About Monica


Driven by a passion for service, backed by experience and commitment, Monica Trujillo is running for Eighth Judicial District Court Judge.  Monica was born and raised in Houston, Texas.  After graduating in the top ten percent of her class from Hightower High School, Monica attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Sociology.  While at Vanderbilt, she was a member of Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society, which recognizes academic excellence in the field.  Continuing to embrace her love for dance, Monica was a member of the Vanderbilt University Dance Team all four years and performed during football and basketball halftime shows.  She was also a member of Helping Develop Humanity and the Intellectual Life Committee for the preparation of residential colleges.  Vanderbilt allowed her to successfully focus on academics while providing her with a haven to participate in organizations that mirrored her zeal for service and school spirit.        


After graduation, Monica attended American University, Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C.  During law school, Monica participated in the Latino Law Students Association and was a member of Phi Alpha Delta, Mock Trial Honor Society and the Criminal Law Society.  As a second-year law student, Monica was a student-attorney in the Women in the Law clinical program where she represented clients in cases ranging from family law to public benefits.  The clinical program, which focused on the intersection of law and gender, race, nationality, disability and economic status, further cemented Monica’s commitment to public service.  Monica received her Juris Doctor in May of 2008.  


Upon graduating, Monica moved to Las Vegas to begin her law career as an attorney with the Clark County Public Defender’s Office.  As a practicing attorney in that office, she represented adult indigent clients charged with misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors and felonies through all phases of the criminal justice process.  Monica has litigated all types of cases, including theft, burglary, robbery, possession of scheduled drugs, sexual assault and murder.  In February of 2013, Monica transferred to the Clark County Special Public Defender’s Office, where she has since been working, to focus on the most serious and challenging cases in our criminal justice system: capital and non-capital murder cases.  Pursuant to Nevada Supreme Court Rule 250, Monica is qualified to serve as lead defense trial counsel in cases where the State of Nevada is seeking the death penalty as punishment. 


Monica has been service-oriented her entire life.  From being a member of the Peer Assistance and Leadership program in high school, where among other activities, she mentored elementary school children identified as having behavioral problems to volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House throughout high school and college, Monica has a demonstrated commitment to service.  Her desire to be of service to others only strengthened in law school when she clerked for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.  It was then she recognized the considerable impact the criminal justice system has on the entire community and committed to a life of serving the public. 


Now, Monica is running for judge because she not only recognizes the importance of making thoughtful, well-supported decisions, but also that those decisions, when made with compassion can balance humanity and justice and in turn create alternatives that can better serve our community.  Every case, every program, every decision impacts our community and Monica’s diverse background and experiences have prepared her for this next chapter in her life of public service.    

Paid for by the Committee to Elect Monica Trujillo

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