hardworking, service oriented, judge of integrity to carry out this important work.  I announce my candidacy to serve as a Family Court Judge in Department Two.  If privileged to fill this position, I will use my experience in family law, proven judicial demeanor and work ethic, in continued service to our community.


Dixie R. Grossman