Judge Jerome T. Tao was appointed to the Court of Appeals, Department 1, by Governor Brian Sandoval in December 2014.
Judge Tao was appointed by Governor Sandoval in January 2011 to the Eighth Judicial District Court. As a District Court Judge, he earned a retention rating of 86 percent in the December 2013 Las Vegas Review-Journal “Judging the Judges” survey, which was the fourth-highest score among the 32 judges in the civil-criminal division of the Eighth Judicial District Court. In 2014, Judge Tao was re-elected to the District Court in a landslide, winning more than 67% of the vote, and following his appointment to the Court of Appeals was re-elected in 2016 with 70% of the vote.
Previously he served at various times as a Clark County Deputy District Attorney, Chief Deputy Public Defender, and as a civil attorney in private practice. He has been active in a variety of community organizations including Leadership Las Vegas, Focus Las Vegas, the UNLV Vice-President’s Commission on Diversity, and serves on the adjunct faculty of the UNLV Boyd Law School, teaching classes in trial advocacy.
In 2017, Judge Tao was elected to The American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. By participating in the Institute’s work, Judge Tao influences the development of the law in both existing and emerging areas.
Judge Tao is a graduate of Cornell University (B.S. 1989) and the George Washington University (J.D. 1992, with honors), where he served on the Law Review and the Moot Court Board.