Department G

Rhonda K. Forsberg

Office - (702) 455-6940

Fax - (702) 384-5074

Law Clerk - (702) 455-6945

Email -

Location - FAMILY Courtroom 09

Family Court House
601 North Pecos RD, Las Vegas, NV. 89155

Cynthia Dianne Steel
Department G
Eighth Judicial District Court

Term of Office 1997 - present

Career History

  • District Court Judge--Family Division 1997- PRESENT
    • Domestic Docket 1997-2000; 2004-2007; 2011-Present
    • Juvenile, Delinquency Docket 2001-2002, 2003
    • Juvenile Abuse/ Neglect Docket 2007-2011
    • Guardianship—Minors Docket 2007-2011
    • Juvenile Abuse/ Neglect Docket 2007-2011
  • Chief of Staff, Lt. Governor’s Office, Las Vegas, NV 1996
  • Assemblywoman, Nevada State Legislature, 1995-1996
  • Pro Per Support Services, Owner 1993-1995
  • T. Dwight Sper & Associates 1991-1993

Professional Accomplishments

  • Presiding Judge, Family Division 2000; 2001; 2002
  • Presiding Judge Pro-Tem 1998 and 1999
  • President, Eighth Judicial District Court Pro Bono Foundation 1998- 2003
  • Nevada District Judges Association: Vice President 2000-2001; President 2001-2002
  • State Judicial Council 2001-2002
  • Clark County Bench Bar Committee 1997-Present
  • Nevada State Bar, Family Law Section Executive Council 1997
  • Board of Trustees Clark County Law Library 1997-1998
  • Family Court Legislative Representative 1999, 2001

Eighth Judicial District Court Accomplishments

  • Model Court- Juvenile Dependency
  • One Family One Judge
  • Donna's House Visitation Exchange Program
  • Judicial Studies Program
  • Self-Help Center Project
  • Coroner Visitation Program
  • Youth Eagle Leadership Project
  • Adults in Juvenile Delinquency Court, Handbook
  • Restructure NRS Chapter 62 Juvenile Delinquency
  • Jury Services-CASA Recruitment Program

Eighth Judicial District Court Committees Past & Present 
  • Legislative Committee
  • Mentor Committee 
  • Court Technology Committee
  • EDCR Rules Committee 2003; 2013  
  • Courtroom Committee
  • Supreme Court Domestic Violence Task Force
  • Southern Nevada Domestic Violence Court Committee
  • DFS Policy & Fiscal Affairs Board Committee
  • Court/Clerk Internet Committee
  • District Court Strategic Planning Committee
  • District Court Implementation Team
  • Juvenile Justice Commission Work Study Group
  • Judicial Council of Southern Nevada
  • Judicial Domestic Violence Committee

Professional/Community Organizations Memberships

  • State Bar of Nevada
  • Nevada District Judges Association
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys
  • National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges
  • Howard D. McKibben American Inn of Court
  • Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence 
  • Soroptimist International of Las Vegas Valley
  • Nevada Women’s History Project
  • Casino Center Optimist Club/ Past President
  • Redeemer Lutheran Church
  • Asian Chamber of Commerce
  • Latin Chamber of Commerce
  • Urban Chamber of Commerce
  • Hispanics in Politics
  • Japanese Chamber of Commerce

Academic Background

  • Valdosta State College, BFA                                           
  • California Western School of Law, JD

Seminars & Training

  • General Jurisdiction, Judical College
  • Role of the Judge, Judicial College
  • Nevada District Judges’ Association Seminars
  • Judicial Leadership Conference
  • Nevada Trail Lawyers Association Conference
  • Nevada State Bar Annual Conferences
  • American Bar Association Conference
  • National Conference Juvenile Justice
  • Judicial Symposium on Alcohol and Drug Abuse   
  • National Conference Sex Crimes/Sex Offenders
  • National Conference Juvenile Justice and Family Courts
  • Domestic Violence Leadership Conference

Courtroom Protocol

No weapons are allowed. There is no eating, drinking, smoking or chewing gum in any courtroom.

Proper courtroom attire is required. No shorts or tank tops are allowed in the courtroom, shoes are required. T-shirts, which show offensive slogans or pictures, are not allowed. Hats should be removed before entering the courtroom.

While in the courtroom, sit quietly when court is in session. Do not talk or whisper. The court proceedings are being recorded by a court recorder and noise can interfere with the preparation of this important record.

All beepers, cellular telephones, and electronic devices must be turned off before entering the courtroom. Avoid reading newspapers, or books in the courtrooms, particularly if your use of such material may be a distraction to others.

Attorneys are expected to maintain the highest ethical standards at all times, and to strictly adhere to the opportunities, requirements, limitations, and deadlines set by the judge. All counsel are to be punctual for all conferences, hearings and trials. They are to be civil to one another as well as to all parties, witnesses, and court personnel - whether in front of a jury or the court.