The Nevada Women's Fund will honor Judge Deborah Schumacher (ret.), a former Washoe County judge, and a group of local women for their professional, personal and community achievements at the annual Salute to Women of Achievement Luncheon in Reno, Nev. on May 28.
This year, the fund's Hall of Fame will welcome Deborah Schumacher, humanitarian and former Washoe County district judge. A graduate of the University of Chicago and Notre Dame Law School, Judge Schumacher was appointed to the bench in 1997. Judge Schumacher founded the Washoe County Juvenile Drug Court, and served as a member of Nevada’s Court Improvement Project. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). She was also Chair of the NCJFCJ Legislative Committee, and the Lead Judge of Reno’s Mentor Model Court.
On Capitol Hill, she met with members of Congress to discuss the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act. In 2010, Senator Harry Reid appointed Judge Schumacher to a three-year term on the federal Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. In December of 2014, Judge Schumacher retired from the Second Judicial District Court, but is looking forward to returning to the bench as a Senior Judge.
In March 2015, Judge Schumacher was named the recipient of the Outstanding Woman Lawyer Award at the Northern Nevada Women Lawyer’s Association (NNWLA) Banquet. The award was created in 1989 to honor women for their significant contributions to the advancement of women in the legal profession. This award is not given annually; Judge Schumacher is only the 10th recipient of the prestigious award.