Chief Judge Cynthia S. Leung
Chief Judge Cynthia S. Leung was appointed by the Las Vegas City Council on Feb. 6, 2008, as Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge for Department 1, filling the vacancy created by the late Judge Toy R. Gregory. Judge Leung was sworn into office on Feb. 20, 2008, and was re-elected in 2009. Judge Leung was unanimously elected Chief Judge in July 2011 and will serve until July 2013.
Raised in the Palm Desert, California area, Judge Leung earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California- Berkeley, and juris doctorate from Southwestern School of Law. She obtained state bar licenses from the state of California (1995) and state of Nevada (1997).
Judge Leung moved to Las Vegas in 1997. She worked as a criminal defense attorney before joining the city of Las Vegas Office of the City Attorney where she was assigned to the Criminal Division as a deputy city attorney in 1999. As a prosecutor, Judge Leung practiced before the Las Vegas Municipal Court, Eighth Judicial District and Supreme Court of Nevada.
Judge Leung is a member of and was elected to serve as Vice President for the Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction (2012), serves on the Nevada Supreme Court Specialty Court Funding Committee and is a member of the American Judges Association.
Judge Leung presides over Las Vegas Municipal Court’s Women in Need (WIN) Court. WIN Court is a special court which focuses on the recovery and redirection of women convicted of prostitution and drug related offenses. This program has successfully guided women through trial and tribulations to re-enter society as productive citizens. Judge Leung has been honored by the Foundation for Recovery as a Community Partner in 2010 for her work through WIN Court.