Dorothy Nash Holmes is a native Nevadan born in Reno, Nevada. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada Reno and held a variety of jobs before deciding to go to law school. Dorothy has been a lawyer for more than 33 years and was the 75th woman to be licensed to practice law in Nevada. She was the first woman to do prosecution in the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office, and she holds the distinction of being the only woman elected Washoe County District Attorney. Judge Holmes is currently (2017) serving as Reno Municipal Court Judge of District 3. She was responsible for setting up the Gang Alternatives Partnership, as well as the expansion of many important social services within the Drug Court.
Dorothy Nash Holmes was interviewed on August 7, 2017 by the Nevada Women’s History Project through a grant from the Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation..