Justice Michael L. Douglas was appointed to the Court in March 2004, and thereafter elected three times.
Justice Douglas, a native of Los Angeles, came to Las Vegas in 1982 from Philadelphia, PA., where he had been working as a private attorney. His Nevada career began as an attorney with Nevada Legal Services in 1982. Two years later he was hired by the Clark County District Attorney’s Office and served in the Civil Division until 1996. In November 1995, he was appointed to the Eighth Judicial District Court bench and in January 1996, assumed that position and was retained in an election later that year, serving until his appointment to the Supreme Court. Justice Douglas served in that position until his appointment to the Supreme Court. On the District Court, he served as Chief Judge and Business Court Judge, and also served on District Court committees and Supreme Court Commissions. Justice Douglas currently co-chairs the Nevada Supreme Court Bench-Bar Committee, the Nevada Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission, and the Nevada Supreme Court Specialty Court Funding Committee. Justice Douglas, the first African American justice in Nevada's history, served as Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court in 2011.
A graduate of California State College, Long Beach, in 1971 and the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1974, Justice Douglas has been a member of the Judicial Council of the State of Nevada and Vice President of the Nevada District Judges Association. He is a past president of the Nevada American Inns of Court. He has also been active with the State Bar of Nevada, Nevada Law Foundation, National Bar Association, Consumer Credit Counseling Service, and groups fighting domestic violence.
Justice Douglas, who is married and has a daughter and three grandchildren, has been a longtime supporter of youth in both California and Nevada. He was a volunteer youth coach and frequent speaker at local area schools. His term ends in 2019.