Bio’s For Judges Kimberly Wanker and Robert Lane

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Kimberly A. Wanker
Fifth Judicial District Court Judge

Judge Kimberly A. Wanker was appointed to the Fifth Judicial District Court, Department 1, by Governor Brian Sandoval after the passing of long time District Judge John P. Davis. Judge Wanker, who prefers to be referred to as “Kim” outside of the courtroom, is the first rural female District Judge in Nevada. Kim was raised in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Kim is a graduate of Scottsbluff Senior High School, Nebraska Western College, the University of Nebraska, and the University of Nebraska College of Law. During college, Kim worked as a Page and as a Legislative Research Intern for the Nebraska Legislature, and was selected as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, after graduating college with a 4.0 grade point average. Kim also graduated with distinction from the University of Nebraska College of Law.

Kim began her legal career in 1987 in Colorado, then moved to Nevada in August 1989. Kim worked for the law firm of Gordon & Silver, Ltd. from 1989 until January 1995, when she began her own law firm, Kimberly A. Wanker, Ltd.  Kim worked as a sole practitioner until taking the bench on July 1, 2011. From 1995 to 2002, Kim also served as a part-time General Counsel for a construction company, running the company’s self-insured workers’ compensation program. Kim’s private practice focused on the representation of private and public employers in business and employment law and litigation in the states of Nevada and Colorado.

Kim is licensed to practice law in the states of Nevada, Colorado, and Arizona. Kim is also licensed and has practiced law before the United States District Court in the states of Nevada and Colorado, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits.

Kim believes in giving back to the community, and is involved in various community organizations and activities. Kim recently was invited to join the Board of Directors for the Nathan Adelson Hospice in Pahrump.

In her free time, Kim enjoys karting, car racing, car restoration, road and mountain biking, boating,  wakeboarding, and attending Nebraska football games.

Robert W. Lane
Fifth Judicial District Court Judge

Judge Lane graduated from Basic High School in Henderson, Nevada, in 1977. He served 6 ½ years in the U.S. Navy as a submarine electrician and chaplain’s assistant throughout the U.S., Western Pacific and Newfoundland. After leaving the Navy, he served a church mission in Canada.

He attended UNLV for two years, graduating with honors while working full time as an administrative assistant for U.S. Senator Chic Hecht; as Clark County Young Republican Chairman; as UNLV Elections Board Chairman; and as a weekly columnist for the UNLV school paper. He then attended the University of Utah Law School for 2 ½ years during which he worked as a Law Clerk for the Legal Aid Society; as a Judicial Clerk; and as a Constitutional Law Tutor. He passed the Nevada Bar at the end of his second year of law school. He briefly worked in private practice in Las Vegas before moving to Nye County in 1993 and working as a Deputy District Attorney for seven years.

Judge Lane was first elected judge in 2000, re-elected in 2002, and ran unopposed in 2008. He was the first to serve in the new district judicial seat in Pahrump. The Fifth Judicial District serves Nye, and Esmeralda counties. It is one of the largest area districts in the U.S. and is the third busiest district in Nevada. Judge Lane conducts court for criminal, civil, family, juvenile, probate, child welfare, and child support. He started the Drug Court program in 2002 and is currently working on starting a new specialty court for families with domestic violence, alcohol abuse, and other issues.

He has served on several State Boards including Judicial Ethics, Judicial Education, and Specialty Courts. He has taken judicial education and master degree courses in Handling Capital cases, Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony, Criminal Evidence, Sentencing, Specialty Courts and many more.

Judge Lane and his wife Samantha have four children – Bobby, Hannah, Baden and Spencer. The family is busy with church, school, piano, martial arts, and more.  They support programs for autism and volunteer in the community.