Meet Rebecca Saxe
Candidate for Las Vegas Justice Court Dept 13.
Rebecca was born in Arizona, moving to Madison, Wisconsin at age five to be closer to her grandparents. She was raised by a single mother. Rebecca’s mother taught Rebecca the importance of a steadfast work ethic. At twelve years old, Rebecca got her first job delivering newspapers in her neighborhood. From fourteen years old until she graduated from high school, Rebecca worked behind the counter at a deli and later at Pizza Hut. In college, Rebecca kept busy working an assortment of different jobs. Rebecca worked as an assembler at a sandpaper factory, at the front desk of a country club, as a front desk agent at a hotel, and as an administrator processing insurance for a mobility and accessibility business.
Rebecca attended Arizona State University and received a bachelor’s degree in Community Resources and Development and a minor in Sociology. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2006.
Upon graduation, Rebecca moved to Las Vegas to attend UNLV -- William S. Boyd School of Law. There she excelled and was asked to be on Boyd’s honorary Society of Advocates. During law school, Rebecca interned at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and at the American Civil Liberties Union - Nevada. Rebecca also participated in Boyd’s Innocence Clinic and lived in South Africa for a summer studying constitutional and criminal law. Rebecca graduated from Boyd Law school in 2009.
After law school, Rebecca was chosen as the next clerk to the Honorable Judge Philip M. Pro in United States District Court – District of Nevada. As Judge Pro’s clerk, she worked on complex civil litigation issues such as product liability, the American Disabilities Act and patent law. Judge Pro’s mentorship instilled in Rebecca the importance of the rule of law.
In 2010, Rebecca was selected for a fellowship at the American Civil Liberties Union in Las Vegas. As a fellow, she analyzed the medical and mental health issues in Nevada’s prisons through the lens of international human rights standards. During her fellowship, Rebecca brought awareness to the Nevada prison’s practice of shackling pregnant women during childbirth. Her work led to ending the practice.
For over eleven years, Rebecca has worked at the Clark County Public Defender’s Office. As a Chief Deputy Public Defender, Rebecca has represented clients charged with crimes ranging from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies that carry life sentences. In Justice Court, Rebecca has conducted over 100 preliminary hearings and misdemeanor trials.
Rebecca is married to fellow lawyer, Ben Saxe and they have a three-year old son. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hiking with her dogs and spending time with her friends and family.
Rebecca Saxe is committed to volunteer work.
- Volunteered countless hours through Legal Aid of Southern Nevada by --
- Helping eligible members of the community seal their criminal records through the “Clean Slate” program.
- Helping members of the community facing various legal challenges through the “ask a lawyer” program.
- Volunteered at the Clark County Public Defender’s Quash Your Bench Warrant event on May 4, 2019 where over 100 people helped 1300 members of the community get their bench warrants quashed.
- Volunteered at multiple “Veteran’s Stand Down” Events at Cashman Complex.
- Volunteered regularly as a Judge in We the People Civic Education Competitions. We the People teaches students about government and the principles of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights. The program culminates in a competition to test the skills learned.
- Regularly served food at the local homeless shelters when she lived in Wisconsin and Arizona.
- Volunteered as a “big sister” for Big Brother, Big Sister of America (2007-2009).