Alumni Spotlight

Barbara Buckley

Barbara Buckley

Barbara Buckley is currently the Executive Director of Legal Aid of Southern Nevada. Ms. Buckley is a proud graduate of UNLV, earning her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in 1986. Ms. Buckley continued her education at the University of Arizona where she earned her Juris Doctorate in 1989. Ms. Buckley was a member of the Nevada State Assembly from 2001-2007 and became the first female Speaker of the Assembly in 2007. She held this position until 2010.

Devron Brown

Devron Brown

Devron Brown is the Leadership Staff Assistant for United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). He has been a part of Harry Reid’s congressional staff since January 2012. He currently works and lives in Washington, D.C. Devron was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV and graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science.

William Horne

William Horne

Assemblyman Horne graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, with recognition for scholarship from UNLV President Carol Harter and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. At UNLV he was president of Phi Alpha Delta, the International Law Fraternity. Today, he serves on the Advisory Committee for the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs at UNLV. He attended the UNLV Boyd School of Law and graduated in 2001. First elected in 2002, Assemblyman Horne was named the Outstanding Freshman Assemblyman in the 2003 legislative session. In 2005, the next legislative session, Assemblyman Horne was again recognized for his hard work and effectiveness and was named one of the top five most effective legislators in the Assembly.

Magann Jordan

Magann Jordan

Magann Jordan is currently the Victim/Witness Program Administrator for the Clark County District Attorney’s Office. She is highly honored to have recently earned this role in the community. She was previously the Director of the Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. in which she was passionate about providing community resources to at-risk juveniles that were on probation. She was born in a small town called West Carrollton near Dayton, Ohio and later moved to Las Vegas. She graduated first with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 2003 and then with the Master’s Degree in 2005.

Hilary Heap

Hilary Heap, Esq.

Hilary Heap currently serves as the Deputy District Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Clark County District Attorney’s office. Originally from Pittsfield, Maine, Hilary has lived in Las Vegas since the summer of 2005. Hilary graduated from UNLV in 2008 receiving the Jay Hahn Law Enforcement Scholarship in 2007 and the Edwin Sutherland Award in 2008. She graduated from UNLV Boyd Law School in 2011. Hilary has been working with the DA’s office for two years now and hopes to continue to serve the community as a District Attorney into the future.

Class Notes

Amanda Gordon

Amanda Hurst Gordon, '09 BA Sociology, '11 MA Criminal Justice, recently was hired as the board and volunteer relations coordinator in UNLV's ​office of alumni engagement & annual giving.

Judy Cornelius

Judy A. Cornelius, '79 BA Criminal Justice, retired in 2011 from UNR where she was associate director of the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming. She says she enjoyed having professional colleagues all over the world and traveling extensively. She co-edited a number of books and collaborated in the design and execution of the executive development program for casino executives that began in 1991 and continues to this day. Cornelius, who earned a BS in economics from UNR in 1987, is the proud aunt of seven nieces and nephews and great aunt of 12 more. She lists collecting antiques, houses, and cats as her hobbies. The Reno resident currently has a retirement gig handing out samples at a store and discovering how amazingly some people can behave for 1/6 of a free peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Mark Fernandez

Mark Fernandez, ’10 BA Criminal Justice, is the judicial executive assistant for District Judge Matthew Harter. Previously, he served as a courtroom clerk in District Court. He enjoys hiking, running, traveling, trying new cuisines, video gaming, and the occasional glass of wine.

John Piro

John Piro, '05 BA Criminal Justice, '10 JD, recently celebrated his sixth year as a public defender, now serving as chief deputy public defender for Clark County. This summer he will graduate in the Leadership Las Vegas class of 2018. In April he completed his first triathlon and plans to compete again in October. He is married to Leslie Nino Piro, '06 BA Political Science, '09 JD.