Philip M. Pro was nominated
to the United States
District Court for the District
of Nevada by President
Ronald Reagan, and
took office on July 23, 1987. Judge Pro
served as Chief Judge for the District of
Nevada from 2002 to 2007. Prior to his
appointment as District Judge, he served
as United States Magistrate Judge from
1980 to 1987.
Judge Pro received his J.D. degree from
Golden Gate University School of Law in
June 1972. He received his LL.M. in Judicial Studies from Duke University School of Law in 2014. Judge Pro commenced his legal career in 1972 as a law clerk for Judge William Compton of the Eighth Judicial District Court in Las Vegas. From 1973 to 1975, he served as a Deputy Public Defender for Clark County; as an Assistant United States Attorney both at Las Vegas and Reno from 1975 to 1977; as a partner in the law firm of Semenza, Murphy and Pro in Reno from 1977 to 1979; and as Deputy Attorney General for the State of Nevada assigned to the gaming division from 1979 to 1980.
In October 1993, Chief Justice
Rehnquist appointed Judge Pro as chair
of the Committee on the Administration
of the Magistrate Judges System of the
Judicial Conference of the United States,
a position he held through October 1998.
In January 2007, Chief Justice Roberts
appointed Judge Pro to the Board of Directors
for the Federal Judicial Center.
Judge Pro also serves on the Board of
the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution
at the William S. Boyd School of Law.
He served as a member of the Board of
Directors of the Federal Judges Association
from 1992 to 2001 and served
as Vice-President from 1997 to 2001.
Judge Pro has served as a member of the
Ninth Circuit Jury Instructions Committee.
Currently, he serves as a member of
the Ninth Circuit Capital Case Committee
and, since 2005, has served as Chair of
the Ninth Circuit Wellness Committee. He
is also an active member of the Howard
D. McKibben Nevada American Inn of
Court, serving as its President from 1988
Since 1998, Judge Pro has participated
in a variety of international “Rule of Law”
programs in the countries of Hungary, Republic of Georgia, Netherlands, Armenia,
Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Jordan,
South Africa, Norway, and Spain. In
March 2003, he was a Co-moderator for
the U.S. Department of Justice Colloquium
for Iraqi Jurists in Washington, D.C.
Judge Pro currently serves on the William
S. Boyd School of Law Advisory Committee
and on the Nevada State Bar Advisory
Commission on Law-Related Education.
He is active in the We, the People . . .
the Citizen and the Constitution program
for high school students, and has participated
in a wide variety of continuing legal
education programs sponsored by local,
state and national bar associations, including
the Department of Justice Attorney
General Advocacy Institute and the
National Institute for Trial Advocacy.