The first black female state court judge in Nevada, Tierra Jones, is shown with her mother Brenda at her ceremony June 2 in Las Vegas.

The first black female state court judge in Nevada was sworn in on Friday, June 2 in Las Vegas, but her roots begin right here in Hawthorne.

Tierra Jones, was one of three jurists who were honored at a formal swearing-in. She had been a former Clark County deputy district attorney who had been appointed in April of this year by Governor Brian Sandoval to the open Clark County District Court seat in which she obtained.

Tierra has a long history of working in the law field, she had also worked in Nye County District Attorney’s office as a prosecutor in 2013.

She has an army of supporters behind her here in Mineral County. Tierra is a Mineral County High School graduate, having graduated in 1999.

Her mother, Brenda Jones, who has worked in the Mineral County Clerk’s Office for many years, explained to the Independent-News, “I am very proud of the accomplishments that Tierra has achieved during the span of her career. As her mother, I know that she will continue to strive to do bigger and better things.”

Mineral County High School has produced many alumni, like Tierra, who have gone on to break barriers in their careers, hold important offices or are simply just working a hard, honest job.