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Courtroom Decorum with Senior U.S. District Judge Howard D. McKibben (Reno)


Courtroom Decorum with Senior U.S. District Judge Howard D. McKibben (Reno)

Part of the Richard A. Harris Series of Continuing Legal Education

Do’s and Don’ts in Federal Court.


Federal Court has its own rules, tone and personality. Learn to navigate its complexities from Senior U.S. District Judge Howard D. McKibben. He’ll share his experience and wisdom to help you be more successful.


  • Courtroom procedures
  • Decorum
  • Expectations
  • Civility and professionalism
  • Best practices


Moderator: Steve Klearman, Esq.

Speaker:  Senior U.S. District Judge Howard D. McKibben

Howard D. McKibben was appointed United States District Judge for the District of Nevada by President Ronald Reagan in October 1984. He was Chief Judge of the District from December 1, 1997 until  October 12, 2002. He assumed senior status on April 1, 2005.

Judge McKibben received his J.D. degree in 1967 from the University of Michigan Law School. He was admitted to the Nevada Bar in 1968 where he was in private practice until he was elected District Attorney of Douglas County in 1970. He served as District Attorney from 1971 to 1977. Governor O’Callaghan appointed Judge McKibben to the Ninth Judicial District Court in 1977 where he served until 1984.

Judge McKibben has served as president of the Ninth Circuit District Judges Association and the Nevada State District Judges Association. He has been a member of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council and was the chair of the Ninth Circuit Jury Committee. Judge McKibben is the former chair of the Judicial Conference Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction. He served on the Nevada State Board of Bar Examiners. Judge McKibben was a past President of the Howard D. McKibben Inn of Court, and he is one of the founders of the Bruce R. Thompson Inn of Court. In 2010, Judge McKibben was the recipient of the Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Ninth Circuit. He has served for many years on the faculty of the National Judicial College. Judge McKibben has participated with the American Bar Association’s Central and Eastern European Law Initiative Program and has participated in seminars in Eastern Europe.


Time:  CLE 12-1:00PM (Registration and lunch begin 11:30AM)

CLE Credit:  1.00 Hour (Ethics)


For more information, please contact Becky at 775.883.3577 or


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